March 27, 2011

Week 30 - Elizabeth is Patient

Printables for this week:

Patient Chart from Hubbard’s Cupboard
Ephesians 4:2b from Hubbard’s Cupboard

This week we learned about being patient...hhhmmm.  I think this was for Mamas (or at least me) as much as for the children.  Funny how that works.  Click here for a little reminder of patience I just happened to come across this week from Ann Voskamp’s blog.  (Her writing is so always calms my wearied soul.)

Our bible character was Elizabeth, and what a good reminder she is.  Waiting for years with no child, in a culture where that meant everything.  Through the shame, disappointment, and loneliness, she remained a righteous woman.  Another translation says she “enjoyed a clear conscience before God.”  Ouch!  How many people can keep their heart and attitude clear when life is not going the way we want it to. We took the initiative to recognize and practice waiting patiently this week for snacks, stories, speaking, and especially “our turn.”  For our bible page, they were to draw a clock (to symbolize time passing and Elizabeth waiting patiently) and a baby named John.  Here is Levi's work with the clock "hands spinning so it looks like a long, long time!"  I have been delighting in his creativity lately.

Our zoo friend was Timothy Tiger, and we discovered lots of great tiger facts.  Did you know that a tiger's roar can be heard up to 2 miles away?  Tiger Time for Stanley by Griff integrates lots of facts in a very cute story about a boy comparing his cat to a tiger (especially for a certain 3-year-old girlie who dreams of having a pet “meow-me” too).  We also read A Tiger Cub Grows Up by Joan Hewett, and learned that Tara (the tiger in the book) lives in San Fransisco, CA where our airplane will be landing this summer!  We were checking out Six Flags Discovery Park and found this cool video of a white Bengal tiger diving underwater to get it’s dinner.

We had great fun with our cooking project this week...tiger toast!  We first talked about color mixing, then added some food coloring to cream cheese to make orange and black.  Each child got a piece of toast and a little watercolor paint brush to create their tiger designs.  A little tip for success:  Use orange first, then black.  Just like in watercolors, the black will quickly overpower any other colors.

For our Fun Friday activity, we had treats at Miss Jennifer’s house!  The children were so entertained, there was not even an interest in the tea party we had planned.  So us JungleMama’s continued to talk and eat treats.  Hope we didn’t tear up your house too much Jen!

March 20, 2011

Week 28 - Esther is Compassionate

Printables for this week:

Compassionate Chart from Hubbard’s Cupboard
Ephesians 4:32 from Hubbard’s Cupboard

It was a royal week around here as we learned about compassion using the story of Esther.  During calendar time we learned how to bow and curtsey, (and got a great thigh workout curtseying the date might I add.)  This week, I explained the bible page, and they worked very independently to finish.  Check out Levi’s Esther page (those motor skills have come so far this year)...

Sammy Snake was of course a favorite, with our two favorite books being The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash and Snake Dictionary, along with the song “I’m being swallowed by a Boa Constrictor!”  We also made spiral snakes out of paper plates thanks to this post from Made by Bedtime Tales.  They turned out great, and served as a weekends worth of entertainment, too.

What a better cooking project for S week than, S’Mores!  When you have a gas stove, S’Mores can be made year round.  hehe  This makes a great, fast dessert when company comes.  We especially like our Panamanian version:  Spread some chocolate frosting on a Maria cookie, use a fondue fork to roast a marshmallow over the burner, then use a plain Maria cookie to scrape off the marshmallow and make a S’Mores sandwich.  Is your mouth watering yet? 

For our Fun Friday activity, we attended a Royal Ball at the Richardson’s.  The ladies wore their finest, and the men dressed in their knightly attire.

There was much playing, sword fighting, and more dressing up.

Miss Clare read A Parable about the King by Beth Moore,

and served a special snack on her royal silver.

Miss Jennifer gave a lesson in chivalry (before the rain interrupted),

with the boys kneeling before the girls to present them with flowers.

I think that was the highlight of Ary’s day, and rumor has it that someone wants to marry Levi now.  hehe  The JungleMamas ordered out for lunch while the children finished the day by watching VeggieTales, Esther the Girl who Became Queen.

Although my children were exhausted after all the fun, Ary had to finish out the day like a princess by wearing her fancy (long sleeved, hot, oh-not-so-cozy) red dress to sleep in.  It matched her tired red eyes.   

March 13, 2011

Week 29 - Dorcas is Kind

Printables for this week:

Kind Chart from Hubbard’s Cupboard

It was a holiday week in Panama for Carnaval.  Woohoooo!!!  Not really.  hehe  For us, that basically means a time to enjoy the lack of traffic and people in the city, as they all head to the beach or other locations to party it up.  We were planning to keep on our normal school routine, but ended up just focusing on our character trait - kindness.  

Since we had a full house of girls, I decided to plan a ladybug day instead and put off Sammy Snake until next week when most of the boys return.  Actually, the ladybug day was a last minute idea that came to me in bed the night before.  (Am I the only crazy one in this world whose last thoughts of the night are receiving new lesson plans?  People who choose the teaching profession for the 3 months vacation are clueless, because most teachers I know never get to turn their brain off.  It is like a computer running 24/7, whether on sleep mode, stand-by, or full power.)  Okay, I'm stepping off the soap box now.  Back to ladybugs and kindness...

We read this book that talks about accepting others even though they are different than us.  Especially fun since 2 out of our 4 girls have "boing-yoing curls" just like Dottie in the book.  

We watched this YouTube video of Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug (since I didn’t have the book.  Hurray for YouTube!)  The opposite of kind is mean, and this grouchy ladybug is a perfect example of that.  However, in the end he changes his tune and decides to use kind words.

For this week’s cooking project, we made ladybug cupcakes!  Just frost a regular size cupcake with pink or red frosting.  Add a half oreo for the head, and some chocolate chips for the spots.  Delicioso!

For our Fun Friday activity, we went to visit Miss Amy again!  It was a beautiful summer day full of hammock play, making monster truck tracks in the dirt, and playing in the “clubhouse.”  Lots of opportunities to practice our kindness in the real world.  hehe My camera memory was full, but I hope to post some borrowed pics soon.  Here is one of my Three Amigos after a full day of Friday fun.

This week had lots of Life School fun too.  Two summer BBQ's, a "Girl's Only" playdate for moms and daughters and a swimming day at Miss Peggy's house, plus some special family time.  Levi wanted some time just with Mamita, so we stayed home and worked on his Trio Block binder (post to come soon.)  Papito took the other two out, and Ary was so excited to have Papi Time that they dressed alike.  hehe