This week focuses on the letter I & Gideon, Samson, & Ruth in the Bible.
First, I must say that on Saturday I realized I hadn't yet set up anything for Unit 11. I normally do it Wednesday or Thursday. Somehow I had forgotten. I was a little under the weather last week, so I suppose that had something to do with it. So I started working on setting up Unit 11 when I then realized that somehow I completely forgot I had a craft planned for last Friday, the last day of Unit 10. We learned about God not letting the sun go down, so I had planned a cute sun craft. This was really fun because it's made using cut outs of Lil J's traced hand prints. I had 3 extra crafts scheduled last week, whereas I usually have 2. So I guess that's how I forgot. After I did 2 I thought I was done for the week. This week, Unit 11, I have 3 scheduled once again, I'll have to be extra careful & make sure I don't forget any this week. Anyways, so we did the sun craft on Saturday.
On Monday we started off with a new fingerplay. He read the words portion of reading lesson #83. We read about Gideon choosing his army in the Bible. We did an activity where Lil J had to show me what body parts I named. He did very well, except he didn't know 'wrist', 'ankle', & 'waist'. I guess I don't use those terms much with him. Then he practiced writing "I" & "i". He also wanted to write "J" & "j" since they are on the same tracer sheet, but it doesn't show in the photo. Then we did a strange activity. It said to draw a blue wavy "water" line across the bottom of the paper. Then it said to draw a red smiley face on the upper left portion of the paper. Then it said to trace your hand print on the upper right portion of the paper. Lil J did all of this by himself. Then it said to draw a circle around the hand print--I helped out with this. And the point of all this was that God used the way men drank at the river to help Gideon choose an army. I don't really see the connection there......but we did this activity anyways & then discussed what we had read in the Bible again. Then we did an extra craft--making Gideon's torch. I know our one & only lesson about Gideon doesn't mention his torch, but it was such a cool craft that I chose to include it anyway. Then he read the sentences/paragraphs portion of his reading lesson, then we did Spanish, & then our songs. A song about Judges & our usual books of the Bible & God made the universe. I asked Lil J to bring me his tambourine, but he insisted on only drums today. He set up both drums, the big one for him & the Indian drum for me. Later I will read aloud from the Black Stallion & that'll be it for Monday.