Heart of Dakota BHFHG - Week 5 in Review

Friday, September 21, 2012

Here is a look at week 5 at the Monarch Room. This week we studied the lives of the pilgrims. We learned a ton about the many trials of the passengers of the Mayflower. We read about a fiery little man named Myles Standish who had a lot to do with the success of the Plymouth Colony. It was really fun to read about the pilgrims again as an adult. The pilgrims were very brave to leave their homes and travel to a largely unknown world. It was a great opportunity to talk about our faith, and how people in the past had to make many sacrifices to follow their convictions. Silas read Squanto Friend of Pilgrims the first few weeks of school for his biography choice. It was fun for him to see Squanto and Samoset show up in our history readings this week.

The pilgrims suffered much from sickness and disease during their journey on the Mayflower, and after they settled on land. We learned about how soap and warm water would have helped to stop the spread of disease, but even these small luxuries were not readily available. I had the kids rub lotion on their hands, and then I sprinkled them with glitter to represent germs.

Cold water removed some of the glitter, but it still remained. This was a great reminder of why we wash our hands.

 Soap and warm water got their squeaky clean. I don't think my kids will have to ask me again why it's important to wash our hands.

 I love the pictures the boys draw to go along with the experiment pages. Aedan's green germ monsters made me laugh.

For art we made Indian sand paintings. We colored salt with food coloring. The kids then drew in their design, and we painted on glue. They sprinkled the salt. The kids really enjoyed this project. I'm not sure I loved the sweeping, but it was worth it.

The Planted Trees blog has a great book basket list for Bigger Hearts. There are a few missing from this picture that we also read. I love having these books available each week. They really add in detail and color to our history readings. We don't always read them. Sometimes I just have them available. Aedan gets up early each morning, and I often see him reading books out of the book basket on his own. He is also reading Almost Home for the extension readings. The books is about the persecution of the pilgrims, their journey on the Mayflower, and the trials of their settling. I pre-read this before he got a hold of it and enjoyed it. I so wish I had learned history this way. Biographies and historical fiction really add life to the people we are learning about.

 Our words for vocabulary this week were barricade, volley and pestilence. Their vocabulary pages always tickle my funny bone. Volley means "a discharge of small arms all at once." I explained what it meant, but for some reason Silas's picture has a bunch of small arms. Ha! So cute :)

 The boys finished their science notebooking pages. We finished up One Small Square Seashore. This page was about the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates.

 One of our history activites was to learn the difference between needs and wants. No matter how I explained that a pet isn't a need, the boys insisted that our mini schnauzer is essential to life (lower left corner.)

 We added Myles Standish and Squanto to our notebook and wall timelines. 

Elemental Science at the Monarch Room

This week was a super fun week in Elemental Science Earth/Space. Aedan has is in his scientist book report week. He's reading Isaac Newton: Giants of Science, and has a book report to complete in a few weeks. Even though the reading he is doing about Newton is interesting, he was so excited to participate in his brother's experiments this week.

We made a 2 liter bottle tornado. I got this wrong the first few times, and couldn't get it to work because I only had packing tape instead of masking. I'm so glad I persevered because this was a total hit. We truly have done this countless amounts of times. I think even my husband thought this was pretty cool.

As you can tell Aedan loves the camera. Both my kids are total hams. Lots of shhhhhh's from me in this video :)

Last year we bought a pre-made volcano that was underwhelming. This year we got to make one. I was a little concerned that the volcano would be too tall. The bottle was supposed to be 20 inches high.

Fortunately it totally worked. This was take one. Take one was more of a slow eruption. The boys begged me to erupt it again. The next time I colored the vinegar, and it turned out way more red and dramatic. You can see on the videos. They LOVED this! I think this is the hit of the year so far.

 Next week we are moving which is wonderful, and stressful at the same time. We'll be back here in a few weeks reporting what is happening here. Well that about covers it :) Tell me about your week!


  1. Loved this post :) So fun seeing your excited your boys got over the "take two" valcano!

  2. So fun! Love the videos :)

    My son did a tornado project for the science fair last year - here's his video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGwNuFvvVlw

  3. These projects were so fun :) It's nice to have the videos for them to look back on. Mary, your link wouldn't work because your video is private. Was it a different one? My kids would probably love to make another! I'm sure yours was more sophisticated :)


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