Monday, September 3, 2012
Today was our first day of school. It was my first day of using multiple Cores from Sonlight. Last year I had my OLDER girls (I guess I need to stop referring to the twins as "my girls" since I have another girl now!) doing light Kindergarten work, but this year we are doing a full Core and adding in the 1st grade readers. They did relatively well today. It was a lot of sitting and listening (Sonlight is very literature-intensive), but I only had to refocus them a couple of times. They were able to answer comprehension questions and Jessica was actually disappointed when we were done for the day and stuck around to listen in on Matthew's books. I think my favorite part of the day was at the dinner table talking about some of the things they learned. Both girls seemed astonished that in Martin Luther's day, people had to buy indulgences as a sort of pardon for their sins. It was so reassuring to hear them all talk about the fact that forgiveness is free because Jesus paid the price. My 7-year-old threw in that Jesus WAS the price. Praise God that they're at least learning the important stuff!
Matthew's work spans from 2nd grade to 4th grade, depending on the subject. During science we were reading about the "story of the earth" which inevitably includes certain things with which we disagree. We choose to study other scientific theories, other religions, etc. with our children so that they are familiar with the thought processes of those around them and can ask any questions of us in what we would consider to be a safe environment. Each part of the book that I read today my son would say, "True." "False." "Um, is that true?" and things of that nature. We had talked about the big bang theory last year when we studied space and he brought it up again. He said, "So, scientists believe that there was nothing, and then there was just this big explosion and everything came into being?" I said that was basically what they believed. He said, "Well... what exploded? I mean, if there was nothing, where did the big bang come from? And if there was something to explode, where did THAT come from?" The depth of the thought processes of this child amaze me. He concluded that we should pray for the writers of the text book to learn the truth and some day maybe write a text book that included Creation so other people could read about it. He thought it was much easier to believe that a Creator was involved after studying things like the water cycle and the human brain, watching Mom experience a pregnancy, etc. It is so rewarding to watch them learn and begin to think for themselves.
Andrew didn't have any academic instruction today because he had the opportunity to be Daddy's helper instead. We had been installing a counter top/bar-type table to our kitchen and Andrew helped with some of the final steps. He got to go to Lowes and help Daddy find things, he got to paint the wall a little, and he enjoyed some rare one-on-one time before Daddy goes back to his overtime schedule.
All in all, it was a great first day. We are looking forward to this year and hoping we can continue to do well when Kaitlyn starts crawling, walking and just being more demanding of our attention :-)
Just 5 more minutes, Mom!
Matthew - 2nd grade, age 7
Ashlyn, Kindergarten, age 5
Jessica, Kindergarten, age 5
Andrew, preschool, age 3
4 of my 5 cuties
They wanted to show off their backpacks
We get a little wild during Seeds Family Worship time
Who knew Scripture memory could be so much fun?
Here's to a terrific year of learning and growing!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Today for science we were studying the various layers of the earth. I was supposed to hardboil an egg to show the various levels (shell = crust, white = mantle, yolk = core), but last night was a rough night with the baby and I didn't want to heat up my house today boiling the water! Luckily, we had apples in the house, so I cut one down the middle and improvised (skin = crust, pulp = mantle, core/seeds = core). When we were done with the lesson, we of course had to eat the apple so that it wouldn't go bad
Matthew took a big bite and said, "Mmmmm! This mantle sure is yummy! And some magma just squirted into my mouth!"
Kids are fun!
Monday, August 17, 2009
So it's upon us! The start of another school year. Matthew and I went out by ourselves yesterday for a special shopping trip for some last-minute school supplies. It's rare to get out with any of them, let alone one-on-one time with them since Daddy's working 6 and 7 days a week now. So we enjoyed it and tried to make the most out of it. Got some good deals, too!
The kids were very eager to get started this morning.
We read the creation story this morning and made a melted-crayon earth to mark the beginning of our timeline.
They enjoyed their rug time reading with the Boxcar children and acting out the chapter with the little "dolls" they had made last week. The girls need lots of work on listening and not interrupting, so we're trying to focus on that during rug time.
Our science reading was about where rain comes from. After each part, Matthew would color the corresponding part on his water wheel.
When he was finished he put his two pieces together and could spin the back one to see the water cycle in action!
The girls did some freestyle coloring during all of this.
Then we took an impromptu trip outside to check out where the rain water on our street goes.
We also made a rainbow on the driveway with a glass of water. After this picture we got a really good one with bright colors. Ashlyn was the most fascinated with this experiment, while the others were more excited to run around the yard
They were excited about their new (cheap Target find!) lunch items.
Thankfully Andrew took a good morning nap today! Once the girls went down for their rest time, Matthew did his spelling work. It's supposed to take him a week to learn the words, but he spelled every one of them 100% correctly the very first time I said them. I'm really trying to find a good Language Arts fit for him but it's not working too well! With Sonlight, the grammar is way above his head while the spelling and reading are beneath him. We'll keep trying to find a good fit.