Heart of Dakota - BHFHG - Week 21 in Review

Monday, February 11, 2013

This week we studied Andrew Jackson. We learned Jackson was a quarrelsome fellow, but also brave. We studied a child's version of Jackson's life. I always try to make sure to include the real truth in our studies. Often American History is sifted of it's more gritty content when we are teaching elementary aged kids. Andrew Jackson, while a brave general, was responsible for The Trail of Tears (in my opinion one of the saddest occurrences in American History.) While many of our founding fathers were great leaders, they were often had conflicting ideas which led to many human lives being mishandled.

Our art project was to make a hat like the one Andrew Jackson wore. I couldn't find my construction paper to save my life, so we made smaller versions that could fit on our stuffed friends.

Our history notebooking page was to create a tree and write words that would describe Andrew Jackson. He was nicknamed "Old Hickory" because he was rough on the outside and tough on the inside like a hickory tree.

The kids are really enjoying our science reader A Pioneer Sampler. This week we learned how the pioneers used corn to make Johnnycake.

It's always fun when one of our projects leads to a snack. This was one happy boy :)

In addition to learning about Andrew Jackson, we also learned about how America had trouble with pirates in those days. We read a story about how pirates from Tripoli captured the American ship the Philadelphia.

We reenacted how the Americans set fire to the Philadelphia rather than allowing the ship to be taken by the pirates. We pretended that the pennies represented the cannon balls that the pirates lobbed at the ketch (the smaller ship the Americans used.) The boys thought this was really fun even though it probably doesn't look like much! 

 We learned about how the pioneers had trouble with wild animals attacking their livestock, and how to determine who the culprit was by their footprints.

In HOD science we learned how bees find flowers that have nectar. The wax paper over the top was supposed to represent how bees see the flowers.

 Our poem this week was The Lord of Counterpane. The poem was about a little boy pretending that his bed was a land, and he was the king residing over it all. I loved this one, and so did the boys. It reminded us so much of how they play with such big imaginations.

Our vocabulary words for this week. These little sheets always make me smile :)

Elemental Science at the Monarch Room

This week we learned about Mercury. Because it is so small, it can't cause a solar eclipse. This little experiment showed why.

Are you wondering why Silas always wears Mario Pajamas yet? Trust me. I'm trying to work on this :)

 These are our ES narration pages for the last 2 weeks. For the first half of the year, I wrote his narrations for him. He has begun to write his own.

Aedan read about Thomas Alva Edison, and will have a book report to complete. There are 2 biographies to read in ES Physics.

We started back with Drawn Into the Heart of Reading (DITHOR) this week. I plan to write a post about how that's going. We continue to plug away in math, grammar and geography. I can't believe I'm almost 3/4 the way done with school! This year has really flown by. I really attribute our success to HOD. We've had so much fun :)


  1. Thanks for sharing! Your pictures are great! I'm so glad you are enjoying the vocabulary sheets :) My daughter loves them too!

  2. We love them! They really were such a better solution to vocabulary than the index cards. Are you continuing with Preparing? I need to figure out what I'm going to do with Preparing vocabulary. I will probably make something, but next year it's 3-6 words. I might make them with 3 on the front and 3 on the back.

  3. Yes, but I don't have the guide yet so I haven't made the sheets. However I plan to do the same thing. 3 on each side is a great idea! I have only seen the sample pages. I think I'm going to order it soon so I can have everything ready since we typically only take a few weeks off in the summer.

  4. I have my guide, and am about to place the rest of my order within the next week. I can't wait! I love having everything planned and ready, so I usually start planning in the Spring. Next year looks like so much fun :)


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