Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Week 17: Christmas Event, Activities and Books

This week has been full of excitement and activities for this homeschool family!  We had a whole day of baking Christmas cookies for all of the awesome Awanas leaders in our church, the boys and I got to act in a reenactment our church has done every December for 28 years, and we tried as best as we could to squeeze in homeschool!  Thanks so much for being here and sharing our adventures with us!

Reading log:

Bible and Reading:
Monday - We did Days 5-8 of Advent calendar (Day 5 - Zechariah the prophet, Day 6- Anna, Day 7 - Simeon, Day 8 - Angel Gabriel.)  We had a Library Day and borrowed some movies so we watched "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Sweetpea Beauty," and "Josh and the Big Wall."

Tuesday - The boys did some ABCmouse lessons (B's lesson was on Reading the Alphabet with Words and G learned about Reading A to Z at the Farm Part I.  We also read "Goodnight Gorilla" and watched "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."

Wednesday - We had Awanas today and G learned about Shedarach, Mesach, and Abendego.

Thursday - Today, we read "I am Christmas" and "Who Was Born This Special Day?"  We also did Day 10 (Elizabeth) and Day 11 (John the Baptist) of Advent.

Friday - We read "Jingle Bells" and "Froggy's Best Christmas," and learned about Day 12 in Advent. (King Herod)

Art, Music and Physical Education:
Monday - The boys watched the video "Nutshell Library" with all the songs sung by Carole King.  They love these songs and enjoy hearing the song while the animation of the story is on the screen.

Tuesday - We are getting close to our new house being ready so we went to go visit and play on the playground.  G also did an art lesson on primary colors on ABCmouse.

Wednesday - The boys got to play outside at Grandma's house today.  G made a sheep at Awanas tonight and B got to walk through the city of Bethlehem we create at our church each year with his class, and they all prayed over the city.

Friday - B did Lesson 48 on ABCmouse on Black, Brown and White (53% done!) and we sang "Jingle Bells."

Motor and Social Skills, and Critical Thinking:
Monday - We had to mail out Christmas cards today so we went to the post office and the boys held open the door for people coming in and out!  They also helped me match socks and put away their laundry.

Tuesday - We had an old friend from high school come visit from out of state so we all had a nice afternoon visiting with him and his girlfriend.  The boys showed them how to make "watches" out of pipe cleaners and wooden beads!  They also played some ABCmouse puzzles and games.

Wednesday - We had our first annual Christmas Cookie Bake Day at Grandma's.  The boys have about 14 different people that help with Awanas every week and we wanted to do something special for them, so Grandma showed us how to make 5 different types of cookies.  The boys had to remove all of the Hershey's kisses wrappers to make the reindeer cookies.  Thanks, Grandma for a fun day :)

The boys making cookies with Grandma.

There were many happy teachers at Awanas tonight!

Thursday - Both the boys, my husband and I played in the Jewish home in our reenactment of Bethlehem at our church.  My oldest had a line to say and they both did such a great job! They also got to play with their friends in the nursery afterwards while Mommy and Daddy helped T-shirts and Christmas ornaments to help go towards the event.

Friday - The boys played games and puzzles on ABCmouse and played with the kids in the nursery again.  My oldest and I were bread makers today at church in the city so he got to play with the dough and say a line again.

Monday - The boys got into trouble today and our 'Elf on the Shelf" was taken away for a night.  My oldest wrote him an apology note (Dear Chippey Sorry) and was tickled the next morning when our elf wrote him one back!

Wednesday - B had to write down what he was grateful for in Awanas (toys, books and music!)

Monday - "One was Johnny" in "Nutshell Library" has kids count from 1 to 10 and then from 10 to 1.

Tuesday - Circles, Squares, and Triangles lesson in ABCmouse for both boys.

Wednesday - We made dozens of cookies today!  The boys had to follow directions and measure each batch.  We also had to double and triple some recipes so the boys had a tasty math lesson today!  Their Awanas teachers also commented on how much they love homeschool math because of all the delicious cookies!

G measuring ingredients with Grandma.

Yummy Math Lesson!

Friday - G had a lesson in ABCmouse on Stars.

Science and Social Studies:
Thursday - We discussed how people didn't have TV's or cell phones when Jesus was born.  We talked about Bethlehem and how all the people in town had to go to the well to get water, or go to the town oven to make their bread.  They couldn't just go to a store and buy these things.

Friday - The "Jingle Bells" book is amazing and I highly recommend it!  It covers not only how we celebrate Christmas in the U.S., but also in Mexico, Sweden, Poland, Italy, the Philippines, and Kenya.  In Mexico, they visit different houses and have a pinata inside the house that the kids break and candy comes out.  In Sweden, there is a gnome named tomte.  In the Philippines, there are colorful star shaped lanterns called parols that they have on homes and also in a procession through the town.  In Poland, Christmas Eve is called Wigilia and they have a 12 course meal for dinner!  In Italy, there is an old woman named la Befana who is believed to being around when Jesus was born and was not able to make it to him with a gift, so she leaves candy and gifts in the children's shoes.  In Kenya, they speak English so many just say Merry Christmas.  They go door to door and sing carols, and whatever money or gifts they receive they donate all of it back to the church.

Another busy week gone and I am hoping after next week, to take a break and enjoy Christmas.  Thanks for joining us!

Are your children still in school or if you homeschool, when do you take a holiday break?



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  1. I'm surprised at how much you're getting done for homeschooling so close to Christmas. Plus, you still had time to bake cookies. I'm impressed.

    1. Thanks, Susan! I am fighting myself to get this all done lol! We are moving into our new house on New Years Eve so I am trying to find a balance of homeschool and enjoying the holidays, but I am trying to take the first 2 weeks in January off completely so we can get settled. Thanks for commenting! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas :)

  2. Awwww, so much fun & motivation in your home for the holidays! We are keeping busy here too but our homeschool has been much lighter. Lots of extras like you guys :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. Hi Rachael and thanks for allowing me to share my post! It has been very hard to homeschool with everything going on but I am trying to keep it as light and fun as possible for my sons. Wishing you all the best for your homeschool in the New Year and a Merry Christmas! Thanks for commenting :)

  3. What a very fun week! We are now on break. Merry Christmas to you and yours. :)

    1. Thank you, YesiHomeschool. We had much joy in our learning this week but we are getting ready to take a break as well. Merry Christmas to you and yours also :) Thanks for commenting!