Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 9 in Review

Sunday, November 3, 2013

We're back after a week off! It was hard getting back, but I'm so happy to be back to work :) This week we continue our study of the pilgrims. We learned what it was like for them after they found land. They had hoped to land somewhere warmer, but they made the best of what they had. They were so happy to finally wash their clothes. They encountered Native Americans, and learned about Indian corn.

Silas is such a chestful student. It's so fun to see his love of math growing. He has been asking if he can do more fraction work, so that helps me feel like we chose the right math program. Its so different teaching a child from the beginning. Aedan works so hard at what he does, but we are still trying to build his confidence. Silas is doing well in grammar and writing as well.

Our art project was to make a sea star. Silas drew and cut out his star, and we glued on crushed up cereal. The pilgrims were on a beach by the ocean, and saw animals like sea stars.

We chose to do an additional art project from Deep Space Sparkle. This is such a great site for getting ideas on projects to do. We chose to do the Under the Sea Chalk and Glue drawing.
 
The boys both drew their pictures with glue. I forget the part where the were supposed to draw first with their pencil. The glue dries clear, so it serves as a wall. We used pastels instead of chalk. The boys were both so happy with their finished work :)

This is our history notebooking page for the week. Silas drew a wigwam.

We read about how the storms drove the Mayflower north rather than south. The Pilgrims had hoped to land further south. We made an X on the masking tape. The boys first threw their tinfoil "boat" to see if they could hit the X. They never got close.

Next they blew the ball to see if they could more accurately hit their destination.

They had much more success with this method.

This is the science lab sheet from the above activity.

I am so happy with the improvements Silas has made in penmanship. I'm learning that less is more. Last year I had the boys copy much more. I'm finding that if he has less he can really focus and take his time and do his best work.

In Elemental Science we read about whales and dolphins. We wrapped rubberbands around the boys hands to demonstrate what it is like for animals that get caught in trash that is in the ocean. When Silas realized what this meant for the animals in the ocean, my sweet boy broke down in tears. If I had known how he would react I might have done a better job explaining the activity before we did it. I love that my boys are so tenderhearted towards God's creatures. Sometimes it gets them into trouble because they are often found protecting a daddy long legs from a more rambunctious boy at the park. I wonder what God has in store for these 2 big hearted boys. That is all for this week. See you soon :)

3 comments:

  1. Love those copywork pages! Would you be willing to share?

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  2. Kristina @ SchoolTimeSnippetsNovember 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Love the chalk/ glue turtle! Very cool. Thanks for sharing all that you guys do... nice to see what others are up too, and how you apply the activities!

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  3. Oh your sweet boy....almost had tears flowing down my face with his reaction. I soooo appreciate the forewarning as we head into this science curriculum ourselves.

    Love the sea pictures that both your boys did! We did something a little different to tie in with the "habitat" project with Elemental Science. We had a busy weekend!

    Thank you for your encouragement!

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