Levi's memory verse for church this week!
Levi's memory verse for church this week!
Micah won't touch it, but Levi is smitten by this wonderful substance. Course, he wouldn't have gone near it three years ago either! It was a great experience: harvesting, cleaning, molding!
Do I dare fire it? In a pit? Or a metal trash can full of sawdust? There are so many ways... And so many lessons! The history of Native American pottery, the earth science of collecting, the sheer art of it all!
Did I mention I love homeschooling lately? I do, I really, really do! Elbow deep, in a bucket of free muck, and watching the grin on his face and the questioning-mama's-sanity look on his brother's face, I am very, very, happy.
So for our history work, we took a break from the normal routine and reached out into the land of social studies. We joined other abundantly blessed families and chose to participate in Operation Christmas Child. The boys filled out the provided sheets, went shopping, and packed their boxes (we did one in honor of each kid we have). Then I interviewed Levi, to collect his thoughts on the project:
Mama: Tell us why you are packing up shoeboxes.
Levi: Because it is Operation Christmas Child.
Mama: What is Operation Christmas Child?
Levi: It’s when, uh, we pack shoeboxes to send for kids. That’s it. Okay?
Mama: Who are they for?
Levi: I’m not quite sure. They’re for poor kids. Mine is going to a boy that is five to nine years old. I’ve never met him, but I can’t wait to.
Mama: Where do you think your box will travel to?
Levi: I’m not quite sure if it’s going over to Asia, or Africa or Europe. I’m not sure where they’re going to take it, but it can’t be Antartica.
Mama: What did you put in your box?
Levi: I put 3 cars (2 were constructions and the other one was a monster truck). And then I put candy canes (I thought he would like it). Okay, and next was…hmmn… I put some pencils, erasers, paper – I mean a sketch book – oh, and I think he would like this: it is called Grow Pals. These are dinosaurs, you put them in the water and leave them there and it grows big. And there was some other stuff too.
Ahem. That was pretty much the end of the interview. He reminded me again, that he'd like to meet the boy, and then wanted to know if we could do his reading (no, he is not crazy, he just knew that reading was the last thing he had to do before school would be finished, and he could go play;-)
I like kid interviews, don't you?
Meanwhile, she was doing this...
Sigh. "This" being her best to empty the contents of the cabinets she has access too and bouncing the cups down the stairwell. Apparently they bounce more satisfactorily than the plates and bowls, which she kept for cooking. I keep hoping that if I ignore the cup thing, she won't think it any funnier than it is. Right now it seems more like a gravity, cause & effect experiment, rather than outright defiance, so she should get bored with it pretty quick.
Anyway. Papa and Micah went to the store last night. Meanwhile...
Levi was counting his coins. Now, the reason he was doing this - oh, wait, can I just say how proud I am that he can count all that? A mix of counting by 25's, 10's, 5's, and 1's. We have been working on that! - Now. Back to that reason: Levi was counting his savings, because he wanted to buy his papa a back-hoe.
I'm not kidding. He thought that surely, since five dollars is such a lot of money, that should be enough to buy his papa something wonderful that he could use for work, if he spent every penny that he had.
And then, while Eve and I were messing about, doing baby & mama stuff, Micah asked if I could take a picture of something he had built. So, Eve and I were dancing about, and meanwhile...
Micah slips off with my camera. He came back with no less than 70 photos.
I love my kids. Whatever they maybe up to right this particular moment...
Beach study unit anyone? Give your young oceanographers a chance to build their own Just Beachy Sandwiches!
You will need:
Ready? Okay! Your kids can do whichever of these steps you think they can handle!
Best spur-of-the-moment school project ever. Seriously.
I am now the proud mama of a seven-year-old. Seven. Did anyone catch that? I said seven!
He had an awesome birthday. Started the day with presents and then we went out on the boat (once again, my poor camera stayed buried. baby + camera + boat = broken camera, so I was trying to avoid that equation). The weather was great. The water was great. The siblings were happy. The birthday boy was happy. He had just what he wanted for dinner, and we had a bug mountain cake that he picked out.
Seven. My little field scientist. He's catching lizards, frogs, all kinds of stuff. Collecting specimens. Studying, studying, studying. Jumping off docks. Making me hold my breath and let him takes those boy-risks. Dang. Seven is such an adventure, isn't it?
Happy Birthday Levi. I love you terribly.
We like games around here, but we can't always run out and buy new ones, especially ones that might be too hard to play for our age groups. Levi's been longing to play Battleship, so we made our own version.
After the first round, I tweaked it a bit, to make it a bit easier for my 6 year old. There's a red player and a blue player, and the even numbered rows are slightly colored, to help you find your spot on the graph.
Want to play? Download Battleship and print out the two pages. You could totally laminate them and use dry erase markers. Or you could just use a pencil. Each person hides their five ships in their bottom grid (make ships that are 5, 4, 3, 3, and 2 boxes long), and then take turns shooting. You don't have to keep track of where the other person shoots (I only do that because Levi's still learning, and I want to make sure he's getting his shots down correctly).