Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 30 in Review

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Welcome to our Beyond Unit 30 week in review! I think I am finally caught up. I was 3 weeks behind on posts, but I finally had the chance to catch up! This week we continued to learn about the Pioneers and how they traveled west by covered wagon. We crossed many of the rivers mentioned on our trip to Florida. It was cool to show Silas that we were covering much of the same ground as the Pioneers.

We read about how the pioneers who traveled west by covered wagon did so in long trains of wagons. We read about how some of them were lost in the mountains, and how kind native Americans helped them find the trail again. Silas ripped different colored sheets of papers to represent the mountains the pioneers traveled through.

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

For geography we learned about the two longest rivers in the United States; the Mississippi and the Missouri. We are very familiar with the Missouri as we live only 20 minutes from it. As we traveled to Florida we went through St. Louis and saw the Gateway to the West or the St. Louis Arch. We also went over the Mississippi and saw how wide it was. We also went over the Ohio river as well which we learned about last unit.

Silas added new entries to his timeline.

In science we read about Bison. Our science activity was to make a masking tape buffalo to show just how big these majestic creatures are! Silas was amazed. We do have a place near us that has buffalo. I'll have to take him there soon.

Silas thought it was cool that no matter what way he lay that the buffalo still could fit him.

This was his science notebooking page for the above activity.

We read about how the travelers happened upon a broken down wagon where they found a baby. We read that vultures were circling the broken wagon.

For science we read about how vultures glide on air. We made 2 gliders.

Silas huffed and he puffed.

He was able to easily get his birds into the air.

He got pretty good at it!

This was his science notebooking page for the above activity.

Our poem of the week was "Written in March." I'm so thankful that I'm writing this at the end of April! On to the final stretch! See you next week :)

HOD Creation to Christ - CtC Week 30 in Review

Welcome to our Creation to Christ Unit 30 in Review! This week our history readings were out of John 10-13. I'm feeling the final stretch! I plan to do 2 units a week for 2 weeks to get us to the finish line soon. We'll see if I come out of this alive!

Our poem this week was "The Runaway" by Robert Frost.

Aedan painted a snowy scene with hills.

He added his timeline entries:Tiberius Caesar is Emperor of Rome and Jesus' Ministry.

Aedan chose to write about Lazarus being raised from the dead for his copywork.

He wrote about Peter's denial of Christ for his written narration.

Aedan copied John 11:25 in his notebook.

Our history activity of the week was to make a mezuzah case.

Aedan copied Deuteronomy 6:4-9 to add to his case.

Aedan enjoyed making this. He even added a Young Living ad! My biggest fan :) We watched a video to learn about our science topic. I didn't have it in me this week. That's all for now. See you soon!

HOD Creation to Christ - CtC Week 29 in Review

Welcome to our Unit 29 Creation to Christ week in review. This week our history readings were out of John 6-9. We started this week right before we took our trip to Florida, and completed the final day when we got back. We were so exhausted, but I found a way to get back to school. I hope to share our trip photos soon!

This week's poem was "An Encounter" by Robert Frost.

Aedan painted a roadside scene with telephone poles. The instructions didn't include adding the wires, or if it did we missed it. I wish we would have added some.

Aedan added his timeline entries: Jesus begins his ministry, Jesus chooses the twelve disciples, and Jesus feeds 5000.

Aedan's copywork was about how they all whispered about Jesus and whether he was the Messiah or not.

Aedan wrote about the healing of the blind man in John 9 for his written narration. My kid and his illustrations. Give a boy a story about spit, and see what he does with it!

Aedan copied John 8:57-58 in his notebook.

Our history activity of the week was to paint a stormy scene like that in John 6:16-19. We also made an origami boat like the one in the passage.

I saw this cute activity on how to make the 12 disciples. I thought these would look cute in the boat.

Aedan added the disciples and boat to his painting, and added his Matthew 14:27, 33 copywork.

Aedan added more places to his Saudi Arabia Travel Log for Geography.

I released myself from the complicated science experiment. My brain was fried after driving 1400 miles. Did any of you actually do this activity? My verbal instruction impairment wouldn't allow it! See you next week!

Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 29 in Review

Oh my word. I'm so behind on posts! I'm three weeks behind, and am attempting to do 6 posts. This post is our Unit 29 Beyond week in Review. This week we followed the Pioneers as they moved further west. We read about the O'Neil family and how the many forms of transportation they used to reach their destination.

We read about how students in Pioneer schools learned. We read about how instead of paper books they used horn books to practice their letters and numbers. We used a sheet protector to cover the writing, and Silas was able to write over them with a dry erase marker and erase them.

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

We read about how Mrs. O'Neil grew up in Boston, MA.

After she married she moved to Connecticut.

After that the family moved to New York by stagecoach.

They then moved to Pennsylvania and traveled by oxcart.

Next they traveled down the Ohio River to reach their final destination.

They ended up in Indiana.

The O'Neils traveled on a flatboat down the Ohio River by night. For science we were supposed to take bites out of a circular food to make the phases of the moon. I've seen this activity on Pinterest, but it was trickier than I thought. It took me forever to get 8 cookies with the cream still in tact.

Silas thought this was a mighty tasty science experiment!

This was Silas's science notebooking page for the above activity. I somehow failed to get a picture of our other science activity. Ahh well. Can't win em' all!

Our poem was "The Planting of the Apple Tree." We read about how a man named Johnny Appleseed gave the children apple seeds to plant. I wish I had gotten a picture book of this famous fellow. That wraps it up!

HOD Creation to Christ - CtC Week 28 in Review

Welcome to our Creation to Christ Unit 28 in review! Last week we ended our book about ancient life in Rome. For the last 6 weeks of school we will read John and Acts from the Bible. It's such a great way to wrap up our study from this year. We began in Genesis, and will end with the resurrection of Christ. Aedan has learned SO much about the Bible this year, and how it runs alongside history. He would never have had the opportunity to study like this otherwise. I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to learn with him!

This week our poem of the week was "The Vantage Point."

Aedan painted an evening landscape. These paintings have been such a treasure!

Aedan added his timeline entries: Octavius becomes Augustus Caesar, Jesus born in Bethlehem, and Tiberius Caesar becomes emperor of Rome.

Aedan chose to write about Jesus turning water into wine for his copywork. Yes that says, "Bob's GMO free water...No Chemicals." Only my kid!

Aedan wrote about the healing of the lame man for his written narration.

Our history project was to make a disciple disk. As you turn it each of the twelve disciples is revealed.

Aedan filled out more locations on his map of Saudi Arabia.

I chose to skip the experiment and instead read about what keeps germs from spreading.

The reason I skipped it was because it required me to let an apple rot. See up in the right hand corner of Aedan's sheet? It says Fruit Fly Crisis of 2013. I'm not kidding you. It really was that! I had fruit flies throughout the whole house from one dumb rotten apple. Never again! Fortunately a friend gave me some kombucha. That stuff is not only good for you, but it makes the best fly trap ever!

Anyway, I digress. Aedan read about how doctors used to be proud of how bloody their coats would get, and they couldn't figure out why everyone kept getting sick. That's why his science sheet looks like a horror film. It's a doctor holding a cute baby in a bloody coat. My child. Sigh...One to next week!
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