Monday, December 9, 2013

Little Hearts For His Glory, Unit 12

Phew!  I think I am finally caught up.  We are working on Unit 13, and I’m posting Unit 12.  Finally.  Caught.  Up.  I hope to get through Unit 14 before Christmas, and then we’ll start with Unit 15 in January.

This year, we are using Heart of Dakota’s Little Hearts For His Glory curriculum.
It is adaptable for children ages 5 – 7.  To read more about our choice,

Alex is 5 years, 11 months.
He will turn 6 in December 2013.

Alex is learning right now that history is HIS story – the story of God’s world!

No pictures – we read about Jesus’ baptism, Jesus turning water into wine, the disciples, and the woman at the well.


This was a review week, so we reviewed 5 Bible verses that have already been covered this year.

We are finishing All About Reading Level 1 – and moving on to level 2 – this year.

I really should just title this “phonics”, as we didn’t do AAR this week. 
We’re just reading together…enjoying what Alex has learned thus far.

(Please keep in mind that I have the older version of LHFHG, and if you purchase a new guide, your math will follow a different sequence than what we are doing.  I created my own spreadsheet to match the math activities in the older version of LHFHG to the lessons in Singapore Essentials.  It’s not perfect, but it will work for us!)

We mainly worked on liquid measurements with a lot of hands-on practice. 



We tallied how many cups of water fit into several different containers.  Alex did some workbook pages about capacity.
Our last lesson of the week involved counting crackers, rearranging them, and counting them again.  No matter how you rearrange them, the number stays the same.  We talked about how it is easiest to count if you put the crackers in order, and then we also counted by 2s and 5s.


Max had to get in on this one.  We read about how Jesus visited the woman at the well, and he talked to her about living water.  We explored water – the shape, the color, the condensation on the outside of an icy glass. 

First we poured water from one container to another, noting how water does not have a shape of its own.  (Alex and Max both already knew this, but it was still fun to play with water!)


After that, we explored ice water and condensation.  We colored the water to prove that the condensation doesn’t come from the water inside the glass.  (Alex took the close-up picture.)

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We also read about Peter and the others casting their nets & catching fish at Jesus’ command.
After this, we read about fish and their gills.  We learned how fish use their gills to take in oxygen from the water.  Alex then made a paper fish, and we cut gills in it.


Side note – Alex’s cutting skills have really improved lately!  Hooray!

We are using Happy Handwriting and Rod & Staff ABC series.


Some days, handwriting is a chore.  Other days, it is a joy.
We got some of both this week.
Alex did SUCH a great job on this letter f page!

The g page turned out okay, but my oh my, was it ever a struggle to get Alex to do this page.
He was having trouble getting the g in the correct place on the lines, and he fought my help.


Do It Carefully – one of Alex’s favorite things about school time!


The boys are both loving this book!  I imagine we’ll be re-reading them with Max in a few years, but he just can’t help but join us to hear what happens next with Danny Meadow Mouse!

We did this weeks’ artistic expression, but I didn’t really find it picture worthy.  It’s just food coloring on wet construction paper.   It was fun to watch the color spread, but it didn’t really look like anything special when we were finished.  (This tied in with the story of Jesus turning water into wine.)

I’m really impressed with Alex’s number writing.  He still struggles with writing letters, but he’s got his numbers figured out.  He writes them neatly and does a great job with the small number boxes on these pages.  I also like that he has to write a sentence each day.  He needs the practice, and it’s a good introduction to simple writing.  We are truly enjoying these pages from DreamBigKinders.



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