Wednesday, October 6, 2010

On Week 5 of Homeschooling

Tapestry of Grace
Year 1, Unit 1, Week 5 

We've been trekking along with homeschooling for the last 3 weeks.  We took about a month off, but we picked things back up about a week after all of our stuff arrived to our new home from India.

Here's a video of Lil Pumpkin singin the verse we learned during Circle Time:

(She does have more than one dress in her wardrobe.  It's just coincidence that she is wearing the same dress as the last video.  haha!)

Last week we learned about the Tower of Babel and the beginning of the nations and languages of the world - right smack dab in the middle of learning a new language ourselves!  Perfect timing!  We completely understand the difficulty that the people experienced in communicating with one another once the languages were all jumbled!

We learned that the Tower of Babel was most likely a ziggurat.  To understand better what exactly a ziggurat may have looked like, we built our own out of empty boxes glued together and paint mixed with cornmeal to look like the mud bricks that would have been used. 

It was a lot of fun, and even the little ones got involved in the painting and gluing - a.k.a. MESS!

One of our favorite activities with the Tapestry of Grace curriculum is the lapbooks.  Last week, Lil Pumpkin was working on her Tower of Babel lapbook, but since she can't write complete sentences yet, she was drawing pictures about it.

She drew a picture of who (the descendants of Noah - Noah is the one with the beard and staff in the middle)...

 and what (they built a tower and God confused the languages, hence the question mark)...

But when we got to the why, I couldn't think of what she should draw.  We discussed the answer to why was that God was disciplining the people for their pride and disobedience.  I suggested she just let me write out her response.  However, she said, "No, Mommy.  I know how to draw it."  So I let her draw something...
and then had to ask what it was.  She said, "It's God spanking the people."  
{I couldn't help but laugh!} 


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