My Blog Adventure!

Welcome to my blog! It's high time this 46 year old ventures into blog world and joins the ranks of you intriguing bloggers. First off, you should know I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart. I love His Creation, His Word, His forgiveness, His mercy, and His being the Savior of my life. He is my reason for living! After the Lord, my next love in life is my outdoor-lovin', prankster pullin', hard workin' man I've called my husband for 22 years and counting. My 3 sons - to whom this blog is dedicated - have the next piece of my heart, and they fill my world with laughter, love, and laundry. I am calling this MY BLOG ADVENTURE... so hop into blog world with me... let's get to encouraging one another... this could be fun!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Heart of Dakota Week-in-Review: Jan. 8-12

Heart of Dakota Week-in-Review:
Jan. 8-12

In Creation to Christ Emmett finished the last part of his unit on the Persian Empire, and began the first part of his unit on the geography and beginning of Greece.  Emmett made the yummiest Hamantashen's - we will be making these again and again!!!  This was part of our history project, where we read about Esther's story in the Bible and how the Jews celebrate Purim.  Emmett made a gragger too, and he shook it loudly every time Haman's name was mentioned in the reading, to blot out the name of evil, as is the custom.  And then of course, we ate our Hamantashen's (meaning Haman's pockets).  MMMM!  We all loved this history project!

Emmett also completed his Singapore Math 4A Review - whew!  It was a tough one, but I'm so amazed at all he is learning!  I stay nearby to help with these reviews, and I like how they parallel real life problems, as well as how they are similar to standardized testing problems, as they include many skills - not just one skill.  He likes to circle the numbers of the problems as he finishes them, just so you know he didn't miss all those!  He also learned about plural nouns in grammar, and he completed an assignment on the setting of his DITHOR book Iron Scouts of the Confederacy.  AND, on top of all that he helped his daddy redo his room, hanging insulation and sheet rock with him!  Whew, what a week!

In World Geography 9th grade high school, Riley completed his unit on Verrazzano and Cartier exploring North America's Atlantic coast.  He read the primary source document of Verrazanno's letter to King Francis I in France.  Isn't it amazing we can still read letters such as these - this was from July 8, 1524, and it was a letter in which he reported to the king on his voyage to the New World?!?  I love that we can still read the actual words of people from history in primary source documents!  What better way to learn about people and events than from reading their words precisely as they were written!  Riley also wrote a written narration about Cartier's explorations, and i think he took some inspiration from Verrazzano's letter.

Riley is already in Lesson 92 in Getting Started with Spanish!  He is doing such a good job of trying to stay on top of this.  He reads his answers to me, and then he also reads the odds aloud in Spanish to practice properly saying the words.  He listens to the audio for help too.  This is working well!  In grammar he worked on diagramming, and throughout the week he added special quotes, verses, etc. to his Common Place Book.  This is a continuation of last year, and it's neat to see it 'grow'!

In U.S. History II Wyatt has been learning about the Battle of the Bulge, the Yalta Conference, the War in the Pacific, and FDR's Death.  This time in history is filled with famous speeches, turbulent times, and critical decisions being made - it captivates his attention!  It's somewhat emotional - so many hard things.  However, Hitler's final days show how his mental health began to decline more and more, with a last minute wedding and his suicide shortly after.  Mussolini's execution, FDR's death, and Truman's taking over - oh my.  So much happening in such little time!

One of his favorite assignments comes from his resource Key Decisions in U.S. History.  The question "Should the U.S. drop the atomic bomb on Japan to end the war?" is asked, and Wyatt responded with his opinion.  Then, he gets to read what decision was made, by Truman in this case.  Commentary on all that went into the decision further supports the reasons the decision was made, but one is always left understanding how the decision was NOT easy to make, whether it was the 'right' or the 'wrong' one in the student's opinion.  What a powerful assignment that reminds us to pray for our leaders!!!  So many decisions they must make each day!!!

One thing I thought I'd share is a fun meal we've been doing for one of our homeschool lunches - we do a kind of charcuterie board with whatever we have on hand.  Usually, we have cold leftover rotisserie chicken, cut up fruit, different kinds of nuts/dried fruits, several kinds of crackers, bread or toast with butter, and cut up block cheese.  They love it!  Everyone chooses their favorites - though I do say they must have some chicken, and choose at lease some of the nuts/cheeses to try.  I just cover a bar pan with tinfoil for easy clean-up.  So easy, and such fun!  Hope you had a great week homeschooling too!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Heart of Dakota Week-in-Review: January 1-5

Heart of Dakota Week-in-Review:
January 1-5

In Creation to Christ, Emmett completed his Travel Log for Egypt.  He enjoys this read aloud we do together, and his travel logs are quite organized now - in 3 topics - hooray!  He also LOVED his science experiment, which had him experimenting with different kinds of 'beaks'.  In math, he has been learning to measure angles with a protractor.  I had to snap a  few pictures of Emmett's
                                                    Christmas gift - meet Cuddles the hamster!

