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Archive for October, 2006

Recently

The last week or so we have been mainly focusing on “basics” and haven’t covered as much of our KONOS activities as I had planned. I have been doing this long enough that I no longer worry about it!

I really feel led this year to keep our focus primarily on the “basics”, adding in the other additional topics as we have time and as we get more accustomed to some of the new curriculum the kids are using this year.

I have recently decided to buy the various levels of Learning Language Arts Through Literature for each child. Despite what I had heard from other people, it is just what I am looking for! It basically puts together all the various areas I was trying to cover on my own in an easy to follow layout that the kids can follow and I can easily teach. I am looking forward to the levels arriving for my 6 and 8 year olds. My 12 and 10 year old have just started their levels this week.

They have a variety of activities that cover all Language Arts areas including– copywork/handwriting, reading, spelling, grammar, critical thinking skills, dictation, etc.

Our weeks have also been filled up with a variety of activities: music lessons every Tuesday afternoon, Ballet lessons every Thursday afternoon, various Playdays or other activities on Fridays, fun days off with Daddy, etc. It has been a busy but fun time!

My oldest has just started using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science. She is in 7th grade this year. Although we cover a lot of science with our various KONOS units, I decided to start her on this to get her used to a different kind of learning which I know will help her with other KONOS related research, reports, etc. She is enjoying it so far and my 10 year old son is also watching all her experiments and we are discussing them together.

We have been doing a really great Bible Study in addition to our KONOS study of Stewardship. I will tell more about that in a separate post!

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Africa–Desert Activities

A week or so ago, we spent the afternoon learning about the Desert, some animals from the desert and other desert related facts.

We ended up using mainly one good resource book for our discussion on this day along with several Atlas’s. The book was called: Animals of the Desert by Stephen Savage
Here are a few pictures of our activities:

These two pictures of a dramatization of a cobra and a mongoose. The “Cobra” is wearing the Hooded jacket, the mongoose is the other child. They practiced the various was a cobra would react when being attacked and how a mongoose could attack the cobra.

 

This is my oldest son at the end of his demonstration of how a Namib Darkling beetle drinks water (he is now “dead”). It is very interesting…They stand with their head down and their abdomen up. The dew collects on their abdomen and then trickles down into their mouths. Bryce attempted to drink in this strange fashion (I was assisting, so didn’t get the picture!) and found that humans really aren’t meant to drink upside down!

 

 

These last two pictures are of my oldest son demonstrating what we discussed about rocks cracking/splitting in the desert at night because of the drastic temperature changes. It didn’t sound quite as loud as it should have because he used limestone rocks!

 

We also read about and discussed a mirage and oasis. We read about many desert animals and plants. We learned how awesome God is in the way He planned every detail to help them to be able to survive in such a harsh climate!

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.”

Psalm 24:1

Stewardship–Africa

We have recently started our study of Africa. We are focusing on the character trait of Africa. I will be posting some details of the activities we are doing along with pictures as often as I can!

Here is a picture showing what verse we are working on and the categories the kids came up with that will be used on our Stewardship Chart.

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