Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 18 in Review

Friday, January 17, 2014

We have reached the hump in our school year. Yay! It's always nice reaching the halfway mark, and feeling like spring is closer than it is far away. We've had some pretty cold days here in the Midwest, so any dreams of green returning always helps me endure a cloudy day.

We only have 2 more readings out of Stories of the Pilgrims. A lot of people start tiring of the book by this point. We have enjoyed our readings, but we are definitely ready for a new book. This week we continued reading about the Pilgrim boys Joseph and Isaac and their return home after their Indian captivity. We also read about two Pilgrim children named Mary and Benjamin, and a widow that was very brave to protect the children from some angry men. We are reading Encyclopedia Brown for storytime. Silas and Aedan both really love these stories. They both asked to read more than one chapter, but I'm trying to make the book last.

In History we read about how the children made a special sparkler candle for a party. They put gun powder in a quill and dipped it in tallow to make the candle. This special candle protected widow the children from an angry man named Swansy because it went off, and he thought it was a gun.

Silas drew all the shapes on his candle art. I helped him cut it out because I didn't think he had the motor skills to use my scrapbook cutter. I was able to preserve his sweet little etching even though I helped.

This is Silas's history notebooking page of the week. He has transitioned to cursive in his Pentime penmanship book. I love that he's gaining the confidence to do it on his own. He will be ready to do his work in cursive when HOD starts requiring it in the Preparing guide.

In our history reading we read about how Isaac and Joseph's family sent out a search team to find them. They used dogs to follow the scent of the boys on the trail. Here's my shameless Young Living plug lol! The instructions said to put vanilla, almond or peppermint extract on cotton balls to make a trail. I ended up using lemon and peppermint oil.

Silas smelled the trail scent first to see where his nose should lead them. I put lemon on the first one.

I put drops of lemon oil on the trail he was to follow, but also made a trail of peppermint. He found the right ones and kept going.

The dogs were able to follow the boys' scent until they got to the river. I put the last cotton ball in the water, and Silas could no longer smell the lemon. He thought this was a really fun activity :)

This is his science notebook page for the camouflage activity.

A portion of our history reading mentioned butterflies that flitted into a window. Our science activity was to the opportunity to learn about camouflage. I almost skipped this activity, but I'm so glad I didn't. Silas had so much fun finding all the butterflies I hid throughout the room. I fortunately have a rainbow of tissue paper that made this activity doable. There were many more than I took a picture of here. Silas said that the next time someone comes over he's going to have them find all the butterflies. I love that his little heart delights in these kinds of activities. It makes the effort so worth it.

The butterflies loved our US map as well!

This is is science notebook page for the butterfly activity.

I don't think I've talked much about how we use All About Spelling in addition to HOD dictation level 2. We are almost through Level 3 in AAS. This program does take a little more work than handing them a workbook, but I really feel it's worth the time. Silas almost never spells words wrong, and I attribute that to success to AAS.

This week we learned about the suffix ed. 

We learned about the three sounds it makes. I hope to get mostly through level 4 by the end of the year.

That wraps it up. Tell me about your week!


  1. Funny, those are the exact oils we used for the sniff activity.

  2. How fun to hear that someone else did the same thing! :)

  3. I love the smelling activity! I would have never thought to put it in water like that, thanks for sharing your experiment. I like the butterflies, too.

  4. Darling butterflies! Cute sniffing too :)

  5. Thanks girls :) It was a really fun week! Such simple joys.


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