Archive for September, 2013

Heart of Dakota- BLHFHG Unit 3

30
Sep

We just finished our 3rd unit of Beyond and I feel like we’re getting into a good routine.  I am really enjoying Heart of Dakota and I like learning right along side of Hailey.

History:

This week we learned about the Brewster family who ran an inn in Scrooby, England.  The Brewster family had church meetings at their home because many of the people in Scrooby did not want to worship the way King James wanted them to.  King James ordered the people to worship at his church and sent soldiers to find out where people were having church.  When they were caught, the men were sent to jail.  At the end of the week we read about the people making secret plans to leave England and move to Holland.

Heart of Dakota BLHFHG Unit 3

Hailey made this picture of a stone wall to represent the Brewster’s inn, which at one time was a palace.

One of our favorite history activities was playing a game to see if Hailey would worship the way King James wanted or if she would end up in jail.  I didn’t take any pictures of the game, but it was fun and Hailey ended up in jail.

Geography:

We are using Road Trip USA to learn all about the states.  We learned about our first state this week- Connecticut.

Road Trip USA

We read about Connecticut in the National Geographic US Atlas.  To start teaching some mapping skills, I had Hailey look up the capital of Connecticut (Hartford) in the index.  Then she used the grid to find it on the map.  She thought it was really neat and wanted to try finding other locations too.

Robin Craft

Since the robin is the state bird for Connecticut, we made a cute a Robin Craft- you can see the finished craft here.

Road Trip USA

Hailey added Connecticut to our US map.

Road Trip USA

Hailey designed a postcard for Connecticut.

Road Trip USA

Hunter and Hailey tried clam chowder for lunch.  Hailey said she liked it, but then after a few bites asked for some chicken nuggets.  Hunter ate most of his, but he’ll eat pretty much anything :-)

Language Arts:

I am not loving the curriculum we are using for Language Arts.  I am going to try to keep using parts of it, but I’m also starting to do a bit of my own thing too.

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I had Hailey sort sticky notes onto either “sentence” or “phrase” to practice what makes a sentence.

I looked over the remainder of unit 1 in Rod and Staff Preparing to Build English 2 and made up a test for Hailey that covered all of the material in that unit.  She did very well on the test, so I decided we are done with unit 1.  She has been asking to write a story, so I decided that would be good practice for what we were working on in unit 1.  She filled out a brainstorming paper and then wrote a rough draft.  We worked together on fixing her rough draft and she started working on her final copy.  She will finish it up this week.

Science:

Heart of Dakota BLHFHG Unit 3

We pretended that these 2 plates were flowers.  I crushed up some Cheetos and put them in the middle of one of the plates to represent pollen.  Hailey and Hunter pretended to be bees landing on one flower, and then carrying the pollen to the other flower.  Hailey learned how flowers need bees for pollination.

We also did a science experiment with light- I hung up a piece of black paper and a piece of white paper in a dark room and then we shined a flashlight on them to see the difference.  Since white reflects light, that paper was much brighter than the black paper because black absorbs light.

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Hailey filled out her science notebooking paper about the light experiment.  She thinks it’s great when she can do her work on the floor instead of at her desk :-)

Bible:

Heart of Dakota BLHFHG Unit 3

Hailey and Hunter loved doing toe-touches in between saying their Bible verse.

Music:

Heart of Dakota BLHFHG Unit 3

We are really enjoying the Hide ‘Em In Your Heart CD.  Hunter always asks to have the music on and wants everyone to dance.

Unit Study:

We finished up our Apple Unit Study this week.  I am going to post more about it this week and show more of what we did and the lapbook that Hailey made.

Apple Experiment

We did a science experiment with apples.

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Hailey made an apple and labeled the parts of it, which we put in her lapbook.

Art:

Apple Core Craft

Hailey and Hunter made this Apple Core Craft together.

Apple Tree Craft

We did this cute Apple Tree Activity.  I love how these turned out.

Johnny Appleseed

We did some fun activities for Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, and I will post more about those this week.

Apple Basket Craft

We also made a basket of apples, which turned out cute and I will post it this week.

We had a really good week and I am looking forward to unit 4!

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Tot School

29
Sep

Tot School

Hunter is 21 months old.

We had another fun week at Tot School!  I finally feel like I’m getting into a routine with homeschooling Hailey, so the activities I did with Hunter this week were a bit more purposeful than they have been in the last few weeks.

Tot School

Hunter made this cute “A is for Alligator” that I found at Totally Tots.  Hailey loves to work with Hunter and help him, and of course he loves to have her help.

Tot School

A is for Alligator.

Tot School

Hunter is also learning the color red and circles, so he had fun stamping red circles.

Tot School

Hunter loves the printables from the Zoomin Movin Alphabet.  This week he seemed to understand that he can stamp the do-a-dot marker onto the circles on the paper.

Tot School

Hunter and Hailey doing some toe-touches while working on their memory verse.

Tot School

Having fun dancing.

Tot School

Hunter made this apple parts craft that went in his Apple Totbook, which I will be sharing sometime this week.

Tot School

We also learned all about Johnny Appleseed this week and made a cute craft about him, which I will also share this week.

Tot School

Hunter loved pretending to be Johnny Appleseed and wearing a pot on his head.

Tot School

Hailey and Hunter watched a short movie (about 17 minutes) about Johnny Appleseed on YouTube.

Tot School

Hunter made an apple basket craft, which I will also share this week.

Apple Tree Craft

This Apple Tree Activity turned out super cute!

Apple Core Craft

Hunter enjoyed making this Apple Core Craft with Hailey.

Tot School

We are using Road Trip USA for Hailey’s geography curriculum and we made a Robin Craft this week, to go along with Connecticut.  Hunter loves doing everything that Hailey does :-)

Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.

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Bee Crafty Kids- Robin Craft

27
Sep

Welcome back to the Bee Crafty Kids link up that I am co-hosting with To The Moon and Back Look! We’re Learning and Monster’s Ed Homeschooling Academy.

We are using Road Trip USA this year to learn about United States geography.  The first state we studied was Connecticut.  The state bird for Connecticut is a robin, so I decided we should make a robin.

Robin Craft

First, Hailey and Hunter glued a branch shaped paper onto the blue construction paper.

Robin Craft

I cut up little pieces of brown construction paper and then crumpled it all up to look like a nest.  They glued the nests onto the branch.

Then they added the robin and some blue eggs.

Robin Craft

Our completed robins.

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Apple Core Craft

25
Sep

Here is another simple, but cute apple craft:

Apple Core Craft

You’ll need a paper plate. red paint, green, brown and black construction paper.

Apple Core Craft

When we went to start the activity I realized I only had one paper plate left, so Hailey and Hunter had to work together.  First, they painted the ends of the paper plate.

Apple Core Craft

Next they added some seeds.

Apple Core Craft

Then Hailey added the stem and leaves.

Apple Core Craft

Cute apple core :-)

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