Our study of Israel encompassed our 12 Days of Easter- we began our study of Israel and then folded in our Easter fun- thus we read several fun Passover books (mentioned in the Favorite Picture Books of Easter post), and then went back to focusing on the nation of Israel after Easter.
Here are the highlights from school the past two weeks-
Bible– We finished up the stories from the book of Joshua. We learned the song, How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, which we all love. My son’s next Awana verse was Joshua 24:24, “And the people said to Joshua, ‘We will serve the Lord our God and obey Him.'” This verse was present in our last story and X was so excited to recognize that as his verse!
“Trip Around the World”–
Count Your Way Through Israel- a fun way to learn about the nation of Israel.
It Could Always Be Worse A Yiddish Folk Tale- We all laughed our way through this very amusing folk tale about a man and his many children who live together in a small dwelling. Somehow, it rang quite personally true and brought back memories of our last home. It was quite a good reminder to be content.
Yuvi’s Candy Tree– We also really enjoyed this picture book based on the true story of a young girl who escaped from Ethiopia and made her way with her family to Israel. It was powerful and uplifting- what a great ending!
First Rain- My kids really liked this story of a girl who moves away from her grandma with her family to Israel. It was particularly emotionally significant to my children because their grandma (my mom) moved across the country last summer. So they were able to easily relate to this story.
I plan to read the one last book we borrowed from the library: Never-Ending Greenness.
Phonics,Math, Copywork- We are still plugging away at our copywork through Delightful Handwriting. My daughter absolutely loves copywork time. In math, we’ve been focusing on coins, dozens, and working with tally marks. In phonics, we’ve been continuing to work through the Victory Drill Book- the kids are having a lot of fun with it.
Adventure- My mom visited the week before Easter and as she has been missing California, we took her to the beach and to the redwoods. We all had a great time!
Our books for next week are ready and waiting! We’ll be studying other countries of the Middle East.