Heart of Dakota BHFHG - Week 9 in Review

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I can't believe we've made it through one quarter already! Wrapping up week 9 felt good. I feel like we've really hit our stride with HOD. We've learned what is necessary, and what can be dropped. Overall, we're still really loving HOD. This was a really fun week because we have been learning about Benjamin Franklin. Both of my boys are inventors, and creative thinkers. They identified with him a lot. I'm pretty sure neither of my boys would be happy to eat only bread and butter just to buy more books, but I think I can identify with that. It's been a while since I have read about Ben Franklin. It was fun learning about him again. He was such an interesting guy. I admire his humility, and desire to live simply even though he didn't have to. I'm glad we also get to study him next week. It helps when we get to read from many different perspectives about the same man and his life.

We learned that Benjamin Franklin wasn't interesting in following in his father's footsteps. He didn't want to be a candle maker, but from an early age loved books. His father thought that working with his brother as a printer would be a great fit. Our art project this week, was to make letter stamps out of potatoes. This was a hard job for little hands, but with a little help, they did a great job!

 Each kiddo made chose 2 designs.

 Here was their completed print work.

There are so many great books on Benjamin Franklin at the library. In addition to our history reading, I have read some of these books. Each of them had their own take on the same story. It is helpful to my boys to hear the story several times for retention.

This week's history notebooking entry was to write a few facts about Franklin. It's amazing how much he accomplished.

Benjamin Franklin is famous for many things, but mostly for his kite experiment.

Our poem this week was "Consider." I have loved the selections each week. Each boy drew a man with a thought bubble "considering" the works of God.
Our vocabulary selections were lathe, molasses, and scour. I loved Silas's depiction of the word scour :)

Science at The Monarch Room

This week Silas started studying caves and how rocks are formed. This experiment shows how stalactites are formed. It remains to be seen if it will actually work.

An optional activity was to make rock candy.

Here it is after a week. It's already working, so I'm guessing in a few weeks we will have something to show for this activity.

Aedan is learning about levers and pulleys this week. We made a pulley. Before we made the pulley I accidentally set up an experiment that I wasn't even supposed to do. It was a hit anyway. 

That's all for this week folks :)

1 comment:

  1. What a fun week! I can't wait to start Benjamin Franklin. It's neat that the cousins get to join in :)


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