Friday, 1 February 2013

Settling back into school!!

Konos Unit: Obedience:
Doing what I'm asked to do with a submissive attitude.

Authority/Light and The Bible.

This year for Konos we are keeping a scrapbook of our work. Here is Avril writing Obedince on her Title page...

Avril decided that her scrapbook needed a beautiful picture of Mummy and herself :)

Whilst looking at Obedience, we are studying the scriptures on references to examples of obedience and light. The kids are memorising Proverbs 20 - 23:

My son, keep your father’s command
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
    fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
    when you sleep, they will watch over you;
    when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp,
    this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
    are the way to life,

As we study light (Psalm 119), we are taking a closer look at lighthouses. Damon and Adele have chosen an Australian lighthouse to do a research report on.

 As God's word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, then it is important to learn about how the Bible is put together. Adele spent the week singing to Colin Buchanan's Old testament song. We cut up strips of paper and challenged her to put the books of the Bible in order.

And she did it!

We are all so blessed to be able to have several copies of God's word in our home, but the Bible hasn't always been so easily accessible. And in some countries it still isn't! As a family we started to read about Johann Gutenberg and the first printing of the Bible. We looked at printing presses of the past and present. We also had a go at making some prints ourselves.

Avril and I cut interesting shapes out of the bottom of toilet rolls to use in making many different prints.

The two bigger kids chose different textured materials and made a printing plate with them. Damon chose to create a desert scene. After this photo he added some felt cacti.

I was amazed at the effect he created with the crepe paper. His print really has the effect of a desert, with mountains and his cacti in the front.

Adele chose a collage approach of textures.

They all came out really well.

We had a visitor join us one morning for homeschool. It had been so wet that Nehemiah's home needed some dry hay.

Damon started a study on primary and secondary colours this week.

Avril continued her art through the alphabet. And cutting out bears and girls.

Adele learned how to form the perfect circle :), whilst making a snowman.

For his Langauage Arts, he began to read The Girl With No name by Pat Lowe. We have continued to read about The Red Chief together. The Red Chief is an account of the life of an Aboriginal boy called Red Kangaroo and how he grows into a great warrior.

 During the week Adele continued to experiment with making another cake. This time she dyed the cake blue! Actually really , really blue!! She now knows that you don't need so much dye when changing the cakes colour, lol!

 Avril and Josef re-enacted the story of Abraham and Isaac this week (Genesis 22). We discussed Abraham's obedience to God, as he took his son up a mountain as a sacrifice to God. She was very relieved when we reached the part when the Angel of the Lord told him to stop and not to kill his son, as so provided a ram to take his place. We also discussed how this is an illustration of what was to come, pointing to Jesus and His death on the cross, God's only son, given up for us, to save us! What a sacrifice!

Here is Abraham (Avril), Isaac (a baby - I know he was a boy!) and The Angel of the lord (Josef).

 With the littlies, we played the Lighthouse Game. They were the boats (blindfolded) and I was the lighthouse on the rock. It was my responsibility to shine my light on their path  and warn them with a horn my horn noise) when they were in danger of collision.

The big kids soon caught onto all the fun and came to join in!

And the two littlies became the lighthouses!

 After our fun and games, we all created our own design of a lighthouse.

 The finished project! (And Josef's is actually a rocket, so I was corrected!! :))

 Adele and Avril also created snakes out of the leftover materials.

Damon was thrilled this week as his Rosetta Stone Greek arrived. This is the one subject he has been most excited about! Here he is in his headphones.

He got stuck straight in and spent ages starting his Greek language journey.

Avril was also thrilled that her maths arrived!! She has been wanting to start this for weeks!

And equally excited when her Language Arts arrived! Here she is sorting curved and straight symbols. Then sketching some, and finally creating pictures from the symbols.

Adele has grown in confidence with her cursive handwriting and is doing a wonderful job! and she has surprised me by finishing 2 books in 48 hours! One being The Boxcar children: The Beginning, in preparation for her language arts and Nancy Drew: The Lighthouse Mystery.

At the end of the week we enjoyed catching up with friends and as usual the girls created together, then used their creations in a make believe game.

We are settling back into homeschooling more smoothly this year, than the last two! Thankyou God!

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