Thank the Lord for a beautiful spring day! We ate our lunch on the warm and sunny deck.
Letter R for Rainbows!
A Rainbow Scavenger Hunt!
Now that the weather’s nice and the evenings are LOOOONGER, we’re trying to spend time outside every day.
I found this really cool track agility obstacle course set and it’s a big hit! The girls set it up and ran relays and had soccer drills. It was awesome to watch.
Katie had a timer and was calling out directions. My little drill sergeant! When I called them for dinner, I heard three “awwww”‘s. :) Super.
It was so funny to watch the girls try to jump through the hoops. They didn’t quite make it.
It’s March already and we’re so ready for spring!
Almost all the snow is melted and it’s been gorgeous the past few days!
We did a lot of science this past week or so. A LOT OF SCIENCE.
We weren’t very diligent about completing the experiments in our anatomy science book, so we knocked out several recently.
Here is Elizabeth laughing about how gross it felt sticking her fingers into Jello.
The finished Jello human cell. We then threw it in the sink as it looked so unappetizing. The Skittles “bled” meaning their colors clouded into the Jello. Elizabeth was pretty disgusted.
Elizabeth’s “Alton Brown pose” before dissecting a chicken wing.
The “not so Alton Brown pose”…
We also did music (piano and voice), Latin, math…studied Mongolia, Georgia (the state), history…but alas, no pictures of those. She’s had a much better attitude this week and has been much more helpful with chores and her siblings and completing her school work more diligently.
We’re preparing notebooks for every subject to complete the transfer into Notebooking with our Ambleside curriculum. We’ve used Notebooking loosely, but I really want to rev it up and get her more independent as she heads toward high school. I can’t believe that my baby will be in 6th grade this fall…
Since Daddy is deployed, they offer Parents Days Out once a month. I dropped off the littles and we had ourselves a Mama-Daughter date to the thrift store and lunch at McGrath’s. That was sheer seafood awesomeness.
Elizabeth now has a palate expander to prepare for braces next month. I don’t laugh at her lisps ALL the time…
Our Science Curriculum:
We’ve all been rather under the weather around here last week, so we didn’t do a whole lot of preschool.
Painting Snow Art Time
Here are the girls painting snow.
We used liquid watercolors.
That was a big hit! They loved that!
A convenient morning basket for kids (and moms) for quiet time.
This was great when my kids were very young, and we still incorporate lots of this now that my kids are teens and tweens.
I still love beginning our day with morning circle time.
We all come together as a family on the living room sofas after breakfast for read alouds, prayer, Bible study, scripture reading, missionary stories, music, and more.
What’s in our morning basket?
We’ve done SOAP journals. (S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.)
I am NOT a morning person, so we often “do” Bible in the afternoon or evening if we have a busy day.
We did Leading Little Ones to God one year.
Glow in the Dark Fish is a nice book for families.
We’ve read through The Dig.
We’ve completed The Talk series about biblical sex ed.
We often read a proverb and psalm every day (there are 31 of those guys, so that works out nicely most months…)
I need to find something short (Sure, I’d love to meditate and pray for hours on end, but let’s be honest… Who has time for that?) and powerful to do for my own devotional time. I’ve been reading and praying and journaling before bedtime. Mamas have to fit it in when we can. It’s sometimes so hard, especially when dad is deployed and I’m exhausted from doing it all.
Great Kids Bibles:
We have a Charlotte Mason Bible Scripture memorization box. The kids read the cards to us at dinner each night. Each prays for a missionary from missionary prayer cards.
We also have a prayer cube.
My daughter made this darling little prayer wheel in AWANA last week and we will incorporate that into our Bible time.
We love reading and learning about missionaries.
We loved Hero Tales.
We now read through Christian Heroes missionary stories along with our chronological history reading.
I think I’m going to start stepping it up with some character traits study.
Homeschool Share has some great lapbooks.
These are some awesome character cards to use in all sorts of ways.
Education Cubes really engages the kids!
Music, Art, and Poetry
We love incorporating our picture study into morning circle time.
We love to read poetry that coincides with our chronological history. We also read poetry and listen to classical music with tea time.
Our circle time and basket is ever evolving as we grow and update.
How do you incorporate Bible study with little ones?
Here is Big Sister reading to Little Sisters. They love this anatomy book!
Here is the little clay girl with toothpick skeleton they made from lesson 2.
They also made some layered human body paper dolls from a Scholastic workbook Easy Make & Learn Projects: Human Body (Grades 2-4)
and are working on a cell model mobile. We’re focusing on healthy eating this week with a Food Pyramid bulletin board and food file folder games from File Folder Fun. (oh, the alliteration!)
Our Science Curriculum:
Tori and Katie made little log cabins out of pretzels.
I found the printable at TeacherFileBox.com. We’re looking for some paper people to print to add to their pictures…
We also finished up the letter Z. They worked on anatomy science with Big Sister Lizzie and loved it. I got a mini bulletin board set of the Food Pyramid and I made a board of some of it and a lapbook with the food sorting. We’re going to work on healthy eating habits this week.
We enjoyed watching snow and birds. We went to the Wild Bird Center and bought 3 new feeders and 3 bags of birdseed and we’ve laughed at these guys fluttering around. Not sure what they are cuz I’m from the East and these western and mountain birds are sure different! I think it’s a type of phoebe or junco…I need to buy a new bird ID book! We also have lots of sparrows and chickadees. They haven’t discovered the other feeders yet..