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The Promised Land

We landed in Israel last week and are still there! Here is what we have been doing in the Promised Land. We:
  • Conducted a virtual field trip to Israel
  • Colored Israel's Flag
  • Completed a Map of Israel and its Neighbors
  • Worked on our Geography Songs for the Middle East
  • Compared and contrasted the weather/seasons in Israel
  • Learned about the flora and fauna in Israel
  • Read about the Negev desert
  • Learned about Israel's water problem
  • Sang a Hebrew song
  • Sang the Alephbet (the Hebrew Alphabet)
  • Made a notebooking page to learn the colors in Hebrew
  • Prepared and ate Jewish Israeli foods
  • Studied a Jewish Israeli holiday - Hanukkah
  • Listened to the Hatikvah - the Israeli National Anthem
  • Learned about the life of a Jewish Israeli family and compared/contrasted their observance of Torah
  • Compared and contrasted Biblical dietary laws verses eating "Kosher"
  • Discussed Sabbath keeping
  • Talked about the tallit (prayer shawl)
  • Made tzitzits/tassels (Read numbers 15)
  • Read about the Knesset, the role of the president and prime minister
  • Looked at and compared Israeli and American currency
  • Learned about the Gaza, West Bank, Golan Heights and their role in the rumblings in the Middle East
  • Read the news at J Post and Arutz Sheva
  • Talked about the lunar calender
  • Studied the Biblical months and their Roman Calender approximate equivalent
  • Found out our birthdays on the Biblical calender
  • Talked about the Biblical Feasts (not the Jewish feasts, God says they are His feasts) and why they are important (the Feasts are a shadow of things to come and point to Jesus/Yeshua)
  • Celebrated the New Moon (a symbol of renewal) and blew the shofar (a friend blew the shofar for us - so beautiful!)
  • Talked about who Biblical Israel is (if you believe in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob (Israel) you are spiritual seed and heirs according to the promise!)
If you would like to to do a neat family study on Biblical Israel I recommend One Nation Under God: A Family Study of Biblical Israel. Here are some pics from our week: We made hand-print menorahs and used our fingerprint to light the candles. We made Potato Latkes and Falafel (Israeli Hamburgers made from chick peas). I made cucumber sauce to serve with the falafel over greens and hummus to serve on the side. Here is Jordan displaying the Talit (prayer shawl). Up close is the corner where the tzitzits are attached. The tzitzits are tassels that are worn on the corners of your garments according to numbers 15. Boys working on their flags and map. Tonight we will watch a Jewish movie - Fiddler on the Roof and make Petel (PEH-tel), a pink raspberry flavored soda! Delightful links: Some of the books we used this past week:

Bubble Fun

I, or rather "we", are having so much fun with Mali's preschool lessons! Here are some photos that I took of us playing with the bubbles from Mali's b lesson.

Here is Jordan's big bubble that he blew with his bare hands!

And here is a collage I made. Elli is blowing bubbles with her mouth, silly girl! She thought it was funny.

Just wanted to share some fun pics from our week.

I am working on getting some photos up to show the work we have been doing on the house these last few months. I need to scan the "before" pictures first. So, I will be sharing house pics soon!

B is for Balloon

This week we had bbbunches of fun exploring the letter Bb! Here is what we did:

  ABC Book:

Memory Verse:

From Sing the Word From A-Z: Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. You and your household. You and your household. Believe in the Lord Jesus, Acts sixteen thirty one.

Story Time: 
The Beginner's Bible
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin 
The Biggest Bear by Lynn Ward Bedtime for Frances by Russel Hoban
A Boy, A Dog and a Frog by Mercer Mayer (I love wordless books!) (I had Malachi point to words that begin with the letter b in the story!)

