Welcome to another Monarch Room update. This week we read about the Pilgrims and their search for the perfect place to settle. We had a conversation with the boys at dinner about we are fortunate to live in a country with religious freedom, but we are starting to feel a little less freedom these days in that area. We talked about how brave the Pilgrims were to go to a new unsettled land and completely start from scratch, and what conviction they must have had to do so.
Silas continues to be a joy to teach. I love that he loves to snuggle with me when he's doing math or reading. I treasure this extra time with my kids, and didn't even know what I was missing when I sent my oldest to school those 4 years. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to spend time with my boys.
We read about Francis Billington. He was apparently the rascal of all rascals of the Mayflower group. He tired out all the women with his antics. He got into everything, and once fired off a loaded musket near a barrel of gun powder. Our art project was to make a picture of that explosion that could have cost all the pilgrims their lives.
Sometimes I read the instructions to these simple art projects, and I think they sound so silly. I always do them though because about 9 times out of 10, the boys love them! I think sometimes the author of HOD knows really well what is age appropriate. Even Aedan listened in on the story of Francis, and thought this project was great. I might be known to play up the stories when I read, so we always get a good laugh :)
We read about how the Pilgrims searched and searched for the right land. Our geography project was to map Cape Cod, and label Plymouth Rock. I thought Silas did a really great job!
Silas's favorite story was about Francis. I love how the art project will help him remember that story, and maybe learn from young Francis!
In science we read about how the Pilgrims had to anchor the Mayflower further out in the water from the land, so the boat wouldn't get stuck. We read about the Continental Shelf, and made a model with salt dough and water.
The boys loved making little boats, and seeing if their design would get stuck or not.
Here Silas explains what we did for our above science project.
Our poem of the week was "What are Heavy?" Silas thought Christina G. Rossetti had terrible grammar, so he edited her work :)
We continue each week to memorize a portion of scripture. Silas is doing a great job with this! I often find that his passage speaks directly to me too! I love that :)
Additionally, in science we learned about the water cycle. We taped up our bag, and waited for our little cloud to rain....
...and it did :)
Silas drew a picture of the above experiment. I love his little cloud :) See you next week!