Saturday, February 6, 2010

Primary Song for February

The primary song for February is "He Sent His Son" (Children's Songbook, 34-35). See my last primary link for online music.
Looking ahead, March is "Follow the Prophet" (CS, 110-11); April is "The Church of Jesus Christ" (CS, 77), May is song-of-your-choice, June is "The Holy Ghost" (CS, 105), July is "Come, Follow Me" (Hymns, number 116); August is song-of-choice, then the rest of the year is open.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Behavior of the Week

Family Council: various bad habits discussed between Mom and Dad
Bad Habit Chosen for Focus: inability to sit properly during Sacrament Meeting, dinner, etc.
New Habit Introduced: to all children, as family home evening lesson, followed by fabulous treats
Habit of the Week Expectations: sitting (bottoms on chairs) will be practiced during family dinners, time-outs (extra minute for each infraction), sitting on bus, culminating in Sacrament Meeting on Sunday, where children must stay on their bottoms until at least the Sacrament is done.
Win-Win (Habit 4): If the family meets this Sacrament Meeting goal, there will be a family outing to a fast-food restaurant on the next kids-eat-free day.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ancient China: a Book List

Super K is so into our study of ancient Egypt that we've been doing informally since last fall (over the move, Christmas, etc.) I hate to end it, but we "only" have four years to cover 6000 years of human history; by his birthday it should be time to try another ancient civilization. I'm choosing . . . China! I was going to go with the Greeks and Romans, but they had a lot of nude male art that I'm afraid would show up a lot in the DK books. After another delightful browsing session on Amazon, this is the list I came up with:

DK Ancient China (This is the one I'll buy)
Chinese Children's Favorite Stories (good illustrations; a light read)
Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China (my kids are in love with Ms. Frizzle and that Magic School Bus)
If I Were a Kid in Ancient China (I actually haven't sampled this series yet)
Tales of a Chinese Grandmother looks good, but has far more words than pictures. We might turn to it our next time through ancient history, in fifth grade.

Aside from the DK Ancient China book, what we actually read will depend on what our local library has, but I save so much money taking my Amazon list to the local library.