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I am using two resources to help us through our study on the 10 Commandments:
The Maker’s Instructions by Sarah Knights Johnson
Rose Publishing – The Ten Commandments http://www.rose-publishing.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=758
The first principle I want my children to understand is that God made me therefore He can tell me what to do. So today we focused on the amazing things that God has made. This led to us looking through a jeweller’s loupe at our hand; skin and fingernails and then anything else we saw around us. We made fingerprints and then read a little about the uniqueness of everyone’s fingerprint, even though there are 7 basic fingerprint patterns. The kids made a notebook page that included:
1. Pictures they cut from magazines showing the amazing things God has made
2. Their own thumbprint, and a graphic (printed from online) showing the different fingerprint patterns
3. A leaf they found in the garden and their description of this leaf after looking at it through the jewellers loupe.
I was particularly excited about this because I have wanted them to enjoy the loupe for sometime now and it seems as if we have hit the ‘right age’ as they were quite keen. We will keep the loupes out now for a week or so and use them every couple of days to look closer at the things God has made.
When I step back and look at all that we talked about, and that they represented on their notebook page, I can see that we not only talked about God in and throughout our ‘lesson time’ but we talked about their uniqueness, about the world around them and their need to be observant. We talked about aging (because my skin looked so different than Nomi’s skin). We talked about the variety of leaves, seeds and flowers.
Unfortunately you can’t read what she actually wrote, but you can see how simple a notebook page is to put together. Nomi is 12yo.