Friday, February 18, 2011

MFW 1st Grade: Week #19

We have returned to our My Father’s World studies this week.  We are almost finished with the Positive Action: Finding God’s Promises and had a very busy week with our bible stories and science. 

Bible:  Big Ladybug read the story of the Red Sea.  We talked about how afraid the Israelites would have been being trapped with Pharaoh's army on one side, and the Red Sea on the other. 

We discussed the 2 meanings of the word ‘fear’- to be afraid, or to trust.   When we say we ‘fear the Lord’, it means that we trust and respect Him.


After the Israelites safely crossed the sea, the women celebrated by playing tambourines.  We made a tambourine out of paper plates stapled together with beans between them.

She also read the story of Manna. 


The Israelites were complaining that they were hungry and began questioning whether they should have left Egypt.  God provided food for them from the heavens, called Manna.

The Israelites were thankful to God at first, but it only took a couple days and they returned to complaining, even though God kept taking care of them….huh-hum……I am definitely guilty of this.  Are you?

Character traits we focused on.

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

We discussed how important it is to be thankful and to remember all of the blessings that God has given us.  Big Ladybug wrote a paragraph about some of the good things God has blessed her with.


This is Big Ladybug’s fruit basket, woven with ribbon.  She used it to gather her play-doh manna. :)


We watched a video: Bugtime Adventures, What’s a Manna with you?

And the last Bible story for this week was Moses and the 10 Commandments. Only Moses was able to see God face-to-face so he gave Moses the 10 important laws on Mount Sinai. 


We discussed the 10 commandments and what each of them meant.  The first 4 are how we are to treat God and the other 6 are how to treat others. 

It is easy to forget that these laws are like a “fence of protection for our lives,” that God puts around us to guide, help, and protect us.  But all to often, we dig a hole under the fence and go our own way.  We discussed that we could choose to obey and stay safe within the fence or rebel by going outside it. 


Fun With Boats

Science:  We are still working in the Science with Water book.

She picked several plastic containers of different sizes to act as her boats, and she made one out of aluminum foil.  She loaded her boats with marbles and counted how many each could carry before they sank.  She also added all the marbles to one side of the boat to see what would happen.




She sank a empty pop can and added plastic tubing into the opening.  She then blew on the other end….over and over again because she thought this was fun!  She learned that the air you blow into the can pushes out the water, and it rises to the surface because it is lighter.



She added salt water to see how her results changed when the water was more dense.  She even fell for tasting it……yum!!



Did you know???

Seawater is usually some 3.5 percent heavier than fresh water because it contains about 35 pounds of salts in each 1,000 pounds of water.


  1. What precious lessons you all are learning together...

  2. What a packed full week with LOTS of beautiful drawings. The pink manna looks yummy!


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