Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 4 in Review

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My update is a little late this time. I took a trip to Florida sans the kids to visit a friend for 5 days. It was so great catching up with my sweet friend, and spending time with her kids. I'm going to have to take the kids next time. It was so beautiful. Gulf beaches really are some of the most beautiful in the world. My trip was from a Thursday to a Tuesday, so it took us 2 weeks to complete Unit 4.

This unit focused on the Pilgrims, and how they tried to leave England to find religious freedom in Holland. We learned about their many trials as they tried to take their families to Holland, and leave all they had known. We took some time to learn a little more about Holland and what it was like to live there.

Our art activity was to make a barn.

Inside we wrote Matthew 6:21. Our memory verse this week was Matthew 6:19-21. We learned about how important it is to store up treasures in heaven rather than here on earth. I love Silas's pretty little scripty font.

We learned about the dikes in Holland. I remembered that the story of the boy who saved Holland was in The Children's book of Virtues which we fortunately had on our shelf. We read it before we did our history activity about dikes.

Instead of using Play-doh, I made salt dough.

We built a dike, and poured water in on one side. We put a few houses on the dry side.

The boys loved this little activity :)

Here's a little video of us flooding Holland.

This was Silas's history notebooking page for the week. We traced the pilgrim's route from Scrooby, England to Holland.

We entered the Pilgrims in Holland on our Timeline.

In HOD science we learned about how the world was filled with darkness until God created the sun, moon and stars. We learned what things block out the sun by testing items we had laying around the house.

Saran wrap worked the best at letting the most sun through.

This is the science notebooking page for the above activity.

The pilgrims had to take a ship to Holland. At one point the ship almost sank. We did this little activity to learn about water tension, and how it helps keep ships afloat. We counted how many drops we could add to the coin before it spilled off.

The quarter held 21 drops of water before spilling off.

We tried it with a penny and a nickle as well. I love seeing my boys make discoveries even with such simple activities.

The science notebooking page for the water tension experiment.

After reading in our science book about how the earth was formless and void Silas had a great idea. He asked if we could use our geometric shapes, and fill the sphere with water to see how water can take the shape of its container. BTW an infant nose sucker works great as a dropper if you can't find one. I found mine at the dollar store :)

This week in Elemental Science Biology we learned about zebras, horses, dogs (domestic and wild), and wolves. We categorized them by herbivore, omnivore, and carnivores.

Our experiment this week was to see what happened when we sprinkled pepper on water, and added a drop of soap. I'm not sure why a water tension experiment was in this week's assignments. Maybe it had something to do with our study of zebras, and how they escape their predators. Either way, the boys still learned and enjoyed it.

Here's our little video of the pepper and soap experiment.

Silas is doing really well in his reading, writing and arithmetic. I fail to take pictures of the nuts and bolts subjects. This is his writing assignment for IEW Bible Heroes.

He's making a month book in First Language Lessons 2. He's doing great in Christian Light Math. I have no complaints at all with that program. See you next week!


  1. His poetry writing is just beautiful and so creative. I am having my daughter review a lot of penmanship this year to help her improve. She broke her elbow (with surgery & physical therapy needed) in the past and it made it difficult for her to write during those really important formation years. I am looking forward to seeing that develop a lot for her.

    I love seeing the science experiments that are upcoming for us.

    Thanks for taking the time to share!

  2. I had to come here and see what you shared about ES week #4 pepper experiment. It seems we both came to the same conclusion about it possibly correlating to the zebras.


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