Archive for December, 2011

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Introduction to the book of judges today

30 December 2011

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Beeswax candles

16 December 2011

Today we made beeswax candles together with our homeschooling friends. The kids loved to do this. They made the big pile of small candles. Prof and Snoopy made a lot. Hugsy gave up after half a candle and joined her little baby brother watching Bob the Builder. Myself I made four big candles for shabbat. We will light the red ones tomorrow evening!
My friend brought her friend – who brought all the stuff we needed. If someone knows where I can buy beeswax sheets in Israel – please tell me!

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The story of stuff

4 December 2011

In our last few science classes we learned about keeping water and air clean, to protect the nature, and everything living in it. To not waste fresh water, especially here in Israel where we don’t have a lot of rain. We talked about cars vs public transportation, or even better- walking. We talked about factories and The story of stuff. Unfortunately this video is still too hard to understand for 6 and 7-yearolds.. especially when they don’t know English. But we want them to grow up very aware of this concept. We don’t buy cheap things from plastic just because they are cheap. We don’t buy more than we need. We rather buy quality than quantity. This is SO important!!

This is a video that all of us would need to watch once in a while…

Our kids response on the cars and transportation was, “Ok so then we are already good people” because we neither have a car, nor do we travel with public transportation a lot. Well they are right there, but I try to teach them there is always more we can do.

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Socialization

4 December 2011

-Homeschooling? Aren’t you worried about the kids’ socialization?

-Yes, we are! That is why we homeschool!

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Mommy update, (monthly report?)

1 December 2011

This blogging thing is not going really well… I find myself postponing the updates week after week. School is going just fine though.

A lot happened since last time I blogged and I guess the being busy with life was part of the reason I didn’t blog. I painted parts of the house, winter hit us, I sew a lot of clothes for the baby, we went to the library, the kids got to use their new rainboots and raincoats and played with friends, and of course we did a lot in school. Here is some of it…

About a month ago we had a theme week on Noah’s, where we learned about Noah from the Torah, and also did crafts related to it, and even some English with a short story from a childrens Bible in English. We drew a big Noahs ark and made a lot of animals from playdough. We added some lego and plastic animals too. These photos are from the same day we did the ark. We still have it up, and there is around three times more animals now than a month ago. The kids are sure creative…

HEBREW: Prof completed the first package of Tsa’ad Tsaad, and the first package of Eshkolit. This means he is almost half way through the curriculum for second grade after only 1/3 of the schoolyear. We will need to add some more in the end of the year. He is doing most things easily without any problem. Hopefully the next package will be more of a challenge…

Snoopy is doing well in her reading. She really likes reading and practices a lot. She already reached a level where she is joining us reading even in the Science and Torah textbooks!! She is also most of the time reading independently what to do in her Hebrew and Math books. She just finished Bli Sodot 3.

MATH: Prof has been working with multiplication, and now moved on to addition and subtraction of numbers bigger than 100. Snoopy just started subraction 0-10.

SCIENCE: In science we study natural environments and artificial environments and what we find in them, who lives/what grows in them.

TORAH: We learned about Cain and Abel, Noah and the  Tower of Babylon, and now moved on to Abraham. We are going to stay with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for 3-4 months now.

SWEDISH: We started a whole new concept in Swedish, since I realized we didn’t really get anywhere. We have chosen a book about Pettson and Findus, (Pancake Pie) a story they already know. Twice a week we go through around half a page. They do their best trying to read, and I fill in where it is needed. When we are done, they write 5-8 words from that page. We are not yet half way through the book, and both of them are really close to reading independently. A few more weeks and they will be there! We are of course planning on baking a pancake pie as soon as we are done with the book!

ENGLISH: We went on to unit 2, and started learning classroom words. The fact that they know almost all letters from Swedish now, makes English easier too.

I should probably say something about Hugsy too. She is running through her workbooks as usual. Right now she is working on the preparation for first grade-book and everything is easy for her. This very same book her brother and sister who went to kindergarten, were ready for only at age of 5-5½. Hugsy just turned four and nothing stops her. Gotta love homeschooling!!

Hugsy also really loves a new game we got for them. It is called Shalom kita alef (Hello first grade) and has pretty much everything a child needs to know to be ready for school – including a lot that is on actual first grade level. It has a book with almost a hundred cards. There is tracing of letters, numbers and shapes, and copying of shapes where you work with an eraseable marker. There is also math, organizing according to size, patterns etc, where you mark the answers with plastic frogs in different colors and then check the right answers on the back of each card. The game contains a lot of IQ developing things to and all three of them love it. We have a new spelling game that they work a lot with too. A few weeks with this game and they will for sure never spell those words wrong again… Next year we will introduce them to scrabble!!