In the last post I promised to show what our learning block on Love & Family looked like, so here’s a little recap.
Kitchen activities are always a hit! Kade helped me make and frost sugar cookies. He got his own pile of dough and cut out some hearts and even made a “dad” cookie. Then he got to frost and decorate them however he wanted. (I thought about having him do this as I was simultaneously frosting 4 dozen other cookies to save time…but luckily I came to my senses and decided he should enjoy this project separately, for my own sanity.) Initially, the “dad” cookie was decorated with eyes, nose and mouth…but drizzling the frosting was just too much fun and they got covered up.
Berlin’s version of frosted sugar cookies…Cheerios dipped in pink frosting.
For one of our art projects, he drew a picture of our family with “special” colored pencils. You can tell he might be a bit Type A/OCD because each family member was drawn with the same pencils in the same order because that’s how the colored pencils were lined up in the box. Gray head, purple body, orange hair, yellow eyes, etc…
To help learn about what titles boys can have versus girls, we went outside and traced the outline of our bodies with sidewalk chalk. Then we labeled them with things like daughter, son, nephew, niece, grandson and mom. Then to help figure out his own family tree, we made decorated popsicle sticks as family members and talked about his aunts, uncles, cousins and more.
For our math activity, I introduced number families. The “Twenty Family” lives in the black house, the “Seventy Family” lives in the yellow house and so on. I like this layout because it’s so easy to see the progression and understand that the twenty family comes after the tens, just like two comes after one.
For our character trait this week, the obvious choice was Love. We talked about love for our family, specifically Miriam’s love for Moses (thank you VeggieTales – you teach valuable life lessons and let me get a shower!). We even did a weaving project to talk about Moses’ basket. Below he’s reciting our verse of the week.
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