Thursday, March 6, 2014

Little Hearts For His Glory, Unit 19

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,

It’s a very exciting unit – we are moving on to HISTORY!  Unit 19 marks the place in Little Hearts For His Glory when you have an almost-daily history reading.  Alex was a little sad to leave the Bible readings behind, but there’s still PLENTY of Bible content woven into our new history stories.  I think he’s enjoying this change!

In a manner that’s very appropriate for a 6 year old, we are learning about early Christian martyrs.  We read about St. Valentine, among others.  We also read about the way Caesars punished Christians for worshipping Christ in stead of Caesar, and we learned about St. Augustine and St. Patrick.  I think it’s interesting for Alex to learn more about St. Valentines and St. Patrick than hearts and shamrocks!  (Whoops – glancing at the guide, St. Patrick is actually Unit 20, Day 1…so I’ll mention that again next week!)

We learned about how the Romans built their road system, and how this enabled Christianity to spread quickly through the Roman Empire.  We made a road of crackers, and then we used Playmobile characters to re-enact telling others about the good news of Jesus.  It was very interesting to hear Alex ‘witnessing’!

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This week’s Bible verse was John 3:16.

Each day, after practicing the Bible verse, there is a ‘key idea’ to read with your child that ties the day’s history reading into the Bible verse.

We are working through Level 2 right now, going very slowly. 
I couldn’t find any pictures to share. 

(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!)

I *thought* I took pictures, but I can’t find any!  We’ve been working on adding two numbers together.  Alex “gets it”, and he hasn’t wanted to do hands-on activities for these pages.  He just wants to add the two numbers, write the correct answer, and call it done.  Since we’ve worked on this skill on and off for over a year, I’m okay with that. 

But I really did think I had pictures of completed work.  Huh.  They’ve run away…I don’t blame them.  They’re probably escaping the never-ending cold and snow of Indiana.  Hopefully they’re enjoying a nice tropical vacation Winking smile

mixing primary colors with a medicine syringe

We filled 3 bowls with water, and then we added red, blue, and yellow food coloring to three of the bowls.  We also set out 3 empty bowls.  Alex then had to mix two colors of water to make the secondary colors in empty bowls.  Oh, did he ever have fun!  This activity lasted a LONG time!  (This tied in with God showing John a beautiful vision of heaven.)

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Later in this unit, we did a taste test.  We’ve done these before, both during MFW K and at our homeschool co-op, but Alex still looked forward to doing it again.  The pictures below show him sampling lemonade and lemon juice.  We also did cocoa power/Nestle Quik and salt/sugar.   He’s such a good sport to bravely do these activities. (This tied in with the ‘bitter consequences’ of sin that went along with one of our history reading this week.)

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


Oh, how Alex LOVES the Rod & Staff books. 
We’re working through Finding The Answers, and he always enjoys these pages!

We are currently reviewing a spelling program that includes quite a bit of handwriting practice.  I’ll be able to tell you all about it in early April.


Nearing the end of Grandfather Frog…this story was a little boring at the beginning, but we’ve ALL grown to love good ‘Ol Grandfather Frog and his crazy adventures!

After reading about St. Valentine, our artistic expression was making and decorating valentine hearts.  We are so lucky that this lesson took place on the day before Valentines just by coincidence!  (The kids learned how we can fold a paper, draw half a heart, cut on our drawing lines, and end up with a full heart!)


No pictures here either.   I am baffled. 
Either I imagined taking pictures, or the pictures have wandered away.
Winking smile


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