Friday, November 22, 2013

Pick up your mat

Each year at our homeschool co-op, the younger students are assigned a history project.  The project can be about anything they are studying that year in history.   This year is the ancients and Luke is studying the Bible, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and Ancient China.

Luke decided that he wanted his project to be about a Bible story and that he wanted to build something.

He (with my help) worked on this for about three days.  First, he built the house using Styrofoam bricks.  We used Creatology Project Bricks from Michael's, cost with coupon - $7.99.

We bought three bags of peg people from Hobby Lobby plus felt for their clothes.  Cost around $20.00.  First, Luke gave them all eyes and smiles and one a mohawk.

Luke painted on their hair and I helped with the beards.  Then we dressed each person using felt, gauze bandage, ripped up t-shirts, twine, ribbon, and leather shoelaces.  I helped with the clothes since we needed to use the hot glue gun.

Luke was so excited to work on his project each day.  He kept saying, "This is the best project I've ever done."  He also exclaimed, "This is so much fun, I love building things." 

Have you guessed what his project is on?

He based his project on the story of when Jesus was in a house and it is was full of people and four friends tried to get their crippled friend to see Jesus.  They couldn't get in the door so they climbed on the roof, made a hole, and lowered their friend through the roof.  And Jesus healed him!

Luke was so excited about this story from the Bible. ( Luke 5:18-26)

 See the house is filled with people and the door is blocked?

Luke and I talked about how we would want to be one of the friends who cared so much for their buddy to go to so much trouble for him.

Luke had a writing assignment to go with his project.  Here's what he wrote:

Homes in Israel during Bible Times
Luke Garza

          During the time of Jesus, houses were unique.  Houses were made of stone or mud bricks.  Poorest people’s houses only had one room.  The room was divided into two parts.  One part of the room had a beaten earth floor.  In the cold, their animals would live here.  The other part of the house was a raised platform where the people lived.  People with more money had an upper room.  The roof was important.  They dried fruit and grains on the roof, and sometimes slept there when it was hot.  People sat on stools as chairs were expensive at the time.  Tables were also expensive and most people would use a straw mat instead.  Most people slept on a mattress full of wool and straw.  The whole family slept on this mattress under a goat hair blanket.  Not many people acquired lush furnishings.  This is my report on the unique homes in Israel during Bible times.

We used cardboard for the base and for the roof.  We made the roof removable so the inside would be easily visible.

It was Luke's idea to crumble some of the bricks on the floor.

We love our homeschool co-op!  The boys love having a weekly day of school and spending time with their classmates and having a locker and participating in a P.E. class and attending field trips.

I love the structure and accountability it adds to our homeschooling, and being part of a community.

Luke is an amazing, smart, brave, funny, and full of life 4th grader! So thankful for him.

Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, "Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!"  And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.  Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, "We have see amazing things today!"                   Luke 5:24-26 (NLT)