Heart of Dakota- BLHFHG Unit 4

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of October! The school year is going by so fast. Here is a review of what we did during unit 4.


I have changed a lot of our calendar notebook in the last week or so.  It was taking so long to get through everything, and a lot of it was just a repeat of what we did together during on our calendar board.  So, I have taken a lot out of the notebook.  One of the things I plan to continue though is the daily drawings.  Hailey enjoys doing them and I can already see an improvement since last month in her pictures.


We read about the Pilgrims and how they left their homes in England to try to find religious freedom in Holland.

We learned about how different everything looked when the Pilgrims arrived in Holland.  Many of the streets were canals rather than roads.  We looked online to see pictures of what it looks like and it was really neat to see!


We learned about how dikes work by making this little model.  We put Model Magic down the middle a plastic container to represent the dike.  On one side was some water and on the other were the houses.


Then I made a hole in the dike and Hailey had to yell “ding, ding” like she was ringing a bell, as the people did back then.  Then she had to quickly repair the wall before the houses were flooded.  She loved it!


We talked more about what the city looked like and how there were a lot of windmills.  I saw this cute craft on Homeschool Survival, so Hailey and Hunter both made a windmill.


We are using Road Trip USA to learn all about the states.  We learned about Delaware this week.

Road Trip USA

We learned about the Delaware Memorial Bridge that links Delaware and New Jersey and then made a model of the bridge.  Hunter and Hailey painted some cardboard blue to represent the water.


Next we put together some popsicle sticks.


Here is our completed Delaware Memorial Bridge.


Hailey added some animals to our USA Animals wall.

Road Trip USA

Hunter likes to do everything that Hailey does, so he added a fish for us.


We are also using Which Way USA by Highlights, so Hailey did some work in her magazine and learned more about Delaware.

Language Arts:


Hailey did some copywork using her poem for the week.


Hailey is working on a story, using the rules about sentences that we were studying/reviewing.  She has finished writing the story and is now working on her illustrations.

We finished reading Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson.  Hailey is working on a book report, but isn’t quite finished yet, so I’ll be posting that next week.  Here are a few activities we did about Helen Keller:


Hailey tried doing some writing and drawing while blindfolded to see what it would be like to try to write as a blind person.


We used glue to make Hailey and Hunter’s names in braille.


Once the glue was dry it left little raised bump that felt like braille.


We went to the Great Wolf Lodge for Hailey’s birthday and while we were there we noticed some braille.  Hailey was seeing what the braille on our room number felt like.



Hailey learned a little about fractions, and what 1/2 and 1/4 look like.


She did some coloring to practice what 1/2 and 1/4 of a circle looks like.


We did a couple of experiments in science this week.


Hailey held several different items up to the window to see if the sun would shine through or be blocked.  We used aluminum foil, construction paper, saran wrap, wax paper, and lots more!  Hailey tried all sorts of things that she found around the room to see what would happen.


She completed her science notebooking page about the experiment.


We also did an experiment to see how many drops of water we could get on top of a penny before the tension would break and the water would spill off.  We were surprised that it took 19 drops!


We tried it using other coins too.  It took 15 drops with a dime, 32 with a nickle and 30 with a quarter.  I don’t know why the nickle could hold more water than a quarter, but we tried it twice and got the same result.

Unit Study:

Fall Tree Craft

We started a unit study about leaves and Hailey is working on a fall tree craft here.

It was another great week and each day we get up excited to start our school day!  I hope that continues!!

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3 comments on “Heart of Dakota- BLHFHG Unit 4

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your weeks with Beyond. We are thinking of using it and I just can’t seem to decide. It looks like you are having a lot of fun. Do you enjoy the history books and read alouds? I love your crafts! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Samantha on said:

    Where did you get the pictures for your timeline? Starting to plan for the upcoming s.y. And love how neat and clean the pictures look.

  3. We are in our first year of HOD and homeschooling and your blog gave me some amazing ideas for our next Unit! Thank you!! 🙂

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