Friday, December 28, 2007

Week 17: December 24 - 28 Christmas break?

Luke 2



Science: Balance in Nature
Pictured - a dung beetle



Art/Music: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

A spanish artist, Dali was a surrealist, painting the unconsious. Noah thought his work looks like bad dreams, but was able to choose this as his favorite.

La d'couverte de l'Amrique par Christophe Colomb, 1958-59

He likes it because it is not as scary as Dali's other works and it depicts Christopher Colombus, one of Noah's recent books he read.

Language (Spelling and Grammar)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Week 16: December 17 - 21

This week's Bible lesson and verse: Reviewing the last three lessons
Jesus is Baptized

Jesus calls the disciples

Jesus' first miracle

favorite verse:



History and Geography : The Egyptians c1700BC - 30BC
Life at Home
*parties (create an Egyptian feast)
*games and sports

The end of the empire
Important dates:
1450BC the Egyptian empire is at its largest
1190BC the sea people attack
1070BC the new kingdom ends in civil war
671BC the Assyrians invade
525BC the Persians invade
332BC Alexander the Great conquers Egypt
30BC Egypt becomes part of the Roman Empire

Science : Ecology

Reading : Egyptian myths: The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt and The Bible


Art/Music: Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

Language (Spelling and Grammar)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Week 15: December 10 - 14

From now on, I'm going to try to post our week at the beginning on Sunday or Monday, instead of posting what we've already done.

Bible/Religion Jesus' first miracle

"We will tell of His power and the mighty miracles He did." Psalm 78:4

MaTh : Subtraction
adding double digits - I gave Noah a test worksheet to see if he was able to able to grasp the concept of adding double digits. After the third equation, it clicked and he was off and running. fun with math equations

History/Geography: The Egyptians c1700BC - 1100BC

Temples and gods
Re, Thoth, Anubis, Amun, Horus, Ma'at, Osiris, Isis, Taweret, & Bast

Writing and temple school

Persons of Interest: Moses 1393BC - 1273BC

King Tutankhamun 1333BC - 1324BC

Life Cycles

Reading: Egyptian myths: The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Writing: writing out the words for numbers one to ten, practicing lower case

Art/Music: Chagall

Language (Spelling and Grammar)
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
capitalization of "I"

Friday, December 7, 2007

Week 14: December 3 - 7

Bible/Religion This week's Bible lesson and verse: Jesus calls the Disciples
"Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19

MaTh - reviewing counting by 5s and telling time.

History/Geography The Egyptians: c1700BC - 1100BC

Person(s) of interest: Queen Hatshepsut c1500BC

The Egyptian Empire

mapping the Egyptian Empire
warrior Pharaohs and the court
trading trips and travel

This week in science: Creating New Life pt 2.
Continuing with reproduction, we studied animals who are born live and watched a video of puppies being born.

Reading Egyptian myths: The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt and excerpts from the Bible


Art/Music - Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker Suite

Language (Spelling and Grammar)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Week 13: November 26 - 30

This week's Bible lesson and verse: Jesus is Baptized
"And a voice from Heaven said, 'This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with Him." Matthew 3:17


This week in science: Creating New Life

Noah learned that some animals can reproduce by splitting, breaking down or budding from themselves while others need a partner. This week we studied the animals that hatch from eggs and we watched a video of a chick hatching.

Be patient . . . this takes 10 minutes!

READING: exerpts from the BIBLE
the Amorites, Hittites and the City of Babylon

History and Geography:

The Babylonians : c2000BC-1600BC
Person of Interest: Hammurabi c1810BC - 1750BC

Mapping Hammurabi's Empire
Hammurabi's laws

Of the three laws we learned about today, Noah chose this one to illustrate: If a surgeon carried out an operation that killed a patient, he had his hand cut off.

* gods and legends : Their most important god Marduk saved the world from a terrifying sea monster. They believed he created the world by building a huge raft on the ocean and pouring dust on top of it.

The end of the Empire: Hammurabi died, his Empire grew weaker and after the Hittites invaded, the Empire collapsed.

