Friday, August 28, 2015

Busy Bees

Another great week of school has come to an end.  This week was Letter B.  We learned a lot about bunnies, butterflies, bears, bees, bats, and birds.   They really loved learning about bats but their favorite was learning how bees make honey.  Thanks to You Tube they got a good lesson.  Our science week was all about bugs.  We have had a fun time searching for bugs and examining them.  Here are some photos from our week-
On Monday we made these letter B butterflies and hung them on our school room window.  They have been pretty to look at all week.

We also baked brownies for some company we had arriving that afternoon.

We enjoyed a visit from fellow IMB missionaries David and Glynis Miller and some family they had here with them.  We went out for supper and then came back to our house for brownies and coffee.  We had a good time of fellowship with all of them while they were here.

On Tuesday we set up two Bug Hotels as part of our science lesson.  We dug holes in the ground and put empty yogurt containers inside.  We would add different foods to see what bugs we attracted.  The boys loved checking it every day to see who had "checked in". 

Cruz digging a hole for our Bug Hotel

putting food inside our "hotel"

my boys and one of their bug hotels

Here are David and Cruz another afternoon looking at some of the bugs we caught.  My boys LOVE to use their magnifying glasses!

 Cruz had to log in to his science workbook what bugs he saw.  Here is one of his pages.

We finally bought a light to hang in my dining room.  Here is David hanging it for me one morning while we were doing school.  It looks really nice in there. 

Here are the boys getting an upclose look at a centipede that crawled into our carport one morning while they were outside eating snack.

I'll admit that these give me the creeps but the boys think they are cool.  They are all around our house.

Here is a short video of them watching the centipede.  Cruz is trying to count how many legs it has while Ben just wanted to hit it with his magnifying glass.  As you will see it aggravated Cruz just a little, ha.

Another part of our science lesson this week was to go on a bug hunt.  We made these masks to wear while looking for bugs.  It made the assignment a little extra fun don't you think. 
looking for bugs

Ben getting an up close look at a worm


my little bugs

another fun science assignment we did this week

    playing in the dirt late one afternoon

They had filled their wagon with dirt and was emptying it into their box.  When the box was filled they would empty it out and start over.  It was a great way to burn off some afternoon energy.

Ben painting a letter B

        Cruz painting his letter B

their letter B bees

Our Bible lessons were about Creation and Adam and Eve.  We learned a new hymn- "In the Sweet By and By".  The memory verse of the week was Proverbs 20:11 "Even a child is known by his doings".

We learned two nursery rhymes- Baa Baa Black Sheep and Little Boy Blue.  We counted and wrote numbers more times than I want to remember, ha.  We played learning games and worked puzzles. We finished up the third book in the dragon series (My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragons of Blueland).  The boys liked the third book The Dragons of Blueland best but my favorite was My Father's Dragon.  All three stories were wonderful and I would definitely recommend them as read alouds for boys.
We started reading a few chapters from Uncle Wiggily's Story Book, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and Mrs. Noodlekugel.  In spite of my boys being rowdy and active they will sit still and listen to me read.  I love discussing story lines throughout the day and looking forward to what is going to happen in the next chapter.  We are creating a lot of fun memories through books.
It has been very hot in Chiquimula this week (it is always hot but this week has felt hotter than normal).  Today we are enjoying a much needed break from the heat.  I'll fill you in on that in my next post.  Have a great weekend everyone!  "C" you next week. ha

Monday, August 24, 2015

Four In Four

I'll start our weekend post with photos from our Bible study in Muyurco on Thursday afternoon.  We have been in four different villages over the past four days.  Muyurco kicked that off.  It is just a little over an hour drive from our house to where we park our car.  We then take about a 10 minute hike to the house where we meet.  It was hot, dry, and sunny when we arrived and no dark clouds in the sky.  Well, just as we began our service the clouds rolled in and by the time David started teaching it was una gran tormenta (a great storm!).  Part of the roof where we meet is tin and the other part is thatch.  The thatch part leaked water and the tin was so loud no one could hear a thing.  It was very hard for David to continue to teach and at one point he just stopped to let the storm pass.  The house has sticks for walls so the rain was blowing in on everyone.  We were all wet and cold.  I don't think it bothered anyone but me though, ha.  The locals are used to it.
David trying to teach over the sound of the rain

at one point the boys moved over by the doorway to watch the rain come down

a little video off the boys in Muyurco

Someone recently left us a sack of Spanish devotional books.  We were glad to have them and passed them out before our Bible study began.  We had books for adults and youth.  They were all very excited to get them.  It gave us an opportunity to share with them about having a daily devotional time and challenge them to do it.   The adult books were the Spanish version of our Baptist Open Windows that the churches give out in the States.

two of the young girls browsing through the books

These three were looking at one of the youth books.  They were more of a comic strip style with a lot of pictures so even the young ones liked looking at them even thought they can't read yet.

