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Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017): We will be using a variety of different curriculum this year, with Notgrass' Uncle Sam and You as our main History, Bible and Literature focus. Our oldest, EL, is in 12th grade this year, but has special learning needs due to autism. JJ is our youngest, an active boy with Tourette Syndrome. He is in the 8th grade.

Please feel free to follow along....

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ancient Egyptian Homes, Air, and Veteran's Day (CTG weeks 8 & 9)

For the past couple of weeks, we have continued our studies about ancient Egypt. One of our projects was to make a model of what their homes might have looked like. We were able to use cardboard, or modeling clay. Coyote chose to use clay and, with a little bit of my help, this is what we ended up with:


Road Runner does not enjoy getting her hands dirty with clay, so I allowed her to draw her own version of an ancient Egyptian home. She loves to draw, so this was right up her alley.


We have also been continuing our voyage through Biblical history. Our travels have now brought us through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob & Esau, and Joseph. As we learn about these people from the Bible, we have been reading it from the Scriptures and also watching a cartoon version of each event on You Tube.

For Science, we are learning more about AIR. One of our experiements was to find out what happens to a candle after all the air has been used up by its flame.





Of course, the flame went out! And, a vacuum was left inside the glass. We did this experiment several times, as the kids thought it was pretty "cool."

TODAY is Veteran's Day. Since Fridays are usually our Creative Writing days, I found a project for the kids to do related to Veteran's Day. I found it on CurrClick.com for only 50 cents! It's a downloadable project, so all I had to do was save it on my computer, then print out the pages I wanted for each child to do. Today, the kids used their imagination to see what it might be like for soldiers who have to leave their family and friends to go overseas to serve our country. They had to figure out what kinds of things they might miss the most, and then write a letter to someone telling them about what they miss and look forward to coming home to.

Here is what Road Runner wrote. (Remember... She is a 13 year old with autism and this was her best work. I think she did a GREAT job! The only thing I needed to help her with was where to place the periods at the end of each sentence.)

Dear Grandma & Grandpa,

I miss my mommy and daddy.
I miss 2 cats.
I miss my room.
I miss my house.
I miss my table and chairs.
I miss the clock.
I miss the TV.
I miss the bathroom.

Take care,
"Road Runner"

3 comments:

  1. What a good idea to follow your activities week by week. We will be starting our 2nd year of MFW in the fall!

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    1. Shara, will you be doing Adventures? That was our first year, and we loved it! I wasn't blogging at that time, but started blogging when we began Exploring Countries and Cultures. That was a fun year, too!

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