HOD - Resurrection to Reformation Printable Science Notebook Pages

Thursday, May 29, 2014

We're thoroughly enjoying our summer break over here at Monarch Room. I've been able to take the boys on lots of fun outings so far, and spend much needed time with friends. Our pool doesn't open until next week, so I've been taking some of the free time I have to work on planning school for next year. There have been so many generous moms out there who have shared free homeschool helps that they have made. I'm so incredibly thankful for all that is out there for us to use and share with one another. I thought I'd share something I made too! This year Aedan will be using Heart of Dakota Resurrection to Reformation.

 There is a beautiful history notebook that you can purchase directly from HOD. There isn't a science notebook to purchase, so I thought I'd make one for this guide. I thought this would take me way longer than it did. Once I got going, it was easier than I thought it would be. This isn't a necessary piece to the curriculum, but I do think it will make following the instructions in the guide easier for my guy. Yes, yes...I realize all that color ink costs more than we would like. I buy refurbished cartridges for a third of the price on eBay. Sometimes you get a bum one, but they will always send a replacement. It saves this color loving girl a bundle!

Find the link to these FREE printable pages HERE.

Day 1 in each unit has a portion of scripture to copy along with a notebooking activity.

Every day 2 or 3 in each unit has a written narration page.

 Every other week on day 3 of each week there is vocabulary work. The instructions say to look up the word, and write the definition. I added a place to draw a picture for my little artist. I didn't make pages for when we get to Exploring Planet Earth. There are already pages made for that book on the HOD RtR Facebook group that will work beautifully for that. Who knows though? I may get a wild hair to edit this notebook and add those pages too!

 Each week has an experiment on Day 4. There is a science experiment page you can copy out of the guide, but I went ahead and made one for each week with the question already typed in.

 Aedan's notebook for next year is coming along. I still haven't added the tabs, but I'd say we're almost done. I still have a master schedule to make, but I'm not ready to deal with all that rigamarole! Hope this helps some of you!

HOD Creation to Christ - CtC Week 35 in Review

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Welcome to our Creation to Christ Unit 35 week in review. I am writing this on Aedan's very last day of 5th grade. I gotta tell you ladies (and gentlemen if there are any of you out there) that ending the year is almost more of a tear-jerker than beginning one. My boy will officially be a middle-schooler next year. I don't know if that counts when you're a homeschooler, but I sure can see that my little boy is growing into a young man. Oh no...more tears! I was just telling a friend today that it's a good idea to look back on pictures of when your big kids were still little kids. Sometimes we think they should act older, be more mature, or always know the right thing to do, but they're still in training. We are all still in training for our whole lives in fact. I know I still have SO much to learn about life. When I look at my big boy who's almost eye to eye with me I have to remember the great responsibility that is still before me. To make Jesus' name known in my family and in my life is my life's goal. Will I have done what it takes in this child's life to ensure he will do the same when he steps into his own adult shoes? I pray God will have given me the grace to give it my very best shot. I'm so humbled and honored that God has chosen me for this task...the best job on earth. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

This week we end our studies in Acts 21-28. With all the hype about Common Core buzzing around on Facebook, I'm so thankful for the opportunity that is still my freedom...to educate my own children. I sure hope that Aedan has internalized many of the biblical hopes he has read this year in all his studies. There has been much opportunity to discuss how what we believe about the Bible, about God's creation, and about His Son. I'm so thankful to have found a God-centered curriculum from which to draw so many truths. 

This week's history project was to make a wordless book with which to share the Gospel. I didn't end up getting a picture, but we did do it :) It was the same thing as those bracelets with the gold, white, black, red and green beads. We dug out all of Aedan's watercolor pictures of the year. He couldn't believe he had painted so many. My two faves are the autumn tree and the mountain in front.

 This is our final notebooking page of the year.

 Aedan added his timeline entries: Nero becomes Emperor of Rome, Peter and Paul Killed, Christians Persecuted, and Rome and Titus destroy Jerusalem.

 Aedan's copywork was about Paul being persecuted.

 He chose to write his written narration about Paul being bitten by the viper, and how he didn't die.

THE END of a long, but wonderful journey through Creation to Christ :)

 Aedan completed his memorization of Philippians 2. The CD's really helped him and me (and Silas too for the record) to memorize the whole thing.

He added his final entry to his Travel Log for geography.

We completed our studies about the human body. There weren't really experiments this week. They were more like activities to illustrate how our ears and eyes worked. Nothing picture worthy.

And here is where we part for the year. I'm sure I'll pop in eventually. I need a few good weeks of just hanging out. I still can't believe I'm actually done with the whole year! My husband wasn't sure this whole homeschool experiment wasn't just one of my hobsessions, so every year I finish I take a sigh of relief. I really, actually did it. Hooray!

Heart of Dakota Beyond - BLHFHG - Week 34 in Review

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Welcome to our HOD Beyond Unit 34 Week in Review! Here we are at the end of our school year, and I write with a bit of a lump in my throat. This morning I looked over some of my old Facebook albums and saw how much my boys have grown. I can't believe that Silas will be in 3rd grade next year! While I love that we are done and ready for summer break, I understand that means my boys are now one year older after our hard work. It has been a great year. I'm so glad I chose to do Beyond this year. It gave Silas the chance to still be a little boy. Tears.

