A Verse Hid in Our Heart…A is for…
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” Matthew 10:29
A Hymn to Impart…“God Sees the Little Sparrow”
A Sweet Little Prayer…“Lord, Teach a Child”
A Poem to Share…“Overheard in an Orchard”
How Our School Week Was Spent
We learned about how birds fly and how their wings work. Wings need lift and drag and thrust to make a bird fly and they need to be aerodynamic (Titus, 9 1/2).
We built gliders and did an experiment with Opa to see what kind of wings fly the farthest and we made egg cookies and I painted one camo because that is my favorite color (Nate, 6).
We flew our new kites on the golf course and when we were flying them there were 6 albatrosses flying in circles over us. Albatrosses start with A and they can fly around the world in 42 days. They can fly a whole year without stopping because they eat and sleep in the air. They don’t even have to flap their wings for hundreds of miles and they will fly 10,000 miles just to bring food to their babies (Joel, 8).
Sometimes the Lord just drops special gifts in on our school day. One was an especially breezy day combined with the recent gift of brand new kites and the current closed status of the neighboring golf course making for the perfect chance to get even more hands on with our study of flight. The icing on the cake was the presence of 6 albatross circling overhead just when we happen to be studying the letter ‘A’. We’ve seen these pre-historic looking birds before and were already impressed by what we had learned about them but our awe just increased all the more by this week’s study. I was excited to learn the oldest known Albatross has lived right here in Hawaii for over 50 years and the name of this “Winged” wonder just happens to be “Wisdom”! How cool is that! I’m thinking of making her the mascot for our blog. Speaking of wisdom and old stuff, we were especially blessed to have Oma and Opa with us for our first week of school (love ya guys, especially your sense of humor:) ). Having an experienced physics teacher on hand for our study of flight took things to a whole new level. I just want to remind all you other homeschoolers out there (as I mentioned in a post on our godmadeknown blog) that older folks can be an amazing resource and are typically delighted to be involved. So here’s to a great first week and to wings and to wisdom. “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them…The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.” Psalm 111