From A Child's Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson: Bed in Summer My Bed is a Boat 

Fun Songs:
Bubbles(Sung to: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Bubbles floating all around (pretend to catch bubbles) Bubbles fat and bubbles round (make a circle with arms) Bubbles on my toes and nose (point to toes and then to nose) Blow a bubble, up it goes! (pretend to blow bubble and point up) Bubbles floating all around. (pretend to catch bubbles) B..u..b. .b..l..e..s f..a..l..l. .i..n..g to...the...ground. (sing slowly while sinking to ground) From: Everything Preschool - Letter B 

Art: Ball Prints 

Malachi rolled a small ball in paint and then rolled it around on a piece of paper!

  Bubble Prints

We made "Bubble Paint" by mixing 2 tsp. clear liquid dish detergent, 3 Tbs. water and 1/4 cup powdered tempera paint (food coloring works too!). We used a straw to gently blow into the paint mixture until a bubble dome forms and then captured bubble prints by placing a piece of paper on top of the bubble dome. You can use different colors for a "marble-like" effect and use prints to create custom stationary, envelopes, cards, gift wrap, etc. From The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions.

Activities: Balance Beam

Tape a long piece of tape on the floor and have them walk on it trying to keep their balance! I got this brilliant idea from Jolanthe at Our Homeschool Creations. I have always wanted a balance beam for our "school play yard!" We used a 2x4 to give Malachi more of a challenge.

Balloon Buffoonery: 

We introduced the letter b and /b/ sound with a pack of blue balloons to get him excited about the letter b! Here are a couple games we played:

Balloon Soccer 

Hit the balloon around using your head, knees and feet ~ no fair using hands! (The original game had us using only head, elbows and knees - no hands or feet, but Malachi participated in Challenger Soccer Camp last summer and we did not want to undo all that he had learned! We had the older boys play with no hands or feet to make it fun for them).

  Indoor Volley-Balloon Challenge

We made a net by tying a string between two small chairs. You can also lay a bright string on the floor for a net. Children can use their hands to bat the balloon back and forth over the net. To score a point (if you keep score), the balloon must hit the floor on the other side of the net or when it takes more than 3 tries to get the balloon over the net. Games from: Country Friend's Kid Stuff 


Bubble Recipe (from The Unbelievable Bubble Book): 1 clean pail 1 cup Joy or Dawn 3-4 Tbs. glycerin 10 cups clean, cold water. (More if low humidity). Gently Stir. We made unusual and unique bubble blowers with straws, string and wire loops. You can also use strawberry baskets, or anything with holes! Or you can take some wire and wrap it around cookie cutters to make fun shaped bubble wands.

This was Malachi's 1st time bowling! It was fun to watch him wait for the ball to hit the pins and then see his excitement as the pins fell down!

Writing Warm Ups: Bead Stringing

Activities such as this help strengthen the eye-hand coordination and fine muscle control needed for writing. Talking about these activities incorporates the language and helps improve reading comprehension and writing ability, according to Growing Up Reading. Have your child string beans, buttons, macaroni, or cut up straws. Thread a large plastic needle with yarn, or tightly tape one end of a piece of yarn to make it stiff.

Get Ready for the Code Activities:

Quick review of the letter f. Me: (holding up the letter f ) "What letter is this?" Malachi: f! Me: "What sound does f make?" Malachi: /fff/ Me: Can you think of a word that begins with that sound? Malachi: Fish! Moving on to the letter b: Me: (holding up a ball) What is this? Malachi: A ball! Me: What sound do you hear at the beginning of ball? Malachi: /b/! Me: What letter makes that sound? Malachi: b! Vocabulary introduced in this lesson include bus, belt, bike, boots, bird, balloon, basket and box. I love it that they stayed away from digraph blends, such as /br/ and /bl/ - I think those would confuse him at this point!

  Science Time: Bubble Reactions

Fill a glass about a quarter full of milk. Drop a few drops of food coloring into the dish. Immediately follow this with dish detergent. Watch the cool reaction.

  Bubble Freeze

If it gets cold enough in your area. Use a bubble wand to create a large bubble. Then catch it on the wand. Finally let your children watch as it freezes. (I didn't know bubbles like cold!) Source: Everything Preschool - Letter B 

Math Time:

  Bead Sort(Skill: Classifying) I asked Malachi to help me sort a big pile of beads. We sorted beads by color and then by size.

