The first story is from John 12:1-8, where Jesus is anointed with perfume by Mary in preparation for His death and burial. The boys crafted while I read the story to them. They tend to listen better when they're moving around or making something. The perfume bottle you see Abishai covering with tissue paper is an add-on of my own, and isn't a part of Sense of the Resurrection, but the perfume bottle that Micaiah is working on is. The idea is that every time you smell the perfume soaked up by the reeds, it reminds you of the story and helps you remember to thank Jesus for dying for you. The boys both had one in their room and it smelled wonderful!
After crafting, the boys and I watched a SuperBook video with a scene showing Mary anointing Jesus with perfume. Again, this was an add-on of my own. You can buy the SuperBook videos here.
The second story was from Matthew 21:1-11, about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We made wind chimes out of tin cans painted green. They didn't turn out and I ended up throwing them out in the end. The idea was that every time we heard our wind chimes blowing in the wind we would be reminded of the truth of Jesus' mission to save us from our sin. Practically though, our wintery Canadian March isn't the season to be outside hearing wind chimes. Next year I'll come up with a craft more suited to the frigid north!
A close-up of one of the Holy Week pictures on our dining room wall.
St. Patrick's Day crafting.
We found Ireland on our world map. We also tracked St. Patrick's journey from his homeland of Britain over to Ireland.
What's St. Paddy's Day without some Irish music and dancing!
...and grass fires.
We talked about the two things that fire needs to burn: a fuel source and oxygen. If one or both aren't present, then fire can't happen. For a little science experiment we removed the oxygen from this candle.
We also read some scripture describing Jesus as a consuming fire. We talked about Moses and the burning bush. We asked questions about how the bush could be on fire without being consumed. The fire had fuel and oxygen, but still, the tree didn't burn up. The wonder of God shone in the boys' eyes. Later, they watched a SuperBook on Moses and the burning bush. You can watch the movie trailer on it here.
Well, we weren't homeschooling during his bed time, but here he is reading The Action Bible with his book light.
And of course Gilead! He sleeps a lot so there aren't a lot of pictures of him in action... yet!