Adventures with Mr. T and Slick

Can you believe we've already completed 4 full weeks of school? As a teacher/mama who generally isn't even starting until now, it's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that we've got a solid month of school under our belts already.

Anyone want to guess what we are studying this week?

Anyone want to guess what we are studying this week?

You guessed it, we've arrived in Egypt for a few weeks of in depth study. We are learning about the Nile River, the Pharaohs, the pyramids, and which of Noah's descendants migrated to this area after the incident at Tower of Babel.

A reenactment of the battle for the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.

A reenactment of the battle for the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.

Over all, we (including me) are learning a bunch and having a good time doing it.

Adventures with Mr. T and Slick: Week 3

During Week 3, Mr. T and Slick's main focus was learning about the Tower of Babel, the Fertile Crescent and starting to learn the books of the Old Testament. The learned how to draw a map of the Bible lands (where all our study of history this year will take place) and a silly sentence to remember the names of the places on the map. I was very proud of their diligence this week because learning to draw a map full of names that make no sense to you is difficult, and they were champs. Also, the books of the Old Testament are some serious tongue-twisters and both of the boys tried really hard to learn to say (and spell) them correctly. It is a work in progress, but that's ok. Our current read-aloud book is The Tanglewoods' Secret about a little boy and girl living with their aunt. It's delightful and the boys are enjoying read-aloud time quite a bit.

Say the silly sentence with me, "E.T. Purrs in the Red Nile Med." Ask the boys what that means next time you see them.

Say the silly sentence with me, "E.T. Purrs in the Red Nile Med."
Ask the boys what that means next time you see them.

Adventures with Mr. T and Slick: Week 2

Week two started off really well with Mr. T and Slick digging into Adam and Eve's original sin. How often we are quick to blame others and try to cover up our own sin. :( And how quickly the whole world went to shambles once sin entered the world.
We started read aloud time this week, music studies (Hello, Vivaldi!) and added a few things to our timelines. The boys love coloring their timeline pieces and them laminating them. We worked on adding a few pages to our history notebooks, and the boys' sentence structure is improving already.
We learned about the four types of energy this week and it was a delight for me to see the understanding dawn in their eyes as we tried different activities and had much dialouge about the differing types.
Circle time continues to be a hit, and the boys are doing so well with their speech ideas and Scripture memorization. Mr. T in particular always has something to share.
Areas of focus this week at circle time are days of the week and months of the year. And remembering to sit still at circle time. LOL!

Follow along with us this year as we learn about His Story from the Creation to the Greeks!

In SCIENCE this week, we learned about 4 types of Energy. The boys are really enjoying the activities with every lesson.

In SCIENCE this week, we learned about 4 types of Energy. The boys are really enjoying the activities with every lesson.

Hello Antonio Vivaldi!!

Hello Antonio Vivaldi!!

Adventures with Mr. T and Slick: Week 1

     Mr. T and Slick have hit the ground running and are enjoying their first week of school. Jodi is doing some assessments with them this week to be sure of their reading and arithmetic levels before she starts assigning work. Together, the boys and I (Kristy) are slowly working our way up to a full afternoon, so we are starting off slowly with Circle Time, Bible and some history. We are going to be learning about public speaking this year, so it's something we are focusing on in Circle Time. Both of them are NOT shy and aren't afraid to ramble on and on, so making sure we don't overshoot our planned speech time may turn out to be more of a challenge than making sure we talk long enough.
     Week 1 of My Father's World has us studying the days of Creation, reciting 2 Timothy 3:16 and dabbling in art. Mr. T LOVES art, and Slick tolerates art, so it will be a bit of a trick this year to balance the projects out so that they are both pleased. These next few weeks, we will be covering some art basics, like drawing straight lines, working on ellipses and learning about not getting frustrated by not being a perfect artist from day one. First project was to draw with a pencil in their mouth, after learning about Joni Eareckson Tada, who is a very talented artist despite being a quadriplegic. They both loved this project and in fact, have recreated it several times on their own time. They've learned how to work together on something they can't do on their own, like take the cap off of a marker.
     We are also studying The Sabbath, which is a great reminder to the adults as well, since Jodi and I both work many hours, at work and at home. We baked Challah bread and made table coverings. Slick was especially interested in the resting part of Sabbath, although he seems convinced that resting means he can have unlimited time on his tablet for the 24 hours. LOL! I'm working on Slick's schedule to keep it reasonable as he currently practices gymnastics for 12 hours a week and attends youth group activities twice a week.
     We had our first synergy group meeting this week and while we were missing a student, we enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. We did a science experiment, we baked bread, and we had our first official speech opportunity.

