Adventures in My Father's World: Weeks 20 and 21

by Dani

For weeks 20 and 21 in Bible we learned about Jesus as the Vine. Our Bible memory verse was John 15:5. To go along with this, our science for week 20 was to observe a seed sprouting. The teacher's manual suggested we use popcorn seeds but I had some summer squash seeds on hand so we went with that. We placed 6 seeds on a dry plate and 6 seeds in a wet paper towel and then each day observed the seeds and drew what we observed. The kids really enjoyed this especially on day 4 when the seeds had sprouted. 


In history we were very busy these weeks. The first half of week 20 we studied the Louisiana Purchase and did a state study of Louisiana. I found a great National Geographic documentary on Netflix about Louis and Clark to go along with this. As a fun part of the state study, we spent some time listening to jazz music which Butterfly and Lil' Bug really enjoyed. The second half of the week we learned about the War of 1812 and the story of the Star Spangled Banner. Instead of starting the recommended read-a-loud On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House series), I decided to read Caroline's Battle for the American Girl historical girl who lived during 1812. This gave the children some insight into the War of 1812 without boring them to tears! We finished it in one week and then begin On the Banks of Plum Creek.

In week 21, we did a state study of Indiana and Mississippi. We learned about Robert Fulton and his invention of the steamboat and submarine.

We also continued a nature study exercise/art project we started earlier in the year. We drew/painted the tree in our backyard in it's Winter state.