Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 12 in Review

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Welcome to our week in review! We are continuing to enjoy our study of the lives of the Pilgrims. Even Aedan enjoys listening in on our readings, and both are beginning to get to know the individual people in the Plymouth settlement. The timing has been great because Thanksgiving is this coming week, and our readings are leading up to the first Thanksgiving feast. I love that both boys enjoy listening in and participating with each other. This year is turning out to be much better than I could have hoped. We have a great routine. We do hit bumps in the road because none of us are perfect (mostly me.) My boys are so fun to teach, and always are so quick to be joyful over a new discovery.

This week's artistic expression activity was to illustrate our bible passage for the week:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

Silas wrote Peace in the middle of a coffee filter, and we cut it into a heart shape. He dipped the corners into food coloring. My boys always laugh because our Dec-a-Cake food coloring always saves the day. We made up a little song about it. We've had the same box since Silas was in Kindergarten, and use it so much in our activities.

I thought these were really pretty. Even Aedan wanted to make one :)

This week we met a few Native Americans in our readings by the names of Samoset, Massasoit and Squanto.

In HOD Geography we learned how to make a map using a map key. Silas made his own map of Plymouth Fort.

Our poem this week was "The Prayer Perfect." It was a great poem to show how to pray for those we love, and for those that are lacking what they need.

 Many of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock got sick and died. We did an activity to show how germs spread. We cut up little pieces of paper, and put them in a cup. I said "AaaaaaCHOO!" and Silas shook up his cup without covering it. It showed how our germs spread when we don't cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze.

The next time we covered the cup and ended up with far less germs.

 Silas illustrated the experiment on his science lab sheet.

 The next thing we learned about in science was about how the North and South Poles receive less sun than the Equator. Aedan sat in the middle of the room to represent the sun, and Silas walked around with the Earth (balloon.)

Silas shows the experiment here on his lab sheet.

Silas is doing great in his math. Christian Light has been great. Silas says he really likes math. I hadn't taken out the Cuisenaire Rods for a while. Silas was so excited to be able to use these.

This week in Elemental Science we learned about ducks, chickens and penguins. Our experiment showed how birds have oily feathers to keep them afloat in the water.

Silas poured oil over the water to represent the oil on birds' feathers.

Next we poured detergent over the oil to see what happened. When we pour detergents and other pollutants in water it affects the oil on birds feathers.

 When the birds get detergents on their oily feathers it sometimes causes them to sink. Again this was another sad realization for my boys, but a good picture of why it's important to take care of our environment.

This is the science experiment page for the above activity.

Each week Silas writes an written narration for each topic we read about.

 We've been adding creatures each week to our animal diet chart. 

See you next week!

1 comment:

  1. I love how the tie-dye hearts all turned out so different as I visit blogs :) Your boys are so creative with their decorative writing!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week! {I'm finally caught up on blogging, whew!}



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