Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Friday, April 18, 2014

MFW 1850's to Modern Times Week 3

We started this week rarin' to go!  A new hymn plus a little bit meatier history we were definitely ready for.  I'm not sure if I can speak for all my kiddos, but I think "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" has made it to my list of favorites.  By the end of this week, the eight- and five-year-olds were singing pretty thirteen-year-old is usually pretty shy about singing and is usually very quiet, but I noticed he's getting more into it as we go along.  I even heard him singing a lot louder than usual in the car yesterday when we were listening to a Christian radio station.  I cannot tell you what joy that brings to this mama's heart.  :-)

For our Bible time, we continued reading stories from "A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God," by Patricia St. John.   I am really liking this devotional, as I really think it is teaching my children how to apply passages of scripture to their own lives.  We also took the time to pray for our nation's judicial system and judges.  The first week, we prayed for the President, and the second week we prayed for Congress.  I love this, because not only is it teaching them to pray for those in charge of our country, it is also reminding me to pray for those I often forget to pray for.

Our memory verse this week was John 13:15.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

For History,  Andrew learned about the British setting fire to the White House in 1814.  He also began learning how to read maps and directions (N, S, E, W).  We learned and sang the song "My Country 'Tis of Thee."  Please, somebody tell me that I'm not the only one that gets all emotional listening to my kids sing these songs!  We also learned of America's thirteenth President, Millard Fillmore.
With Vincent, I busted out the Story of the World Activity Book (I've been salivating over this since Box Day LOL!).  We read about Queen Victoria and the Sepoy rebellion in India.  We also learned about the Crimean War.  Nope!  Not the current one...this one happened in 1853-1856.  I found it more than a little ironic that this fell into our schedule right now.

While Vincent learned about the scientific method, Andrew learned about molecules and DNA, and then finished off the week learning about solids, liquids, and gases.  Our DNA experiment was especially fun...we saw tiny strands of onion DNA!
At the beginning of the week, we cooked up a Victorian "Tea," complete with Lemon Poppy Seed Afternoon Tea Bread and (probably a bit more un-traditional) root beer floats.  :-)  Yummy!
I finished off each of our days reading aloud "Farmer Boy," by Laura Ingalls Wilder to Andrew and Isaac.  I've always loved this book.  We've also noticed how much they ate back then.  I've tried explaining to the boys that with all the chores and work they had on the farm, they had to eat that much!  It's funny to watch their eyes when the food Almanzo ate for any particular meal is being read.  LOL!

With Isaac in K, we finished off his Turtle unit this week and started U-u-Us.  We've been learning about the five wonderful senses God has given us.  There has been a lot of blind-folding paired with tasting, feeling, and smelling.  ;-)  I was also able to turn this into a discussion about trust, because while Isaac was blind-folded, Andrew jokingly told me I should give Isaac...well, let's just say something VERY unappetizing to taste.  I talked to him about trust and how broken trust is not easily fixed.  I think the highlight of Isaac's week was listening to his classical CD and trying to move gracefully around the house while trying to keep a beanbag on his head.  LOL!
Have a good weekend everyone, and a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

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