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E is for Eggs

on September 29, 2012

I thought that E week was going to be tricky as not that many things start with the letter E, but it turned out to be easier than I egg-spected. We did an egg theme for the first part of the week and I was surprised how many fun and egg-citing activities there are to do with eggs! Piggy-backing on the dragon theme from D week, we made these red-hot dragon eggs.

dragon eggs

And if you’re going to do an egg theme, you pretty much have to read Green Eggs and Ham . . . and then eat some green eggs! Gotta tell you, the green color is really hard to get past and in the end we couldn’t convince Joseph who kept insisting, “But I don’t like green eggs and ham!” . . .

green eggs and ham

And there are so many things you can do with plastic eggs – the kids never tire of an egg hunt, (which, by the way, is much less frightening than a lion hunt! lol. we’re still teasing Joseph about that), and I made a sensory guessing game for them by filling each egg with various items such as paper clips, pennies, rice, dice, etc. and then they had to shake them and try to guess what was inside. Joseph’s favorite game this week was an egg-carton toss – he enjoyed tossing things like pennies and bottle caps into the egg carton (or not. just throwing them across the room was fun in and of itself.)

egg carton toss

egg puzzles made from scrapbook paper

basket of eggs counting game

I found a cute place value math game that went with our egg theme, but wondered if it might be too difficult for Jorja because we’ve only talked about tens and ones before and this game has hundreds too . . .

She had no trouble at all reading the number in written form on the eggs and then placing the chicks to form that number – she even got the trickier ones! But I can already see the dilemma that I’m going to have with Jorja and math . . . she thinks that once she has ‘learned’ a concept once that she has mastered it . . . as in, Don’t ask me that question one more time! I already did that yesterday! She doesn’t understand that one needs to practice, practice, practice. Her Mongolian teacher gave her a few basic addition and subtraction questions for homework one night this week (1+1, 2+1, 3-1, 2-1, etc.) . . .  I thought she would be delighted at knowing the answers and finding it easy, but nooooo . . . she complained, “I already know these ones. My teacher should give me harder questions.”

We switched to an elephant theme mid-week . . . Here is Joseph counting peanuts to feed the elephants . . .

counting and feeding the elephants peanuts

And a cute little paper craft I chose because anything with hearts involved is a Jorja-pleaser.

heart elephant

Learning about Bibleless people groups from different countries around the world continues to be a highlight each week.  This week we learned about the Elkei people in Papua New Guinea. Kids find it fascinating to learn about how people live in other countries – what types of houses they live in, what they eat, what the weather is like and what kind of animals live there. And at this rate, my kids are going to surpass me in world geography before they turn 5! Even Joseph can find each of the people groups we’ve studied on the globe, plus several other countries where friends and relatives live. They are learning not only how diverse our world is, but also how blessed they are – not just materially speaking but blessed to have a Bible in their language (not to mention all the other books, cd’s and dvd’s we have that teach about God!) Pray with us for the Elkei people!

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3 responses to “E is for Eggs

  1. Sherri Eppley says:

    I find it interesting that the kids are fascinated by learning about other countries cause where they live us so different already. That is great that they enjoy learning so much. Love you guys!

    • Sherri, that’s so true only but they don’t really realize how different it is here (from North America) because this is all they know – this is home to them – this is ‘the norm’ to them – the standard to which they compare everything else.

  2. krekker says:

    Wow! You have super creative ideas!! Great job!

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