Friday, February 4, 2011

Our First Week of Homeschooling for 2011...

Before I share photos from this week back here are a couple of things you should know:

1. Our kids fight
2. I am not always as patient as I should be and I lose my temper
3. I don't often take photos of my kids throwing tantrums or being sent to their rooms for time out
4. My house gets messy too

Why say these things?
Because sometimes I think people get the wrong idea; they look at the pictures we've taken and think our life is 'perfect' as opposed to theirs and that everything always goes smoothly around here; the kids all hold hands and never fight and the house is always immaculate.

This is NOT the case!

Our kids ARE getting along better, the meltdowns and tantrums occur less often and are less intense. I really do like order in my home as much as I can + I am trying to be more patient but we are all works in progress here! By Yah's (God's) grace, He is making us into who He wants us to be, slowly, bit by bit.

Ok, so with that out of the way,here is some of we got up to this week...

Our first Hebrew lesson using one of the printables that HEIDI FROM OVER AT 'SERVING THE CREATOR IN MY RUBBER BOOTS' BLOG made. Our first lesson was on Tzit Tzits. These are the tassels that YHVH (God) instructed his children to wear (Numbers 15) so that they would always have a visual reminder of the commandments. It's like a WWJD band except God actually told us to wear these! The kids did copywork on this lesson (i made up a PDF to go with the tzit tzit (tassels) lesson which you can find on Heidi's blog HERE UNDER 'WALKING OUT THE WORD'.
The kids asked to learn how to make their own tzit tzits too. We just made our own design up. Hoping to post a little video tutorial on an easy way for kids to make their own tassels without having to know how to braid or plait.
They made a good effort with theirs and I helped by finishing them off.

They made a good start on their Math U See books (Liji kicking off with Alpha for the first time and the other two continuing from last year).


Liji got really frustrated intially when he had to sit through the intro part but I keep telling him that these things are good for his patience levels!


The matching-the-cutlery-from-her-picnic-set-to-the-picture game was a success for Zippi...


as was the leaf matching game. Her fave by far though is the button + pom pom matching.
I'll post photos of that next week.


She had a good go at the alphabet matching...


and she likes reading this 123 book.
I'm still reading aloud 'Famer Boy' from the Little House on the Prairie series to the older kiddos. We read another chapter or two this week...


The kids (+ I!) learnt the Hebrew Alphabet using the fun Hebrew Aleph-Bet Song this week...


They coloured some worksheets from THIS WEBSITE. They did the first two letters; Aleph and Bet/Vet this week...


For the last 2 years Stassi has been learning piano casually from my mum (who is a piano teacher) and she knows all her basic theory but since it is sporadic i thought I would include more musicianship this year. The boys are both learning the recorder. They have been watching Mr Gilliard's Music School Lesson on You Tube and learning heaps from that! However they don't have basic music theory so I thought I would dig out an old favourite from my own childhood and teach them the basics through the wonderful 'Not Just Noise' book!


It gives them the basics through a story-telling like narration with fantastic illustrations. I used to LOVE flicking through this book when I was a little kid...


They learnt about semibreves, minims and crotchets this week and did some basic copywork about these...


At the end of the week, the kids asked to put on a concert for me and Brett and Zippi. They had learnt one song together (a simple 4 bars consisting of 2 notes with rests and various note values!). This was them practising very hard!!!!


We had a lovely visit from DONNA AND HER ADORABLE GIRLS this week.


Lily and Stassi made choc chip cookies from a recipe from Stass' recipe book....


They did a great job + had fun making them!
Yummo!


Auri + Zipster being total cuties outside and having a great ol' chat...


Liji carefully followed all the step by step instructions and made this 'Jail' from Toy Story 3 lego he got for his birthday last year from Nanny Poppy and Sulley. He loves his lego sets and always tries to make the sets over and over again or even something completley different!


For dinner one night this week we had a salad and tried a new salad dressing that we had downloaded the recipe for from the internet. Stass wanted to follow the directions and make it for me.


And then wrote it up in her own recipe book. It was sooooo yummy!


There were lots of cuddles during the week (especially when my back was sore or when the kids were tired)...


Zip did the thing she does the MOST and LOVES the BEST...
Played in the sandpit dirt pit...


We made our first braided loaf of bread which many people make as a special bread for Shabbat. It is called a Challah. We made it just because it looked fun really!
The kids had a good go at mixing and cracking eggs...

and kneading the dough...


and this was the end result...


which we ate (and enjoyed so much!) with a yummy chicken + white wine casserole...


The boys both worked on their AbC Reading Eggs and Star Fall programs while Stass discovered THIS FUN LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE website. She is currently reading through 'The Long Winter' and is doing SO well with it!



They played checkers and cricket together...


and jumped on the trampoline...

We read about Cyclone Tracy this week with the arrival of Cyclone Yasi off the coast of Northern Qld. Brett did a lesson with the kids on the differences between the categories of cyclones, showed them the symbol for a cyclone and printed off a map of Australia for them each so that they could color in where on the map Cyclone Yasi was reaching. He also got them to do some copywork about some very basic facts about a cyclone.

We made a mini cyclone in a bottle after watching THIS VID ON YOUTUBE.
Put some water in a bottle and two lego men then pop another bottle on top + deal with duct tape...


then swirl the water around and watch the vortex that is created...(more of a tornado lesson that a cyclone but the kids still enjoyed it!)


We finished off the week with a trip to the pool. Lij is swimming more without his back float and dived in for the first time off the blocks in the deep end in the outdoor pool! Way to go Cracker!


Stass is swimming well too and Eth and Zip also love the water.
Their enjoyment and confience levels in the water have improved heaps!
Looking at getting them into a local class to help imporove their swimming technique later in the year...


This weekend we are looking forward to another SHABBAT (SABBATH) GATHERING with our friends Jono and Christine and their lovely fam, Donna and Keiran and their precious girls, our great mates Heiko and Lori and Ben + Jas along with a couple of others.
It will be a FULL HOUSE this week I think!
May you be blessed as you enter His rest this week.



Love Lusi x


6 comments:

Leanne said...

Hi Lusi! I just wanted to pop in and say Hello! I love the matching games you have for Zippi! They are fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration as always...x

lusi said...

Hi Leanne! Thanks for popping by! Hope all is well your way!!! Loads of love xox

Andi said...

Lusi - HUGE SMILE HERE....I love (we) loved the song, especially the very end....blessings and have a great fellowship...give hugs to Jono and Christine for me!

caz1975 said...

Some great photos in there. Love the ones of Zippi all dirty and her and Auri having a chat. Looks like a great start to the school year and I am stealing the idea of a recipe book, Jaden loves to cook so us making up a book of his fave recipes will thrill him no end :-)

Heidi said...

Great week, Lusi! We had a pretty good week here, too. Thanks for the realism. Sometimes we forget that we're all human and we all stumble (over the toys on the floor.) Have a great Shabbat!

Enid said...

Lusi

How wonderful and what a great week....You are doing so wonderful...I am going to love watching your schooling.

lots of hugs from me to you!!
Enid

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