The last two weeks of our Quest for the Middle Ages program we read about Nero, Josephus, the Apostles Creed and Masada, which was a very sad story. We also read about the Dead Sea Scrolls and Bar-Kokhba. To get more information on the Dead Sea Scrolls we watched a video from Netflix.
Noodle wasn't as involved in History last week because most of it was just beyond his Kindergarten years. Instead we focused on Math by playing our Math Games and learning to do simple addition with our counting blocks. He also continued to do multiple pages in his "Get Set For the Code- book B." He loves it and I let him do as many pages as he wants. I am thinking at this rate we may be get through Book C by year end! We also added several animals to our African Savannah mural. For "Animal of the Week" Week 2 was the lion so we made a lion out of a cereal box and construction paper. I know I posted this picture last time, but it's so cute. Noodle doing his best "Roooooaaaaar!"
Week 3 was Zebra, but we didn't do a craft. Instead we added a Zebra to the mural and watched Zebra videos on Youtube. Since Lion was week 2's animal we also watched videos of a lion preying on zebras. Not my cup of tea, but Noodle being the 100% boy that he is LOVED watching these.
Today was Day 1 of Week 4 so this week our Animal of the Week is the Cheetah, but we will also be learning about Mongooses, Caterpillars and Rhinos. All residents of the African Savannah of course!
For history this week we are exploring the Expansion of Christianity with readings about St. Valentine, St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Patrick. A super video about St. Patrick is enroute from Netflix for our viewing pleasure by the week's end. To learn more about St. Patrick goto www.historychannel.com/exhibits/stpatricksday/
We'll also be discussing Medieval Careers and Bear will be researching what his Medieval "Dream Job" would be. We'll also be learning more about the Feudal System.
In the evenings Noodle and Daddy love to read books, play games or be silly. Here they are seriously studying snakes from the Snake Dictionary! Diesel the doggy got in on the action as you can see.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
We are having a blast with Winter Promise! The Quest for the Middle Ages is excellent so far. I love, love, love the Mystery of History Volume 2. We are also currently reading City by David Macauley
It is very interesting as it methodically tells how a city is built from the ground up! I rented the video of the same name from Netflix for Bear to watch. He found it very informative, but a little dry.
We have been mapping Paul's Missionary Journey's as well as the places Josephus has lived. Today we learned about the Apostle's Creed. We also started our Timeline and are combining it with our Notebooking Pages to make one great history book. I will have pictures of it another day. This is our first time making a timeline because I always fought it and I never had the wall space. Once I discovered doing it in a notebook was possible I determined for us to do it this year. It helps too that the Winter Promise curriculum schedules it in for us. :)
Here is Noodle getting a little taste of "blindness." The day we did this was the day we read about Paul's "Road to Damascus" experience. Although we had no pain and fear involved in our little experiment he did get to learn a little what it would be like to not be able to see.
We also read about that nasty, evil Emperor Nero. I rented the 2004 Nero movie for Bear to watch and he enjoyed it. Noodle didn't watch, but he sat in on our reading about Nero and made a paper "Lyre" for his history notebook.For Winter Promise's Animals and Their Worlds, our animal of the week was the Lion. Below is Noodle's Lion that we made out of a cereal box and construction paper. He's really cute.
Noodle also uses Sonlight Language Arts K. Here he is working on our "B" Letter Sheet.