Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thirsty Thursday: Bible-Art Combo

One of the [many] things I love about homeschooling is the flexibility to teach one topic over many different subjects. How fun is it to apply the same lesson in the forms of math, reading, writing, history, geography, art, music, and science? Major fun.
While I have not gotten that ambitious with my subject combining, I did find that the Bible and art combo is both effective and enjoyable. Big Girl LOVES arts and crafts, and also loves reading Bible stories or learning Scripture. Put the two together and presto- one happy little student!

This is the book that we have. I got it at Mardel on sale for $4.99.

It has 80 Bible-based crafts that are in chronological order of the Word. We really like it so far! However, I have had to modify most of the crafts. Not because they're too hard, but because we don't have Styrofoam meat trays in our craft supply box and something in me just doesn't want to work with spray paint or Turpentine when crafting with my Kindergartener. Call me crazy.

So what? I simplify.

Here is BigGirl making Ruth's Seed Mosaic.

We read the Book of Ruth, emphasizing that Ruth was a hardworking woman who saw plenty where others saw waste. She gathered grain for herself and her mother-in-law, Naomi, from what was left on the ground after the workers had finished harvesting Boaz's fields. (Ruth 2:2)

She drew a design of a rainbow and a bird. She painted dried beans and pasta, and then glued the little pieces onto her drawing, making a mosaic. It's a beautiful reminder of the story of Ruth.

This website has more helpful suggestions for combining different subjects.

What's your favorite subject combo? Do you ever teach across the cores? I'd love to hear what you do.

Quench your child's thirst for knowledge! It's Thirsty Thursday at Five J's!