Good grief! Time is flying and I cannot believe we’ve ended Week 8, we’re in September already, and it’s almost Fall (my favorite season, by the way).
Let me get into the Homeschooling aspect of our week, then I’ll go into a few more fun things that happened.
We absolutely have our Circle Time established. K knows the routine, he asks for activities by name and in the right order, and he is taking the lead in some of them. I love to see how he’s such an innate leader and he loves to take charge. The only challenge about this is that when I’m introducing a new activity (one he’s never seen or worked on before), he is impatient and wants to mess around with it instead of waiting for me to show him how the activity goes, what the steps are, and what is to be learned from it. That is the difference between work and play and I really want him to understand this difference. With some things, I do let him explore them and try to figure out how they work or what their purpose is, but with other things, it is imperative that he practices patience and learns through observation first. He is getting better and better at it every week. He is just so eager to work that he get ahead of himself sometimes.
|For Culture (Geography), we have been learning where we and K’s grandparents live.
He really enjoys pointing at the map and saying the names of the states. Soon,
we will be adding the names of the cities, followed by the names of the states.
|Here’s my other beautiful student. She loves participating through observation and gets
a kick out of watching her brother sing and dance and recite stuff. I’m sure she’s eager to do the same,
but she’s still too young for that. Soon enough, though.
Let me explain to you what the following pictures are. I found this activity on Pinterest, where you take pictures of a Mr. Potato Head and instructions on how to add body parts. My sister-in-law took a bunch of these pictures and I’m working on putting them together and printing them as cards. Each picture will have a number on top, to let him know the order the cards need to go in.
It is a great activity that K can do on his own and it is great on teaching a great skill: Following Directions. We all need a little bit of that, in my opinion. Without even knowing it, K will be learning so much through play. I love it! So, here is an example of what the pictures look like:
K’s new memory verses are
Psalm 121:5 (The Lord Himself watches over you.) and
1 Peter 5:7 (Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.).
He loves reciting them and I hear him reading them over and over. I love to know that he is hiding God’s words in his heart.
Original recipe from www.allrecipes.com.
I use organic sugar in all the variations below.
Variation 1: Follow the exact instructions, but use store-bought cream cheese frosting. I know, it’s fattening, etc, but it is easy to use, it isn’t used often, and it’s pretty delicious.
Variation 2: Instead of using 3 cups of white flour, I use 1 cup of oat flour (throw one cup of old fashioned oats in the blender), 1 cup white flour, and one cup white wheat.
Variation 3: Use 1 cup oat flour, 1.5 cups white flour, and .5 cup coconut flour. Instead of an egg, soak 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds in 3 tablespoons of water until it gels and throw it in the mix like you would an egg.
Variation 4 (haven’t tried this yet, so I’m not sure how it would turn out): GLUTEN FREE Use 1 cup oat flour, 1.5 cup ground gluten free rice chex cereal (or corn), and .5 cup coconut flour. Same egg substitution for egg as variation 3.
Variation 3 is the closest to making this recipe VEGAN, but I still have to figure out how to substitute the powdered milk to make it completely vegan. Suggestions are accepted. 🙂