Heart of Dakota {Beyond}: Units 18-20


If you follow along School Time Snippets for our weekly Heart of Dakota {Beyond} updates, you may have noticed that there hasn't been an update in several months!  We are still using the curriculum, however after Christmas we finished Unit 17 and then took two months off just "doing the basics" for a few reasons: 1. it was hard to get back in the groove after such an exciting holiday and 2. we went to Disney World for a few months!

Yes, yes I did just say months. : )  One of the benefits of homeschooling- you can do it anywhere!

So after two months off, we jumped right back in where we left off!  Here's some snippets of Units 18-20:

In Unit 18, we read a couple of stories that focused on Trouble in a New Land.  We read that a couple of boys were taken by a group of Indians and once the men of the village knew they were gone, they went looking for them.  The dogs led them to a river that the Indians crossed, but lost their trail at the water's edge.  For science, we did a fun activity using our sense of smell using q-tips, vanilla, and orange.  My son had to follow a certain scent, and it ultimately ended when he reached a sink of water.
Another fun science activity was about camouflage.  In our History readings, a girl was watching a couple of young children enjoying the lovely morning and watching butterflies when she noticed an Indian nearby.  I hid several butterflies around the room, some that blended in with their surroundings, and some were easy to spot. 
My son's "Sparkler Candle" for an Art activity.
Here are some snippets from Unit 19--
Artistic Expression: After a young girl cleaned her house while her mother was away, she sprinkled salt on the floor in pretty patterns.  So for art, we did the same!  In hindsight, I wished I had grabbed black paper, but it turned out very neat.  My son really enjoyed this art activity and it was easy to do!
Science Exploration:
We talked about how it isn't the sun that "goes down," but the earth turning away from the sun that brings night and day.
Language Arts:
Learned that we capitalize the months of the year.  I wrote the months on post-it notes and my son also worked at putting them in the correct order.
Unit 20 focused on Colonial Schools.  We read that ribbons were given out each month to children that had learned their school lessons.  For Art, my son made his own.  And it was pretty sweet that he wore his the rest of the day AND made one for Little Sis!!
Good to be working through Heart of Dakota again!  It's so nice that it is {and was} easy to jump back into!  Lots more learning happened, but hope you enjoyed the snippets of our last three weeks.

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  1. Whispered Abundance4:07 PM, April 17, 2014

    I've struggled finding our groove to get back into the swing of things, but it's coming along and we are enjoying Beyond, too! Glad to see you posting your learning fun.

  2. Love the lego activities!

  3. I love your LEGO landmarks, especially the Eiffel Tower. We once made Big Ben from DUPLO :-) Thanks for linking to #LittleBuilders :-)

  4. The Educational Tourist6:18 PM, July 22, 2014

    J'adore the Eiffel Tower made with heads! How fun and clever! Kids using their imaginations is just such fun to witness. :) You might be interested in my $3 downloads on France and the Louvre for kids! www.theeducationaltourist.com


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