Saturday, October 6, 2012

unit 8 review {BLHFHG}

Week 8

Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:11

*an apology~somehow I cant find the rest of the pictures I took this week on either of my memory cards or my cameras internal memory*

I was a little worried that after a week of no school that my boys would forget what we had been learning, but to my surprise, they picked right back up where we left off.

We started the book Pilgrim Boy {an Abeka book} on the way to the beach that we borrowed, but the boys got busy and we finished it up this week. We also finished our library book A Lion to Guard Us{this was our 2nd adventure book}.  We also borrowed a book on Miles Standish that we will start this week as well.

Nathaniel is picking up on adding {he was struggling with the concept, but is showing lots of improvement}. He is also working on calendar concepts {find the 3rd Saturday, or all Fridays}.
Thomas is working on counting by 4's,6's,7's,8's, and 9's; telling time {review}, and carrying.

We talked about the Pilgrims getting ready to leave, and how sad they must have been to leave their Dutch friends. When the Pilgrims left England, some rode on the Mayflower and some on the Speedwell. We talked about the Mayflower and learned a few things:
*it sailed in September, 1620
*there were 102 passengers
*it took 66 days to sail 2,750 miles
*it could carry 180 caskets/barrels
 The kids made their own Mayflower boats and then we counted 180 barrels {of cheerios} and put them next to the boat, then ate them, of course.

While sailing to the new world the Speedwell and the Mayflower had lots of weather conditions. They had days with calm winds/seas, but they also faced days with strongs winds and storms.
When it got cold on the boat, the children liked to hear stories, and play games. They also had a nice surprise when 2 new babies were born during the journey. The Pilgrims went from one country to another when they traveled. We talked about the country, state, and city we live in and found them on a map.

I forgot to take pictures, but we did a little experiment with water, oil, and salt. I filled a ziplock bag 1/2 way with water, then added a few drops of blue food coloring, and a few drops of oil. We watched the oil float to the top of the bag, then we added salt and watched the oil then drop to the bottom. We talked about John Howland, and how he fell overboard the Mayflower, but his life was saved. He, like the oil, would float for awhile and then he would sink in the salty water.
We also learned about the earth and how it slowly spins all the time!! The boys took an ink pen and spun it in the floor {it spins really fast} and then compared  it to spinning themselves {which took longer to spin}. We learned that the earth takes a long time to spin because it is really, really big!! It takes 365 days for the earth to spin around the sun 1 time. Also, they learned that when the sun shines on us, its dark on the other side of the world {we used a flashlight and a globe to visualize this}.

Phonics {Nathaniel}
He recognizes almost all the letters and knows sounds but still struggles with E,G, and Y. He's reviewing/learning cl,bl,br,sh,wh, and ch.
I have him in Kindergarten phonics {Horizons} because he had a hard time last year with his letters/sounds.
I also have flash cards that I made for him that he reads everyday along with his paper work.
So far his words are:

Spelling {Thomas}
This week is a review from the past 7 weeks, so everyday is a different worksheet with all the spelling words he's learned so far.

We've had specaial meetings going on at church this week, and we made an Oreo dessert to take for Wednesday  night. 

Oreo cookie dessert

 1 package of Oreos
1 stick of butter
1pkg. cream cheese
1 large instant chocolate pudding mix {made by directions}
12 oz cool whip

1 cup powdered sugar

Crush 2 ½ rows of Oreos and put in bottom of  9 X 13 pan
Melt 1 stick of butter and pour over cookies and mix

In a small bowl mix 1 package of cream cheese, 1 cup powder sugar and ½ cool whip
Spread on cookies
Mix pudding according to directions and spread on
Spread cool whip on top of pudding
Crush the remaining Oreos on spread on top

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