Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Homeschool Update--Let Freedom Ring and The Living Water

So we have been leaning about the happenings that led up to the Colonies becoming States. We have learned about George Washington, The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and The Liberty Bell. Olivia has learned the song Yankee Doodle and enjoys dancing around to it. We learned that "Macaroni" referred to being stylish as it was a fancy hat style worn in England. She has made hasty pudding (eaten with maple syrup) and johnny cakes with apple butter. She was so pleased to have had such a big part in making these things. We have also learned some about the US flag and how it looked different in the days of the original 13 states.

We made quill pens and ink from squishing berries for juice. Olivia signed her John Hancock. :)

Olivia is sporting her tricorn hat that she traced and cut out. She is also ringing the Liberty Bell. It is hard to see but we did put the crack in the bell and the bible verse on it. Leviticus 25:10, "Announce freedom all over the land to everyone who lives there." (the version is her NIV readers bible)

Our name for Jesus has been the Giver of Living Water. Only He can quench our ever-returning thirst. Olivia's memory verse is John 7:37-38, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." A cool connection was made in reference to the Israelites in the desert. When they whined for water, God had Moses strike the rock (which we have already learned is another name for Jesus) and the water flowed from the rock. And then our memory verse this time tells us that the streams of living water (which is the Holy Spirit) will flow from within us. I love how the whole Trinity of God (father, son, and Holy Spirit) is present throughout the bible.

We have done some science experiments involving condensation and evaporation of water and how water is soaked up. There are so many science experiments you can do right in your own kitchen. She really loves doing science. Daddy often gets involved in these with her and that is something she really enjoys. I am proud to say too that Olivia is doing great with her reading and spelling skills. She was able to sound out evaporation and condensation and spell them for me. :) God has really gifted her in this way!

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