April 2-9th 2012

As Christians, this is an important week for us. We started off our week reflecting on Palm Sunday and learning the meaning of words like Hosanna – Save Us, and Messiah – Saviour. We talked about the historical context of this story and why the Jewish people called out Hosanna and Messiah to Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. My children are so privileged to live in a peaceful country that the idea of oppression was very foreign to them. We then turned our eyes towards the coming events and reread various parts of Jesus’ story leading up to the crucifixion on Good Friday. On Good Friday we participated in a local walk of the Stations of the Cross. This was a wonderful outdoor community event walking around the village and corporately reading the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Our weekend was full of celebration and community with a potluck breakfast and egg hunt followed by a friend’s birthday party on Saturday, an early morning service on Easter Morning with an afternoon at the zoo and wrapping up with a birthday celebration for D who turned 4 on Monday the 9th.

Now to back up a little and give the weekly breakdown. This week we initiated Diva’s Diary where E enters a sentence or two each day. Although she enjoys seeing her post we’re having trouble getting more than one sentence so far. Hoping for more next week.

Monday – Creative Dance and Abstract Art lessons followed by a play-date/ tea party. We are working on manners and social rules.

Tuesday – We did math in the morning and then PE at 2pm

Wednesday – Swimming lessons  and a bike ride to the park for some playtime with Dad.

Thursday – face-to-face time and the final Girls Club for the year. E enjoyed crafts and games and a walk through the neighbourhood with her group to hand out flyers.

As the weather has warmed up we have been outside on the trampoline, in the park and riding our bikes daily. Our reading continues with bedtime stories and library time. We’re continuing to work on readers and have found two reader series called Pup and Hound (Hood), and Sam the dog (Labatt) that E & D both enjoy. Some of the other titles we read this week are: Find the Cat (Stone Arch Readers). The Bobsey Twins – Freddie & Flossie, The Costume Copycat (Macdonald), You’re All My Favourites (McBreatney), Christmas Tree (Minor), Shall I Knit You a Hat? (Klise), Tacky & The Winter Games (Lester), What a Story (Kropp), Cowgirl Kate & Cocoa (Silverman), Way out West with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe (Cannon), Joe and Betsey the Dinosaur (Hoban).

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