  Beans, Buttons, Pennies (Skill: Sequencing and Prediction) Repeat a pattern of objects two and a half times. Then let your child predict which object comes next. Have them complete and repeat the pattern. We played a variation of this game using various sizes and colors of beads. Malachi was able to complete the pattern, but he was not able to repeat it the first time we played this game.
From: Growing Up Reading: Learning to Read Through Creative Play.

Some of the books we used this week:

Prepare and Pray Lesson 6: Seeds for Tomorrow

In this chapter, Mr. Robinson and the boys work to retrieve a pinnance from the wrecked ship. We discussed the character qualities they demonstrated. The attitude of the young men working to free the pinnance demonstrated eagerness and diligence. The explosion Mr. Robinson contrived to blow a hole into the side of the ship, and the use of pulleys, blocks and rollers demonstrated resourcefulness, wisdom and courage. Mr. Robinson encouraged physical fitness, for strength to work, hunt and provide for themselves and others.

We talked about the importance of physical endurance and what we could do as a family to build up our endurance. We discussed that Jesus walked long distances and we thought that would be a great idea for us! So we committed to walking more. (We are in a great part of town to do this, I think!)

The survival skills taught in this lesson center around long term food solutions in an extended crisis (war, depression, etc.) As a family, we are building a food storage for hard times. We store grains, beans, rice etc. But, our rule is that we do not store anything that we do not eat on a regular basis. As a result, we started eating from our food storage. I discovered that this is a great way to reduce our food expense. We buy grains in bulk from Wheat Montana, and then pack them in buckets for storage.
Buying in bulk has saved us a lot and served us well. We make our own breads and cereals from the grains. However, this is not a long term solution.

The long term solution presented in this lesson is gardening. By using open-pollinated (instead of hybrid) seeds, we can have a renewable source of delicious and nutritious food. By allowing a small portion of each crop to "go to seed," we can save them for the next season. God created seeds to reproduce after their own kind. Hybrid seeds do not do this- they do not produce usable seed. Jordan learned this the hard way when he planted squash seeds from a squash that was given to us. The plant grew, but did not produce fruit. It was sterile. I am glad I let him plant it! (I almost didn't because of the amount of water and space it took to grow, but the lesson learned was worth it.)

The Bible says not to sow our fields with mingled seed. We believe that "mingled seed" may be crossed, hybrid or genetically modified (GMO) seed. So, we use open pollinated or heirloom seeds - seeds that have been saved and handed down from generations. We follow the techniques recommended by Suzanne Ashworth in her book, Seed to Seed. Last summer was the first year we have applied her techniques. I am excited to plant the seeds that we saved from our zucchini. We hand pollinated them and saved the biggest, healthiest ones! I grew some beautiful tomato plants that I started from seed, but did not get one tomato! My sweet little 1 year old daughter, Eliana, picked every one before they ripened! This year I will have to devise a way to keep her out of them.

This lesson mentions storing seeds for gardening, but also for sharing and bartering. I have thought about this already, but still need to decide which seeds I will buy. I am considering some seeds that are already packed for storage, like Wendy Mae's at Frugal Squirrels.

Well, guess what all of the hands on projects for this lesson are? If you said gardening, you are correct. And it is much too cold to garden and too early to start our seeds. So, we will organize our seeds and make a gardening plan. Here are the projects that we will do in a couple months: 1. Make seed starters. 2. Create a new compost bin. 3. Plant an herb ladder. 4. Make a bean tee-pee and pea trellis. (Plant lettuce in the center bed to be shaded by the growing peas).

One project that we can do is make sprouts.


 Here is what we do: Place 1/4 cup of seeds (we usually use wheat and lentils, but will try mung beans this time) in a wide-mouth pint jar. This will yield 1 - 2 cups of sprouts. Cover with cheesecloth or a sprouting lid. Fill jar with water, rinse seeds then pour all the water out. Place jar in a dark, warm kitchen cabinet. Rinse twice daily until 1- 1 1/2 inches long. Eat fresh or store in fridge for 4-6 days. Sprouts are yummy and sweet and make a delicious addition to tortillas and bread! We also learned to identify plants which indicate water available at or near the surface of the water. When it warms up, we will go on a nature hike and use a field guide to identify plants. But, for now, we will just study them!

