May 8, 2011

Week 23 - Ruth is Modest

Printables for this week:

Modest Chart from Hubbard’s Cupboard
Philippians 4:6 from Hubbard’s Cupboard

This week we learned about being modest using the story of Ruth.  Modesty (or immodesty rather) is a bigger issue for preteen/teens, but I figured it would be good to introduce the concept.  At the preschool level, we focused on how our beauty comes from the inside, not what we look like on the outside.  There was still plenty to talk about, especially to little girls thinking that putting on certain clothes and fixing their hair a certain way make them “more boo-afull.”

Our zoo friend this week was Xavier Fox, so of course we had to play a couple of rounds of “What time is it, Mr. Fox?”  We also made Fox cookies for our cooking project (since I had some orange frosting left over from the sport’s ball cupcakes).  The children frosted a Maria cookie, then added chocolate chip eyes, and drew on the rest of the face using chocolate frosting.  X-cellent!

Fun Friday was X-ray day!  We made x-ray name art by using white out pens to write our names on a piece of black construction paper folded in half.  (Hint: Since the white-out dries so quickly, we learned it worked best to fold the paper and rub after every letter, rather than wait until the entire name was finished.) 

The name section is the ribs, then we talked about what bones are connected to them and how they move...joints!  (For example, the leg bends in the middle, so we decided there must be a bone on top and one below connected at the knee joint.) 

Next we glued on Q-tips to represent the arm and leg bones.  We finished it off with a dot paint head, and googly eyes.  Ta-daaaa!

We even had an x-ray snack, by frosting a graham cracker then drawing on some white frosting bones.  Say "X-ray!"

May 1, 2011

Week 32 - Jonathan is Faithful

Printables for this week:

Faithful Chart from Hubbard’s Cupboard
Proverbs 17:17 from Hubbard’s Cupboard

This week we learned about being faithful using the story of Jonathan and David.  Since the chart defined faithful as being a good friend, we focused this week on “how” to be a good friend.  Keeping your promises, using kind words, not saying or doing hurtful things to our friends were all put into action this week.  (And what a week to practice with a major case of spring fever going through this place!  hehe)  In fact, in an attempt to calm some of the spring craziness, I decided to start Monday morning with some new playdough infused with lavender essential oil. The girls have been asking for pink or purple, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity.

It was also fun for them to watch the colors mix from this 

to this!

Our zoo friend this week was Willie Weasel, and I must admit my weasel resources are rather slim, except for this one book I remembered called Earthquack!.  It is a version of the classic "the sky is falling" tale and has a weasel for the villian.  Quite the tongue-twister to read, but the children enjoyed it.  

We went looking for videos, but didn’t find any good enough to share with you.  One thing we learned was that weasels build their nests in rock piles, or take over other animals nests rather than building their own.  Levi got a kick out of this sneakiness, and has been testing it out all weekend. “I was tricky like Willie Weasel and snuck some chocolate chips, then hid over here to eat them.”  Not looking forward to one more week of this, as tricky Xavier Fox is coming up next week.  :-S 

Wednesday was our last day of swimming lessons, and a very exciting day for one of our Jungle Families.  Miss Peggy had her baby, making Gaia an official big sister!  There was lots of praying involved, and lots of faith built, as our prayers were answered and Peggy was able to have a natural birth.  We still haven’t been able to meet baby Sitka, but are looking forward to meeting her soon!!

This Thursday’s cooking day might have just been the most popular one yet.  We made Waffles, and they were indeed wonderful.  Miss Niki whisked everything together,

and Papito came home just in time to help us cook them up!

Toppings included berry syrup, whipped cream, nut butter, and honey.  Berries and cream took the landslide vote in everyone’s book (except Josh’s), and all went for seconds, thirds, or even fourths!

We visited Miss Jennifer, Nat, and Abi for Fun Friday, and the children had a Wonderful time in the fort.

It took up half the living room, and their imaginations took up even more.  hehe

Rachel and Gio joined us too, for a fun-filled morning.