What We Learned This Week: 3/11-3/15/13

Dear Spring- Are you coming?!

We are suffering from some major spring fever in our house.  We had a few days of beautiful weather last week, and this week was followed by several mornings waking up to snow on the ground. I am trying to make the best of our time inside, but as the cold weather continues on the house feels smaller and smaller. The good news is we are getting a lot of school work done!

Little Bear is doing so much better with playing on his own and entertaining himself during school work time. He loves playing with pattern blocks, playdough, cars, trains, and the week he played with our wooden castle a lot. As long as I continue to rotate toys he does a great job just playing and having fun!


LIttle Bear’s favorite pattern block picture always seems to be the car!


His favorite accessory this week was Aurora’s hat she received from Father/Daughter night at church!

Moose was so happy to receive his first set of Bob books and the Fun Tales set from Sonlight. The only problem is that he read through them all in one day! Here I thought they would last him a while. Oh well, I guess at least I know that his AlphaPhonics lessons are working! I printed off some more activities for him including some ABC Mazes from 1+1+1=1. He had a lot of fun finding his way to the end of each letter maze! The mazes are in plastic page covers and he is using plastic counters to complete the maze.


ABC mazes- so fun!

The older kids had a great week of school too. Our character trait this month is Alertness. Here the kids are listening to the story of Mordecai and how he was alert to the danger that was coming to the king. With the YouVersion app they can follow along and hear it too. Next week we are going to start a family devotional in the morning instead of everyone doing their own thing. We will be using the Fruits of the Spirit from Raising Arrows. There are so many great free resources on the internet for Bible studies.


Carefully listening:)

Our science studies this week showed us how different animals survive in different habitats. Our experiment demonstrated how an animal’s fur helps to insulate them. We had one cup filled with warm water only and another cup filled with warm water and cotton balls. We took the temperature of the water and then put each cup in the freezer for 3 minutes. In the end, the cup with the cotton balls stayed warmer and the kids concluded that fur does indeed work as an insulator.


The “fur” keeps them warmer!

In history we are starting Ancient Greece studies. We read about the Trojan Horse and have a few pictures books to read about the story also. Caspian thought this was a pretty cool and sneaky story! Studying Ancient Greece should be fun for the kids since they already have some knowledge about the Greek gods from reading D’Aulaires’ Books of Greek Myths.

We took a short break from our lessons in Getting Started with Latin and worked just with translating the words we already learned. The kids seemed to be a bit overwhelmed with the amount of new words so we are going to take some time to review what we know before we move on and add to them. They still surprise me with how much they have picked up!

Our afternoon fun book time with Five in a Row and Beyond Five in a Row is going well. It helps to fill the extra time when there isn’t much else to do! The kids were inspired from reading Mirette on the High Wire and made a tight rope of their own.



This was Caspian’s last week of Bible quizzing for the year.  He did an amazing job memorizing scripture and he really inspires me to do more scripture memory work! He team won first place out of 16 teams- congratulations! All of the kids did a wonderful job and I think Caspian has found something he will continue to participate in for years to come!



Looking forward to another great week! Happy St. Patrick’s Day:)


6 thoughts on “What We Learned This Week: 3/11-3/15/13

  1. Hi! I’ve been looking through your blog and am REALLY interested in using your Magic School Bus curriculum for science for my 4 and 6 year old boys next year. I would love to hear your thoughts on how it’s going so far for you as well as any tips or advice that you have now that you’ve been doing it for a few months. Thanks so much!!

    • Science is going really well around here- and most importantly, it is finally getting done! The kids are really enjoying it and I never get complaints about it. There have been a few weeks where we haven’t done all of the scheduled work, but I make sure we at least do the MSB DVD, the books, and the experiment. The other things are just added fun but not completely necessary. I was able to purchase all of the Scholastic books when they had one of their Dollar Days sale. Hopefully they will have another one soon!

      The biggest piece of advice I would give you is to not get caught up on the book suggestions. I chose one fiction book and one nonfiction book for each week. Your library may have better choices than my library. There have been weeks when the book I had scheduled was already checked out, so I simply chose another one. Sometimes when I am getting one of the books off the shelf I see another one I like better. The curriculum is in no way tied to the books selections.

      Also, don’t worry about doing every activity every week. This science curriculum was just meant to be a nice introduction to many topics. If you have any other questions just let me know!

  2. Awesome! Thank you! I’ll keep an eye out for the Scholastic Dollar Days sale!! I’m really excited about doing this curriculum with the kids – I think it’s just what I’ve been searching for. Thank you so much for taking the time to put it all together!

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