We are on the downhill slide to our school year ending. Only about three more weeks!
We continued our study of Moses and the Israelites by somewhat celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread. I say somewhat because I knew it would be too miserable on everyone to go without bread for a week. So I decided that only for their snacks, not main meals, would they need to avoid leaven. At the beginning of the week they made a list of the different names of leaven so they could easily check their snack boxes to see if it was approved. Unfortunately for the kids, most of what they like, except popcorn, was on the Do Not Consume list. Fortunately for the kids, this was the week after Easter and they had plenty of candy to consume in its place. Which was unfortunate for the teacher. Hmm, not exactly the “suffering” I was hoping to achieve! Oh well!
They made tambourines because after the week is over, the Israelites would have a big feast to celebrate its end.
The next week I read passages about God leading them in a cloud by day and fire by night. So, we made our own pillar of cloud fire.
A little difficult to capture our cloud on fire in a picture.
Today we went to the National Park Aquarium in Hot Springs. I thought it was a nice wrap up to our study of marine animals this year.
Now, when I think aquarium, I’m imagining tunnels of water surrounding you and coming face to face with huge sharks. That is not that type of aquarium! Think, smaller version of the lizards and spiders and snakes section of the LR Zoo. Plus it cost us about $60 less! It did have some other unique animals not found at our zoo, like stingrays and crabs. And the best part of this field trip, we had the entire place to our selves. The whole time!
We got up close and personal with a lizard
and a turtle.
Andrew found the pet he wants
and Joey trying to pet an owl (not real.)
The girls’ favorite animals
Joey said there was no proof of me being on the trip, so here’s my selfie.
We’re phasing out school this year. As each student wraps up a subject, it’s done! Andrew has finished English and once each says their 10 Commandments verses to Daddy, we’ll be done with Bible. Next week we’ll be done with science and I hope Charlotte will have finished her history. Andrew finishes reading next week, too. Everyone will finish math sometime in mid-May. It’s nice to have a relaxing end to our school year!