In World Geography, Riley read about the Spice Route.  He had a blast making a game board for the Spice Islands Game.  He also really enjoyed his Art of Argument lessons this week.  He did well on his quiz/test for it too - hooray! 

In USII, Wyatt has been reading about the Battle of Normandy - D-Day, and he has been fascinated with it.  He high-lighted the main points and subpoints in his book to prepare for his narration.  He also completed a written narration in his USII Notebook.  I enjoyed hearing him share what he learned in this format! 
 Some other highlights - hunting coyotes for our neighbor who asked us to since his farm is over-run with them.  Spending New Year's Eve at my niece's wedding in Houston with my whole family!!!  My mom with 7 grandsons!!!

Heart of Dakota Week-in-Review Dec. 25-29, 2017

Heart of Dakota Week-in-Review
Dec. 25-29, 2017

 In Creation to Christ, Emmett is finishing Unit 16 and is learning about Judah falling to the Babylonians.  We are reading Esther from the Bible for Storytime - I love that the Bible is our Storytime reading this week!  What a neat way to show the Bible IS history!  In math he has been learning about ratios.  In poetry, he painted a lovely wintry scene - pretty perfect for our current weather!

In World Geography, Riley has been reading about Zheng He's Treasure Ships, Tibetan Buddhism, and Borobudur's Temple.  He wrote a written narration about Tibet, and I really enjoyed hearing him read it aloud to me.  In World Religions and Cultures, Riley has been learning about Buddhism.  He explained the 4 different kinds of Buddhism in his journal, using World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction as his resource.
In EIW Grade 10, Riley completed his essay about sports announcer Craig Saiger.  He enjoyed writing this essay, and the prewriting activities he did helped him make a solid structure for his essay prior to even beginning it.  I've learned it's important to meet with him and start him off on the right foot at the prewriting stage.  This saves much editing and redirecting later in the writing process, as he has a good structure for his essay to follow. 

In USII, Wyatt has been learning about the Bataan Death March, the Japanese-American Internment, and the Battle of the Midway.  For his talking points narration, he took notes on an index card, listing the main headings from his reading.  He then listed brief phrases under each heading and referred to his card as he gave his oral narration.  This is a very effective way to plan for an oral narration of this kind.  It is also a great way to practice another version of giving a 'speech' somewhat. 

Wyatt has also been moving along in his Latin (pictured above and right).  He is truly enjoying The Myth of the Robber Barons, for Economics.  Here are my 3 sons with their Christmas stockings!  What a wonderful Christmas we had!!! Hope you did too! 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Heart of Dakota Week-in-Review Dec. 18-22, 2017

Heart of Dakota Week-in-Review
Dec. 18-22, 2017

What a busy week getting ready for Christmas!
We had a shortened week, only doing 3 days of school, and that helped us get ready for Christmas!  One of the beauties of homeschooling - setting our own schedule. 

In Creation to Christ, Emmett finished his unit on Israel falling to Assyria and Judah being saved.  He loves to write in cursive, so even when assignments can either be printed or written in cursive, he usually chooses cursive.  His notebook shows how much he has progressed in his written narrations and writing assignments since unit 1!  He also wrote a story for WWTB about Flash.  It has such neat detail, and it really does make Flash's personality come to life! 

In World Geography, Riley finished his unit on Central America, the Amazon, Iguacu Falls, and South America.  His Book of Centuries timeline continues to grow and is a lovely visual way to reflect upon what he has learned chronologically!  He continues to map the world bit by bit, and this map was a favorite, as it contained land masses that resemble objects.  He really had fun drawing it!  I most enjoyed his typed oral narration, as I see such progress! 

In USII, Wyatt is especially enjoying his living library book Gunner's Run.  It is a favorite of his, especially as through this pilot's crash and escape he comes to know the Lord.  I really enjoy the triple journal entry format, as it contains a quote, its context, and Wyatt's commentary upon it.  Wyatt continues to enjoy his MOH readings, and he often consults various maps alongside the readings. 

It looks like a white Christmas outside my bedroom window - hooray!  We also had time for some serious Christmas baking - what fun!  I hope you have a Merry Christmas!