The Hittite Empire - c2000BC - 1200BC

Mapping the Hittite Empire

Kings, wars and warriors: The Hittite warriors were tough, riding into battle in war chariots and carrying iron weapons which were stronger than the bronze weapons used by their enemies. The greatest Hittite king was Shuppiluliuma.

gods: many, but the chief god was Teshub - he was to have controlled the weather

The end of the Hittites came when the Sea Peoples raided. Some Hittites survived in Syria, but the Empire collapsed.


This week in Math : more single digit addition

Friday, November 23, 2007

Week 12: November 19 - 23

Bible lesson and verse: No adventure club this week because of Thanksgiving and it is a lighter week all around. We will continue lessons but not all subjects.


This week in History and Geography:

The Mycenaeans c 1600BC - 1200BC

Mapping the Mycenaean World: 2000 BC The Mycenaeans settle in Greece
1600 -1200BC The Mycenaeans are rich and powerful

Palaces and Tombs

This is what the city looked like. The palace contained:

*Workshops for metalworkers, potters and weavers. Some of the things they made were traded abroad.

*Offices where scribes kept record of all the good stored in the palace. They wrote on clay tablets using Linear B writing

*Bathrooms: the tubs were stone and the water had to be scooped away with a jug and poured out. The water was perfumed with fine oils for the nobility.

*Beehive tombs and treasure: The first graves were 40 foot pits. Later graves were "beehive" tombs made of mounded earth. The shaft graves were harder to rob, so a lot of the grave treasures have survived.
This is a golden funeral mask found in a grave shaft at Mycenae.


Mycenaean traders sailed as far as Egypt and Italy. They bought ivory and precious metals in exchange for wine, olive oil, weapons, pots and bowls.


1450 BC Mycenaean warriors sailed to Crete and took control of the palace and Knossos. They also took over the Minoans sea trade and became the leading traders in the eastern Mediterranean.

Legend The Siege of Troy 1250 BC

Paris, prince of Troy, fell in love with Helen, the beautiful wife of a Mycenaean king, Agamemnon. Paris took Helen off to Troy so the angry Agamemnon attacked the city and kept is surrounded for 10 years. One day the Mycenaean soldiers left a large wooden horse outside the walls of Troy and pretended to sail away. The Trojans thought the horse would bring them good luck and brought it into the city. That night, Mycenaean soldiers who were hiding inside the horse climbed out. They opened the city walls, letting in the rest of their army and they destroyed Troy. Helen was sent back to Agamemnon.

The end of the Mycenaeans
by 1200 BC After several years of bad harvests, the people started attacking each other's cities, stealing their crops and cattle. Some even left Greece to search for new homes and their cities were gradually abandoned.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Week 11: November 12 - 16

Bible: Review of the last three weeks

The Three Wise Men
Jesus Grows Up
John the Baptist

Noah said his favorite verse was Luke 2:52 "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men," because it shows Jesus was a boy like him!

This week in science: Animal Senses
*Hearing in bats and dolphins

How insects compound lenses work.

*Nocturnal animals - how can they see in the dark?

*Eye position and field of vision

Here is another link for amazing facts

History and Geography : The Minoans: c2500BC-1450BC
Mapping Crete

The legend of King Minos: According to Greek legend, the god Zeus fell in love with a beautiful princess called Europa. He turned himself into a bull and swam to Crete with the princess on his back. King Minos of Crete was one of Princess Europa's sons. The Minoans take their name from King Minos who ruled the island.

The legend of the Minotaur: half man, half bull the Minotaur was to have lived in a huge maze under the palace at Knossos. A young Greek prince called Theseus set out to kill it. King Minos' daughter gave the young prince a magic sword and a ball of thread. Theseus unwound the thread as he went deeper into the maze, leaving a trail behind him. After killing the Minotaur, he followed the thread back to the outside world.

Life on Crete
*Travel and Trade
*Writing: Linear A

The end of the Minoans: possibly a natural disaster weakened the land and the people and left them compromised making it easier for the invading Mycenaeans from Greece to conquer them. They never recovered and eventually died out.


