The Arts: Post-Impressionism

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks twelve and thirteen of school we did unit 7. Our arts topic was post-impressionism.

We played with geometric shapes and colors.

We looked at the Starry Night on the boys’ wall and drew the shapes we saw in it.

We made teeny tiny paintings.

We drew pictures using oil pastels.

We drew pictures of animals popping out of the jungle.

We learned about pointillism and made hot air balloon pictures.

We learned about Rodin and made a sculpture out of aluminum foil.

Science: Plate Tectonics

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks twelve and thirteen of school we did unit 7. Our science topic was plate tectonics.

We watched YouTube videos about the magnetic and true north and how the earth’s crust deforms.

We made cookies and used them to demonstrate how the earth’s plates collide. I tried to decorate my cookie with the US, but it ended up looking more like Africa.

Cookie Plate Tectonics

We used our hands to show the way the plates collide or move past each other.

We demonstrated how the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is causing the Atlantic Ocean to widen by a few centimeters per year.

Cookie Plate Tectonics

We plotted a whole bunch of South American earthquakes.

We demonstrated the ways plates move past each other using graham crackers.

We learned about the Cascadia subduction zone, the Ring of Fire, and the East Arica Rift.

Geography: National Parks

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks twelve and thirteen of school we did unit 7. Our geography topic was national parks.

We watched drone footage of several national parks.

We looked at where national parks and national historic sites are around the country.

Each boy picked a national park to learn more about (Cameron picked Sequoia, Fritz picked Wind Cave, and Adrian picked Everglades).

We learned about landmarks in several national parks.

History: Civil War

This year in school we are using Layers of Learning year 4. Weeks twelve and thirteen of school we did unit 7. Our history topic was the Civil War.

We watched a YouTube video by Alternate History Hub outlining what might have happened it the south won the Civil War.

We added to the timeline.

We made an Underground Railroad diorama.

We did mapwork of what the US looked like in 1861.

We learned about the tenth amendment.

We watched a short biography on Abraham Lincoln.

We learned about animal mascots of the Civil War.

We learned about the Battle of Gettysburg…

…And the Gettysburg Address.

We watched two Crash Course videos on the Civil War.

We did mapwork on the major battles of the Civil War.

We learned about reconstruction and some terms related to it.

The best calling in the church

It seems that every calling I have is, to me, the best. Right now I am a Sunday School teacher. I team teach with my mom so that makes it extra fun. I love our class members (we have two Sunday School classes in our ward and people are free to go to whichever they want). I love how the lessons go including when they go in a way I didn’t expected they would. Come, Follow Me is the most fabulous program ever. I just really love being a Sunday School teacher.

How do you not get attached?

A few weeks ago a friend asked me how can we not get attached to the foster babies since we have to give them back. I understand why she would ask. It seems crazy to love a child you will only have for a little while. But it’s pretty much the point of foster care.

We are very attached to these two little guys. They are adorable and sweet and pretty much perfect. We love them very much. We also know without a doubt that they belong with their mother. She loves them, too. She’s working hard to get them back. That’s not an easy thing to do.

We went into this fostering thing knowing we will get our hearts broken every time our foster kids leave us. Knowing that these kids are only staying for now. Knowing that it would be the hardest and best thing we ever did, loving these children.

So how do we not get attached? We are attached. We are attached to these two babies and we’ll be attached to our future placements, too. Foster kids need foster parents willing to open their hearts completely to them. In a few weeks these guys should be going home. We’ll miss them. We’ll grieve the loss of having them with us every day and watching them grow. But we all will be better for the time we got to spend with them and the attachment we’ve had to them.