This year’s materials for home learning have been ordered. Some of them have arrived and some are still on their way. I will eventually write a post (or several) about our plans for this coming school year, but today I wanted to share about one thing we will be doing. I am really excited to have finally gathered the courage and taken the plunge to purchase Mystery of History, Volume 1. We will be studying Creation to Christ this year.
I had a really hard time choosing what material we were going to be using for social studies and it came down to the final three (Mystery of History won). If finances allow, I still plan to purchase the other two sets of materials just for reference (because they are that good) and weave them in as needed. I am not going to share about them now because this post is really about something totally different (you’ll see, keep reading).
I am excited about Mystery of History. I have had a chance to skim the book and it is huge. We also purchased the audios and the printables, with a plan to purchase the downloadable coloring sheets as well. They also have lapbook packs that you can purchase, but the jury is still out on whether we will be ordering them or not.
Okay, so I still have not told you the reason for this post and why I am so excited.
I have been thinking about toys and activities for all of the children to do when they are not doing their studies. The kids have been spending a bit too much time on the computer since we caught that flu bug and we want to redirect that. One of the ideas that I came up with was bible story related toys (which I will explore further at another time because I have some great ideas) which led me to thinking about this really awesome site that I had seen many years ago.
I started looking around on the Internet trying to find this site to see if it still existed and sadly it did not. I did find reference to it in a couple of places and through the magic of research and the archives of the Internet, I was able to find it on the Way Back Machine.
Now, let me tell you what is so special about this site and why I desperately wanted to find it. This site (this one RIGHT HERE) has an amazing pattern (completely free and on-line) for making a fabric mat of Israel. It also has instructions for making fabric people used to tell bible stories.
When I first saw this site several years ago, I did not know how to sew, I had no sewing machine, and I had no fabric. Well, now, I know how to sew (at least a little bit), I have a sewing machine, and I have bucket loads of fabric (most of it from Freecycle).
Do you get the fabulous connection that I am trying to make here?
We are studying Creation to Christ. What better way to learn about that time period than with a hands on sensory experience? This fabulous mat could be used to illustrate all (or most) of the stories of the bible and it would give my kids a way to solidify their learning by acting it out (and don’t forget the drama credit thrown in there).
I have been playing with this idea in my head and reading the pattern over and over. I am so excited that I found the pattern after all these years. I am really looking forward to making this Bible Play Mat for the kids this year. I will blog about my progress, don’t worry.
How do you make your Bible time come alive for your kids?