In our final unit we studied the life of the great Abraham Lincoln. We learned about how he played a big part in the decision to build the Transcontinental Railroad. We  learned about how Chinese and Irish immigrants built the railroad from the Missouri River to San Francisco, CA and what hard and dangerous work it was to build. We will still have a few loose ends to tie next week, but this will be our final update for 2nd grade. Aedan has one more unit in CtC, so Silas will complete the rest of his other work during that time. I will be back to update you on our curriculum choices for next year, but for now I look forward to long, lazy summer days

We read Philippians 3:12-4:1 and were reminded that we should be prepared when Christ will return. For our art activity we painted clouds to remind us of our home that is waiting for us in heaven.

Instead of using regular paint we made paint by mixing evaporated milk and food coloring.

The boys love anything that involves coloring something with food dye. I think we finally have run out of our bottles that I've had since Silas was in Kindergarten!

Silas enjoyed mixing his colors.

You can't tell from the pictures, but the milk made beautiful iridescent paint. We almost used regular paint, but I'm glad we didn't. Last painting for my 2nd grader. More tears!

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

In geography we learned about how far the Transcontinental Railroad stretched. We also learned about when different parts of the country were acquired.

  I love the d'Aulaire books, so we added this one to our history reading for the week.

We added our final timeline entry.

We finished our final storytime of the year. This was a great book. I'm sad to be selling it! I may have to re-buy it :)

In history we read about an Irish boy named Mike that was the water boy for the railway crews. The  drinking water was often warm.

We learned that the food coloring moved around and mixed more quickly in warm water. The boys thought this picture was really funny because their heads are so misshapen :)

This is Silas's science notebooking page for the above activity.

In history we read how the Chinese railway workers had to blast through the mountains to be able to build their railway. Our science activity was to make an edible model of the earth. This is NOT a nutritious snack, but my kids think eating their projects is the best part of homeschool! Silas crushed the upper crust of the earth (graham crackers.)

I didn't have pudding, but I did have marshmallows that I melted in a pan with butter to represent the hot core of the earth. Silas added chocolate chips to represent Earth's rocky layer.

The chocolate chips and marshmallows melted into a gooey s'mores in a cup. We topped the whole thing off with the our graham cracker crust. The kids thought this was terribly kind of me :) And the crowd goes wild!

We read about different kinds of rocks. Fortunately I have a rock collection in my homeschool science hoard I can whip out when needed.

We studied sedimentary rocks with our magnifying glass.

We did the same with our sedimentary rocks.

Lastly, we studied our igneous rocks.

This is Silas's science notebooking page for the above activity.
Our poem of the week was "Try Again." I thought this was an encouraging poem. Silas enjoyed it :) We turned it into a little song.

Our memory verse was Philippians 3:13-14. This was a great scripture to end our year.

Our seeds we planted for Elemental Science are coming up nicely. I hope they grow into beautiful plants we can enjoy this year :) Sadly I must bring our studies in Beyond to a close. Thank you all who have followed our studies this year, and have encouraged us along the way. We are so thankful, and humbled to be able to walk along side you on our journey.

HOD Creation to Christ - CtC Week 34 in Review

Welcome to our Creation to Christ Unit 34 week in review. As I said in our unit 33 post, we've been doubling up this week. This week we our history readings were out of Acts 13-20. I'm glad we invested in The Illustrated Family Bible. I think this Bible has added some life to Aedan's readings.While we could have read everything out of his personal Bible, Aedan is such a visual kid. I think him seeing the Bible in pictures, and illustrating it himself will help him remember the stories all the more.

This unit didn't have as many photo ops. We're done with our watercolors, so I will write first about science. Aedan read about our digestive system and about how our eyes work. His experiment this week was to learn how the lens of our eye helps us to see. We flashed a flashlight on the wall, and then held up a bag of water to show how the focal point changes. Yes that is the back of my kid's head who is in desperate need of a haircut. You know you're thinking it. I know I would be :) Maybe after I get through next week I'll stop neglecting my child. Maybe.

He then held up the bag to his eye to illustrate that our eye has a flexible lens.

This is his science notebooking page. His picture cracks me up :)

This is his science copywork of the week.

Aedan answered questions about his science reading.

He followed directions in Draw and Write through History and drew a gladiator. Aedan is such a good little artist on his own. Following directions has been a good practice for him out of this book.

Aedan added his timeline entries: Paul's First Missionary Journey with Barnabus, Paul's Second Missionary Journey with Silas, and Paul's Third Missionary Journey to Ephesus. Aedan read the implied (solo) and left it blank. He's so clever this kid! I would love him to illustrate a Bible from his perspective. I bet every kid would want to read it :)

His copywork was about Paul and Silas in the Prison, and how when they were singing praises to God that the jail opened up. He illustrated the jailer wanting to end his life, and then changing his mind when his prisoners decided to not escape after all.

Aedan read about how Paul was able to do many miracles in Jesus name, and how other's tried to do it without the authority of Christ. He read about how people used to cut off Paul's robe, so they would be healed. "Well, there goes my new robe!"

Unit 34 box 6 didn't have any instructions anywhere in the book. It is apparently a misprint. I found something out of Draw and Write Through History for Aedan to copy. One.more.week! See you then!
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