Sunday, December 21, 2014

MFW Unit 12: Goat

The theme of week 12 of My Father's World kindergarten was goats. We read some books about goats and we drank goats milk. There were not many extra activities for this unit so we went through the whole 6 days worth of worksheets and lessons in 2 days. 

The Bible theme was "Jesus died for my sins". We talked about how the punishment for sin is death, and people used to sacrifice goats to pay for their sins until Jesus came as the ultimate sacrifice once for all and now we are forgiven because Jesus took our punishment for us. It is a pretty abstract concept for a 4 year old to understand, but Mercedes asked a lot of questions and seemed to get it as much as any little kid can. She loves God and trusts Him and talks to Him and about Him all the time, and that is about as much as I can hope for for her age. 

My prayer is that through these little Bible lessons we will start building a foundation for her to one day develop a solid relationship with Jesus. For now I am just enjoying her childlike faith, her innocent prayers and how eagerly and joyfully she accepts everything she learns about God.

Monday, December 15, 2014

MFW Unit 11: Insects

The theme of Unit 11 of My Father's World Kindergarten was Insects. The Bible theme was "I am a wise child, so I work hard." We learned about ants and other insects and how hard they work every day.

We made lady bug snacks with apples, peanut butter and craisins.

We made ants on a log with celery, peanut butter and craisins.

We learned how bees make honey,,,and tried some! Mercedes LOVES raw organic honey. This day, we also read and discussed Psalm 19:7-10 "The law of the Lord is perfect...the rules of the Lord are right...they are sweeter than honey that is taken from the honeycomb."

We read some insect books from the library in addition to our internet research.

We painted ladybugs using giant flat marbles.

We used craisin "ants" to learn simple addition and subtraction concepts. "If 3 ants go to a picnic, and they invite 2 more friends to come, how many ants will be at the picnic? If 5 ants are at a picnic and one goes home, how many are left at the picnic?"

And Mercedes' FAVORITE activity that we've done this whole year so far has been observing the ants in her ant farm! She LOVES watching them build tunnels. It has been so fun watching the tunnels progress day to day!

MFW Unit 10: Water

The theme of My Father's World Kindergarten Unit 10 was Water. The Bible theme was "Jesus gives my spirit living water to drink". We discussed John 7:37-39 " 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me,...streams of living water will flow from within him.' By this He means the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive." 

For science, we did lots of water experiments and learned about how water can take 3 forms...solid, liquid and gas.

We made different shapes with ice cubes.

We boiled water to see the steam, which is water in gas form.

We poured water into different shaped containers to learn that when water is in liquid form it has no shape of it's own.

We learned what the word "dissolve" means by dissolving salt in water.

And we learned that oil does not dissolve in water, but stays separated, even after you mix and mix and mix it!

MFW Unit 9: Octopus

The theme of unit 9 of Mercedes' My Father's World Kindergarten was the Octopus. The Bible theme was "Even the octopus praises the Lord" based on Psalm 145:21, "My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever." We read lots of books about the octopus and other sea creatures and talked about how God's creation praises Him by showing us what an amazing and creative artist He is. 

In addition to reading lots of octopus and sea creatures books, we made octopus hot dogs for a snack one day.

We used paint and Mercedes' hand prints to make a googly eye octopus.

Then cut it out to add to our ocean collage made with blue paint for water, sand paper for the ocean floor, and fish we printed and cut out off of the computer. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thanksgiving (2014)

This Thanksgiving, for the very first time, we did not have a big fancy dinner with extended family. Instead it was just the four of us. The girls and I did some crafts to celebrate what Emerald referred to as "Thank You Day".

Inspired by Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, we made Thank You Day cards for some of the people the girls appreciate.

We also made Thank You Trees tracing the girls' arms and hands for the trunk and branches, and their hands for the leaves.

I asked them to make a list of some of the things they wanted to thank God for and wrote them on the leaves of the trees. Mercedes was thankful for so many things I made an overflow list to hang next to her tree.

"Thank You Day" was super chill. We ate cinnamon rolls for breakfast, ham, pineapples and homemade caramel apples for lunch, turkey, mashed sweet potatoes and green beans for dinner and apple crumble bars with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Unit 8: Dinosaurs

Unit 8's theme of Mercedes' My Father's World Kindergarten curriculum was Dinosaurs. Mercedes went to the library and found lots of books about dinosaurs.

We visited The Kansas Museum of Natural History and took a look at some real dinosaur bones.

Mercedes drew some dinosaurs.

I buried some clean, dry bones from chicken drums in our sandbox and let the girls play "paleontologist". This game was a huge hit. They literally buried and searched for "dinosaur bones" the entire morning. Break for nap/quiet time, and again the entire afternoon.

Mercedes traced her plastic dinosaur.

Painted the traced dinosaur.

And used his feet to create dinosaur footprints on her paper.

MFW Unit 7: Us

Unit 7 of Mercedes' My Father's World curriculum was "us". The science theme was the five senses. The Bible theme was "God made us wonderfully". 

We read several books from the library about our five senses.

We played games using all of our five senses. For touch, I stuffed a pillowcase with a bunch of random objects. Mercedes grabbed each item one by one and had to guess what it was using only her sense of touch.

For sound, I blindfolded Mercedes and used different objects to make noise. She had to guess using her sense of sound what item was making the noise.

For smell, I blindfolded Mercedes and held several strong smelling items up to her nose. She had to use her sense of smell to figure out what each item was.

For taste, I blindfolded Mercedes and let her taste several kinds of food. She had to use her sense of taste to guess what kind of food she was eating.

For sight, we talked about how important our eyes were and all the things we get to enjoy with our eyes. I blindfolded her and asked her to draw a person without using her eyes. She realized how hard it was and how important her eyes are!

The letter theme was U, so she used finger paint to practice writing the letter U.

Friday, October 31, 2014

MFW Unit 6: Turtle

The theme for Mercedes' 6th unit of My Father's World Kindergarten was turtles. The Bible theme was "I don't quit; I persevere".

We read lots of books about turtles.

Mercedes made a turtle out of bread, peanut butter and chocolate chips for the eyes.

Mercedes pretended to be a turtle by using a laundry basket for a shell, and we played a pretend game where raccoons and foxes were trying to catch her and she hid in her shell.

Mercedes made a paper plate turtle.

The letter theme of the week was T, so Mercedes practiced writing T's in tomato sauce.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MFW Unit 5: Nest

The theme of Mercedes' 5th unit of My Father's World Kindergarten was "God takes good care of me", and we learned about how God takes care of animals by giving them homes to live in and providing food for them. We talked a lot throughout the week about different ways God provides for us and takes care of us.

We checked out library books about different animals' habitats and homes.

We went to the zoo to see how different animals live.

Mercedes made a multimedia art project by painting a tree, gluing some paper leaves on it, cutting out paper grass, cutting out pictures of a bird, a rabbit and a butterfly, and gluing some fluffy cotton ball clouds. 

Mercedes made homes for all of her little plastic animals and fed them all.

The letter theme was "N" so Mercedes made an upper and lower case N with number stickers.