This week, we wrapped up some left-over Thanksgiving activities and started our new Christmas unit.
I printed the seventh and eighth tracer page from our Psalm 12 printable.
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The boys traced their verses on Monday and practiced them the rest of the week.
The boys continued to work through our Starting Strong Bible lessons.
God instructed the Israelites to build an altar after they crossed the Jordan. He wanted to make sure they never forgot what He had done for them.
I thought it would be nice to make Gratefulness stones to remember all God has done for us during the pandemic.
The kids painted their rocks and we set them aside to dry.
The kids wrote things they were thankful for, especially during the epidemic.
We read Runaway Thanksgiving, a beautiful story about a young girl and her pet turkey.
Afterwards, we had a “Moses-the-turkey” inspired treat!
Christmas Bible Lessons:
As we ended our Thanksgiving lessons, we prepared for our Christmas unit. This year, I decided to do the Kids of Integrity Christmas lessons with all three kids.
The Advent wreath was our Christmas kick-off activity.
I set out all the things we needed to make the Advent wreath.
Haley put the wreath together. It looked beautiful. We decided to add some red sequins as holly berries. It added a nice touch of sparkling color!
I put the Advent wreath on the table so we could add to it with each lesson.
Our first lesson was about God’s love. He gave us the greatest gift of love, Jesus.
We enjoyed this first lesson over hot cocoa and peppermint sticks. This was a cozy and very Christmasy start to our seasonal Bible lessons.
We chose to memorize Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my light and salvation whom shall I fear?”
We read about God’s gift of Shalom, His peace in every circumstance. It is so wonderful when we live in harmony.
We talked about being peacemakers and added a gift to our wreath. God gave us “shalom”, the gift of His peace.
Afterwards, we wrapped gifts for each other and placed them under the tree.
I created an Autumn Blessings themed printable pack for this week’s language arts activities.
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I printed Parker’s spelling cards, letter tiles, and spelling mat.
First, Parker read this week’s spelling rule.
Next, Parker built a word that exemplifies this week’s spelling word.
Afterwards, Parker used his spelling cards to practice writing his selling words.
The following day, Parker used his cards to complete his spelling sentences.
Parker used his dot paints to complete his Turkey Rhymes.
I created a Turkey themed layout for this weeks Grammar Ace notebook page.
I laid out the page elements for Parker to put together.
First, he added the sticker title at the top of the page.
Next, he matched the “in a nutshell” terms with their matching descriptions. we even added worm examples at the bottom.
Our little turkey themed layout was bright and colorful and packed with predicates.
We kept our Thanksgiving selection one more week, before changing to Christmas.
We read many Thanksgiving books over the break and finished this week. The holiday season passes too quickly!
The boys worked on their tops projects independently. it was tricky getting the experiment to make sound.
It wasn’t the best result we were hoping for but we settled with the few sounds we got. This was a great example of “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again“ and closer to what most inventors experience.
JUST FOR FUN:
We gave our Thanksgiving tree a makeover this week. I thought it would be fun to tie in our Advent lessons with a Christmas tree.
I didn’t want to get rid of our apple tree so I decided to create a white paper backdrop.
I chose a Charlie Brown style Christmas tree in the classroom. I used the leftover leaves from our advent wreath. There is just something so sweet about a sparse little tree.
Kick-off Christmas Breakfast:
I set out Cranberry Christmas, since it’s our FIAR Christmas unit for the season.
I made snowmen bagels to kick-off the holiday season. Our Christmas journey is primarily in the New England; however, we bounce around the world as we read from our Walk This World at Christmas advent book.
We continued to add advent ornaments to our tree. It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas!