Heart of Dakota BHFHG - Week 6 in Review

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Well we're back after a week break for 6! Our family is somewhat in transition. We just sold a house, and are homeless for a few months. Serendipitously, my parents are going out of town for 6 weeks, and want us to hold down the fort over there. My husband just finished his masters in family counseling, so we're waiting hoping to move to Denver to work with a friend/mentor. Our plan is to work with hurting marriages and families. All of the pieces are falling into place, but there is still more left to do before we can head in that direction.

We were back to school this week after taking a necessary week off for packing and moving. It was hard getting used to our portable school (everything is in crates.) We're making it work though. I've been covering mostly our studies in HOD and Science. I hope to comment soon on how grammar, spelling, geography and math are going as well.

This week we learned about William Penn, and the founding of Pennsylvania. He sounded like an interesting fellow. It sounded like he was a man of conviction. I'd love to learn a little more about him. We also learned a little about Benjamin West. My kids loved learning about him. They are both little artists, and loved learning about how West used what he had to create art. I loved that even though the Quakers didn't value art, they recognized a God given gift in West despite their common beliefs. I have Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin on hold at the library. I've heard it's worth reading. 

Benjamin West wasn't a great student, but he was a lover of art. He skipped school to paint. We learned that his father found him painting with poke-berry juice.The Indians later showed him how to make other colors. We used orange, strawberry, berry, grape and lime juice (which we enhanced a bit with food coloring.) I was drinking a cup of coffee, so the boys decided that would be a great brown. I'm sure if the Quakers drank coffee that West would have stolen a few cups :)

This was a super simple art project, but my kiddos loved it. 

You can see they went a little crazy with the coffee :)

We learned that William Penn was somewhat of an athlete. He joined the Native Americans in competitive jumping games. The kids loved seeing how far they could jump. 

 We are reading Science in Colonial America in HOD science. We learned this week how our body fights off infection. We learned about inoculation, and how it prevented the spread of disease. All I have to say is I'm glad I wasn't the first patient to figure out if inoculation worked or not. Those were some brave souls. We watched this little video that went well with our lesson.

 I love seeing the kid's interpretation of their experiments each week.

Our poem this week was For a Child by Fannie Sterns Davis. This one was fun to talk about since we have been making it a point to study nature.

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 This week Aedan entered the Motion unit in ES Physics. Last week he read a biography on Isaac Newton. Reading the book was a great setup for the things we studied this week. We learned about Newton's 1st law of motion. We learned about inertia, and momentum in a hands on way. Our first experiment (on the left) was to make a Inertia Zoom Ball. This helped us understand the 1st law of motion. The kids played with this until the strings broke - twice. Super fun :) Later in the week we built a working egg beater out of the K'Nex Intro to Simple Machines Kit. Normally Aedan doesn't have the patience to do this. Fortunately his cousins helped him build it. They made short work of it. I was impressed. It's quite the contraption to build out of little plastic pieces.

My sister in law and family are in town. They are missionaries in Spain, and on furlough for 6 months. It's been nice having them here in town. They are homeschooling while they're here too, so we plan to do lots of field trips, and fun art projects together.

Silas learned about mountains and glaciers in ES Earth/Space. Our volcano from last week was supposed to be completed this week, but I wanted to do it before the move. To demonstrate how a glacier moves we were supposed to freeze a pan of ice, and put a brick on top of it. This is our first failed experiment. It is supposed to slowly move through the rack. It's still in there, so maybe it will eventually do something! 

Well that about covers it! I'm so behind on getting this done. I hope I'm more organized next week!

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to say thanks for the link on the video. The kids are going to love it! Also, I may have to use the coffee as well since these days I always seem to have a cup in hand ;)

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