F is for Footprint

We had a lot of fffun this week exploring the letter f! Here is what we did!
Memory Verse:
From Sing the Word From A-Z:

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name, you are mine. . . says Isaiah 43 verse 1."

Story Time:

Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Foot Book by Dr. Suess

Fun Songs:

Five Little Froggies - A counting song

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Frère Jacques


From A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Foreign Lands
Farewell to the Farm

Fun Activities:

Make a Fish

1. Tear pieces of tissue paper and glue them on to a piece of paper. Add lots of strips of foil.
2. Fold the paper in half and crease the fold well. Draw a fat fish shape and cut it out.
3. Bend over the top edges until it touches the fold at the bottom and press hard to crease it.
4. Turn the fish over and bend the other top over in the same way.
5. Unfold the top pieces, snip a mouth and make cuts up to the fold.
6. Half open the fish and pull every other strip out and pinch in the middle so that it stands up.
7. Use bright thread to hang up your fish.
Paraphrased from Usborne Big Book of Things to Do

Flower Painting

1. Color loopy petal shapes with a crayon or candle and let your little one water color over them to reveal daisies. (I used kid paint, but I think watercolors would have had a neater effect!)

Felted Feathered Friend Craft

1. Cut out felt circle shapes for the body and a triangle for the beak. (Discuss shapes)
2. Use pipe cleaner for the feet and decorate with feathers and googly eyes.

Malachi named his feathered friend, Tonto! Can you guess why?

Get Ready for the Code Activities:

"What is this a picture of?" (Looking at a picture of a fish). What is the first sound you hear in fish? /f/! Can you name the letter that stands for the sound /f/ that you hear at the the beginning of fish?"

This is the pattern we followed all week for words beginning in f. What fun!

Some of the vocabulary words we covered in the book are fish, fan, football, fork, foot, fence, finger and fishing.

Malachi was excited to have his very own school that he can do "right by myself," as he puts it! He had fun completing the pages on the letter f.

Math Time:

Five Little Froggies counting song

Fruity Fractions - We cut an orange into halves, then quarters, then eighths. I asked Malachi how many halves it takes to make a whole, how many quarters, etc. and helped him put the pieces back to see if he was correct!

Science Time:

Float or Sink

We found as many items beginning with f that we could find, like foam egg carton, a feather, a funnel, a fork, a football, a piece of foil, floss, a "ferocious" lion, a fast car, a "funny" bug. . .etc! I had Malachi make a prediction as to whether he thought the item would float or sink. Then he tested it. Many items he got correct. Some surprised him!

Funny Putty

This was a lot of fun! To see how we did this fun concoction, check out my post on Stretchy, Rubbery, Bouncy Fun!

Malachi caught on quick to what we were doing this week. On his own, he gathered up all the stuffed animals he could find and told me these were his furry friends! I love it!

Here are some of the books we used for our fun filled f exploration!

For more preschool fun, check out The Preschool Corner!

Stretchy, Rubbery, Bouncy Fun

It's funny. It's putty. It's Funny Putty! This is our most favorite stretchy, rubbery, bouncy concoction from the The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions! And this is what we did for science today!

We made this for a preschool project for Malachi and the older boys could not resist getting in on the fun. Here is what we used:

We started with the basic ingredients pictured on the left, liquid starch and Elmer's glue. Food coloring is a pretty addition. We did not have any, so we used liquid bluing (an alternative to bleach for whitening whites). The bluing worked nicely and gave it a pretty blue color!

