Friday, April 12, 2013

unit 31 review {BLHFHG}

Unit 31 Beyond Little Hearts For His Glory {+ extras}

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life,
what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your
body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, 
and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air:
for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. 
Are ye not much better than they?

We talked about how worrying doesn't help anything or anyone, and how it can make your body weak and sick. We talked about how God loves to give us things, and that we should always remember to praise and thank him as often as we can.
The Pioneers that traveled in covered wagons lived in wagons as they traveled West. At night, they stopped the wagons and made a circle and a few Pioneers would guard them from Indians and wild animals. 
We learned about 3 westward trails that started in Independence, Missouri:
1.The Santa Fe Trail
2.The Oregon Trail
3.The California Trail 
We focused on the Santa Fe trail this week. We found a map in our book and traced the trail with our fingers. Some words we studied were: plain, Great Plains, pass, Raton Pass, source of a river, and the Rio Grande. We didn't go into much detail on those, but they did "hear" the words. 
We read a story about a boy named Nick. Nick took a trip West with his dad on the Santa Fe trail. On the way, a storm came and Nick lost his hat. When Nick and his father got to Santa Fe he seen the men wearing sombreros and he wanted one. He didnt have any money but he had a few items in his pockets he was willing to trade for a hat. He was about to trade his pocket organ {harmonica} with a little boy when his dad came and gave him a hat. 
Nick was playing Yankee Doodle on his pocket organ. The boys pretend to be in Santa Fe and dance as the spanish people danced. We learned that the men wore sombreros and the women wore bright-colored skirts. They enjoyed dancing in Santa Fe, and danced around the sombreros.

Here are the boys dancing around a hat {we dont own a sombrero,yet .....}

We also added to our timeline this week!!
 We studied fireflies, or lightening bugs as we call them.Lightening bugs are insects and have 3 body parts, 6 legs, and 2 antennae. We learned that fireflies light up when they are searching for a mate. 

We are still reading our realistic fiction book, Mountain Born. 
We talked about the setting of the book, and how this story could very well have happened.  We also talked about integrity {being honest and doing what is right, even when no one else is watching, so that you may be blameless in the eyes of the Lord. Self control was another topic this week. Sometimes its hard to have self control. Here are some things the boys listed that are hard to control:
  • biting fingenails
  • wanting to say mean things to my brother
  • wanting to say bad words    

Thomas got a special treat this week. He finished 3 Diary of the Wimpy Kid books recently so his daddy let him rent one of the movies from Amazon. 
He is doing well with his math, and has 6 more lessons and he'll be done with his math. He is also almost finished with his emerging reader books. I am so proud of the progress Thomas has made this year with is reading.

Nathaniel is enjoying reading and is progressing with his words. He 5 lessons left of math and phonics for the year.


This week in our Abeka books we learned:

health: manners at school and church

science:we talked about energy, gravity, and friction

history: American Cowboys

my laundry helper

Hattie wearing her sisters shoes

sisterly love

"Hattie, get on my back and ride"~Sarah

"Hattie, get UP"~Sarah
 Until next week................

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