Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beyond Unit 5 (Alex)

(Still playing catch-up.  We did this unit in January 2015.)

Beyond Little Hearts For His Glory, BLHFHG, Beyond, HOD, Heart of Dakota


We read about Love Bradford, a little girl who came to Amsterdam on the ship.  Her father was unable to make the initial trip, and she lived with a Dutch family for quite some time while waiting for her father to make the journey to America.

We learned what Dutch homes looked like, and we learned how the houses leaned to the side.  We learned how beds were tucked into the kitchen walls.  We compared Dutch houses with our own homes. 

I love how each day’s Bible Study box has a few questions to help children think about the meaning of the verse & to connect that verse with both the history lesson and their own lives.  Each Day 5 includes a separate Bible passage and study questions.

I’ve been sharing weekly details most of the time, but I don’t want to do that every week in case I give away too much of the details of the guide.  I would never want to overshare so much that I keep someone from buying the guide, so every few weeks, I’m going to “not share”!

languagebanner This weeks’ grammar lesson was about recognizing and writing ‘asking sentences’, otherwise known as questions.

This week’s spelling words had the short ‘u’ sound.


Still pluggin’ away at Singapore 1st grade

geographybanner We looked at a globe and explored how much of the world is covered with water.  We named the 5 oceans, and we talked about why most major cities were built near the ocean or large bodies of water.

We’re occasionally using some of the history notebooking pages found in the Facebook group, and Alex labeled the oceans on this unit’s page.


We chose A Lion To Guard Us as our adventure book for storytime!  This was a wonderful read, and all three kids enjoyed listening to this story.  I love how it turned into a sweet time of snuggling and reading to all three of my kiddos each afternoon!


This week’s poem was “Song For A Little House”.  Alex used it as copywork, and he illustrated the poem at the end of the week. 


We read about Love Brewster, patiently waiting for her father to come.  She was given a beautiful tulip plant to raise while she waited.

For artistic expression this week, Alex cut a flower pot from brown paper and a tulip from pink paper.  He glued the tulip on a green popsicle stick, and we cut a slit in the blue paper along the top of the flowerpot.  He could make his flower grow.  (Jensyn loved this, and she claimed it as her own later!)



We talked about how light moves in waves through space, and we compared it to waves of water.  It’s been too long for me to remember clearly, but we didn’t exactly follow the book’s directions.  It may have been an activity suggested in the science book, rather than the one in the HOD guide?

We usually do two science days each unit, but I try not to share everything.  First of all, I don’t always take pictures.  Secondly, I don’t want to share it ALL…I just want to remember some of what we did & give you, the reader, a glimpse into what Beyond is all about!

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