ART: Fresco
We studied the wall paintings of the Minoans and then Noah painted his own Fresco

I spread spackling on a sheet of paper and had Noah paint with watercolor while the spackling was still damp. When it dried, we had a beautiful stiff fish Fresco.
Below it : more Minoan art

Math: Reviewing single digit addition & subtraction
Identifying and making patterns

Friday, November 9, 2007

Week 10: November 5 - 9

This week's Bible verse: "Obey God because you are His children." I Peter 1:14
John the Baptist


This week in Science: Internal Balance and Sending Messages

*Body Temperature

- - terms: warm blooded, cold blooded
we connected to a link discussing a day in the life of a lizard
and studied ways animals warm up and cool down
*Water Balance
*Liver and Kidneys
- - terms: liver, urea, kidneys, urine, bladder

Sending Messages:

*Color coding
- - examples: cinnabar caterpillar's orange and black stripes warn that he is poisonous
butterflies - the African monarch butterfly is poisonous, but predators will also leave the Swallowtail butterfly alone because its coloring mimics the monarch.

*Body language (the dance of the bee, importance in the pack)
*Making noises (birds, grasshoppers, crickets: calls of warning, or to attract a mate)
*Chemical messages to attract a mate or mark their territory

History & Geography: Europe c6000BC - 3000BC

Mapping Europe
First Villages

*temples and tombs

Northern Europe c3200BC-1500BC
The Monument Builders
*Mastering Metal
*Tombs and treasure

Friday, November 2, 2007

Week 9: October 29 - November 2

This week's memory verse: Luke 2:52 "And Jesus grew in wisdom, and stature and in favor with God and men."
(Same verse as last week because there was no adventure club last week, so we stayed on the same lesson.)

U.S. History: This is not really the year that we will be studying U.S. History as a regular subject, but we are making it an occasional study. This will be a fairly long project I think. We will be memorizing the meaning of the pledge of allegiance. Here I've written the whole thing out.

I Pledge Allegiance - I Promise to be faithful and true (Promise my loyalty)
to the flag, to the emblem that stands for and represents
of the United States all 50 states, each of them individual, and individually represented on the flag
of America yet formed into a UNION of one Nation.
and to the Republic - And I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is itself a Republic, a form of government where the PEOPLE are sovereign,
for which it stands, this government also being represented by the Flag to which I promise loyalty.
one Nation under God, These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic under the Divine providence of God, "our most powerful resource" (according to the words of President Eisenhower)
Indivisible, and can not be separated. (This part of the original version of the pledge was written just 50 years after the beginning of the Civil War and demonstrates the unity sought in the years after that divisive period in our history)
with Liberty The people of this Nation being afforded the freedom to pursue "life, liberty, and happiness",
and Justice And each person entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law and principle,
for All. And these principles afforded to EVERY AMERICAN, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or any other criteria. Just as the flag represents 50 individual states that can not be divided or separated, this Nation represents millions of people who can not be separated or divided.

History: The Indus Valley People c2500BC - 1500BC

Mapping the Indus Valley in South Asia

food, crafts, trade and the city of Mohenjo-daro. Here, Noah is working with cotton. He learned that the Indus Valley farmers were the first people to grow cotton and weave it into cloth.

The end of a civilization


This week in Science: Breathing

Breathing in water: fish and how their gills function

Breathing in water and on land: amphibians

How the lungs work to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide

How insects breathe: through holes in their bodies


Friday, October 26, 2007

Week 8: October 22- 26

This week's Bible verse: "And Jesus grew in wisdom, and stature and in favor with God and men." Luke 2:52
Jesus grows up
This week in History: The Egyptians c3100BC - 1700BC
Mummies and Pyramids

Tomb treasure

The Great Pyramid

mummification - This lesson was so much fun. We linked to some Usborne sites from our chapter on Egypt, and toured King Tut's tomb, studying the pictures painted on the interior walls. These pictures are treasured art to us now, but back then they were actually left as maps, leaving directions for the deceased Kings as they traveled through to the next life. Then I wrapped Noah as a mummy and took his picture so he could see what he looked like. He was so interested in the whole process. He especially wanted to know how the ancient 'doctors' removed the brains - through the nose of course!

He was anxious to get out of the wraps though.

