Wednesday, September 29, 2010

S is for Sun and Soccer!

Well, I'm utterly behind and have so much to show you!  I'm going to try to lump days by weeks... and since it seems that my weeks wrap around letters right now, that's what you get.

Have I told you that I love the My Father's World curriculum?  I really do!  I love that I can pull Eliana in for much of the lesson and that she has fun learning at her own level.  I love that there's a spiritual lesson that wraps around our letter of the week. Sun- Jesus is the Light of the world.  (Even 2-year-old Eliana can tell you this- I love that!)  I love that lessons only take about an hour and a half- sometimes two depending on how focused the kids are in the morning -sometimes just an hour.  I love the outside projects that it forces us to do... especially now that it's getting cooler. I'm grateful for the excuses reasons to return outside again.

Unfortunately (or fortunately- we  were really dry and I acknowledge that), it did rain for most of the week we were studying the sun... which means we never got around to making a sundial.  (Maybe when Eliana hits Kindergarten we'll have better luck.) And we couldn't lay our grapes outside to make raisins... which meant they stayed in a bowl in a sunny window... which wasn't too sunny so by the time they actually had attained a raisin like status, they also had molded.  Ew!  ( I don't have a picture of them... we threw them away and I gave the kids a handful of raisins from the pantry to eat instead.  I guess you kinda have to make do.)

So, we made spaghetti and sun tea and practiced making the letter s in shaving cream (which was a much happier experience than trying to write s with a pencil... his little four-year-old hands really struggle with keeping a pencil under control). 

As you can see, playing in shaving cream is fun (once you get past the mess). Eliana loves the tactile letter projects we do, even though sometimes she gets a bit off subject.  She was much more into smearing it around the table than actually making an s, but that's okay because she was involved in school, which makes my life easier when I'm not having to come up with something else to keep her occupied.

And we also started Diego's Soccer during S week... very appropriate. Right?  And let me tell you, as much as I was pushing to get him involved in some kind of sport this fall, I was with hesitation that I would be bored out of my gourd having to watch practices and games.  But I am having so much fun!  Four-year-olds trying to play soccer is about the best you can get.  Between kids picking up the ball, scoring on their own goal, or ending a game a couple minutes early because of on-the-field meltdowns (er...other people's kids, not Diego) we've had our share of laughs. 

And Diego is having fun, whether it's running up and down the field rather aimlessly (as he has a tendency to forget to watch the ball)

or his new favorite activity while not on the field.... practicing writing his letters in the dirt with a stick. 

He likes the kids on his team, the Gorillas, and if you have a chance, you should ask to hear his team cheer... funny little monkey sounds.  Brings a smile to my face every time.

1 comment:

Cottage Industrious said...

Wow, shaving cream play and soccer! You guys are a fun family. So glad that you are enjoying the curriculum too, that would stink if it didn't live up to your expectations. Love, love you all and can't wait to play tomorrow!