Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory
As the colder winter weather sets in, it sure is a nice benefit that HOD plans for physical activity within the homeschool day!
Emmett LOVES all of the fun ways HOD plans for him to practice his Bible Memory Work. This kind of combining multiple skills into one lesson is the reason that we cover many bases with HOD in a nice manageable amount of time. Emmett is memorizing the verse, "Encourage one another, and build each other up..." What a timely verse as we are more housebound and needing to show each other a little more patience and grace these days! Emmett always hops up and sits on the kitchen counter and hugs me as we sing along with his Hide 'Em in Your Heart CD - he truly is the best cuddler ever!
Then, we discuss the verse, or do whatever plans there are for it, and last he gets to do the large gross motor skills activity to practice his verse. Each time I said freeze for his 'gallop' in this picture, he recited his verse. He wanted to recite it ALL day, and big brother Riley joined in the gallop too!
One thing that has helped Emmett transition into the skill of writing on wide-lined notebook paper for his poetry copywork, is to section off the portion he is to copy with sticky notes. It has also helped for me to write the first word of each line, indenting as the poem shows it should be done for each line. Drawing small pictures along its edge has been a growing skill for Emmett too. He isn't a natural drawer, so it stretches him. I am glad HOD's guides are like that - about 1/3 of the skills being new and challenge skills, about 1/3 of the skills being in the practice phase, and about 1/3 of the skills being new and teacher-led. Of course, this becomes more and more evident in the upper guides. Anyway, here is Emmett with his copywork...
Emmett is nuts about Beanie Balz, as well as his other stuffed buddies. I don't always let the buddies come to school with him
, as they are distracting and quite a noisy bunch (Emmett has difference voices for each of them
). Well, when I told him he could get 10 buddies and line them up for his math activity for the day, I think the neighbors may have heard the whoop of delight!
He loved making his third buddy twirl, his eighth buddy roll over, his tenth buddy hop, etc. He could have done this all day! HOD makes school such fun. WHen he went to do his math workbook page, it was a cinch. Love those hands-on activities!
Do you recognize this handsome guy in the picture? Why, it's Emmett, of course!
This is Emmett's self-portrait for one of his activities this week. He felt like big stuff perched up on the bathroom counter in front of the mirror studiously drawing himself. I helped him, and it was a real learning experience. The poor guy almost had eyes on his chin, a dot for a nose, and no ears. This is always a good activity to teach dc how to draw a person's face. We did miss the eyebrows. OOPS!
What a great week with Emmett in Beyond!
In Christ ,