Friday, October 19, 2012

unit 10 review {BLHFHG}

week 10
{seriously? week 10?}

Bible Verse:
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: 
because his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 118:1

{I have a question.....can anyone help??..........I have more pictures every week to upload, I can see the thumbnails of the photos, but on my computer, and on blogger it will say DRAWING FAILED, anyone know why?? or how to fix it?}

 Francis Billington: a mischievous little boy who was "stuck" on the Mayflower {a.k.a. the kids had to stay on the boat while the men were away working}, and got into the ships powder room, fired off a loaded musket, and almost blew up the ship. By God's grace and mercy, the ship was spared along with the lives of everyone on it. The Pilgrims continued to look for a place to settle, but not just any place, they needed a certain that had trees {for wood to build houses, and keep a fire going}, but not too close to the forest {they needed an open field to plant grain}. They also need a safe harbor and a stream of fresh, clear water. Nathaniel and I drew what we thought would be the "perfect" place to settle.  {Nathaniel's picture in middle}

We also learned of an early morning attack on the Pilgrims, by the Indians. Arrows were flying and one hit Captain Miles Standish right above the heart, luckily he had his armor on so the arrow didn't hurt him. The Pilgrims shot their muskets and wounded the Indian chief in the arm. This scared the Indians and they fled. The Pilgrims picked up many of the arrows that were shot at them. They were made of deer horn and some with eagle claws. They sent the arrows to England with the Mayflower. The Pilgrims kept looking for land along the shore and faced a really bad winter storm. The boat was hitting rocks, and waves were crashing onto the boat. The men were scared and were hanging on for fear of their lives. They found land on an island, but it still wasnt the place the settle. They kept going until they finally found a place to settle. When the men finally found a place to settle, the women wanted to see the land. Mary Chilton was the first woman to step on the land, she stepped out on Plymouth Rock. The rock is still there in Plymouth Bay today.


 This is the explosion on the Mayflower and Francis Billington's white, scared face!!

We learned a few new words:
bay: a small area of water partly surrounded by land
harbor: a bay that gives shelter to ships

We found Boston, Mass. on the globe and drew the outline of the area on paper. We labeled Boston and Plymoth.

We read about the different levels of the ocean {the shelf, the slide, and the floor}. We tried the experiment, but it didnt work for us. =(

Other {the boys individualized subjects}
Thomas is still practicing telling time, and is now estimating what time things happen {ex. John eats lunch at: 8:00, 10:00, 12:00}. This was a little bit confusing for him because we have a different "schedule" than "normal" families. We really dont have any set schedule except we go to church every Wednesday and Sunday, and we make/follow appointments. But as far as eating, bedtime, waking time.....this varies so he answered those wrong, but right at the same time. Thomas learned "borrowing" this week, and has picked it right up. Im always a little nervous when I have to teach them something new, and always to my amazement they pick up on it, fairly fast.
I don't make my boys do much copywork or writing. They have to write their name {x4} on a dry erase board {with lines for printing}, every day, but other than that,  Thomas writes on his Draw, Write, Now book  and Nathaniel in his phonics. Thomas finished his 1st book with the emerging readers set and started a new book this week. With the last book, I would ask him the questions and he would orally answer. With this book, I wanted to see how he did with writing the answers down. I have a composition book that I have written the questions in and he practices writing. He had a little trouble at first, kinda looking confused. I had to tell him to answer the question orally first, then write it in the notebook. Once he answers the questions, I go back over and make spelling/grammar corrections to his work.

Nathaniel is really suprising me with his reading. Im taking things really slow with him and just going over his phonics sheets, the letter sounds/recognition, and the flash cards that I made up. He's reading sentences and keeping up with his phonics lessons. I didnt realize that Horizons was so fast paced, and was nervous that he would get behind, but so far, so good.

We started somewhat of a "workbox" system this week. Im not 100% still on what all I will put in there, but so far we are using it for : math {x2}, spelling, phonics, drawing, and reading. The subject and stickers are on the boxes, once finished, they remove the subject and place the sticker on their chart. I give them an exta $1 per day the chart is filled. 


I also opened up the store on Monday. I had all intentions on opening it up before school started, completely forgot, and was reminded about 1/2 through our day. On Friday, I decided to have a 1/2 price sale with the store since the boys have not been buying too much. I wanted to make sure they work hard for thier prizes and not price anything too low, but they keep complaining about the prices.


We made some no bake oatmeal cookies for our dear friend, Sister Linda, who recently had her thyroid removed. She will be going through chemo soon, and my boys wanted to make her favorite cookies for her before the chemo treatments. My Papaw also had a surgery, this week, to have a cancer removed off his nose. We also made him some cookies {they are his favorite too} for his birthday.

Here's the recipe:


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1stick butter
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups oatmeal (old fashioned rolled oats, not instant)
Mix the sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk in a medium saucepan.* Boil for 1 minute.
Add the peanut butter and vanilla. Mix quickly until peanut butter melts, then add the oatmeal and mix til well blended.
Drop spoonfuls on tin foil, wax paper or parchment. Allow to set and cool completely. 

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