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This week we’re going to focus on finishing up our Desert Unit Study.  Today we did a few crafts from the book "Crafts for Kids Who Are Crazy About Deserts."  My sons made a rattlesnake and skunk, and my daughter made a coyote.  My oldest son also wrote a lot about desert animals in some mini books for the lapbook we’ll put together.  For Bible Time this week we’ll be reading about people’s desert experiences. Today was Moses in the land of Midian where he was a shepherd and saw the burning bush.  Tomorrow we’ll read about the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years.  We’re continuing our memorization of the Apostle’s Creed and singing "How Great Thou Art."

Here are some other things I have planned for the week:  finishing our desert library books (we have LOTS!), doing a diorama of a desert landscape with animals, doing a couple of science experiments, copywork of Scripture about deserts, watching a desert video, going to a nursery to see (and maybe buy) some cactus, and finishing up our lapbook (mapping deserts around the world, graphing rainfall and temperature, comparing landforms, animals, people who live in deserts, how to survive in deserts, vegetation, etc.)

Also, my oldest son has finished up his Rod and Staff readers, so I told him he could pick a novel to read now.  He picked "Sherlock Holmes!"  I thought it would be too hard for him, but now I’m seeing that he is stumbling over more words, and it will be good for me to hear him read it aloud in order to help him with those. 

I’m still reading the biography of Eric Liddell, and my husband is reading a different Sherlock Holmes book at night along with the book of Acts.  I’ll start reading "Little House in the Big Woods" to the girls at night. 

For history, we’ll be studying the end of the Roman Empire and about India this week with Mystery of History.  There are a couple of activites to do there also, but those might have to wait until next week.

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