Little Hearts for His Glory
Emmett got to milk his first cow this week just like his Papa used to!
We read about Free and Equal, a cow that a little gal named aptly during the American Revolution. General Corwallis from the British side took the little gal's cow for his militia. She walked down the road and demanded her cow, Free and Equal, be returned to her. He agreed, as any girl that was that brave certainly deserved her cow back.
This was one of those '5 minute join in activities' I have talked about with our kiddos. They do different guides, but the '5 minute join in's' happen on fun things like this all of the time. Some general rules for the joining in we adhere to are the child whose guide it is gets to shine, they get to do the fun activity, they get to explain it, they get to be the one leading it, and the others may join in to watch or to participate in a secondary way (i.e. sometimes as a cheering audience, and other times as secondary 'milkers' as in this activity)
We do this with snacks from activities, with baking activities, with poetry readings, with re-enactments, with 'news broadcasts, with many DITHOR activities, with science activities, etc. The other kiddos who are doing different HOD guides join in for the 5 minute heighth of fun, making sure to be more spectators and encouragers than anything, and this way they participate in the hype without stealing the thunder or taking over (and without getting behind on their own important school appropriate for their own age). Everyone loves '5 minute join-ins' - but everyone is glad to go back to their own school as well, and complete it on time with plenty of time for all-together time the rest of the day and night!
Meet the milker and his helpers
We had George Washington himself visit our homeschool this week thanks to the fun history activities in LHFHG!
Emmett has learned so much about this incredible man that it was extra special to make his tricorn hat and powdered wig for his history project. I think he makes a dashing George Washington!
The hands-on activities like Dramatic Play in LHFHG stimulate dc's creativity so much, that it just flows over into other parts of the school day. During another baking project, Wyatt joined in with Emmett to help him don his best apron, as well as make a special 'beard,' which I guess is how Emmett envisions himself as a chef! Wyatt has a 45 minute playtime with Emmett each day, and many times I let him finish out a fun hands-on activity from LHFHG that Emmett and I have started. The two have a blast together, and have donned the name "Quick Time Chefs" for themselves and their LHFHG baking projects!
One of the best things about homeschooling with HOD is it helps me keep Christ at the center of our school day every single day! This is not in a contrived way, but in a way that really gets to our kiddos' hearts. I depend on this, as I would not be as diligent nor as creative about this on the fly. LHFHG's Storytime follow-ups are helping Emmett with beginning writing skills, as well as with beginning oral narration skills. After reading how Buster Bear and Farmer Brown's boy reacted to being afraid (by running),Emmett had to write how he reacts to fear. It made my heart want to burst when he said "praying with Mom." HOD is SUCH a BLESSING!
Emmett is super inspired by stickers these days. I've gone to standing near him and slapping on a sticker every time he does a super duper handwriting letter. As you can see, I loved just about all of them this time - progress!!!