The locals were terribly afraid that the creek would rise and that we couldn't get our car out so when it slacked off some David hiked back and moved our car to higher ground.  We park along the creek bed and have to cross it twice in our car to get to where we park.  We cross it twice again on our hike.  That meant when we left to go home we had to "hike" through that creek four times to get back to the car.  It was definitely an adventurous day and one we'll be laughing about for many years to come.

me with two of our Bible study girls crossing the creek

On Friday afternoon we were invited to a birthday party for a sweet little missionary kid that we know.  She had a Frozen party and included a Spiderman theme for the boys that were there.  It was a lot of fun and my boys had a blast playing with all the kids there.

the party crew (minus Ben)

my boys with the birthday girl

On Saturday morning we headed up the mountain to make some visits.  Our first stop was Churischan.
me and Cruz on the trail in Churischan

While we visited the boys spent their time climbing trees.  That is their favorite thing to do when in the villages.

my little monkey

The family in Churischan that we are working with.  We were happy to hear that they had been listening to the Proclaimer all week long.   They talked about some of the stories they had heard and asked a few questions as well.  It was good to know that it is being used.

Another thing the boys did while we visited was pick a bunch of leaves.  They piled them up into a "nest".  They then picked some green coffee beans and placed them in the center.  They told me it was their chicken nest and that the mama chicken was sitting on it to help the "eggs" hatch.  Here they are waiting for the chickens to come out of the eggs.  They have such great imaginations!

Afterwards we traveled on to the village of Lagunetas and visited there.  I didn't take any photos while there.  We returned to town just in time for lunch and a long afternoon nap.

The only other photo I took the whole weekend was of David and Ben on Saturday afternoon walking back home after a long playtime in the construction dirt pile.  Ben is pulling his wagon filled with his dump truck and tools and David is carrying his bicycle.  My boys would stay all day in the dirt if I let them. 

You'll notice Ben is only wearing shorts.  He prefers to dress that way most days- no shirt and no shoes.   Most days I just let him.

David had a great service/ Bible study time on Sunday morning in Nearar and that wrapped up our weekend plans.   We are thankful for the villages that we are getting to work in and for the way we are seeing God work in the lives of those who are following Him.

 Sometimes just going week after week after week and just teaching a different Bible story doesn't seem like we are accomplishing much but I was reminded recently in a devotion that I read of the importance of spreading God's Word.  It read-
The gospel of Jesus Christ didn't spread from the Holy Land to the rest of the world in the form of an album tour, a simulcast, or cable news.  The good news of what Christ did for us made it around the world with the help of regular people and a spoken word.  

Pray for us as we weekly go and tell what God has done in our lives and what he wants to do in the lives of those we come in contact with.  What a privilege we have to help spread the gospel and tell the good news of Jesus Christ!

Friday, August 21, 2015

All About A's

We have had a fun, busy week in our homeschool.  Our focus was Letter A in language, writing numbers in math, our community in science, and the death and resurrection of Jesus in Bible.  We have done a lot of memorizing, singing, writing, coloring, and exploring.  Here is look at our school week-

We begin each day by saying the pledge to the American flag and singing "My Country Tis of Thee".  In a few more weeks we'll begin learning "The Star Spangled Banner".  I love that my boys are learning these American things.

I introduced them to Leap Frog's "Letter Factory" video this week.  We all love it!  It is a great resource for letter recognition and learning letter sounds.  Here is Cruz watching it while eating snack one day.

We learned all about apples this week.  We made these apple trees and memorized an apple poem.

Our science lesson focused on our community.  We learned about people in our community as well as the plant and animal community around us.  On Monday they dressed up as chefs and made mini pizzas for lunch.  We made these cute chef hats to wear while cooking. 

the boys making pizzas

all ready for the oven

On Tuesday we studied alligators.  We read books and watched you tube videos to learn all about them.  We then made this letter A craft.  My boys thought they were really cool!

We also did a little exploring of our community.  They boys were THRILLED to finally get to use their magnifying glasses.  We did a "circle of nature" experiment where you make a circle in the yard and explore what lives inside it (plants and insects). 

We used a hula hoop to make our circle

they saw ants, grass, a worm, and a beetle (and thankfully that's all, ha)

I love this photo of the two of them.

This makes me laugh.

Wednesday we had class in the morning.  We learned about Arctic Animals.  We then took our first field trip.  We visited a place in our community- the fire station.

Cruz and Ben with the fire chief at the Chiquimula Fire Station

looking at the firemen uniforms

They loved getting to explore the fire truck.

Sitting in the cab of the fire truck

Cruz said, "mama, these tires are BIG!"

They also got to explore the ambulance.

Cruz loved playing on the fire pole!

Here is a short video of a fireman demonstrating how to slide down.

When we returned home I had Cruz make an entry into his Science notebook about his experience.

writing numbers on Thursday morning

On Thursday we studied all about ants (more books and you tube videos).  In science we took a nature walk to see what kind of plants live in our community (and to see if we could find some ants too).  I made the boys a masking tape bracelet to stick things to it that they found.  They loved this idea.

When we returned home Cruz made another entry into his science journal.  I had him put the leaves under his paper and rub over them with crayons to make them appear.  He liked that.

We also painted these letter A ant hills and little black fingerprint ants climbing over them.

We ended the week in Bible by learning how to grow spiritually and reciting our verse for the week.  It was John 14:14 his letter "I" verse.

Cruz saying John 14:14

part of Friday's math lesson- fingerprint apples

And lastly we ended the week with a study of airplanes.  When we were done I sent the boys to see their daddy and he helped them make paper airplanes (that was a BIG hit!) 
 Cruz with his paper airplane. They flew them in the yard until I had to make them come in for lunch.

It has been a lot of fun and we have learned a lot.  I am looking forward to the weekend so my brain can rest, ha.  We'll start back on Monday with all things letter "B".  It should be a "b"last!  Have a great weekend everyone!
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