Creation Bible Lesson

We read from lots of great resources about our awesome God and the world He created mostly from Children's Bibles, but also from a couple other resources (I highly recommend this book and the rest of the four part series; the guy really knows his science but is centered around God. It's meant for older elementary kids, but I loved it just the same!) A few days the kids held stuffed animals or did puzzles (to go along with the day of creation) while they listened to the reading.

Every day we added a piece to our bulletin board that represented the day we talked about. For Day 1 we added a light and a dark paper. We also played with goop and talked about how the earth had no form. We then played with water and talked about how the earth was formless like the water. The boys painted a picture to make something (God didn't need paper and paint, He just spoke and He created!) Another really cool thing we did was painted the inside of a shoe box and poked a hole. The kids looked inside and saw "nothing" "darkness" to think about what it was like in the beginning. Then we poked another hole and shone a flashlight through it and talked about how now there was light in the darkness.
We made a picture book to show each day of creation as well.
I combined Day 2 and 3. We did a lot of talking about what happened on day 2 and did more interactive things for day 3. We painted the water on a round circle and came back later and walked on it with green paint on our feet for land. We did a nature hike and found many different plants, trees, bushes, flowers, rocks, etc... that God made. 
We also did a fruits and veggies treasure hunt. I hid the play food in the backyard and the kids had to find one at a time, bring it back to me and tell me what it is called.
I got a bunch of free worksheets about creation from a homeschool event so we worked on those, sang a song about the days of creation adding to it each day, and did a really cool drawing lesson. You do the drawing in two parts. Part 1 is on days 1-3 of creation and Part 2 is on days 4-6 and you add to your picture from part 1.
Day 4 we did some writing practice with verses that talk about our Creator of the stars and moon and sun! As an art project we practiced how to draw a star and did some sponge painting of stars, the moon, and the sun. 

We had our first field trip! Day 5 is water animals and birds so we went to the pet store to see all different kinds of fish/turtles/eels/crabs... and birds!
Day 6 we added land animals and people. We talked about how there are many types of animals and the uniqueness of humans. We tried building things with Lincoln Logs and with Mr. Potato Head. We colored a picture of ourselves with our special features and did fingerprinting
Day 7 was a day of rest so we talked about how God modeled an example for us and that we need to make sure we take time to rest our bodies. We did review of all of the days with a printout and a fun creation days snack. 
We did a day-by-day egg carton creation project, adding items we had around the house related to the day of creation. Here's how our bulletin board looked by the end of the week:


Weather Unit

Many weather stories! We (me included) learned sooo much! I am loving learning alongside my kids. I don't know everything or much about what I am teaching so I learn it the night before, or as I am reading a book, or watching a video, and I just REPEAT the stuff! We do lots of fun videos and songs I find on YouTube and can stream onto the TV. 
What's the Weather?! It's Sunny! It's Hot!
Exploring shadows and the sun's movement:
What's the Weather?! It' Windy! It's Stormy! It's Rainy! Hurricanes! Thunder! Lightening! Tornadoes!
"I looked up into the sky and thought I saw a _____, but it was just a cloud!"
 My Weathermen!
   Weather Lapbook:
 Homeschool Friends Outing:
Check out my pinterest account to find links to all these projects!



 Summer: Beach in a bag craft, make ice cream, "Day at the Beach" sponge painting, playing in water (it is summer after all)
 Fall: Color on top of leaves with crayon to make leaf shape appear, leaf color match-up, leaf art, play with leaves in PlayDoh, fall pumpkin magnet pom pom play (we did stations with this one and the pattern blocks), scarecrow pattern blocks, raking fall leaves, make a scarecrow tp roll, fall leaf finger painting, finger-play and leaf songs found on youtube
We also did a fall sensory bin with items I collected around the neighborhood. The leaves were just perfect! The boys each had a magnifying glass and tweezers.
 Winter: Melting snowman booklet, color/cut snowman and name snowman with packing bubbles-painted snow, snowflakes made out of q-tips and coffee filters, roll-a-snowman, snow ball fight with cotton balls!, snowman sandwich lunch
 Spring: Make little bouquets in a muffin tin, bird nest cupcake holder, rain pictures
 Lots of paper work: the boys have a math workbook and K writing book. I was so proud of Nehemiah this week writing his first sentence! He also tried to write out rooster and I thought that was so cute. We also are still continuing the calendar everyday and starting our school day with several stories related to our subject. 
 Here's another look at our lapbook (or look here here here here), including some work we did that covered all of the seasons together:
We had our first co-op homeschool day. I think it went really well and I am excited for the consistency we are bringing to the group. We started off with a song (we will do the same one every meeting), introduced the behavior chart, made name spots for each kid, introduced the topic, read a book on the topic, did a craft project to make a seasons tree, then broke into stations. Fall: rake leaves, Spring: plant flowers into a pot, Summer: handprint sun painting, Winter: Snowman felt board, All: sensory bottles with different leaves for me to ask questions about the seasons and put them in the right order. Lastly, we did PE. We did different body control things like running, walking fast, walking backward, hoping on one foot, gallop, and limbo.


Carnival Birthday Party

 Decorations: ticket stubs, tablecloths made into the shape of a circus tent, a sign I made from leftover wood, popcorn tins, red/white striped banners and signs, ...
Food: nachos, hot dogs, pretzels, cotton candy, animal crackers, cracker jacks, circus peanut candy, popcorn, peanuts, fruit in ice cream cones, ...
 Games: we had a row of carnival games set up like basketball, bean bag toss, bowling in a wagon, try to get a ping pong ball in cups, ring toss, a bounce house, a ball pit, parachute games, limbo, face painting, a toy train to ride, ...
 ...of course a few magic shows...
...and a photo booth (made from poster board and red duct tape)...
 For cake, I did a giant cookie cake!


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