Friday, September 26, 2014

Week in Review: Weeks 7 & 8

This post was originally published on my old blog.

Homeschool is still going great for us. The highlight of the past two weeks have been studying ancient Egypt from our Story of the World book. Bridget has become quite fascinated with it. We read from a few books, looked at some pictures on the internet of the Nile River, and got a pretty good understanding of how the double crown of Egypt came to be.

George didn't do too much with the lesson, but did enjoy taking part in the crafty/play stuff. I thought he looked quite handsome in his crown.

The SOTW activity book had a small tutorial of how to build the white crown of Upper Egypt, but I wanted to build the united double crown. After looking at a few pictures of what it looked like, I attempted to make two of them for both Bridget and George. From start to finish, it took me about an hour to construct both (this includes the thinking process). I'm not a very crafty person, but I think they turned out alright. The kids loved them and that's what counts. Next time they'll be old enough to make them with me. I took pictures of each step for later reference for myself, but thought I'd compile them for the blog as well. 
Here is what you'll need:

1 piece of white construction paper
2 pieces of red construction paper
wax paper (about the size of a standard piece of construction paper, rolled in to a ball to be used in step 4)
tape (or stapler, whichever is preferred... I used tape)

Hopefully the rest of the steps are self-explanatory for when I need them 4 years from now.

Math is still Bridget's favorite subject. I keep trying to slow her down and wait to start a new lesson for fear that we're going too fast, but she seems to be grasping it well. She wants to do more and more. Maybe I'll let her take charge and we'll do a lesson a day if that's what she wants and can handle. We've been using our math manipulatives more lately. George especially loves it when these come out. They're his little building blocks. He has fun, but me not so much. Just minutes after this photo was taken, he took the entire box and dumped them on the floor. 

We have an exciting week coming up. Bridget will be turning 5 years old! I think I'm also going to focus more on reading and spelling. I've been slacking on those subjects because they are her least favorites.

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