September 6, 2010

Week 4 - Noah is Obedient

Printables for this week:

Obedient Bible page
Obedient Chart from Hubbard’s Cupboard 

Colossians 3:20 from Hubbard’s Cupboard
Zoo ABC - letter d
Zoo Math D - #4

This week has to be a mommy’s favorite as the topic of discussion is...being obedient!  Woooohoooo!!!  Although the song had me convicted with “’ll do it right away, and with a happy heart...”  There’s always room for growth, right?  Anyway, on to Noah and all the great things you can learn through this story!

We started the week with our first official “science experiment,” and thanks to the PBS show Dinosaur Train, we are familiar with “making a hypothesis.”  So we had everyone make a hypothesis (or good guess) about how many animals could fit on our “ark” before it began to sink.  The hypotheses were from 2 - 40, and the result...85!  We left the tub out as a water exploration activity for the rest of the day.  The children loved it so much, I decided to bring in our water table from the patio (which gave us some great character lessons on sharing and and taking turns too ;-).   

The most anticipated activity of the week was definitely making banana boats.  Here’s what you need per child:
-Blue bowl/plate (optional)
-whipped cream
-animal cookies
-2 mini-marshmallows (or anything to represent Noah and his wife)
We used our blue banana split bowls for the water, then let each child peel a banana boat to float in the water.  They needed a little help to use the knife to carve out the ark (make a v-cut the length of the banana, kind of like a dug-out canoe).  Then we added some whipped cream “hay” to rest our animals on, and finally Noah and his wife.  (I was waiting for Levi to request more marshmallows for Noah’s sons and their wives, but he was too focused on the food to correct me...hehe)  Don’t rock the boat, it’s time to munch!

Other possible activities:
-See Me Obey booklet from Hubbard’s Cupboard
-Rise and Shine song page
-a float/sink experiment (predicting, then testing which objects would float and sink)

For Friday's edition of Jungle School, we decided to have a free day of Noah-themed fun.  However, had I found this great Noah's Ark paper plate craft by Mama Jenn before Friday, it would have definitely been on the day's itinerary! 

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