We went to the State Fair of VA this morning and learned about all kinds of animals. The kids played a game to learn about different crops in our state, learned about how goats can provide income and security for families living in poverty in other countries, got to see chicks hatching from their eggs, and got to pet goats, rabbits, pigs, and even a big cow! We’ll be going back next week to visit the historical section and watch a few shows.
Before we left for the fair, Brendan and Ryan both said their Bible verses from memory…I’m so proud of them!!! They also completed their vocabulary cards, did their writing prompts, and finished their math lessons. I’m so thankful to God that he has helped us get through our schoolwork and allowed us the extra time for some FUN hands-on learning :)!!!
Verse of the Day: But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10
We finished up our “trip” to Mexico tonight with a Fiesta which included tacos, Tex-Mex sausage rolls, plantain chips, Mexican sodas, cookies, and the grande finale….the pinata! So, the directions for the paper bag pinata said to use two brown bags. Well, knowing my boys well I decided to use SIX thinking that they’d bust it open in no time. Wrong!!! After pummeling the poor pinata and breaking the hanger, we decided to just take it into the house and rip the rest open with our hands! Oh, well :)!
The boys were so happy that Misty and Jonathan could come and celebrate with us. The rest of our family couldn’t make it due to being out of town and a bout with pneumonia :(. We missed them, but saved a treat bag for each of the kids. Feel better soon Sarah!
Enjoy the pictures!
Verse of the Day: This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
We had sooo much fun filling and decorating our pinata today :)! I saw the idea of using several brown grocery bags and a clothes hanger on-line and thought it was a great idea (and basically free). It turned out so cute! I was so proud of Brendan…Ryan kept saying that his “side” of the pinata “didn’t look good” and several times Brendan told him that it did look good and encouraged him to keep going. Too sweet!!!
Brendan and Ryan also had lots of fun jumping around and dancing to some spanish songs on the Wee Sing CD that came in our curriculum kit…it was a perfect way to burn some of their excess energy!
Other activities of the day:
– dictated the weekly Bible verse
-read about and discussed when Jesus began his ministry
-played the geography game and learned more about the foods, industries, etc. of Mexico
-learned about how desert animals and plants conserve water (examples – a camel can drink and conserve about 27 gallons of water and certain cacti can conserve enough water to last two years without rain!)
-made our final decisions about what to report on at our “book report” club on October 21st (meeting with a few other home school families to practice public speaking skills) – Brendan will report on snakes and Ryan will report on roller coasters (his favorite :))
-went to P.E. class and had a blast playing wiffle ball
…and of course, finished all of the primary subjects like spelling, reading, math, and language arts!
Verse of the Day: Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp. Psalm 149:3
Today was different…we did some schoolwork at home and some in a waiting room at the doctor’s office. Justin had to have a colonoscopy this morning due to family history. Thankfully, everything checked out just fine and he won’t have to have another one until he’s 45! That’s another benefit of home schooling – the kids get to experience “real life” with its ups and downs, good days, and poopy days – HEE, HEE :)!!!
We continued learning about Mexico, deserts (did you know that Antartica is actually a desert since it recieves less than 10 inches of rain per year ???), and painted the sun clay faces that were started last week. We also learned about the people of Haiti and how some of the population believes in voodoo and spiritism. The kids helped me make a poster to help as a reminder to pray for the people of Mexico.
Brendan and Ryan had their third guitar lesson and are geting better and better! The teacher told the kids that they would be participating in a recital in a few months and both boys looked at me with looks of panic. Oops…did I forget to mention that part :)? At least they get to play with a group (3 other students). I told them that they will practice their recital pieces so much that they’ll be able to play the song in their sleep!
Verse of the Day: But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18