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On Saturday, the weather was perfect for a hike. The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is not far from our home and seemed like the perfect place to go. Dinomite was super excited and even packed his bird, reptile, and amphibian guides to take along. We decided to take their shortest trail, for Sunshine's sake.
The kiddos did great along the trails. However, I think Bulldozer scared off any creatures we would have seen as he had to hit every plant he saw with his stick as we went along the way. Dinomite was disappointed in the lack of animal life we did see. Perhaps next time we'll take a different trail. We did run into a toad, some snails, a grasshopper, lots of ducks and geese, beautiful dragonflies and even a few butterflies. Unfortunately these were not on Dinomite's list of animals he wanted to find. He has been dying to find a real snake. It didn't happen. Thankfully after the hike, the visitor's center provided the kiddos with some hands on fun.
The Name of Our Church
Scripture Words & Phrases Worksheets 1 & 2
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Nomenclature Cards Set 1
Source: I created these cards. For your free printable, click HERE.
Joseph Smith Palmyra Events Sequencing
This week we're sequencing specific events that happened in Joseph Smith's life while in Palmyra, NY. I used pictures from our Gospel Art Kit, but knowing how popular they are, I'm sure they can be found in church magazines and probably some pass along cards.
Counting By 2's to Noah's Ark
Hymn Number Search
Addition Facts of 4
Source: The addition wheel for this activity can be found at Montessori for Everyone.
The Plan of Salvation
Source: I found the free printable of The Plan of Salvation at www.lds.org.
Church History State Match Up
Dangers on the Trail
The Word of Wisdom
We've used this activity before, during our Healthy Heart Unit a while back. I couldn't resist using them again. These cards were made before I was making free copies available to my readers. However, I was able to make a similar set this week, so that one is available to all for use.
Bulldozer loves this activity! I like that it's flexible according to belief systems and allergies. Nuts are included in the "No" category for him.
Source: I created this printable and one similar too it for your use. For your free printable, click HERE.
Music: We're still working at learning our song of the month on the piano. It's going much slower than I had intended. I might need to rethink my plans for next month. On a brighter note, the kids love singing time at the beginning of learning time.
Art: Over the weekend the kids decided to draw A LOT, along with painting a little. Since they're doing so well at that, I've decided to count that as their art time this week. I'm so impressed by how confident Dinomite has become in his ability to draw. It has taken forever for him to find enjoyment in it, but now I can hardly stop him. The detail is fabulous.
Physical Education: We'll continue going to our friend's pool this week. Next week all of our extra curricular activities start. Dinomite participates in a bowling league and takes gymnastics. Bulldozer participates in a bowling league, takes private tennis lessons, and is also taking private swim lessons as a form of physical therapy and sensory integration. Princess is taking dance classes and possibly martial arts if I can get her into lessons. If not, she'll continue with gymnastics.
Buttoning Our Sunday Shirt
Pioneer Sensory Bin
Left Over Seeds from Gardening
Birthday Candles (to represent candle sticks)
Mini Rocking Chair
Brick from Nauvoo
Replica of Sun Stone, part of Nauvoo Temple
A Marble Game
Building a Log Home
Pearl of Great Price
I hope you enjoy these activities. It's been a fun week so far. I'm so excited to teach the kiddos more about who they are and what they believe. Our history is so packed full of wonderful lessons and experiences. As I've taught them, I've realized that it leads into so many more meaningful discussions. It's been very relaxing (and entertaining).
Next week we start a new month long unit: Life At Sea. I'm hoping before the start of next week to have a break down of all that we'll study posted up. Hopefully my readers can make more sense of why I'm choosing the activities I am each week. Our district required me to hand in a syllabus. Mine is broken down by month, I just haven't shared any of them yet.
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