Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 22 in Review

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Like I mentioned in Aedan's post, we are enjoying a much needed week off of school. I love that we can schedule school and take a whole week off instead of the day off here and the half day off there like we had in public school. I've been swimming in piles of books this week because we had our box day on Monday. I plan to take a picture of those piles as a preview of what we'll be doing next year. I still have a few more things to purchase, but for the most part I'm done with buying. It's so fun to see what we'll be learning next year. First I have to get through this year though right!?

This week we read about Colonial Times and spent a little time with Benjamin Franklin. He really did sound like such an interesting man. I know many of our stories of our founding fathers are legends, but there has to be a seed of truth in many of them. One thing is for certain, Franklin was a brilliant man. Sometimes I hear my boys rattling off the things they know and what they've learned. I am so thankful for the opportunity to homeschool them. Both have such a love of learning. I'm so excited to see what God will do with these two brilliant little boys.

This week we read about a coppersmith named Deacon Brown. He made his living fixing all things metal, but was also a master craftsman. The children used to like to look in his window to see what he was working on. We read about how he made a beautiful copper grasshopper. Silas made a representation of Faneuil Hall. I thought he did such a beautiful job!

We also read about Peter Faneuil who was a very wealthy man from Boston. He wanted to dedicate a town hall to the city of Boston. We learned about how Samuel Adams as a child used to admire Deacon Drowne's work. He voted that Deacon Drowne's grasshopper be placed on top of Faneuil Hall as a weather vain.

That same grasshopper is still there today!

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

This week we read the d'Aulaire Benjamin Franklin book. I love how this book had a quote from Poor Richard's Almanac on each page. Silas loved hearing the explanation of each one. For instance, "At a working mans house hunger looks in, but dares not enter." I loved how beautifully these books are illustrated.

Silas entered Faneuil Hall and Benjamin Franklin to his timeline.

In science we read about grasshoppers and insects. I love how HOD's science ties in with the history lesson!

We made grasshoppers out of peanut butter, honey and powdered sugar. Aedan even made one! Of course they had to see how their PB grasshopper tasted too!

Silas's science activity sheet for the grasshopper is on the left. In science we also read about how Benjamin Franklin invented the lightening rod. I didn't take a picture of our other activity. We learned that we see lightening before we hear it, and about how light travels faster than sound. We sat in a dark room and Silas flashed a flashlight off an on to represent lightening. I represented thunder and sound a few seconds later with banging on pots and making a lot of noise! I love his picture of me being thunder. Ha!

Our memory verse was 2 Corinthians 9:7. That wraps it up. See you next week!


  1. I hope that you enjoyed your week off! Looks like we will be on the same week next week :)

    Your grasshopper is darling!

  2. I love that someone out there in the world is doing the same thing during school as we are :) I wish you were ahead of me, so I could gather all your great ideas beforehand. Maybe next year when we do ECC together!


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