Sunday, October 25, 2009

Week 8 Jesus is the Rock, Benjamin Franklin, Composition of the Earth

Making Apple Butter

I don't have a lot of pictures from this week, but we had a good week studying the mid - late 1700's. We learned about Benjamin Franklin. we read a biography mainly about his younger years and then we have been reading the first 2 books in the Felicity series. We made apple butter just like Felicity and her mom did in the second book, we also watched the Felicity movie. Molly made her own almanac. On Thursday we went bowling with a few of the kids from our Thursday group.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Week 7 Bread of Life, Pioneers in Michigan, Bread

Experimenting with Flour - paitence mom it can be swept up, this is learning right
We made play dough and then that afternoon her and Keely played with it. We tried baking some of Molly's creations, but they didn't turn out so well, it was like they leaked out or somthing. I think they were just too thick.

Molly made a Jesus is the bread of Life napkin holder, which I now proudly display full of napkins on the diningroom table. The directions said to use a cracker box, but the pattern seeme too big for that box, plus my napkin would not have fit. Luckly I had this old camera box.
Kneading our bread in the kitchen aid. I really just wanted to get this bread made and with the least mess possible, but baking with kids is never all that tidy.
The bread turned out good, but we may have cooked it a little too long, it was pretty dark.
Molly's canoe, we were suppose to fold over some paper and punch holes and sew together, it was kinda generic but Molly liked it.

We had a great week of school. We learned about the french settlers and their use of canoes. Last week we did yeast experiments this week we did flour/dough making play dough and bread dough. We cheated a little and used the kitchen aid mixer instead of kneading by hand for 10 minutes. We made mini loaves of bread for 2 of our neighbors including a picture stating Jesus is the Bread of life and our verse from this week. I am going to try adding a unit study from a book called potraits of an american girl or something like that using the American Girl series. I am going to take and combine the unit on Felicity over the next 3 weeks I think it should fit in nicely, I just hope we don't get overwealmed, it's suppose to be fun, since Molly and I are big fans of the dolls and books (thanks Grandma!)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Week 6 Bread of Life, New Netherland (New York), Bread

our art work, I am using something called art with a purpose that I picked up somewhere since Molly didn't care for the other program we had. We learned how to draw trees and then put blossoms on for spring, we will continue with this lesson till we do all four seasons.
Our science experement - just cloned the pictures together to show how the balloon gradually got bigger
shake shake shake

It was a pretty good week except for one day when Molly was less than thrilled about doing school. Molly is enjoying piano lessons and our Thursday afternoons where we get together with 3 other homeschooling families. We took a field trip this week to the Brickyard School house in Merrill. They did a nice job, I think it is kept up by the historical society and then all retired school teachers volunteers teach the kids for the day. Molly joined the first grade class from St. Johns and it was great because they learned the Johny Appleseed prayer and sang a song about Jesus. We are learning about Jesus being the bread of life and in science are studying yeast, we did an experiment mixing yeast and sugar to blow up a baloon, my baloon was really small so I don't know if it would have gotten bigger had I used a bigger one. We also made butter this week as we studied about the early settlers from Holland and how they brought over animal such as cows and all the uses they had for the milk. It took us about 10 minnutes to make butter and it really tasted good. I also let the kids have a pajama day on Friday since we didn't have to go anywhere that day.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Adventures in My Fathers world week 5 - Light of the World, Mayflower and Pilgrims, Stars

Molly with her star gazer we made from a pringels can we added this project at the suggestion from another MFW user since we have been studying about constellations
Here Molly is making an oiled paper like the pilgrims may have used or oiled clothe for windows since they did not have glass.

Here she is holding it up to the window to see if more light comes through the oiled one or not. We also experimented with water.
Here is Molly's constellation dragon in hammock which we made by marking a paper with white crayon stars and then painting over it with water color paints, also a suggestion by another mfw mom
The girls made Jesus is the light of the world sun catchers with crayon shavings melted between wax paper.
The last thing we had to do this week was plant corn like the pilgrims would have. We learned how Squanto had taught the Pilgrims how to plant and to burry 3 fish along with the corn ( we made paper fish, I've heard it can get pretty stinky otherwise. Pray that our corn will grow, I just used popcorn and in the past I have not been to good with growing things. If you have ever been to our home you may have noticed I do not have a single plant. We are suppose to keep track of the corn and save it for Thanksgiving.