This week, we wrapped up our hymn, "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus." I think I can safely say it is a favorite for all of us. Every single one of them was belting it out by the last day of the week. It makes it a little tough for a mama to sing when she's trying not to cry! ;-)
We did quite a variety of things for our Bible time this week, including learning about missionaries David Livingstone and Hudson Taylor, reading out of "A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God," and praying for protection over the United States from our enemies. Our memory verse was 1 John 3:16:
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
The boys were excited that we finished up the beginning-of-the-year handwriting practice this week!
For history, Andrew learned about the Pony Express, and he also learned more about how to read maps. With Vincent, we read about David Livingstone's trek through the African interior, the "resurrection" of Italy, and the Taiping Rebellion in China. One of the activities for this was to make a stencil of the front side of a Taiping coin and use it to dust powdered sugar onto a cake. I found the last non-gluten-free cake mix in the cupboard and made a couple of round cakes for the occasion. Strawberry! The temptation was definitely there, but my last experience with gluten is a VERY strong deterrent!
For science, Andrew learned about solids, liquids, gases, melting, freezing, evaporating, and floating. Sorry I don't have a lot of pictures from this week, but here is one of the experiments. One plate of water went in the toaster oven (warm), and the other went in the fridge, to learn about how different temperatures affect evaporation. It's hard to see, but the one on the right (on the hot pad) has almost no water left. Big stuff for a second grader! ;-)
I continued to read "Farmer Boy" to Andrew, and started a book called "Courage to Run," by Wendy Lawton, with Vincent. It's about the childhood of Harriet Tubman. It had me crying in the very first chapter.
We finished out our week with a nature walk. This time we went to a county park reserve near our home, and I think we will be spending a lot of time there this year...we haven't even come close to exploring half of it!