Person(s) of interest - Cheops, Pharaoh of Egypt c2589BC - 2566BC pronounced key-ops; also Khufu in Greek
The Great Pyramid was made for him . . . or was it?

Mapping Egypt


This week in Science: Teeth & Digestion

Meat eaters - carnivores (Lions) Plant eaters - herbivores (Giraffe) and the all purpose teeth of the omnivores (monkeys)

kinds of teeth: canines, carnassials, incisors, permanent teeth, premolars, molars. Other animals referenced: sharks, cows, and deer

Digesting plants; we learned about the special digestion system of rabbits and cows (Noah was surprised to learn that cows have 4 stomachs!)

Digestion in birds - some birds eat small rocks to help them crush the seeds and some birds swallow their food whole, coughing up pellets of indigestible fur and bone.

MaTh We're still working with money, learning denominations and how many coins of each kind go into a dollar - this is also an easy way to introduce the concept of fractions. Also reviewing counting by 5s and 10s

We work on Spelling words whenever we're in the car

Friday, October 19, 2007

Week 7: October 15-19

This week's Bible verse: "Seek the Lord while He may be found." Isaiah 55:6
The Three Wise Men

More nature study. This is the best time of year, at least I think so . . . but then I find beauty in Winter, Spring and Summer too! Noah was given a Salamander for his birthday so we have added the reptile to our lessons.
It's been interesting building him a suitable habitat. We read that yellow spotted salamanders are burrowers so we filled his aquarium with dirt, rocks and leaves and a little dish of water for soaking in. This is the time of year that he would be hybernating; he just dug right in and got comfy. They also eat worms, grubs and just about any insect, but so far we've provided him with tiny crickets to hunt and devour. Fortunately, they are so small and he is so addept at snapping them up in one gulp, that I haven't had to see anything disturbing. He seems happy for now and the kids love watching him so looks like he's here to stay for awhile. But they can live 20-30 years in the wild and even though that is much shorter in captivity, I don't know that we'll be keeping him that long.

We've been two days ahead, so Noah was able to close his books on his birthday.

We also began working for the Juan Manigault campaign this week by going door to door in our precinct. We took a brief survey whenever someone would come to their door and handed out brochures to anyone needing more information about our candidate. Noah and I spent about three and a half hours doing this so far discussing Christian citizenship and our responsibilities while walking.
This week in History: The Egyptians c5000BC - 1700BC
Mapping Egypt
Farmers of the Nile Valley
*crops, animals and the farmer's year
This week in science: Feeding, Food & Energy - we learned about the parts of the animal's mouth made for finding and devouring food, food chains, and how the body makes energy from the food. Noah's favorite was studying the grasshopper's mouth parts: the Mandibles for holding or biting, the Palps for tasting food and the Maxillae for pushing the food into the mouth. All of these were acted out of course . . . on each other.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Week 6: October 8-12

This week's Bible Lesson is Review:
The Angel and Mary
Jesus is born
Shepherds visit

Noah's favorie verse was Luke 1:31 because, "Mary was having baby Jesus." So he drew a picture of Mary with the little baby in her tummy.

Monday was a light day, most of which was spent outside exploring nature. Noah began a leaf collection, although it doesn't really feel like fall with the 90 degree temperatures and the extremely high humidity. Even now as I type, it is beginning to rain so maybe we'll get a little relief.

Tuesday - in Noah's class during mom's group, he learned about airplanes and how to make them out of paper. Now we have a paper airplane fleet!

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - a blur of days. This has been a light week academically. We did have a field trip on Thursday. We went with four other homeschooling families to a pumpkin patch. You can read about the day on butterfly kisses - October 11.

This week in Science: Moving on Land
We read about how animals move on land, creeping, crawling, running - Noah does a really good caterpillar - and then we found this little guy out on the patio. We watched him for awhile and then let him go on his way. It was nice of him to stop by today, it fit in so well with the lesson!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Week 5: Oct 1-5

This week's Bible verse: Luke 2:11b "He is Christ, the Lord."

