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This post is actually about what we worked on the week before our Christmas vacation and I am finally getting around to posting it. We had a wonderful break and it was so nice to relax and just do a whole lot of nothing! So, here is what we did the week before break:
Hailey did some mapping practice by drawing a key and then following my directions about where to add various things to her map.
We have been learning about Pilgrims and Indians. This week we learned how Indians would write stories by drawing pictures in a circle. Hailey drew her own story, telling the story of how a seed grows into a flower.
In science we talked about how germs are spread and why so many of the Pilgrims died during their first winter here. We did a little experiment to demonstrate how important it is to cover our coughs and sneezes. Hailey ripped up some paper to represent germs and put the pieces in a cup. When I said “achoo” she shook the cup and the germs flew out all over the place.
We tried it again, and this time she covered the cup when I said, “achoo.” The germs stayed inside.
We finished up our fun gingerbread unit and then Hailey made her own gingerbread man.
He turned out cute and yummy
One day we found Bobby, our elf, on the top of our classroom tree. We thought maybe he was trying to tell us that it was time add a star.
Hailey and Hunter worked together and painted a star for our tree and then added a bit of glitter.
Our beautiful star.
Hailey and Hunter also worked hard to finish our nativity scene.
The completed nativity scene.
It was a nice week and we had a wonderful time having 2 weeks of vacation for Christmas. Now it’s time to get back to work!
After taking most of November off from Heart of Dakota to do a fun Thanksgiving Unit study, we dove right back in to HOD last week. I don’t want to get too far off from where I had wanted to be before our Christmas break so we squeezed 2 units into one week.
This week we read about the hard trip on the Mayflower and what is was like for the Pilgrims when they landed in America.
We did a fun little mapping activity practicing using north, east, south and west to find some corn in a basket.
We found Plymouth on the map and Hailey made a picture of what the coastline looks like where the Pilgrims landed. Hunter helped her color the ocean.
Hailey added a new date to our timeline.
We did an activity where Hailey had to try to build a wall and then I would knock down part of the wall as she tried to build. It related to the Bible story and our focus on the pilgrims trying to build their homes. It was one of those activities that I thought seemed a little silly when I read it in the curriculum, but Hailey loved it!! She giggled and giggled and wanted to keep doing it.
I introduced the concept of historical fiction this week, as we are starting to read Little House in the Big Woods.
I told Hailey to act out what she thought it was like to be on the Mayflower and spot land after being stuck on the boat for so long. I explained to her that she acted things out based on the facts she has learned about so that she could understand what historical fiction means.
I found this in one of my Mailbox books, it related perfectly to our book. Hailey had to color and cut out the different foods that the Ingalls family prepared to store for the winter and then glue it to where they stored it.
We are doing a super fun Gingerbread Unit from Around the Kampfire. Hailey worked on a cute folder from the unit that she is keeping all of her gingerbread papers in.
The front of the finished folder. So cute!
This was another activity that I thought seemed a little silly and I actually skipped over it at first. Then I figured we would just do it because it would only take a few minutes. I am so glad we did it because Hailey loved it! I put tape on the table to represent land, the blue X represents Virginia where the pilgrims had hoped to land. The ball is the Mayflower and Hailey had to blow on it to try to get it to Virginia. At first she was able to do it. Then I blew on the ball from another direction and changed the course of where it went.
We put clay in the bottom of this container to show what it could look like under the water and why it was important for the pilgrims to settle where there was a bay deep enough for large boats to dock. Our bay wasn’t deep enough, so the boat got stuck.
We also did a little experiment to see how the water cycle works.
We focused on learning all about owls. Hailey and Hunter made a cute owl craft.
Hailey turned hers into a book and wrote a fact about owls on each page and then illustrated it.
The front of Hailey’s book.
One of the pages in her book.
We also dissected a couple of owl pellets, which was so interesting!!
Owls can, have, are chart
We have been reading all about the Christmas story and the real meaning of Christmas.
After reading the Christmas story, Hailey and Hunter used our Little People Nativity set to act out the story.
We are working on our own nativity set and adding a little at a time.
It was a great and busy week!
In celebration of Easter, here is the activity we did today:
You’ll need: construction paper for the background, a tree, grass, tomb, stone to roll away, black circle, glue and something to put on your tree.
Hailey adding some grass while I read the story of Easter.
Hunter colored his paper first and then I helped him put it together. He added the flowers to the tree.
Hunter’s finished picture
Hailey’s finished picture
Earlier this week we did a test run of what a homeschooling day would be like since we are considering homeschooling next year. We had a Bible story as part of our day. Since Hailey has been learning about Abraham at church I decided to do a lesson about that. We read the story about when God told Abraham to count the stars and that would be how many descendants he would have. Hailey did a really simple craft to go with the story.
First Hailey colored stars all over her paper using a crayon. I wanted her to use a white crayon but she insisted on using yellow.
Then she painted with black water color all over the page to represent the night sky. It turned out cute!