Friday, 22 March 2013

Castles, birds and reading!!!

This week we have continued our theme on Obedience, using another bible study from Home Life Ministries. We have all found this particular one to be very powerful and caused us all to think, including me :) And we are seeing the beginnings of break through with one of our children in this area - Praise the Lord!

My husband first made an aeroplane with Josef this week and the craze caught on throughout the family! Josef was very proud of his aeroplane that daddy made him :) daddy labelled it 'Josefs' fast plane'. he continually walked up to me and told me 'daddy made this for me'. And look, he'd say, it says 'Josefs' fast plane'!

During the week everyone was making planes! We even took a walk to the park, for a plane flying contest! Adele and Avril spent time working out how the wind affected the flight of their planes.

We also had a quick play..

Adele has been partaking in an art group this term, run by Bernie Meyers, a local artist. Their focus has been on watercolours. Each week they learn technique and tackle a new subject. This week it was the rose.

On return this week, she sat down to create a card for a special occasion.

Adele and I have this week reviewed some of the maths work that she has recently tackled. I noticed that we needed to refocus on some of these skills together.
Damon has been continuing his journey into the world of birds, flight and feathers. Damon's experiment this week, was to make a bird bath. he had to hypothesize about which bath the birds would prefer and why. He decided that the birds would prefer the bath up high, as it is out of predators way.

Damon also read about bird migration. To illustrate the amazing sense that God had given them, Damon had to choose a destination walk towards it and then change direction, which meant he didn't reach it. But birds do because of God's design, they find their way. Damon read about the way the birds find their way.
Our project for our topic on castles this week, was to create one out of cardboard.

Adele also had the task of designing a castle and labeling it. She also had to create a floor plan including the workers.

Josef drew his own castle.

Of course there is always the reading, writing and arithmetic!

Adele has been enjoying reading a Christian chapter book called Mandie by Lois Gladys Leppard.

Damon, along with his normal books on the countries of the world, airlines and atlases, Damon, has much to his surprise, been enjoying Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder. His focus book for LLATL. We ended up changing his Language Arts because he needed something a bit different.

Avril has been practising her writing skills with LLATL blue.

We have also read 'Goodnight Moon', which Avril used to create her own book, titled, 'Avril says goodnight'

Avril enjoyed listening to Adele read it aloud and check out her illustrations.

Avril also sequenced the story about the grasshopper and ant.

In maths Avril is practising addition.

Avril has decided to practise her sewing again..i wonder if she will finish it soon :) She is doing a great job.

The kids this week thought it would be fun to create a breakfast cubby, where they hid and had brekkie!

Damon successfully made his second batch of pasta. if you have never tried making this, do, it is so easy and satisfying!

Drying off the leftovers not used at dinner.

We also made butter this week. I had no butter and it was not convenient to go to the shop, so I scooped the cream from my milk and made butter. Again, I could not believe how easy it was to make!! 

During the week we have a group called the well meet here. This group focuses on the spiritual needs of mothers and children under 5 (plus older home schooled kids ;) lol ).We are learning who we are in God. This week we learned that we are unconditionally loved by God. We read a story to the kids and then we do a craft, so they have a reminder of the very important biblical message we discussed.

Here is Adeles' heart, to remind her that God loves her unconditionally!

The mums also have an opportunity to go into more depth about the topic together as the kids are supervised whilst playing. The leader has been using an art approach to explore the topics. It has been great. God is good!

During the week, we were outside playing, when we noticed words appearing in the sky! The kids were so excited as they had never seen a skywriter before. And we were delighted to see the first word was pray!

We were then more excited when we thought that a cross was the next symbol, as it looked perfect!

But it turned out to be a call for prayer, for a baby named Ellis. A very important message, written in the sky for all to see, a call to pray for a little baby.

Pray for little baby Ellis..

Another full week, but I love seeing the progress that my kids make! The character that grows in them through our bible study and focus. The Bible is very powerful!

1 comment:

  1. Oh Anne, what a busy time you have been having.

    I bet the children loved making the castles, cardboard boxes are priceless to children :)
    Adele looks like she is really enjoying her art lessons.

    We also saw the sky writing!