Monday - History; we've covered the first farming, writing, crafts and trade of the Summerians. Now we are continuing with early kings and war. This part is really interesting for Noah. In his fun reading, he's been reading about King Arthur and the knights of the round table, which is centuries from what we're currently studying, but he is liking it so much that he is having a knights birthday party this weekend.

Tuesday - Science; we ran out of time to make the volcano last week, so we worked on it today, squeezing it into our studies of the deep sea. (It is still not finished, so it has not errupted yet.) After all, some of the largest volcanoes have grown under water creating the mountain ranges and deepest trenches. It has been amazing to learn about the life forms that thrive along the heat vents. Noah utilized some of the web links from our Usborne science book. His favorite was diving in the deep sea in a submersible and collect sea life specimens, identifying their characteristics and taking quizzes on what he had learned.

Wednesday - Here is Noah's spelling list. I am teaching spelling the CM way. These are words that Noah has been reading in his reading lessons.

little, lick, kick, sick, teeth, feet, hand, sand, coats, fly, when, girl,

gate, hate, that, feel, gold, cold, told, look, hunting, barn, then, grass,

back, rock, socks, cake, lake, make, shore, away, never, start, now, hear,

goat, fish, eagle, kitten, sheep, moon, swim, jump, walking, rats, horse, where,

said, say, with, same, have, gave, down, tree, talking, rich, just, were,

Thursday - Noah's printing has greatly improved in just a weeks time. Today's a writing day. I'll try to post some of his writing soon.

Friday - Noah finished his 100 Easy lessons reading book, his personal goal to read and finish the book before his birthday has been achieved. I'm so proud of his accomplishments.

This week in Science: Moving by Flying & gliding

Friday, September 28, 2007

Week 4: Sept 24 - 28

This week's verse is Luke 2:11a "Today your Saviour was born in the town of David."

This week in History: The Sumerians c5000BC - 2000BC.
Mapping Sumer
The Invention of Writing
Crafts and Trade / Kings and War

Today we studied the invention of writing of the Sumerians in Mesopotamia. First Noah used his own stylus and a playdough tablet to make symbols of a bird, wheat, and bull. Then he learned how to write his name in cuneiform.

Tuesday we were able to go to the library -just the two of us- for an hour and a half. I'm trying to do this once a week because it is so wonderful for us. We get to have time together without interruptions or distractions and we get so much done.

Wednesday, one day in the week where we don't have to be anywhere. Today while the girls napped, Noah and I did run an errand (Josh is working from home this week.) We picked up our Juan Manigault signs, bumper stickers and t-shirt and signed up for our door-to-door efforts to help his campaign for mayor. In history we've been studying how early civilizations grew into towns and cities and eventually get big enough for a leader, so I tied that in with the Mayoral race here in town.

Thursday is Adventure Club! I don't think I've discribed what goes on here. It's the children's midweek program at our church. I grew up with AWANA in the church of my youth. Adventure club is not quite so rigorous with the Bible verse memorization as AWANA was when I was young, but then I've heard that AWANA has really lightened it's requirements in recent years. I feel it is vital for our children to memorize scripture. Our church does have quizzing and our youth group has done some amazing things with that, so when Noah is old enough we want him to get into quizzing. Anyway, I digress. Adventure club is a time for the kids to get together, play games, say their memory verse review the Bible lesson and values and be mentored. Noah really loves it. Bronwen is in Church Mice which is the program for the pre-schoolers. She loves it too and can often be heard at home pretending she is driving to "class." I catch Noah and Bronwen playing 'church' sometimes instead of playing house. I love it!

Friday this week was project day. We were supposed to go on a field trip to Grissom Air Reserve Base Museum, but it was postponed - possibly to next week. So instead we got out the pottery wheel and Noah created his first little pot. If you know Noah and how much he dislikes getting his hands messy, you'll know what a big deal this was for him.

I haven't said much about Math, but it is currently Noah's favorite subject. He's been working on simple addition and subtraction so far. He's so serious about doing his math homework. He can already count to 100+ by 1s and 10s forward and backward and is very comfortable with number placement. This coming week we'll be starting to work on counting by 5s, telling time on an analogue clock and counting money. By then I'll probably have more interesting worksheets to show you.

This week in Science: Moving in water