Saturday, September 29, 2012

Week 3 - CtG - Shofars and Rosh Hashanah

Creation to the Greeks Week 3

Here are a few highlights from our week.


I know we are a bit late for Grandparent's Day, but better late than never ;) The kids skipped lesson #5 in the History of Art (it was a review anyway) to make cards for their Grandparents and Great-Granny. I'm sure they will enjoy receiving these little treasures in the mail :-D

Lesson #6

The kids had fun making their shofars. Click here for a quick and easy template for a shofar.

Here is a link to a short video demonstrating the sounds of a real shofar.

The Tanglewoods' Secret

We are a little bit ahead in reading...chapter 10, I think. Anyway, this week's reading was especially touching. My daughter has come around to this story and actually likes it now. Like I said before, it had to be God's perfect timing as we have been talking with her about these very same things. She has given her life to the Lord already, but like the story says, it is a learning process and you must be deliberate in listening for the Shepherd's voice.

Bible & History

The kiddos' hand-drawn Biblical maps.
She is such a poser! 

Had to take his picture doing something 'manly' like working out on the machine

Click here for a informative 2 minute Tower of Babel video from Answers in Genesis.


We tried out Archmedes' Death Ray (as described in Genesis For Kids) over the weekend along with a few other magnifying glass experiments while on our camping trip. In case you missed it, click here.

We did not do the 'Light from Unexpected Sources' experiment because we happened to do this and more like it over the summer. We put the wintergreen candies in our mouths though instead of using pliers. It was pretty cool! You have to do this experiment in a pitch black room in order to see the effects though. We went into the bathroom at night, all stood in front of the mirror, put our wintergreen lifesavers in our mouths and crunched them up with our mouths open. Our mouths sparked with every crunch!

You can try this same experiment with plastic unused rubber bands as well. Go into a dark room, hold each side of the rubber band with each hand, and quickly stretch. Once you stretch them, they won't work for a while, so be sure to have plenty of un-stretched rubber bands on hand. The more you stretch at once, the brighter the light will be. The kids really liked this one too! 

Another short video from Bill Nye about refraction.

Rosh Hashanah

I think this feast went a lot better than the Sabbath feast. We also had a special guest with us :-) 'S' is not home schooling with us this year and happened to be over for a sleepover, so that made things extra special for the kids.

'A' helped set the table.

Notice the 'place cards'. She wanted to make sure each guest knew exactly where to sit ;)

Everyone chowing down and enjoying each others company :)

Honey Cakes

If you have not done this feast yet and plan to make honey cake, I suggest dividing the recipe in half. I ended up with 3 of these, so 2 went into the freezer for later.

We ended the evening by watching a snazzy Rosh Hashanah video based around the story of Abraham, Isaac, and Sarah.

This post has been linked up with 2 Ladybugs and a Lizard


  1. Oh man, when was Grandparent's Day! We missed it. The honey cake looks delicious. I bet it tasted just as good! I really enjoy reading through your kiddos lesson recaps!

  2. Grandparents Day is the 2nd Sunday in September.

  3. Thanks and we enjoy yours as well :-D Glad that ooblack (sp?) finally worked. I hate when we spend a lot of time on an experiment and it doesn't work :(

  4. Love the 'place cards'! My girls love making them as well.

  5. We actually heard a real Shofar blown Sunday morning in church. It was a neat experience. Looks like you're doing a great job with your kids in school:)

  6. Looks like you guys had fun and thanks for sharing you resource links!


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