Here is what we did:

We poured 2 Tbs. white glue into a paper bowl. Then added a couple drops of coloring (bluing). We stirred until it was mixed. Then, we slowly poured this into 1 Tbs. of liquid starch in bowl #2 . Then we let it sit for 5 minutes while the glue absorbed the liquid starch.
Five minutes later, we picked the putty up and kneaded it. The book says, "Note: At first this mixture may look as if it is a mistake, but it isn't. The more you knead the putty, the better consistency it will be." I am so glad they added that note! It looked like a slimy mess!

Here is the finished funny putty!

We rolled it into a ball and bounced it! We flattened it and blew giant bubbles with it! We stretched it! Well, "we" did more with it than I approved of! This is me, "No sticking it in each other's hair! No seeing if it sticks to the ceiling! No bouncing it off the walls! Sit at the table and play nicely with it!" After playing, the putty was safely stored away a zip lock bag. . . until next time!
Here is a link to the Kid Concoction Homepage for inspiration, fun ideas, and even a Concoction of the Month.

Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day: Flying Reptiles!

We are on lesson 8 of Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day and today, we learned about Pterosaurs! "Pterosaur" comes from the Greek words meaning "winged lizard." We read that a paleontologist studies fossils to learn about extinct creatures. To understand how hard it is to guess with only a little information, we found an old photo of a family member that we didn't know much about. We looked for clues in the picture and then guessed what she may be like. Then we called the boys' grandma, who knew a lot about her, to see if we were close. We were able to guess a few things about her, but we learned a lot that we never could have guessed from the photo! We agreed that it is a difficult job to guess things based on only a small amount of information! Then we read about Pterosaurs in history. Isaiah mentions a "winged serpent" in Isaiah 14:29 and 30:6 and we wonder if Isaiah was referring to a pterosaur in these passages? Historians, such as Herodotus, who lived 450 years before Christ, recorded seeing "winged serpents." Josephus, who lived during the time of Jesus, also wrote about creatures that sound like pterosaurs. We read that modern day people in the jungles of Africa and South America have described and drawn pictures of what look like Pterosaurs. We learned about the two basic groups of pterosaurs, that their bones are hollow like birds', and they have a large flocculus, which helps them balance and also tells us that they were excellent fliers. We measured using Dylan's feet to get an idea of how big a pterodon's wingspan is - he had to take about 37.5 steps with his 8 inch feet to equal the wingspan. We were impressed until we read that a quetzalcoatlus has a wingspan of 40 feet (that would be 60 Dylan feet long!) and its head alone is 6 feet tall. See the picture above to get an idea how big they were! Here are the boys notebooking all that they can remember about pterosaurs.
There is evidence that pterosaurs may have laid eggs, so we made a "fossil" of a baby pterosaur hatching out of its egg. This was fun! We used a hard boiled egg to make the imprint of the egg. We did not make our fossil mold deep enough, so two of them cracked. But the imprints we made of the baby pterosaurs still looked cool!
Some links we visited today: Drawing of Pterosaurs Are dinosaurs alive today? Pterosaurs Still Living Thunderbirds The last 6 lessons in our Zoology 1 book cover insects, bugs and butterflies. We think this would be a lot more fun to study when the weather is warm, so we will continue Zoology 1 in the Spring and move on to Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 - Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day! We're ready to slip on our scuba gear! By the way, have I ever mentioned that I think this is the BEST science curriculum we have ever done? As author Jeannie Fulbright puts it, "The material is presented in a conversational, engaging style that will make science enchanting and memorable for your students, creating an environment in which learning is a joy." In my words, it is "delightful learning!"

Boat Trip to the Philippines

Today, we finished reading Race for the Record, a Trailblazer book, by Dave and Neta Jackson. We read about the struggles of missionary families getting the message of God translated into the tribal languages of the Palawanos people in the Philippines. The book centers around Joy Ridderhoff and her work in getting the "guid news" to remote tribes and the founding of Gospel Recordings. The boys had lots of questions, like, "What is betel leaf staining?" Here is a great image we found to answer their question! We did some more reading about the Philippines in our Geography text, and then we played a game called Pusa At Aso, which means "cat and dog" in the Filipino language of Tagalog. We are coming to the end of our travels in Asia. We will review our Geography songs tomorrow and take a test to see how many Asian countries we can remember. Then we will jet over to the Middle East (which is considered a part of Asia) and do a study on Israel before we head off to the "Land Down Under!" The boys are off to the YMCA for Homeschool P.E. and then floor hockey with the after school program. They did a lot of listening today. . . they are ready to get some energy out!

