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Heart of Dakota {Beyond}: Unit 7

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I am actually a bit behind sharing with you what we have been up to with HOD {Beyond}.  Here's a peak at Unit 7, but as I sit here writing this up, we are actually getting ready to begin Unit 9!  Wow!  I cannot believe time has blown by that fast!  Though with the ease and simplicity of the guide, I actually can believe it!  This curriculum has been so do-able for us; it's been wonderful!

In Unit 7 we learned the Pilgrims decided to leave Amsterdam and head to Leiden for better jobs, houses, and schools.  In Leiden, the men found work in the wool mills.  For Science, I drew up the steps to make wool and had T put it in order.  

Heart of Dakota Beyond Unit 7

However, after they had made their homes in Leiden for several years, the Pilgrims decided to move again.  This time to America.  They did not like that their children were losing their "English" ways.  For fun we explored the Dutch language by opening up Google Translate.  T LOVED this activity!  It was quite interesting to hear the translation of words/ sentences from English to Dutch! 

In Geography, we roughly mapped the Pilgrims' travels...

Heart of Dakota Beyond Unit 7

Another Science activity exploring how using ramps as levers made loading the canal boats easier. T rolled a can up the stairs with the help of a ramp and without and agreed the ramp helped!  Little brother is learning so much, too : ) 

Heart of Dakota Beyond Unit 7

On day four of our history readings, we learned the Pilgrims' worked hard getting ready to travel to America.  They spun extra wool and packed only the necessities for their travel.  For a fun activity, I cut out a luggage and had T write what he would take to America, if her were a little Pilgrim boy.  He could bring anything he wanted, and you can see he chose " shirt, cup, plate, rainbow, scissors, pumpkin...." Cute!  

Heart of Dakota Beyond Unit 7

Every Friday in Language Arts we cover a Grammar topic.  For the past two weeks, it's been a short introduction to Command Sentences.  T grabbed a stuffed animal and completed the commands I gave him.  Here I said, "Play peek-a-boo."

Heart of Dakota Beyond Unit 7

We finished up our Adventure story, "The Sword in the Tree" this week.  As we read the story, I made a Story Caterpillar to help aid his comprehension/ memory of the book.  After we read through each chapter, we would then narrate some key points as to what just happened.  Our caterpillar turned out to be quite long!

Heart of Dakota Beyond Unit 7


Are you using HOD this year?  What Unit are you on?