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....

Heart of Dakota BHFHG - Week 33 in Review

Monday, May 6, 2013

We completed HOD unit 33 in 3 days. We've headed into our final stretch. It was another great unit. This week we learned about how the Panama Canal was built. We had already learned a little about it when we read By the Great Horn Spoon! We also learned a little about Louis Armstrong. 

We're hoping to get Aedan's Elemental Science finished by next week. We've been slacking on getting his experiments done for the past week, but fortunately HOD has had a lot of fun science activities to fill that void. I love being able to add in extra science, but know if I don't HOD will always have something fun to offer each week. We still read all of his science readings.

Our art activity directed us to make a license plate of our own state. Missouri had several different plates to choose from, so the boys each chose a different one.

Our history notebooking page had to do with our readings about the Panama Canal.

It was fun learning about Louis Armstrong. I love this video. This man had such a great smile, and I believe that he really thought that this world was wonderful. He came from such a difficult beginning. I always admire those that still believe there is good in the world when life hasn't always handed everything to them.

The boys reminded me that we had a Louis Armstrong book on our shelf. This is a fun book about a little girl who dreams that she and Louis Armstrong get to sing a scat song about bubble gum together.

The boys wanted to hear Louis Armstrong sing scat for themselves after reading the scat book :)

We finished our realistic fiction book Rascal. We really loved this book. Aedan cried real tears about the ending. It wasn't sad, but it was very bittersweet. He even at bedtime still was thinking about it. I've always loved books that I shed a few tears for. I think he will really remember this one.

We are enjoying our biography about Thomas Edison. He really reminds me so much of my own boys. He was inquisitive, and like my Aedan, was brought home after school wasn't really a good fit. I think I'd like Thomas Edison's mom. She knew her boy wasn't "addled," but incredibly intelligent.

 We read about how Thomas Edison made a mixture that turned into a gas. He had his friend drink it to see if it would make him fly. They boys got a good laugh out of that story. Our experiment was to see what happened when we first poured baking soda into water: nothing of course. Then we poured baking soda into vinegar. I love seeing the boys faces in these picture. These simple experiments are always so fun :)

Our next experiment asked the question: What is a chemical reaction? We were to mix water, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon. It was supposed to be a sweet fizzy drink.

Aedan was very unsure of this one, but Silas was all for trying it. I have to admit this one got a thumbs down even from me, but it was still fun. Silas though it tasted pretty good, but what 7 year old boy doesn't think 3 T. of sugar tastes good. It was way too sweet. I think I'd cut down the sugar, add more lemon, and omit the cinnamon. That wraps up another unit. One more to go!

Heart of Dakota - BHFHG Week 32 in Review

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

This is the part of the year that I turn into a really mean mom...well not really. I am attempting, however, to squish the final 3 weeks of school into 2 weeks. We are planning a trip to Colorado in 2 1/2 weeks, and I'd really (really) love to be done with school before we leave. We completed HOD Bigger Unit 32 in 3 days. I didn't tell the boys that we were doubling up. They didn't seem to notice fortunately :) We are getting close to finishing R&S English and spelling for both boys. We're also nearing a strong finish in math.

This was our final unit with the Wright brothers. We learned last week how no one in the world didn't believe they had actually flown. This week we read how the brothers' work was finally received, and this time by kings from many countries. Our character trait was patience. The Wright brother's patience finally paid off when they were allowed to demonstrate their airplane for the King of France.

Our art project this week was to make the King Richard I coat of arms. This was to help us remember that the Wright brothers were treated like royalty when they went to Europe.

The art project directed us to draw and cut out three lions like the coat of arms above. We chose to just do one.

We learned about the four forces that keep an airplane in the air: Lift, drag, thrust and gravity. This activity demonstrated lift.

The boys rubbed their hands together to demonstrate drag and friction.

 The activity on the left demonstrated gravity. Both toys fell to the ground at the same time. On the right we demonstrated thrust by propelling the toy car forward.

 There are tons of videos of the Wright Brothers in flight on YouTube.

 These videos help the boys to realize that these events really happens in the lives of the people we are studying.

We read a story about Thomas Edison riding a steam engine. We learned how matter can be a liquid, gas or a solid. We demonstrated that gas particles are very far apart. The particles in cold water move more slowly than in hot water.

We put food coloring in cold water, and in hot water. The food coloring moved more quickly in the hot water.

 The boys always have so much fun with these little experiments.

We read about Thomas Edison's first day at school. A metal stove warmed his school room. We learned that stoves were often made of metal because metal is a better heat conductor. The metal spoon in the hot water was warm to the touch, and the wood spoon was room temperature under the same circumstances.

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We made different variations of our potato clock from last week. We tried it with pretty much every fruit we could find. Lemons worked the best, and gave the strongest signal.

 Tomatoes and apples worked beautifully as well.

We were starting to believe anything would work until the grapes failed us. We laughed and laughed at our attempt to draw electricity from these two puny grapes :)

We continued our constellation study in ES Earth/Space. We shone light through each slide to see what each constellation looked like in the night sky.

We read about satellites, telescopes and space probes. We did an experiment to show how a telescope gathers light.

The best telescopes are able to gather large amounts of light, so that we can see even the most dim of stars. That wraps it up. We'll see if I can keep up this schedule, and finish the year on time :)
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