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What fun we had our first week of co-op with 1st and 2nd graders learning the early days of God’s planning of the Mystery of History!
Book Time on the Rug
We gather on a colorful rug I crocheted for story time in our preschool Sunday School class. Turns out it’s perfect for Friday’s Big Kid Picture Book Looking, too!
This last Friday, I brought in several library books about creation and Noah’s ark, mainly to show them although the story doesn’t change (or shouldn’t – wow, some of those library book versions are bizarre!) artwork varies from artist to artist. And that’s ok!
Some of the artwork we giggled over, some we tilted our heads in confusion at, and some we gasped in awe and oooohs!
Picture Book Art Review is a perfect set-up for viewing the timeline pages the children draw at home earlier in the week and place in their timeline notebooks.
“Each book’s art is different because each artist creates uniquely!”
This helps set everyone’s “uh oh, I didn’t do it like they did” mind at ease. It’s ok to be different – that’s why it’s called timeline art!
After looking page by page at everyone’s drawings, one event/historical figure at a time, ooohing and ahhhing over everyone’s unique perceptions of the same history lesson, we go to the Big Board.
The Big Board: The Class Timeline
This is the very board featured in previous posts, the tri-fold display board my daughter and I pretty-fied at home and brought to class so the children could attach timeline figures – decked out gingerbread men – each week.
We hold a little memory contest (Who remember who this is?) each week to determine who puts which figures on the board (attached with loops of tape) as we talk about what order they should go in. Everyone is uber-patient and excited to see a blank canvas turn into a small row of “Let there be’s” and there was!
Next Stop: Activity Station
Our first week’s activities included sticking our hands in ice! First, we pulled out an insulated lunch bag of ice and let the children decide if it was cold in there or not. Everyone agreed: As cold as the Ice Age! Brrrrr!
Then, the children got to wrap one hand in blubber (a double-bagged bag of shortening, so they’re hands didn’t get messy and our coffee room at church didn’t end up with a greasy sheen). Putting both hands in the ice, they got to experience first hand how the animals in the Ice Age could stay warm, and how Artic animals still do!
and let them create their own creations until the bell rang. They experienced the opportunity that God had – start with a ball of something – and make something wonderful, like a lion or a bone or a snake … or a cinnamon roll!
That’s the Plan
And that’s the plan for each week:
- Picture Book Art Time to review what they learned during the week using library books as discussion starters.
- Notebook Timeline Review to look over their own artwork as a class.
- Class Timeline Additions to watch time and events march on line by line.
- Activity Station to create, craft, and experience history hands-on.
And our class of youngers get to do all that while my high school senior learns American Government from someone as passionate about that subject as I am about playdough and ice experiments!
That’s our first day back to homeschool co-op story, what’s yours?
REALITY CHECK: As lovely as it would be to share photos of our students having fun learning history, for privacy reasons the photos won’t include the young ones themselves. Phooey-phooey on icky people. But yay-yay for learning fun!
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