This is going to be kind of a catch-up post since we took a break from Beyond Little Hearts after my husband left. We did the basics (math, language, reading) for the most part, but the emotions, then holidays, and sickness mixed in (we had three colds one after another hit us!) really made formal school days impossible. This week, though, we got back into the swing of things and it felt so good. :) So here is what we’ve been up to:
Bible: Emma memorized Matthew 6:19-21 (Store up your treasures in heaven). We read the parable of the rich man in Luke 12:13-21 and talked about what the heart of a Christian wants and what we should value the most in life.
Literature/Narration: We began reading The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, which was such a great choice. It’s a sweetly written book about five little children and their mother who are very poor and barely are able to survive by taking in mending and odd jobs. The children work so hard to help their “Mamsie” and make her happy when they can. I just love this book and the warm family atmosphere.
Hands-On History: We read in Stories of the Pilgrims and Boys and Girls of Colonial Days for weeks 3 and 4. The pilgrims left England to go to Holland so that they could be free to worship God and study the Bible for themselves. Here Emma is working out of her history notebooking pages (and Isaac had to be a part of that, too).
My favorite part of hands-on history was when Emma dressed up like a pilgrim girl. :) I think costumes and acting are a wonderful way to bring history to life! This original Americans costume came from CostumeDiscounters.com and included the dress, cap, and apron. Emma just loved that she had these accessories and I appreciated the fact that the apron wasn’t sewn onto the costume (it makes it more real). I found it to be well-made, not flimsy like Halloween costumes often are, and will certainly purchase from them in the future for our hands-on history needs. I would like to find a little American Indian costume for Isaac to wear so he can be a part of the acting! (I received the costume below to review.)
Science: For week 3, we studied pollination with a science experiment from Beyond, reading a book on pollination from the library, watching Wild Kratts: Flight of the Pollinators and DisneyNature’s Wings of Life. We also did an experiment on light and watched Bill Nye the Science Guy – Light Optics.
and then on the globe.
Until next week! I’m planning on changing up the format of these posts so they aren’t quite so long in the future, showcasing the best of hands-on history and hands-on geography, etc. I hope that will make them easier to read and write up. :)