Automobile Study Lapbook

This morning we made made an automobile lapbook for a study of automobiles. What is a lapbook? "A Lapbook is a proven method of enhancing, creating and displaying a summary of what a student is learning and has accomplished during a particular unit of study," according to Knowledge Box Central. This lapbook consists of 21 mini books that fold open to reveal information underneath. The mini books cover information such as early automobiles, Karl Benz, Model T Ford, how the engine works, car systems, driving a car, car safety, car parts, problems caused by automobiles, hybrid automobiles and more! We made it on 12x12 scrapbooking pages so we can put the finished book into our homeschool scrapbook.
Some interesting facts we learned:
1. The word "automobile" means "moving by itself."
2. The earliest automobiles were driven by springs or by steam engines.
3. Karl Benz built the first gasoline powered engine.
4. Benz's car had a top speed of 14 mph!
5. The Model T was the first "affordable" car.
6. The first American car was called a "horseless carriage."
7. Early drivers faced many problems without paved roads. Often they would get stuck and a horse-drawn-carriage-passerby would shout, "Get a horse!" as they passed by!
Here is a funny joke from our lesson:
What do mechanics charge to change a flat tire?
I'll leave the answer in the comments, so as not to give it away!

A Visit to Japan

Today we visited "the land of the rising sun," or Nippon, as the Japanese call their country. The boys colored the flag of Japan, which has a red circle, or "rising sun" on a white background. They also worked on their Geography songs for Asia and colored some Japanese carp labeled with colors in Japanese. The carp is considered to be a strong and brave fish. On our visit to Japan, we explored some Japanese art forms: the writing of haiku and the art of paper folding, origami. A haiku is described as consisting of seventeen syllables organized into three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. To make it fun and simple for the boys, I had them write a "Who Am I" haiku, in which you have to guess who or what they are writing about! Who Am I?
by Jordan
I look like a horse.
I climb the hills of Asia.
I carry loads, too. Who Am I?
by Nathan
I am big and fat.
I have big feet and two tusks.
My color is grey. What Am I?
by Dylan
I am really big.
People come to stay in me.
I have a Starbucks. Leave us a comment, if you can solve their haiku riddles! Here is a picture of the origami elephants we made.
After reading that Japan is the world's leading automobile manufacturing country, we thought it would be fun to do an automobile lapbook. . . however, we have more ideas than time, so maybe tomorrow.

And guess what we are having for dinner? I hope you guessed rice, because that is the most common food in Japan and is served at almost every meal!

A Game of Tag.

I've been tagged by my friend, Meg. She is such an inspiration to me! She is a wonderful mum (that is what they say Canada, eh?) and a wonderful, witty knitter! I dream of being as good as she is.

So, here it how it goes:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.2. Post the rules on your blog.3. Write six random things about yourself.4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

I don't have 6 people to tag, but I'll play anyways!

Six random things about me:

1. When I was young, I loved to play house and school. And now, I am a homeschool teacher.
2. When I was in college, I wanted to be a photographer. And now, I photograph my children.
3. I went to college a 2nd time to become a Dental Hygienist, and now I clean my children's teeth.
4. When I submitted my life to the Lord, I wanted to serve Him in BIG ways. And now, I serve Him by serving my family.
5. I used to pray for patience until a wise, old woman told me that if you pray for patience, God will bring you tribulation. God must have heard every one of my prayers!
6. God is molding me into the person He wants me to be, and He is not done yet!

