Friday, May 30, 2014

Little Hearts For His Glory, Unit 24

Yes, we are still homeschooling…don’t worry! SmileIt’s been a while since I posted a completed unit.  We took some time away from Little Hearts due to two weeks of influenza in our home & also a long break to review another history curriculum.  I couldn’t do both LHFHG *and* our history review, so we just set aside LHFHG for a time.

While we enjoyed the review period for our history curriculum, I can say without a doubt that I *know* HOD is the right program for us!  Our review program was very enjoyable, but both Alex and I missed the way that HOD weaves our subjects together so nicely.  I missed having all subjects together in one guide; the ease of HOD is so helpful for me!  It just feels ‘right’ to be back with our HOD guide!

I’ve been missing our unit posts, and I’m glad to record our latest units – 24 (and 25, coming soon).  I am skipping over Units 22 & 23 unit posts.  I just don’t remember them well enough at this point to dig up the correct photos!  I may come back and post some pictures at some point, but this is not that point! :)

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

This week, we made New Amsterdam (now New York) on paper, used blocks to build the wall (where Wall Street is now!), and used a toy boat to act out the story of the English capturing the city from the Dutch.


We also learned about the 13 colonies that were ruled mainly by Engliand, and about how the colonists had begun to relax and rely more on themselves than on God.  We read about the “Great Awakening” when Jonathan Edwards encouraged the people to see their need for Jesus Christ.

The picture below was part of a ‘thinking game’ in which Alex had to use ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ clues to find where I’d hidden his picture Bible.  This was to remind us of the important of following God’s Word.

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This  week was a review of 5 Bible verses from previous units.
Each day, the Bible verse that we review is tied into the history lesson for the day.
I love the way it makes the Bible relevant to what we are studying!

We also had two devotional readings from our devotion book.

We are working through All About Reading Level 2
This program really does work well for Alex!

Here, Alex is working on ‘silent e’.  He seemed to catch on very quickly!
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(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!)

working on subtraction
(This is really too easy for him at this point,
but I’d really like to finish it out and then pick up the pace next school year.)

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I’m not sure if I would categorize this as science or art,
but the Little Hearts guide categorizes it as science…so here it is!

We read about Alexander Spotswood (governor of Virginia), who bravely crossed over the Blue Ridge Mountains with a team of men.  They learned that there was beautiful land on the other side of the mountains.

Alex made a textured map of their journey, with wheat flour ‘sand’, chocolate chip ‘mountains’, and parsley ‘grass’ along the sides of a blue crayon river.  We drew a compass at the top of the map.  (The river was supposed to be made of blue yarn, but we didn’t have any.)


We are using Spelling You See (for spelling AND handwriting) and Rod & Staff ABC series.


Alex always enjoys “Finding The Answers”.  On this page, he had to color each picture with the color that rhymed with the object.  (For example, color the crown BROWN and color the bean GREEN.

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We are no longer using Happy Handwriting, but are using Alex’s “Spelling You See” book as handwriting practice while writes the words that I dictate.

On this week, we finished the story of Chatterer The Red Squirrel.
Alex and I both really enjoyed this story!

Uh…we skipped that project because we were in a hurry that day. 
I meant to come back to it, and I didn’t. 

Just Because…

This is one of those heart-melting moments in parenting.  When you find your 6 year old snuggled up with your 3 year old, reading books to her in a sweet, gentle voice, how can your heart not just turn to mush? I miss having babies in the house, but I love the sweet moments that my getting-too-big kiddos share together!

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