The Boxcar Children (Ch 12)

“James Henry and Henry James”


Character Lessons:

Jordan continued reading through the FIAR Bible and character lessons. We split up the remaining scripture verses over the rest of the week.

Memory Verse:

Jordan memorized Proverbs 3:5-6 while towing this chapter.


Names and Your Lineage:

Jordan knows the lineage of his middle name, so he sketched a cartoon “family tree” starting with him and extending to his dad, papa and great grandfather.

We also looked up the meaning of his first and middle name and wrote the definitions in his FIAR notebook.

Life Skills:


Though we haven’t moved since we had kids, Jordan’s best friend moved during the COVID pandemic. As his friend cleaned and packed, Jordan saw a glimpse of all it entailed.

Going the Extra Mile:

Around this time every year, we see Salvation Army Santas ringing their bells. I thought it would be nice to learn about the history of the Salvation Army. I printed the Salvation Army’s mission statement for Bub to read while learning about going the extra mile.

Seeing Past Differences:

This was a great lesson. Many times, we get frustrated when people don’t agree with us or think like us. We have to purposefully remind ourselves that every person is God’s masterpiece. He created us in His own image and made us unique.


Writing & Discussion Question:

Every summer, we read a book from The Boxcar Children series. We’re pretty familiar with all the fun things the Aldens do with their grandfather.


Grow a Vegetable In a Bottle:

I printed an article about growing tomatoes in a bottle. Jordan read the article and went outside to find a small fruit/vegetable to put in his bottle.

Sadly, it’s winter and any tomato still on the vine was too large to place in his bottle. As a result, he chose a pepper, but I don’t think it will get large enough to demonstrate the principle.


Design & Illustration – Grandfather’s House:

First, I asked Bub to read Building Our House, which showed the process of building a new house from the foundation up.

There was a wonderful 2-page display showing the house blueprints.

I challenged him to create a blueprint of his grandparent’s house, but He chose to build something out of popsicle sticks and coffee stir sticks.

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