Since Daddy was away for a whole week recently, I decided to take it easy and postpone the letter W. I thought he would be able to help with the fire element – being a fireman and all – but he ended up being busy the whole week he was back anyway.
The Bible story for the week was Jesus feeding the 5,000. I had a cute little craft idea in mind but wanted Phil to cut some slices of wood for pretend bread and he never got around to it. We read some stories about feeding lots of people and sharing what we have. After reading a book about sharing, Gwen graciously gave Josiah one of her grapes. *grin* Our Bible verse was Matthew 19:14 – “My God will supply all your needs.” She had that one down pat.
When I saw this picture I thought it would be a neat idea to do something similar. In the middle of the table I filled four glasses, one with each element – dirt for earth, emptiness for air, water for water, and a candle for fire.
We made this nifty God’s Eye craft with yarn and buttons. The middle is God’s eye and the four corners represent the elements; basically, God sees everything! I let the kiddos pick their yarn and we picked button colors to coincide with the elements, but I did most of the wrapping. Then I asked them for a couple things for which they were thankful; I wrote them on little strips of paper and put them in the yarn.
We normally have three school days a week but often work activities in on the “off” days and evenings as well. My aim was to have one element a day, pairing earth and water.
The kids are no stranger to fire safety since Daddy always explains why he volunteers at the fire department and tries to work it in here and there. We worked on a number of the printables from Mama’s Monkey’s Firefighter Tot Pack and Homeschool Creation’s Firemen Printable Pack.
There were pre-writer tracing pages, an alphabet maze, label the firefighter and shape match.
Josiah even got in on the action coloring fire trucks and even matching up some of his toys to the images all on his own!
For a snack we roasted my homemade marshmallows over the fire in the woodstove to make s’mores. We paired it on top of the graham crackers with dark chocolate – yum! They were sooo good, and now that I know the marshmallows freeze well I can plan ahead for our camping trips.
Earth & Water
Since we’ll be starting our garden again soon I decided to use Homeschool Creation’s Garden Preschool Pack to discuss the earth and water elements. We read Jack’s Garden and did the sequencing cards, some pre-writer tracing pages, flower/veggie cut-and-paste, letter clip cards, seed and bulb sequencing cards, and a flower part puzzle.
Don’t forget our vocabulary hunt! This has turned out to be a huge hit with Gwendolyn so we’ll stick with this from now on.
It also provided a neat segway into starting our Easter garden, which I thought would be a fun and meaningful tradition to start this year. We went to a garden center and the kiddos helped me pick a few plants, then Daddy helped us put it all together. The kiddos loved placing the stone pathway.
For a snack I made dirt cups; the kids were so excited to to be eating dirt, mud and worms. *grin* Instead of the traditional instant pudding and crushed oreos, I made homemade pudding and crushed some organic chocolate cookies (mm, Pamela’s Bakery Extreme Chocolate Mini Cookies are sooooo goooood and crumble really nicely!) on top. No way around the gummy worms.
Our shape of the week was a hexagon so we worked on a shape puzzle. Gwen did a hot air balloon shape cut-and-paste and we proceeded to do a few other balloon-related activities: dot-to-dot, Up Up and Away file folder game and putting together some cardstock balloons.
She was so excited about the latter and couldn’t wait to finish glueing the pieces together so she could tie the balloon to Safari’s (her giraffe) head. She cracks me up.
For dessert we had cloud jello… but I didn’t bother taking a picture because it didn’t come out picture perfect. There are supposed to be dollops of whipped cream simulating clouds in the sky, but my whipped cream floated to the top and made one big layer. It still tasted good!
Firefighters! Speeding! Spraying! Saving!
Diary of a Worm
The Visual Dictionary of the Earth
And Then Its Spring
The Curious Garden
Splish! Splash! A Book About Rain
What Makes the Seasons?
Oceans – The Vast, Mysterious Deep
My “w” Book
I’m a Little Teapot
The Last Airbender