Week two is done and everything is going great so far! Today we read about the great flood and how millions of fossils were formed during that catastrophe. Ryan finished reading his first book of the year and Brendan revised his writing asignment from yesterday. We did some cleaning…”life skills” 🙂 and now are getting ready to enjoy our Labor Day weekend!
We read the account of Noah’s Ark in Genesis this morning and learned many details that we don’t normally think about.
Some interesting facts:
It took Noah and his family 120 years to build the ark (and many people mocked and laughed at them during all of those years instead of repenting and saving themselves and their families 😦 )
Noah was 480 years old when he started, and 600 when the ark was finished (it makes me tired just thinking about it – LOL!)
The ark was 450 feet long (about 1 and 1/2 football fields)!
There was no way to navigate the ark…God was in complete control of where it went, the speed it travelled, when it was time to get out, and how the story would end. (Noah had AMAZING faith!!!)
Brendan and Ryan constructed models of the ark with cardstock while I read. They also had a lesson in art today and both seem to be very artistic so far! Yesterday was extremely busy (school all morning, dentist appointments at 2:00, guitar lessons at 4:00, and a cookout for the youth from 5:00-7:30). Now, Brendan seems to be coming down with a cold so we’ll probably be taking it easy for the next few days.
Today was a little more laidback than yesterday…whew! We read about the beginning of sin and the consequences that it has caused for all of humankind as descendants of Adam and Eve. The boys colored while I read (it’s good to keep those hands busy :)) and then summarized the story in their own words. We read the shapter two in our first read aloud called The Tanglewoods’ Secret by Patricia St. John. Other highlights included learning more about our greek word (sauros), building small dinosaur 3-D puzzles, researching more about Adam and Eve, practicing cursive, and completing workbox assignments.
Because I know how crazy our weekends usually are, I decided that we’d celebrate our Shabbat dinner tonight…why not? It was lots of fun, lots of work, and hopefully created lots of memories for Brendan and Ryan. We incorporated some of the symbolism that we have been learning about:
candles – Jesus is “the Light of the World” and we are to be a light for others
grape juice – represents Jesus’ shed blood
spice box – as a reminder of the annointing of Jesus’ body and to remember the sweet fragrance of the Sabbath meal that lingers
challah bread and covering – the braided bread is symbolic of arms that are crossed and not able to work and the covering is symbolic of the dew that was on the ground before God provided the manna to the Israelites in the desert
(I also included a picture of the price tag on the back of one of our china plates – Justin and I have been married for 15 1/2 years and tonight is the first night that we have ever used it – LOL!)
We had a blast with our science experiments today! Ryan learned about fiber optics and how light travels (the picture below of the tin can, flashlight, and water in the sink was actually taken in the dark). Brendan’s experiment involved the speed of atoms in relation to different temperatures. My mom sent me a video last week of a really cool egg seperating “experiment”.
The video is in japanese, but you can see how it works at http://bbs.wenxuecity.com/cooking/1160651.html. We tried it and it really works! In fact, it works better than any egg seperator that I’ve ever owned :)!
What an AWESOME day!!!