I'll tag:

Prepare and Pray Lesson 5 Part 2

Our assignment today was to make bread from scratch! Here the boys are taking turns grinding wheat berries into fresh flour. We are using the Country Living Grain Mill and it serves our family well! We are using a whole wheat bread recipe from the Urban Homemaker. If you are interested in reading about why we mill our own flour, check out this article. To make our bread today, we needed 7 cups of flour, which means we had to grind about . . . I just thought of a good math problem for Jordan. If each cup of berries makes about 1 1/2 cup of flour, what is the ratio of whole berries to flour produced? And how many cups of berries did we have to grind to get 7 cups of flour? This will be a good review for him, so I'll let him read this tomorrow and tell me the answer. :-)

Luke has really been wanting to learn how to make bread, so this assignment was perfect timing! He and the boys followed the recipe and I gave them a few tips along the way.

I think they did a great job! If only you could smell it!

While waiting for their bread to rise, the boys worked on their memory verse. Here is what we do: we write the verse on the white board and then I erase one word. The boys take turns reading the verse and if they say it, they get to erase another word. We do this until all the words are gone and they can say the verse from memory! And it is fun! They also write the verse in their journal and listen to it on CD. I try to give them many different ways to learn, as they are all different learners!

An assignment, that we will do next summer, is to make a map of our neighborhood and note possible food sources. We did this this past summer at our old house and were able to identify many wild edible plants. We collected samples and dried them to make a "guide to wild edibles in our neighborhood." In our lesson this week, we discussed the use of the cattail as a food source. In early summer, young flower heads can be boiled and eaten like corn on the cob. In mid fall to mid spring, the starchy rhizomes can be used like potatoes or dried and ground like flour. In the Spring, the sprouts can be eaten raw or boiled. We live near a marshy area and there is an abundant supply of cattails! It will be fun to see what we discover in our new neck of the woods!

The Tawny Scrawny Lion

Malachi is excited for preschool! I always tell him the best way to have patience is to do something else while you are waiting, so while we are waiting for his book to arrive, we thought we would do A Fun Unit for Toddlers and Preschoolers based on the Tawny Scrawny Lion! This unit, written by Miiko Gibson, includes the "I Love Carrot Soup" 4- day program. The unit includes questions for active reading and enrichment activities. Over the last week, we have practiced numbers 1-10 and days of the week through fun songs as well as other activities I will share here!

Each day we began by
reading the Tawny Scrawny Lion. I will always treasure this time! I especially loved when we came to the part of the story where the rabbit goes right up to the lion and counts his ribs. I then counted Malachi's ribs and enjoyed his tickles of laughter. He loved this part of the story! After we had read it many times, it was fun to let him fill in the words as I read. His older brothers did a really good job taking turns reading to him and letting him actively participate in the story. We made carrots from playdough and had a pretend carrot soup party with the 10 fat bunnies! Malachi even made a bowl of berries to go with!


We made carrot prints from a potato stamp!

We made cut out cookies of the 10 fat bunny brothers and sisters from the story! I was going to have him make cut out carrots, but I didn't think white carrots would be as neat as white bunnies!

 When I told Malachi we would be reading the Tawny Scrawny Lion, I asked him if he could think of an activity we could do to go along with the book and he said, "Make lion paw prints!" So we did! Here he
 is hopping like a bunny from paw print to paw print.


His dad made a treasure hunt for him with the rest of the paw prints as clues. He had a fun time finding the clues and a surprise at the end of the hunt.

Our unit concluded with making real Tawny Scrawny Lion Creamy Carrot Soup! Malachi was a willing participant. He told me on day 1 that he would eat carrot stew like the Tawny Scrawny Lion!

The Tawny Scrawny Lion Creamy Carrot Soup became the Tawny Scrawny Lion Creamy Carrot and Tomato Soup because Malachi added too much salt (like 1/4 of a salt shaker!). I tried the potato trick and then added several cans of tomato sauce, and some half and half, and kefir. . . anything to "water" it down without watering it down! We will be eating Tawny Scrawny Lion Creamy Carrot and Tomato Soup for days and will freeze the other half for many more cold winter evenings!

And the good news is, Malachi's Get Ready For the Code book arrived today! So, we will begin with our letter lessons next week!