Friday, 18 November 2011

A week following the Israelites in the desert.

This week started out much wetter than last week. Damon started the week suffering from headaches. So it was just Adele and I for school. Damon sat for hours listening to Jonathon Parks CD's.

I love that in HOD we are memorising some Psalms. This week it was Psalm 9: 9-10.

Psalm 9:9-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

This Psalm is all about trusting God, seeking God and God being our refuge in times of trouble. And it is a reminder that he will never leave us. Reading the Psalms with my children is fantastic as we have great discussions about God and who He is. He really must be the centre of our lives.

Adele and I started the week finishing off Unit 6 day 4 in Preparing - The Israelites in Egypt. We are still thoroughly enjoying reading about a girl named Tirzah and experiencing the Israelites life in Egypt and then their escape. This book really draws us into the time, the experiences and has helped our understanding. I highly recommend this book - Tirzah by Lucille Travis.

The science experiment this week was fun. Even Damon with his sore head headed out to have a go! The question was 'How do bats help the saguaro cactus to produce seeds?' This meant that Adele had to pretend to be a bat or at least set up an experiment. She grabbed a glass, dipped the rim into water, then into some sugar (pollen). She made a flower out of paper towel and set it underneath the glass. She poured juice into the cup (nectar), cut a piece of straw smaller and this was her bat like tongue!! She then tipped the glass towards her and sipped. And she pleasantly discovered that the pollen (sugar) had stuck to her face :) This was a great illustration of how bats help cactuses by carrying pollen from flower to flower.

We moved into Unit 7 on tuesday and Damon still had a headache!! We strated looking at a new poem 'Foreign Lands' by Robert Louis Stevenson. As usual the kids were really excited about poetry and put in a great effort with their poetry writing, as they imagined that they were sitting high up in a tree. They listed all the things they'd see, then they both wrote their poems.

The history project this week was a 3D pyramid. I found that I had to help with this one, as both the kids found it difficult to make their pyramids. And they still turned out a little wonky!! lol. But they were pyramid shaped :) The kids have helped create these and have sprinkled sugar over them to make them sparkle, but the rest of the project will be finished next week.

Adele worked really hard on her internet research about pharoahs. Her computer skills are improving every week. And she drew a very cute pharoah in a pharaohs outfit! :)

Adele impressed me this week, she did not get frustrated with Draw and Write through History!!! WOW!!! She was quiet and she worked slowly, carefully on her picture of moses. And it was fantastic! She did a great job.

DITHOR this week was fun as they started their projects. Adele is making a patchwork of information and Damon is creating a game board of facts and questions.

Adele is carefully measuring out pretty material to stick onto her patchwork design and has worked out what interesting information she will add to it from her book, Louis Braille.

Damon has just started and has decided on a topic with categories.

Last week we started a new english program. It has been a long year battling with Rod and Staff. We chose to try LifePAC english. And I am glad I did. The kids are working more independently, they seem to be working better and it is not overload. I like the fact that we have one english focus for the day - spelling, grammar, handwriting, reading or a word study. We are not overloading with tasks. It is great, both the kids and I are happy!! YAY!!

This week we have also returned to piano. And Adeles teacher was amazed that after such a long break, that she has memorised the notes and is playing really well! I think all the info. sunk in whilst we were absent!!

Also at the end of the week our good friend took us material shopping for our christmas dresses. We all found what we were looking for and we can't wait for monday when we start sewing!!!

Although Adele did a great job sewing this week. Adele owned a doll that she felt was quite immodest and needed a new outfit, so she rummaged through a bag of scrap materials, creating a dress for her doll. She placed the materials on the dolls body in a beautifully modest style and sewed them on. I was very impressed.

Avril and Josef this week read about Joseph. Avril had the task of painting with a cotton bud stick, stripes onto a sheet of paper towel, just like Josephs' coat! She did this well. Whilst she was painting Josef decided to join in painting his toy plane!!! Thankfully it was old and he did a wonderful job :)

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