Friday, September 23, 2011

What We Did This Week: Fire Safety and Armor of God

This was our first week of doing a routine for school. We learned about fire safety this week. We used some ideas from Confessions of a Homeschooler's Fire Safety post. It was great!


Using candles, a spray bottle, a cup and a lighter we discussed what fire needs to "live". We showed what happened when you the the HEAT away by spraying the fire with water. We looked at what happens when the FUEL is gone (let the candle burn down to the bottom and it burns out). We also looked at what happens when AIR is taken away from a flame, it goes out!


The kids thought it was really neat to watch the flame extinguish when the cup was over the candle.


We also made a map of our house and talked about where all the exits were (doors and windows). We practiced a fire drill with the whole family (this is a great way to check your batteries, we noticed that one of our smoke detectors needed a new battery). We also practiced STOP, DROP and ROLL. We also got several books from the library about fire safety. We were hoping to get to the local fire department to see the trucks, but they weren't open when I called, another time.


This was the baby's newest trick this week. Crawling over then under the stool bar and getting stuck!

Our scripture for this week was Ephesians 6:13-17. I thought talking about protection in scripture was fitting for safety week! It is a bit of an abstract idea for young children so we got a little hands on! First we got a huge piece of paper (you could also do this small scale with a small outline of a person and make paper doll like clothes).

We traced each of the kids:


And let them decorate themselves:


Then everyday during the week we made and decorated each piece of the armor of God:



The SWORD of the SPIRIT, the SHIELD OF FAITH, the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, the SHOES OF PEACE, the BELT OF TRUTH and the HELMET OF SALVATION.  


They thought it was great fun!
Today was our free day, sketch books and "school pictures" as well as a field trip to the pool!
Did you do "school" with your kids this week?

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