Heart of Dakota BHFHG - Week 34 in Review

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

We made it to our final week of HOD! I knew it was coming, but it still kind of snuck up on me. I have to admit, I was a little intimidated to teach both boys this year. I only had Silas home last year, so I thought it would be much harder to have 2. It turns out it was more fun with both. I always admire moms who homeschool 4 or more children. It takes a whole lot of bravery, and more organizational skills than I have for sure! 

We completed our science, math, reading, spelling and grammar. I've seen both boys make great strides in math and writing skills. It has been so rewarding to see them grow, and to know that I might have had something to do with that. I have so enjoyed seeing educational milestones that I would have missed had they been in school. Some of the simple projects helped me see what they knew and had left to discover.

For our final week of study we learned a little about the Vietnam War. We also read about how migrant workers traveled from farm to farm for work. We finished our Thomas Edison biography, and our read-aloud The Whipping Boy. The boys really loved our read-aloud. They both asked me to read more than I was supposed to each time.

Our art project directed us to plant fields of fruits and vegetables. We read about how migrant families traveled for work, and the crops they harvested.

My mom came over and saw our art project, and asked what it was. She lived in California in the 50's and 60's as a child. She told me about how she remembers migrant children returning to school after harvesting crops.

 Our final history notebooking page asked us to map North America. Silas thought this project was a little hard. I need to have him practice mapping more next year.

 Our final poem was "I Am Only One." We looked through each poem, and the boys read their favorites. We have really loved the poetry study this year. I'm so glad it's part of each HOD guide.

We read about how Thomas Edison's laboratory materials once burst into flames. Our science question was: What's in modern day fire extinguishers that help put out flames?

We put vinegar and baking soda in a jar, and closed the lid quickly. We lit a match, and opened the lid to see what would happen to our flame. It went out immediately because the vinegar and baking soda created carbon dioxide like that which is in a fire extinguisher. 

This was our final science lab sheet.

Well that wraps up our school year for 2012-2013. Thank you for following our little journey. I plan to update soon with our final plan for next year. My last few boxes are arriving this week. I have a few new ideas for organization, so stay tuned in for those. I so look forward to another year with HOD, but am fully going to enjoy our summer break. We will probably do a month of math and reading, but will take at least 6 weeks off. Until then....


  1. I have had so much fun pouring over your year of Bigger Hearts in review! I'm looking forward to using it next year and your blog has made me so excited for it!

  2. I'm so glad my little blog has been helpful to you :) You're going to have a great year!


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