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Tuesday, 24 March 2009
January 2009 Newsletter
Topic: Newsletters and Journal

Newsletter 11 ~ Jan. ‘09

Weeks 16-18

Themes: Winter, Arctic Animals, Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthdays (Mozart’s, too) and New Year’s (Chinese New Year, too)


Books: “Hedgie Loves to Read”, “The Animals’ Winter Sleep”, “Animals in Winter” (“Let’s Read and Find Out” Science series), “Winter on the Farm”, “Dance at Grandpa’s”, “Going West”, “Sugar Snow”, “A Little House Birthday” (All those from “My First Little House” series), “The Polar Bear Son-An Inuit Tale”, “Big Bear Little Bear”, “P. Bear’s New Year’s Party”, “New Year’s Day”, “The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Books Discussed and Referenced (Have read all before several times): “The Mitten”, “The Hat”, “And the Bear Snores On”

Resources: January “Mailbox” magazine

New this year: “Hooked on Phonics” for Dom; “Hooked on Math” for Grant; more Grammar, Reader’s Theater and Cursive for Kate (from her workbooks).  Also, we will focus on preparing for our Awana club meetings by practicing our verses, and Grant and I completing his brown section activities.  Also, we will continue to work on German language using, “Muzzy” DVD set.

Activities: CoOp, Awana, Kate-Daisy Scouts, allowance continued, etc.

 Learning right now with their activities:

*Awana-their Missionary is from India. They met her and learned about the Indian people and  culture. They learned the error of the locals’ ways in worshipping cows as gods.

*CoOp-Inuit people. Several Indian tribes (Kate), Artist s and techniques in Art (Kate); weather, seasons, winter, hearts and bodies (Dom and Grant)in Themed room.

*Daisy Scouts (Kate)-Made bird feeders from pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed to feed birds in winter (they are hunters and migrates in winter).


Bible devotion: Penguins in “5 Minute” (patience)

Computer:  for: penguin story, build a snowman; Chinese fables; Mozart music (nutrition, science-excavation, word world, etc.)

Special science: We made homemade ice cream! 8See recipe in recipe files. Online, too.

Special vocabulary: hibernate, carnivore, camouflage, migrate, burrow, tundra

Fun animal facts learned:

*Animals in winter (NOT arctic animals) do one of four things for survival during winter months-

`migrate (birds)

`hunt (deer hunt for leaves, etc.)

`store (squirrels do this with nuts)

`hibernate (bears)

*Learned arctic animal tracks in “Diego” arctic animal book.

*Learned about the Inuit people in book: “The Polar Bear Son, An Inuit Tale” (folklore)

(hunting, fishing, igloos, etc.)

Fun History learning:

*After reading, “Winter on the Farm” from the “My First Little House” series (this one about Almonzo as a boy) the children learned about winter back in the  pioneer days: chores, dress, transportation, food)

Extra: *Kate put on a puppet show for us with a cat and a fox both waning to hunt a mouse. They all decided to be friends in the end.

*We had a Chinese New year party with shrimp chips, fortune cookies and (Japanese) pokey stick treats.  We listened to Chinese fables on and looked at a Chinese New Year calendar.

*We made ice cream

*We listened to Mozart music and learned a bit about him on

Work: Kate wrote a polar postcard, Dom did polar word math problems, and Grant drew a penguin picture.

*What a month!!!!!!!!!!!


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