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Tower of Babel Worksheet

tower of babel

It’s so easy to push back lessons on our faith, mainly because it’s the science and math questions that are on the list of standards for first graders by the government. “It’s The Man, I tell you,” I rage as I shake my fist to nothing in particular.

Orwellian jokes aside, it’s really my fault. I simply haven’t prioritized it.

I’ve resolved to study the Bible at the beginning of class rather than the end of it. It’s also good practice for me to remind myself of why we’re homeschooling in the first place.

Today’s lesson was all about the Tower of Babel. We first read the story from the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones. Then I used these guide questions to test comprehension:

  1. What did the people try to build? A tower that reaches the sky
  2. Why did they want to build it? To make a name for themselves
  3. What did God do? He changed their language to stop them from finishing the tower

I then explained that Babel means confusion. Speaking different languages made it difficult for people to understand each other so they couldn’t finish their work.

Conveniently, there’s a condominium building being constructed across our street and we could see it from our window. I then explained that God wants us build and create. He gave us brains to think and hands to make things. But, God doesn’t want us to have pride in our hearts.

Pride is a sin that puts ourselves first before God. The people built the tower it so that they can glorify themselves. God knows that anytime people do that, they are doomed to fail. He is the one who provides for us. Pride makes us think we can do it for ourselves. Like all sins, it separates us from God.

We also used a worksheet. You can download it here.

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Learning Tagalog

My daughter would rather do 10 hours of math than five minutes of Tagalog lessons. She knows a total of – let me see – seven Tagalog words. She knows siya (that person), ikaw (you), ako (me), bata (child), lalaki (boy), babae (girl), and matanda (old).

This is a problem because first, she’s Filipino and Tagalog is our national language and second, the government requires certain subjects to be taught in Tagalog.

I need to be extra creative whenever we have our language lessons since she doesn’t really want to learn. For a lesson on body parts, I drew a girl on a large mirror in our dining room. I called out body parts and she would try to hit it with wet tissue paper.

It was a mess, but that’s the way kids like it, right?

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Montessori at Home

Getting used to 3D shapes #hitormissus #presentparenting #montessoriathome

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Did you know that a three dimensional oval is called an ovoid? It comes from The Latin word ovum, which means egg.  I did not know this until I purchased these Montessori toys online. I had to research what these shapes are called.

In this video, Raf is learning the process of placing an object from one container to the other.

It always surprises me how engaged he can be, even if the materials he’s working on don’t really have any colors, sounds, or lights. But, I guess that’s pretty much one of the beliefs of the Montessori system: no unnecessary distractions.