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Homeschool Highlights ~ Weeks 5 and 6

We were planning to take a week off this past week, but instead we had 2 easy weeks. At the end of week 6, we are up to 24 days of school, which averages out to 4 days a week ~ I'd like to stick with this!

Here is what we have been up to the last 2 weeks:

Nutrition 101: Choose Life:

This still remains my favorite hands-on subject to learn with my kids. This week we began Unit 3: The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory and Visual Systems.

In chapter 1, we covered:
  • The parts of the Respiratory System and what they do
  • How food affects the Respiratory System
  • Household Toxins and Environmental Changes for Health {I have a review/giveaway for a gallon of Household Traditions chemical free window and surface cleaner from Tropical Traditions coming up soon!}
We made the Super Tonic recipe from the Additional Recipes Section for this unit.

Cayenne (we used Habanero peppers), fresh chopped ginger, onion, garlic and apple cider vinegar (we left out the horseradish) blended in a blender. After it sits for two weeks, we will strain the pulp to get the "tonic."
" . . . if you are brave enough you can use [the pulp] as a hot salsa dip. . .use with olive oil as a salad dressing. . . suggested use is one dropper full in eight ounces water daily. . . you can use up to six droppers full per day if a bad cold or sinus infection has you down."
I'd like to try it right now to clear my sinuses.

In chapter 2, we covered:
  • The parts of the Olfactory System and how they help you smell {and taste our food}
  • How food affects the Olfactory System
  • Household and Personal Care Toxins
Garlic Bread Dip:
Olive Oil, fresh minced garlic and course dried peppers. 
Biblical History:

We covered: "David the Warrior," "David the King," and "The Feast of Tabernacles" in our Grapevine studies. I also read to the boys from Victor's Journey Through the Bible and The Holman Bible Atlas.

We did some activities from Old Testament Days ~ An Activity Guide that relates to this time period:

Make a Timbrel:

"When David was king, he wrote many songs calling for the people to shake their timbrels and dance with joy because they loved the God of Israel." 
A Sling and Some Stones:
We made a sling like the one David used in battle against Goliath ~ felt with cotton balls for the "stones."
Bow and Arrows:
The arrows are wooden dowels with erasers for the arrow tips ~ these were a huge hit with all the boys!
Edible Sukkahs for Feast of Tabernacles:

Last year we made them out of butter cookies and frosting, but I wanted a savory snack after all the apple treats we made (below).


We finished My Side of the Mountain. Our next read-aloud will tie in with our history.

  • Nathan and Dylan finished AE Anatomy Lesson 3, The Muscular System.
  • Jordan started GS Module 9: What is Life?

Eliana is close to being 4 (she is 44 months) so I am slowly transitioning her to "preschool." We have slowly moved away from tot school activities to get her ready emotionally. Thankfully, she loves to do school no matter what we call it.


I incorporate as much as I can with B4FIAR, but Malachi is ready for FIAR. We have about 4 or 5 more books that I want to row with B4, then we will take a winter break. When we pick back up with FIAR, Eliana will be 4 and Malachi will be 6 ~ which will be perfect.

I picked up Sonlight LA1 this past week. (I started Nathan and Dylan with SL LA1 1st grade and 5K). Malachi reminds me so much of Nathan in almost every area of personality, so I have been debating about waiting until he is 6 or in 1st grade to continue on with this level.

Currently, we are corresponding the lessons from Explode the Code 1 with reading lessons from the I Can Read It books (which correspond with the ETC books). Malachi is on lesson 2.

He can read the stories from Lesson 1. I gave him an index card with a rectangle cut out to help him focus (a suggestion in the SL Instructors Guide) and it is helping.

For math this week, we worked in Kumon workbooks and played with a new math learning tool that I am reviewing {coming soon}.

One day we had an apple theme going on. . .

We made Apple Pie Play Dough:

This was my very first time making homemade play dough! (that was not edible). I loved the soft warm feel of it while kneading it and the smell is so wonderful! We hope to try another recipe next week.

Play Dough Mat ~ Letter A

I gathered so many wonderful links about apples for when we row How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World (which will not be anytime soon, but this is a great time of the year to find apple resources!).

We made Fried Apple Pies,

Puff pastry dough, apples, sugar and cinnamon

Caramel Apples,

and Hot Apple Cider. {a little too much sweetness}

Then we had a fish supper.
Boys went fishing with their dad and grandpa.

In the Garden:

We harvested our leeks.

This is the very first time I have tried to grow them. They were not as big as the ones we order from our co-op, but they were great sliced and sauteed in butter and made into Creamy Potato Leek Soup.

We still have Parsnips out there ~ I will leave them all winter to make them sweeter. We learned that from Curious George Goes Green :D

In the Scriptures:

I finished reading through The Scriptures Bible in 80 days. I began 7/03 and finished 9/20. Since then, I have been listening to Elizabeth Pretiss' book Stepping Heavenward ~ thank you to a link shared by Mrs. White. I am on chapter 20.  That link is no longer available, but the book is a public domain book and you can find it on LibriVox. I downloaded it to my iTunes. You can read more about the author here: Daughters of Sarah: Elizabeth Prentiss. When I am done, I would like to read through the Renewed Covenant (NT) again using Aramaic English New Testament (AENT). That should keep me in the Word until baby is born (less than 12 weeks to go) because I know I will be reading the commentaries and hope to cross reference it with Jewish New Testament Commentary. Having a focused time in the Word really helps me stay in the Word. {It also has meant less blogging time, but hopefully a more focused and more purposeful blogging!}

Coming Up:

Next week, I hope to do some more fall activities with the little ones and go on our annual fall hike and nature scavenger hunt. {hopefully!}

Delightful Links:

Preschool Corner {and 5K too!} (More ideas for ages 4-5)