     Follow along with us this year as we learn about His Story from the Creation to the Greeks!
 

The boys always yell "SCIENCE!!" when I say we are going to be working on science that day.

The boys always yell "SCIENCE!!" when I say we are going to be working on science that day.

Mr. T hard at work coloring his Days of Creation page

Mr. T hard at work coloring his Days of Creation page

New School Year for Mr. T and Slick

I LOVE new school years!

I love the planning, the preparing, the fresh new pencils and empty grade books. I love digging through new teacher manuals, pre-reading the year's read-alouds and curriculum books. I love purchasing reward stickers, getting excited over science experiments, art supplies and getting familiar with the music we will be learning to appreciate each year.
All the fun things!

Our books are sitting around in stacks as Jodi and I are making lessons plans for Mr. T and Slick. We eagerly await Monday, so we can begin in earnest. Jodi is teaching the 3Rs and I'm teaching music, art, history, science, geography, and Bible.

We are also starting a synergy group with other homeschoolers using My Father's World curriculum,  the Creation To The Greeks year. We will be doing projects together that are more conducive to a group setting, learning about public speaking, and doing that all important socialization thing everyone talks about. LOL! We are still looking for 2-3 more families to join our synergy group, so it's not too late if you are interested, please contact us by August 14, 2017.

Deep Cleaning Week

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Deep Clean Week

We have spent this week cleaning ALL THE THINGS at the office this week so that everything is spic and span to start the new school year. Carpets have been shampooed, new-to-us books have been shelved, flashcard boxes have been taped back together, Bananagram tiles have been washed...everything is looking fresh and clean. We're preparing to put our best foot forward when we see your student this school year.

And, That's A Wrap!

What a FUN (and educational) summer we've had! We've gazed at the stars and other celestial beings and traveled to White Sands to enjoy the full moon up close and personal. We have explored our way through Zoology Camp while learning about all the classifications of animals and trekked through the zoo to identify each kind. We've engineered our way through Mean Machines Camp so we could build a Rube Goldberg Machine. We've peeked through our safety goggles at Mad Scientists Camp while decoding secret messages, separating colors with chemicals, and blowing up Diet Coke with Mentos. And we painted, sculpted and splattered our way through Art Appreciation Camp while learning about some famous artists and their unique styles.

Until next year, my smart little campers!
     Miss Kristy

Mad Scientists Camp

I think I'm learning more AND possibly having more fun than my smart little campers. :) What a blast we are having this week! So far, we've talked through paper cup and yarn phones (they really work!), and played with Oobleck (Oh, the fun of a Non-Newtonian Liquid), attempted to decode secret messages using lemon juice and heat but that didn't work (an important lesson in all science experiments), separated the colors in markers with water (seriously cool), discovered that rate IS proportionate to particle size by dissolving antacids, dehydrated cucumbers by using three options of sugar, salt and baking soda, made balloon rockets and paper rockets. All that's left is Explosion Day on Friday! Here's some fun photos of the things we've tried this week.

 

EDIT: Friday was super fun! We put Mentos in Diet Coke and watched it become a geyser! And the, we made our own ice cream by "testing" the difference between just shaking it in a bag of ice, versus shaking it in a bag of ice and salt. Good times.
 

Mean Machines 2017

What an exciting week! We learned about the 6 basic simple machines. Simple machines are ones that have one or zero moving parts and help us with work. The six simple machines are:

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6 Simple Machines

* inclined plane

* lever

* pulley

* wedge

* screw

* wheels and axle

  • inclined plane
  • lever
  • pulley
  • wedge
  • screw
  • wheels and axle

We watched a fun video series about each of the simple machines, plus a hilarious (and educational) video by Bill Nye the Science Guy, enjoyed some books about each kind of machine, looked for them around the center and at home, had intelligent discussions about how they work, and then each day we opened the Mystery Bag to create an engineering masterpiece using the information we had gathered about machines. The students are so smart! They found new ways to make the projects work every single day. I was so impressed. I am no engineer and I'm not ashamed to say I learned a few things this week as well.
At the end of the week, we put all our knowledge together to build a Rube Goldberg Machine to push a car down a ramp (inclined plane). The children brainstormed together and designed it themselves, and ended up with a machine that used a pulley, and several inclined planes, including books as dominoes, to push the car down the ramp.
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