Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 20 in Review

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Welcome to our review of week 20! This week we learned about what it was like to go to school in Colonial America. Silas seems even more engaged in the readings of Boys and Girls of Colonial Times. I love that the books this year focus on what it was like for children to live in the period in which we are studying.

This week we read about what it what like in the atmosphere of a Colonial schoolroom. The kids were horrified that any child would have to sit in a corner of the room with a dunce cap on. They said they are thankful for homeschool :) We read about a boy named Percival who was doing his best to study so he could win the Red Ribbon award for his hard work and good behavior. His mother really wanted him to win, so he tried his best. On his way home he encountered an Indian chief that planned to kidnap him. Percival thought quick and saved himself and his companion by offering the Indian his red ribbon. Silas enjoyed making one for himself :) Silas often asks me what grade he got in school today. I always say A++++++++++! I love grading their spelling tests with 6798%. I can do that because I'm the teacher. They love when I draw silly pictures on their spelling tests. I really do have my dream job. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!

This is Silas's history notebooking page of the week.

As Percival was walking home from school the sun was setting. In science we learned how as the sun sets the colors we can see change. We added a drop of milk to a glass of water.

Next we held up a flashlight and shone it through the milky water. We saw different colors from the light that came through the glass onto the wall.

I love Silas's illustration of his surprise when he saw the light :)

Percival told his friend Deliverance that they needed to run like rabbits away from the danger that they just escaped. We demonstrated how some animals move. We jumped like a kangaroo to see how far Silas could jump.

Next we twitched our ears like rabbits.

Then we flapped our arms like a hummingbird to see how many flaps we could do in 10 seconds. I think Silas did 20. A hummingbird can flap its wings 700 times in the same time frame!

Silas illustrated the above activities.

Silas has transitioned to cursive in Pentime 2. I think his handwriting is developing beautifully! Such a huge improvement over last year.

This week we wrapped up our study of animals in Elemental Science. We read about insects, butterflies, ants and termites. Silas colored a little butterfly paper airplane.

He tested it out to see how butterflies glide through the air. See you next week!


  1. I love seeing what is ahead next week! Its a really nice visual. We played a lot of activity catch up from our rowing weeks, but we are close to being back on track and just praying for the flu bug to stay away.

    Thank you for being a dear friend!

  2. Hi! This is my first time exploring your blog! My friend told me about it yesterday. This is our second year doing HOD and we love it. In fact, my little girl is doing Beyond as well and are pretty much on the same schedule. I have a quick question for you. Where do you get your history notebooking sheets and your Science Exploration sheets from? I would love to start this with my daughter for the second half of our school year. I am excited about following your blog!

  3. Hi Amanda :) Thanks so much for visiting! The pages you are looking for are in the file section on the HOD Beyond page. Are you on there?


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