Monday, September 26, 2016

Homeschool Week 7: Sticking Together

Here is a look at what we have been up to in school.

Our Bible stories were on Abraham and Sarah and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Our doctrinal drill was on sin.  We learned a new song "All Through the Night".   We are continuing to memorize Psalm 34: 8-13.  Below is a video of Ben saying the pledge at the beginning of a recent school day.

In Math Cruz's lesson covered Addition +2.  He also began learning even and odd numbers. 

We have a new game to play to help review his math facts.  It is called Wrap-ups.  I ordered the addition set from Amazon.  So far he loves working it.

He also loves to play this new math game called Sum Swamp.  It covers addition and subtraction.

Here is Ben doing a color by number sheet.  His math lessons were on counting to ten, recognizing numbers 1-6, and writing the number six.

In Language Cruz had a few mastery checks for some phonics songs and drills he has been learning.  We also reviewed the vowels and began reviewing blends.  We learned about policemen as our community helper of the week.

moving his toy bulldozer around the alphabet chart as he sings the song

outdoor reading with his daddy

reading to his brother

Ben matching his sight words

Our History lessons were on Plymouth Plantation and Squanto.

Squanto, friend of the Pilgrims
We are continuing to read a chapter a day through our read aloud book about Squanto.

Cruz making a corn craft


Here is his drawing of a nurse taking care of some sick pilgrims.

The State we learned about was New Hampshire.  It was Cruz's favorite so far.  After watching several YouTube tourism videos about it he has now decided that he wants to live there one day. 


He thought it looked like such a beautiful place with the mountains, ocean, lakes, and snowfall in the winter.  It's the best of all seasons. 

In Science we studied magnets.  They love magnets so this was a fun week for them.

I let them play with their new magnets and paperclips while I read and introduced the topic.

Our first activity was called "Are You Attracted to Me?"  We tested several objects to see which ones would stick to the magnets.  They then played "What is Magnetic in my House?"  They went all over the house with their magnets to see what was attracted to them. 

Their favorite thing in school all week was this activity called Painting With Magnets.  We dipped several paper clips in paint and laid them on white paper.  The paper was placed on a hard plastic placemat.  The boys held their magnets under the placemat and pulled the paper clips around the paper.  It was a really cool activity!

they really loved this!


Ben's turn

Cruz's magnet artwork

Ben's magnet artwork

Big smiles for another fun week in Science.

In Health we learned about the importance of exercise.  We spent our days doing these animal exercises.  One day I let the boys pick which one was their favorite and we made an animal mask to wear while doing them.  Cruz chose the lion and Ben chose the duck.

making a lion mask in Health class

ready for the duck waddle and the lion walk

doing the kangaroo hop

duck waddle

inchworm crawl

frog leap

Our Art lesson was drawing a baby seal.



And lastly, we began making a few things to decorate for fall.  We haven't done much yet but here is a peek at our classroom door so far.  We love our scarecrows!
Happy Fall Y'all! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Celebrating Guatemala's Independence Day 2016

September 15 is Independence Day in Guatemala.  The celebrations include parades, torch runs, and civic programs.  It is a fun time of the year and we always look forward to celebrating.

The only decorating I did this year was our school room door and I hung flags all around the house.

our dining room decorated for Independence Day

our schoolroom door decorated for Independence Day

In the week leading up to the holiday we enjoyed learning a little about Guatemala in school.  We studied the flag, Tecun Uman (Guatemala's national hero), the marimba, the monja blanca (Guatemala's national flower), the quetzal (Guatemala's national bird), and the Mayan ruins at Tikal.  I want my boys to know about Guatemala not only because it is the country where we live and serve but it is also the country where they were both born.  

This year our celebrating began on the 14th with a visit to the town of Jocotan to watch a parade.  The younger school children do their parade on the 14th and then the older kids march on the 15th.  Cruz went to school there in 2013 and 2014 so we like to go back and see his old classmates march.  I miss him getting to participate in things like the Independence Day parade now that he is no longer a part of a national school.  

me and my boys ready to watch the parade in Jocotan

waving their flags as the parade goes by








Another big part of the celebration is the torch runs that each school does.  We love watching them.  Here is one group I recorded on our way back to town.


We began our morning of the 15th by eating a typical Guatemalan breakfast.  After breakfast we drove out to Camotan to watch the morning parade.  We lived in Camotan for three years when we first moved to this area.   We like to go back there and watch the parade because it gives us a chance to see some familiar faces and revisit the community.

Before leaving we took our annual holiday family photo-
our family celebrating Guatemala's Independence Day 2016

The boys on the way to Camotan.  They love the parades just as much as I do.

waiting for the parade to start in Camotan


Ben waving his flag as the parade passed by














the boys at the Central Park in Camotan

I have taken this photo of Cruz in the Camotan Central Park on Independence Day for the past several years.  It has become a fun tradition.

We let them play on the town playground before driving back home.

having fun in Camotan

On the drive back home we passed through San Juan Ermita just as their parade was about to begin.  We ended up stopping and watching it also.  We love parades!



We returned home in time for lunch and then we enjoyed our annual flag cake for dessert.  I have been making this Guatemala flag cake for a few years now and it has become a tradition.  This year I  printed off the emblem from the flag and laminated it so that I could add it to the cake.  It washes up clean so I'll be able to use it for years to come. 

our Independence Day cake decorated like the Guatemala flag

In the past I have always made blue jello jigglers.  I usually cut it into star shapes but this year I decided to try a flag theme for it too.  I cut out rectangles and then put a strip of whipped cream through the center.  The boys loved it!

We ended the day with a trip to the local mall to watch some of the celebrations they had going on there.   While there we enjoyed two Guatemala favorites for supper- Pollo Campero chicken and Sarita's ice cream. 

What a great way to end the day!
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