Monday, August 29, 2011

Tapestry of Grace Y1 Week 4

This week, we had to play a little bit of catch up with our history from the previous two weeks of travel.  So L studied the last three plagues that God sent to Egypt to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave.  We talked about how each plague definitively showed God's power over one of the gods worshipped by the Egyptians.  We talked about Pharaoh's arrogance and defiance toward God, and the consequences he suffered because of it. L and K both drew pictures of each plague in their lapbooks as we studied them.  This really helped them visualize it and remember the order in which they came.




After we finished learning about how God rescued the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, we learned of their wandering in the desert, and how they grumbled against God.  This set up us to learn why and when Moses wrote the story of creation.  Going back and looking at it as an encouragement to the Israelites in the wanderings was really neat.  We saw how Moses reminded them through the book of Genesis that God had a plan from the beginning, and they were in the middle of the plan, how he encouraged them to trust in the goodness of God and his masterful plan.  Again, we learned the order of creation by what God did on each day, and drew it out to commit it to memory.


We went further into Genesis, learning about Adam and Eve and how they disobeyed God and the consequences.  We read the story of their sons, Cain and Abel, and on to the story of Noah.  We had some really great books this week to look through to bring these stories to life.


We also got started (finally) with our Artistic Pursuits art program.  This week we learned how artists compose a picture.  Here is L composing a scene from Noah's journey on the ark.


We also played with some manipulatives and matching things to help us remember the order of the creation of the earth and all that it is in it.  I think I'll pull these out fairly often so we don't forget. : )


It was a great week, cram packed with stuff.  This week looks like it will be a little slower paced, not covering so much and so many activities.  That's good, because my parents are arriving bright and early Saturday morning, and we've got a bit to do to prepare for their visit!  We're all SO excited!  

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