Archive for October, 2013

Fall Tree Craft


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

 We have been doing a mini leaf unit and have had some fun art projects along with it.  Here is one that I think turned out really cute:

Fall Tree Craft

First Hailey and Hunter glued a tree that I cut out onto some construction paper.

Fall Tree Craft

Then, using leaves we had just collected from our backyard, they painted leaves onto their trees.

Fall Tree Craft

They both really enjoyed painting with leaves.

Fall Tree Craft

The finished fall tree craft.

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Fall Tree Handprint Craft


This was a simple and cute fall craft that Hailey and Hunter both enjoyed.

Fall Tree Craft

First I traced their hand and arm.  Then they colored it brown to look like a tree.

Fall Tree Craft

Then they added torn up tissue paper for leaves and grass.

Fall Tree Craft

Very simple and cute.

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Columbus Day Activities


We did a little one day mini unit about Columbus Day and what it is all about.  We started out by watching a video about Columbus on BrainPOP.  We also played a game and took the quiz on BrainPOP.

Then we made a mini book that I found at Royal Baloo and a couple other free printables from the Columbus Unit she created.

After we finished talking about Columbus and what he did, we made a map to show where he went, using an idea I saw at 2nd Grade Shenanigans.

Columbus Day Map

I drew this (I am clearly not an artist!) on a paper bag and then Rich burned the edges for me to make it look like an old map.

Columbus Day Map

Hailey and Hunter painted their maps.

Columbus Day Map

Completed maps

Columbus Day Map

Hailey and Hunter gluing together a boat for Columbus Day, using an idea I saw at A Cupcake for the Teacher.

Columbus Day Map

Completed Columbus boats.  Hailey drew a picture of Columbus in one of the windows on her boat.

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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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