Friday, October 5, 2012

Grammar Stage Ancient History-Week 3

History is our spine, but I'm including everything that we are doing, so some of it doesn't have anything to do with history =)


This is the first poem we have memorized, and honestly I almost skipped over it because I thought it was just so pointless/silly.  I'm so glad we didn't because my son picked up on it really quickly and loves to recite it!  I'm excited now to add more poems to our memory box!

If I Knew (Primary Language Lessons - lesson 4)

If I knew a box where the smiles were kept,
No matter how large the key
Or strong the bolt,
I would try so hard,
'Twould open I know, for me;

Then over the land and sea broadcase
I'd scatter the smiles to play,
That the children's faces might hold them fast
For many and many a day.

If I knew a box that was large enough
To hold all the frowns I meet,
I would father them together, everyone,
From nursery, school and street;

Then folding and holding,
I'd pack them in,
And turning the monster key.
I'd hire a giant to drop the box
To the depths of the deep, deep sea.

Day 1

History Readings
  •  Taste test tropical fruits, imagine what the fruit on the tree of knowledge of good and evil might have been.


Day 2

History Readings
  •  Show stages of life and how sin causes our bodies to get old and sick (baby, child, adult, elderly person, etc.)
  • Cursive - lesson 2 from (Have you heard of this website?  They have a great collection of videos to help homeschool families!)

Day 3

History Readings
  • Make clothes from leaves in our garden like Adam and Eve did.
    • The kids and I walked around our yard and found the biggest leaves we could find and also some long thin grasses that I could use to 'sew' the leaves together.  I fully intended to make something for both kids, but boy was it hard to get it to hold together!  You can see the picture of the final product on my son in the picture up top =)  We really have it easy today!
  • Music Time!
    • Good old fashioned sitting in a circle, singing silly songs while playing symbols, bells, triangles, etc.  We try to work on keeping a steady beat and mimicking patterns.

Day 4

History Readings
  •  Take a nature walk to look for thorns and weeds.
    • My son likes to notice the thorns on our rose bushes and tries to come up with reasons for why they are there.  All this talk about the fall is helping him understand!
  • Nature Journal - garter snake
    • We found a garter snake in the back of our property this week and it was perfect timing with all the talk of serpents in the Garden of Eden.  Daddy was able to catch him, and we put him in a garbage can to watch him for a while!  We read up on these snakes a bit and Trevor completed a page in his nature journal on them.

Supplemental History Reading

Read Alouds

 I know we are spending a lot of time in these first few chapters of Genesis, but honestly we are all learning a lot!  I feel like my son is really understanding the material (since we are going over it so much!) and honestly I am learning things that I've never known before!  This week didn't have very extensive projects to go along with the studies, so that is why we were able to fit in something extra each day.  We hadn't been doing much extra, so I'm glad we had a chance to this week.

What did you study with your children this week?

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  1. Making clothes from leaves is hilarious! I bet they loved that.

  2. Such cute ideas! This whole homeschooling thing is pretty new to me, so I love learning what experienced mommas do. I'm defintely starting a memory box and am very excited about it!! :-)

    1. Good for you! I love learning from what other moms share on their blogs too!


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