Part of preparation for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread is clearing out your house of all yeast. It symbolizes the removal of sin from our hearts. We did the traditional game of hiding bits of bread around the house and letting the kids go find them all. Normally this would be done with a candle, but our kids with open flames? Not so much... Note to self: write down all the places you hid the bread so you can find them if the kids can't... I still can't be sure we aren't missing one piece.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
This year, for Passover, we decided to make the 10 Plagues of Egypt fun for the kids. (I know...plagues aren't supposed to be fun...) Rebecca read each plague to them while I set up an illustration of each one.
|The First Plague: The Nile turned to blood.|
|"Phew! That water stinks!"|
|Plague 2: Frogs. They got to imagine what it would be like stepping all over frogs and dealing with them in our beds and kitchen. Olivia spent a couple of hours making origami frogs with no idea the reason behind it.|
|Plague 3: Gnats!|
|Plague 4: Flies|
|We talked about how 6 flies could make 6,000,000 in just a couple of days.|
|Plague 5: The Death of the Livestock. The animals lying down are the ones in Egypt that all died while the others and those in Goshen.|
|Plague 6: Boils! The actually did bother a couple of the kids. The double-sided tape was itchy.|
|Plague 7: Hail! Foam practice golf balls worked as a great illustration.|
|Plague 8: Locusts! We didn't have enough grasshopper toys, so we spread cereal on the floor so it would be crunchy, like a housefull of locusts.|
|Plague 9: Darkness!|
|Certainly one of the most entertaining plagues, at least for us watching the kids bump into everything.|
"The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." Exodus 12:13
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
|They started by hopping up on the edges of their corral. And then sometimes hopping out.|
|Then we left the house for about a half a day and came home late one night to THIS... Looks like our chickens had a little hen fest while we were out. They are growing like teens and throwing parties while the parentals are out. :)|
|Here is the reinforced chicken coop that Jeremy built at almost midnight the night of their partying. It is taller and a bit sturdier so we hoped it would hold them (and their mess) a bit longer.|
|Here is is their home for now. We will paint the coop when the weather warms up a little more.|
And we are working on building a chicken tractor that we can move them around the yard during the day. We are going to put them to work tilling up the garden.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Emma Lee is now 14 months old. Here are some adorable pictures of her! :) She smiles big and laughs hardy. She has big blue eyes and love to interact with us and especially her siblings. She has an interesting mix of Olivia/Gabe personality and Ezra's (shall I say) stronger personality. She also following in the footsteps of her siblings, especially Gabe, in that her large motor skills are a bit delayed but we are confident that they will catch up. She had primarily been pulling her self around on her belly with her forearms and pushing with her toes as her means of moving about. This has led to her have low tone in her legs/thighs. They remain chubby and infant like. She is just now started to work on normal hands and knees crawling, as you will see in a few of the pictures below. We have a friend that is a pediatric physical therapist and she gave us some tips to help her develop her muscles/strength in her legs. Emma would normally just cry and get really upset if you tired to get her to stand on her legs or left her to hold herself up on something. So we have been working on having her go from sitting to standing positions, like from a really low stool or our legs. That has helped, especially if we can find the right toy for motivation. She wants to put her legs out straight and lock her knees but we have been working on helping her plant her feet and really work to raise to a standing postion.
|happy girl in the bathtub. she likes to play in the water. she chats up a storm with her toys and anyone that is in the room with her. she especially like to scoop and dump water.|
|Here she is working on her hands and knees crawl.|
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Olivia's Science curriculum this year is Genesis for Kids, which has been a great deal of fun. The experiments follow the progression of Genesis Chapter 1 and group things together by their corresponding day in creation. For example, we did these light experiments as part of the chapter on Day 1 and the air and water experiments as part of Day 2. In each experiment, we talk about how God made each of these things we are studying and how things work together perfectly because He made them that way.
|When held just right, the magnifying glass acted as a prism, allowing us to see the colors of the rainbow and talk about how light is made up of all those colors.|
|We looked at how the light from the Sun can be focused into a small dot that can then burn things like leaves and paper, especially if they're a dark color. She thought that was neat and tried writing her initials with the dot.|
*Overall, we are not super impressed with this curriculum. While many of the experiments were fun, many of them did not work out well. In the future, if we cycle through MFW-CTG again we will likely use 106 days of Creation Studies by Simply Charlotte Mason. It is a similar approach to studying an overview of science but adds many living books.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The other new addition to our household are our chickens! About 3 weeks ago, we picked up 6 little red chicks from Tractor Supply in Oak Ridge. We decided we wanted Reds (preferably Rhode Island Reds) for their great temperament and large, brown egg production. What Tractor supply sells are "mixed reds" which means they could be RI Reds, New Hampshire Reds, or Red Sex-Links. We picked the 6 that most closely matched and were the darkest color, hoping to at least get 6 of the same breed. So far, it looks like we were successful. We don't know which ones we've got, but they all look very similar as their feathers have come in.
|6 cute, fuzzy, peeping chicks huddling under the heat lamp. It's amazing how tiny they were... The best guess the guy at the store had was that they were 2 to 3 days old.|
|Here they are just 6 days later. Already, their wing feathers are coming in.|
|It's amazing to watch how they change every day. This is one day after the picture above (one week after we got them and about 10 days old) and the tail feathers are already coming in.|
|A bird in the hand...|
|We encourage the kids to pick up the chicks often (if they can catch them!) so that both they and the chickens get used to the handling.|
|King of the roost...this one got brave and hopped up on the feeder. only seconds after I took this picture, the rest came and pecked her feet until she jumped down.|
At 18 days old, they're too big and feisty for the kids to hold in their hands, so they have to let them perch like falcons. The chicks are skittish and are too hard for the kids to catch. They run and flutter around and when you pick them up, they cheep loudly and flap their wings until they get settled. They have lots of feathers now and can fly for very short distances. I've had them leap out of my hand to coast back into their corral.
Our plan for these chicks is for them to be purely egg layers. Greensboro City ordinances allow us to have 6 chickens over 6 months old and four more under 6 months, so maybe this summer, we'll get a few more to grow for meat. We're looking forward to the eggs these ladies will produce this fall!