Monday, February 28, 2011

::Bulrushes & Back-Ups::

A lot of life lived this week. Less schooling. Caelah very rarely complains when I ask her to help me with something. Her standard response is, "sure." I think the dearest thing to watch is Caelah's mother-like care of Annorah. She takes her into her bed at night if she cries, she dresses her every morning, and I can hear Norah babble at her the whole while. I love who she is, and who she is becoming.

We are into Exodus now. For fun, I took out some books from the library on Moses. Sadly, only one made the cut. The others were based on "Jewish legend" and took way too many liberties with the story. This only confused Caelah.

I purchased some Exodus studies to do alongside Caelah. One is from John Macarthur, who exposits in the usual way. The next, I went out on a limb for. His name is Tim Floyd, and the study is called ; "Treasure in the Sand." It reads far more like a Bath Moore study, but this guy doesn't have any real recommendations behind him, apart from a pastor in Alabama:
"In Treasure in the Sand, Tim Floyd has given us a trustworthy guide to enable us to dig out the gold found in the book of Exodus. His commentary is enlightening. His reflection questions are insightful. His focus is Christological." ~ Dr. Al Jackson, Pastor: Lakeview Baptist Church; Auburn, AL
I will let you know how I find it.

In English, Cae had to write a How-To. She decided to make up a recipe for Citrus Shortbread and send it to her Aunty Kate:

Hi auntie Katie, wrote a recipe that you can make if you want to.

PS. I hope you like it in your new home.

Our next author is Eva Ibbotson. Another quirky one. She is a fantasy writer, similar in style to Cornelia Funke and Roald Dahl. I remember loving her books. Caelah has begun "Island of the Aunts," also published under the name "Monster Mission."

It turns out I prepped for Chemistry using Grade 2 material. Caelah peeked over my shoulder last week while I was working on Properties of Matter, and she said; "I did that in Grade 2." Ok. So, instead we will play at being chemists in our own kitchen.

Why not take a year to establish the basics? There are many great books out there for burgeoning chemists. The one we will be working through is called; "Wholly Irresponsible Exploits: 65 Ways to Muck about With Science" by Sean Connelly.

Each week we will conduct a few of our favourite experiments and record the results.

Experiment #1
::Back-Up Plan::

Geography. . .

Ancient Egypt: Plants and Animals. . .

Music: A bit dry for the little ones, but I really enjoyed this film.

Art: Cae and I will be ordering a poster of this painting for her wall. It is our favourite painting so far!

Every now and then a book is an absolute delight. This was one of them. So beautiful! So captivating. It is written from the perspective of a little girl who began as the model for this painting. However, Sargent found her hair too dark, and soon replaced her for the two fair-haired girls from down the road. The story reveals a lot about the art and the artist.

A mid-year overhaul of Africa.
I have never been comfortable with how I set up our Africa studies. It was disjointed, and too sprawled out. Last week, after finding a newer kids atlas, I began to re-work the year to revolve around our map-making. I took a day to carefully help Caelah polish up all of her Africa maps. We have several on the go: Climate, Religion, Natural Wonders. . . It occurred to me that these maps could be used as a primary teaching resource.

A. Colour the country in. Label it, along with it's capital city.
B. Place the map into it's acetate sleeve. Trace the country's contour with a dry-erase marker.

C. Slip the map out of the sleeve, leaving the sleeve empty.

D. Now, overlay each of the other maps with the tracing. What do you see within it's boundaries?

North Africa has a dessert climate, is mostly Isalmic, has a low population density and cultivates cotton, oil and sheep.

Proof of success: "Mom, Can I try this with other countries now?" Yes. You certainly may, my girl.

Canadian History: Henry Hudson. . .

"And like a queen went down
Pale in her royal crown.
. . Till Joy shall overtake. . ."
"Dream Land"by Christina Rossetti