Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tapestry: Week 7

This week, we focused on Moses and God giving the law, including the ten commandments to the Israelites as they wandering in the wilderness.  We learned what their life would have been like, what kind of foods they ate, the set up of the camp, and the Tabernacle.  We learned about Shabbat, or Sabbath, God's instructions to keep one day of rest each week.  We also played a bit of catch up by finishing up the Patriarchs with the story of Joseph.  

L's notebook page on the story of Joseph.  

We tried weaving cloth like the Israelites would have done.  I would suggest you not do this activity in the first grade. : ) 

K is learning how to make her bed. 

Here's K doing a game of matching capital letters and lower case letters.

We made mock tablets like Moses would have written on, out of playdough. 

The kids decided to let Chotu participate in the playdough activity.

We also learned about the Jewish calendar and how it correlates with our current calendar.  We learned when the Israelites planted, harvested, when it was dry, and when it was rainy season.  

In our art program this week, we went outside to study nature and try to draw what we observed.  K chose a butterfly and a flower. 

L drew a grove of bamboo trees that were in our garden/park area. He also said he saw a cloud shaped like a sheep. : )

We learned all about the Tabernacle that God instructed Moses to build for God to dwell in among the people.  We learned about how it was constructed, the pieces of furniture and their significance, and how the whole community came together to donate the materials for building it.  

It was good and full week! I wish I had planned ahead a bit more and we had built a model of the Tabernacle, but I think it will be more meaningful to do that next time around when Luke is in fourth grade.  

Hope you've had a great week too!

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