What We Did, December, January, uh-oh

It’s been a while since I did one of these. It’s not for lack of activity, I just lose interest in record-keeping from time to time. Not that it matters now. But someday it will, as I realize watching my mother-in-law scramble to come up with adequate high school records for her youngest two. Must. Learn. To. Keep. Good. Records.

Bible: Continuing our Bible reading plan, we are now reading through the gospels, accompanied when appropriate by pictures from The Victor Journey Through the Bible by V. Gilbert Beers.

Memory: Currently we are reciting I Corinthians 13:4-7 at breakfast every morning. Then I will pick out a single phrase to emphasize each week, talking about the meaning of the words and perhaps telling a parable that illustrates it. They love that part.

Poetry: "The North Wind Doth Blow" seemed appropriate. I also read a few A. A. Milne poems the other day.

Song: I made a notebook with a few hymns for them to choose from and selected paintings from the Web Gallery of Art to go along with them. Current options are "Amazing Grace," "Holy, Holy, Holy," "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," "Hallelujah, What a Savior," "Christ Arose," and "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." I also made a prayer notebook for missionaries with a page about each country and its needs.

I’m also trying to put on some fiddle music and dance every day we can’t get out.

Projects: Although I felt like I was lost the whole time, I do think the project we did on African animals turned out well in the end. They learned something about the habits of the animals; interacted with the ideas in books, on the computer, in imaginative play, and in making a diorama with salt dough and paint. I was really pleased with the final project; I did suggest it but they did (voluntarily) nearly all the work themselves, from mixing the dough to painting. We took it slow and easy; it was probably over a week. I love my new paint supplies!

Here are some pictures: 
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Making the diorama
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Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Lions eating animals at the waterhole!

Next we plan to work on birds. So far we are just reading books and watching birds out the window, but we are discussing ideas for something more.

Observations:
D1 and D2 have both advanced greatly in counting larger numbers; I admit this is due to a book I loathe, Curious George Counts to 100. D1 is figuring out how to read the higher numbers, too, while D2 usually counts correctly up to 30 and beyond. Playing hide-and-seek also reinforces this, except when D2 gets stuck in a loop by saying twenty-ten and going back round through the teens again!
After I put the coloring books away, D1 protested for awhile, but recently has been more eager to draw on her own, trying out the same theme several different ways (one day it was three robed figures of graduated sizes, alternately herself, me, and D3, or Jesus, Mary, and the Angel.) She’s especially interested by patterns, tracing ones she sees in books, and I got her some books that I hope will encourage exploring that.
We tried to do observational drawing a couple of times, but I haven’t really gotten them into it yet.
They’ve played grocery store for days on end, setting up, sorting, shopping, buying, and putting away the groceries.
D4 has learned to creep forwards and could sit himself up if he had the slightest desire to sit–which he doesn’t. D3 is rolling both ways and starting to push herself up, too. She can babble several different sounds, including "Mama."

Activities:

Playing in the snow.
Playdough
Pattern blocks
Felt shapes
And generally, just the usual round of things. They are doing better at keeping things in various "stations" picked up, although things are starting to get out of hand again.

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