As a completely un-related (ADD Moment) side-item, my Konos friend Jennifer emailed me this morning with a VERY FUNNY review of the wonderful “Bag of Plagues” that I discussed before Easter. It only made me want to buy them more! I just have to have that cow! As a mad animal-squishing freak, I love anything that borders on extreme cuteness (fluffy rodents and kittens beware). My friend Teresa keeps inviting me over to see her little yellow chicks – she does this without knowing their peril. Just one look at their feathered fuzz and that evil gleam in my eyes threatens to throw me into “squish-mode”. No, really… I just love to pet and hold little cute animals. DISCLAIMER: NO ANIMALS have ever been harmed by me intentionally. Although my cat might disagree after the children’s benadryl episode (foaming at the mouth is no fun – even less is having bubble gum liquid shot down your throat with a medicine injector and coating your scratchy little cat tongue, I’m sure). I hope the cat has forgotten this event! I sure haven’t (nor the 75$ vet bill for the advice to use over the counter medicines).
OK, back on topic… here are my lesson plans for today (I started out thinking I was going to type up a week’s worth and just today’s killed me… so maybe I’ll come back and do a week some other time when I have more time!):
Tuesday’s Lesson Plans:
1. Kaden does his vocabulary for KONOS for this week (Morgan did this yesterday). Write the words and look up the definitions on dictionary.com (since our dictionary is in storage in Texas). Write a paraphrased definition under each word on his notebook paper.
This week’s words are:
(this week’s words are a cake-walk! Morgan looked at me in disbelief that they were so easy.)
2. Look up three poems and read them from the internet: “The Last Word of a Bluebird” by R. Frost, “Spring” by William Blake and “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” – also by Frost.
3. Bible Drill (each kid races to find the scripture while being timed)/Read the Memory Verse for Konos.
This week’s Memory Verse is: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (only verse 1 is what they write)
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
4. Visualize World Geography (has nothing to do with Konos – this is an added program we use). Listen to the jingles CD with all the South American Countries and Capital City names. Review South American countries, capitals and flags (use the Interactive Map link).
5. KONOS Activities from Volume 1, pages 195, 196 and 197 as part of the Seasons Unit in the Orderliness Character Trait.
Paraphrased activities for today are:
pg 195 c) Measure a circle, learn that it has 360 degrees. How much is 1/2 of 360? (180). 1/4 of 360? (90). An 1/8th of 360? (45). Learn that it is true no matter how large the circle is. Learn that the Earth is 25,000 miles around and that is 360 degrees. Work a problem out that gives the answer to what 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 of 360 is. Find out where you would end up on the globe if you traveled 180 degrees from where you live. Learn that because the earth is a circle and we have 24 hours in a day, the earth is divided into 15 degrees for each hour… therefore it takes one hour to travel each 15 degrees.
pg 196 d) Answer following questions:
– Look at an atlas and find longitude of our town.
– What time is it in your town?
– What time is it 15 degrees East?
– What time is it on the other side of the US?
– What time is it in Dehli, India?
– What time is it in Sydney, Australia?
– What time is it in Hong Kong?
pg 196 e) Study US Time zones. I’ll probably come up with a worksheet from the internet for them to color on this – maybe Enchanted Learning?
pg 196 f) Read about the Daylight Savings Time (Standard Time Act of 1917). Ask the kids if they agree or disagree and why?
pg 196 g) Look at an airline timetable in a travel agency. Pretend you are flying to London. If you left right now, what time would you get there? How would you feel? Why? Explain “jet lag”. Learn the formula for how much rest time you will need when traveling long distances to recover from jet lag:
Travel time (over 2) + Number of Zones (over 4) + Departure Time Number + Arrival Time Number X 2.4 = Hours of Rest Needed
p 197 h) Use an airline time table. “Fly” to your favorite destination and figure the hours of rest you will need when you arrive (from This Book About Time).
p 197 i) It is day or night when (question answer game):
– a lizard crawls under a rock? (day)
– crickets chirp? (night)
– raccoons hunt? (night)
– a rooster crows? (day)
– a hawk hunts? (day)
– a bee collects pollen? (day)
– a bat flies from its roost? (day – at sunset)
p 197 j) Let the kids sketch a picture with charcoal and ask the kids, “What time of day is it in your picture?” (I’m going to have to hunt for a piece of this since we have no fireplace!)
p 197 k) Why are there 7 days in a week? (Read Genesis 1)
6. Finish reading Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (we have about three chapters left)
7. Go to the library and do some free reading/book gathering while Mom looks up books on Mayan civilization (we’re learning about the Mayan calendar and Roman calendar later this week). We have a late video to return that is going to cost me a small fortune (Schoolhouse Rock).
8. Go grocery shopping with Dad and Mom (Kevin is off today, so we’ll probably shop with Daddy this week). Read Season-related Library books and a few off-topic library books in the car while we go shop and possibly look at a rental house.
9. Make Resurrection Cookies (we didn’t have pecans the other day, so I couldn’t make them on Easter) and read the resurrection account in the Bible (if we have time for this).
10. Prayer and Prayer Journals.
Before I leave your jaw gaping, I probably WON’T get to ALL of that today… but it is a goal and I’ve got it written down so that if there is a free moment ANYWHERE in the day, it can be used constructively. Also, if the kids finish a task and ask me “What’s next?” I can tell them. Also, we aren’t doing Math or Language worksheets today (because my Kaden takes forever to do them – they are his least favorite part of school), and because Daddy is home today.
Well, I better get to work! Have a great Tuesday!!!
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