Monday, February 3, 2014

Little Hearts For His Glory, Unit 16

(We are almost finished with Unit 17 as I write this…not too far behind!)

LHFHG, Little Hearts For His Glory, homeschool, kindergarten

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

We read about Jesus’ last days before the crucifixion, his death, and his resurrection.


Instead of reading the schedule devotion this week, we used Leading Little Ones To God, and we read about the Lord’s Supper.  This devotion just seemed to fit a little better than the one in Devotions For The Children’s Hour.

We had a pretend “Lord’s Supper” to learn the meaning of the wine and the bread.


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

No pictures this week –
I think we might have just read together for fun instead of using AAR this week.

(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’ve been working on place value with tens and ones.  This is a tiny bit confusing to Alex.  He can do the activities with ease, but realizing what place value really means is not coming naturally just yet.

Counting Fruit Loops by making ‘mama caterpillars’ with ten circles and ‘baby caterpillars’ with the leftover cereal circles.

We cut down an egg carton to have ten holes.  I’d grab a handful of pompoms, hand them to Alex, and have him fill up the ‘ten frame’.  He would then tell me he had “1 ten and 7 leftover ones, which makes 17”.


Some of his written work…


This was part of our penguin fun one day; Alex is getting REALLY quick at addition with pictures!


We read about how the world became totally dark when Jesus died.  For science, we read about how God created day and night.  Then Alex drew a picture of the same scene in the day and in the night.  (To refresh my own memory should I look back at this, YES, Alex is the one who wrote “DAY” and “NIGHT” on the paper!)


Here’s my little rooster boy!
We read about how Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed.  We learned about roosters, and we colored pictures of roosters.

I just google “rooster” and found black & white drawings, printed one, and had the boys color it with bright colors.

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


working in “Finding The Answers”


More than halfway through the alphabet!
I have a book ready to go when we complete these pages, but I am not 100% thrilled with it.  I explored lots of options before settling on this book, but it still doesn’t feel like the right choice.  I want something that reinforces letters while also helping him use the letters meaningfully, yet nothing that is going to be overwhelming to him.

There’s a review coming up soon for TOS Review Crew, and I am *HOPING* to have the opportunity to try this brand new program.  I think it is exactly what I want for Alex!  If we’re not able to review it, I will just PRAY that it is available to the public soon so that I can buy a copy for Alex to try!



We’re reading Grandfather Frog now, and Alex had a sentence writing assignment one day.  He kept his answer short and sweet: Alex is good at helping.

This is very true, as my Alex is a wonderful little helper!

He was supposed to draw a picture at the top of the page, but his paper got ripped by little sister…and that was just too much for him to take! 

We are still working REALLY hard on making letters the correct size for the lines.  Alex knows how to form his letters; he just has no patience for following the lines on the paper!  (Oh, and he still tends to mix uppercase and lowercase letters unless reminded…)


We skipped it.  On purpose this time.
I didn’t really like the idea of chocolate syrup kisses on paper. 
(I don’t own lipstick, so that wasn’t an option.  I can’t STAND lipstick!  It tastes so gross on my lips!)
It seemed like a waste of time, as I don’t think we’ll be hanging chocolate syrup pictures on the wall to enjoy.  Perhaps some families have enjoyed this project, but I think that kissing paper & then throwing it away is a waste of time.

Thinking Game

After reading about the empty tomb, we played an ‘empty tomb’ game.  I placed 6 items in a bowl, and then Alex had a few minutes to explore the contents of the bowl.  After this, I covered the bowl (like the stone in front of the cave) and we made a little ‘earthquake’ by stomping our feet.  While Alex closed his eyes, I removed one item.  Alex had to guess what was moving from the ‘cave’.

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I love that the boxes at the top of our daily math & literacy pages make a child THINK about letter size!  This was a good exercise for Alex this week!


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