Saturday, September 21, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up - Dinosaurs, Fossils & Post Office

Not gonna lie, it was a rough week.  The "funness" of school has worn off, my patience was thin, and my toddler and teeny tot were not as cooperative when I needed to work with the older ones, but we still managed to learn some new things, have some fun, and keep our sanity! ;)  Here's our week.

MJ - 5th Grade

Bible: I think the day the kids all loved the best in Bible was the day I laid out ingredients to make brownies.  I said we would check back in the afternoon to see if the brownies had made themselves.  Of course, they hadn't so we had to make the brownies.  We talked about how crazy that is to think that brownies could make themselves and how silly it is to think the world just had a big bang and was made.  We talked about the truth the God has told us about creation. And we enjoyed some yummy brownies!
Making an assembly line to put in our ingredients for our brownies (we combined our history lesson with our Bible lesson- gotta love when those things happen).
Brownies and milk - a yummy Bible lesson.
Mj has been enjoying his missionary biography about Nate Saint.
English: Mj wrote a comparison-contrast essay about Legos and Mega Bloks.

Math: Mj reviewed multiplication of larger numbers and we discussed the distributive property.

History: Mj learned about the beginnings of aeronautics.  He learned about the Wright brothers and I was glad that he remembered our trip to Kitty Hawk 2 years ago.
Throwing a little science in there about how an airplane can fly.

Science: We started our chapter on fossils.  Mj loves it!
Doing some research on evolution vs creation.
Making a mold
Making a cast with the help of his brother and sister.
Working on his calendar notebook - state of the day page.
Jadyn - Kindergarten

Beginnings: We studied the post office this week. Jadyn could not believe that mail is put on a plane and sent to people.
We sent a package to a soldier over seas.
 Phonics: I am so proud of Jadyn.  Reading and phonics are a real struggle for her, but she has worked very hard this week and has gotten faster at reading her review word families and service words.
Jadyn loves to have Hopper splash into the pond after she says all her service words.
Which letter begins the words I say?  She loves this game.
The Ipad is a great help for phonics practice, too.
Math: Jadyn reviewed numbers 1-5 and learned ordinal numbers.
Working hard on her math paper with the help of Mr. Elephant.
Working on ordinal numbers with the help of Farmer Brown and his chicks.
Using dominoes for dot pattern practice.
I caught this cuteness one day.  Jadyn loves to "read" to her baby brother.
Jadyn was proud of the picture she made with our Blokus game.
Practicing piano and singing along.
We took a break from school on Thursday to get some free Krispy Kreme donuts on Talk like a Pirate Day.
I love Jadyn's creativity.  She used a couple happy meal boxes to make a castle. A great way to recycle, too! =)
I got a late start one morning this week, but was pleasantly surprised to find Mj helping Jadyn work on her calendar notebook.  Sometimes they surprise me!
Tower Building is great learning fun, too!
Gabe - Totschool
D is for Dinosaur!
Sorting dinosaurs by size.
Jadyn and Gabe loved the D is for Dinosaur craft.
Gabe liked my choice of books in his quiet bin this week.
The letter magnets were a hit in his quiet bin.
We also talked about the number 4.  He loved the frog paper with the 4 phases of a frogs life on it.
Gabe took a break from his castle this week and played with the construction set.
Gabe is not a big puzzle fan so I was pretty excited when he actually pulled out the transportation puzzle and did it.
Job - Teeny Tot
Balls are always a great way to have fun while mommy works with the older kids.
Shape sorting in a bin - the only cool way to play!
I noticed Job pulled all the zebras out of the ark. I was so impressed!
Playing with alphabet links.
Such cuteness  - melts my heart!
He thinks it's hilarious to steal the markers from the kids' cubbies.
He isn't perfect all days. Some days he just wants my undivided attention.

Fun Together: We had fun doing an art project together.
Stamping with black paint and toilet paper tubes.

After the black paint dried, they painted in the circles.

Gabe's finished project.
Jadyn's beautiful artwork.
Mj's artwork!

It always helps me to blog about my week.  I thought it was an awful week, but looking back it really wasn't as bad as I thought it was.=)

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