The Post I Just Never Wrote...

by Dani

One of the downsides to my crazy busy life right now is that I. am. always. behind in blogging. To the point that a lot of posts I wanted to write just aren't going to happen. But there are a couple I really want to at least share pictures from even if they end up shorter then I had once envisioned.
This is one of those post....

Lets go back to mid-August. We're finishing up our 2012-13 school year and Adventures in My Father's World. The last thing we did was a field trip to a wonderful living history museum.

We started off in the Native American camp with the French trading post. We saw a wigwam and a played in the dugout canoe. 

Then we moved on to the early 1800's homestead with it's huge old stone home,  loom house, and the huge barn where the children interacted with the animals.

Our next stop was the 1836 village. Here we visited the potter, the carpenter, the doctor, and the blacksmith. The children tried their hand at helping in the garden, pumping water, washing clothes, cleaning one of the houses, setting the table, making food, unloading supplies at the general store, teaching school at the one room school house, and even playing old time games!

We visited the 1859 Balloon Voyage and learned about hot air balloons which was a great way to talk about all the inventions of the late 1800's and early 1900's.

We finished the day in the 1863 town during a Civil War raid. The kids did find this a bit scary and it was getting late so not too many pictures here, but we did see quite a few things. The girls dressed up and we were about to see and play with a telegraph machine which we had leaned about this year.

Truly, I can not think of a better way to wrap up our study of American History!

Summer School: Adventures weeks 30-34

by Dani

We finished up our 5 weeks of summer school a few weeks ago in the first part of Aug. And in the process finished up the last 5 weeks of Adventures in My Father's World. Because it was summer school (after all) it was a bit lighter then our normal school year. We did Bible and the three "R"s along with a condensed version of the history and hit the high points in science. That was it. Still it was fun (mostly). Some of the favorites from these last weeks of Adventures were the Transcontinental railway, all the inventors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the read aloud "Stories from Grandma's Attic". I also added a touch more modern history which Adventures skips by letting the kids watch the three American Girl movies from this era. We watched Samantha, Kit, and Molly during the last two weeks and enjoyed them greatly.

I didn't take many pictures but here is our state wall after we had finished all 50 states (sorry for the glare). 



And here are our Jesus name posters...  

I also wanted to share our timeline. I did it was a fold-able one this year and had both Adventures and the First Grade timeline on it.

Adventures was a really great year for us. And while I'm a little sad to move on, I'm sure we will have a blast this coming year as well!  

Adventures in My Father's World: Weeks 28 & 29

by Dani

In Bible we learned about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. We spent sometime learning about Christians as sheep and Jesus as our shepherd. We learned about King David being a shepherd and how he wrote song/psalms to God. And we spent some time reading different Psalms. We also begin a new read-aloud, Mountain Born about a young boy growing up on a sheep farm.

In music, we finished up our study of Sleeping Beauty. In science, we learned about force, energy, gravity, and magnets.

In history, we learned about Abraham Lincoln's later life and his presidency. We touched briefly on the Civil War and some major characters such as Robert E. Lee. We studied/learned a new song, The Battle Hymn of the Republic. We continued our state study with Kansas, West Virgina, Nevada, and Nebraska.

I'm afraid I didn't get any pictures from these two weeks because, like the kids, I'm ready for summer break which we begin when we finished this up. So I'll leave you with a picture of what Lil' Bug and Ladybug do sometimes while I teach the others.

Adventures in My Father's World: Weeks 26 & 27

by Dani

In Bible we were learning about Jesus as the Servant.  We talked about serving Jesus by serving others as he did, especially those who can not "pay us back".

In science we learned about solids, liquids and gases and talked about how materials change their forms. We did an experiment with a liquid (vinegar) and a solid (baking soda) turning in to a gas. The kids did think it was fun but this "reaction" was staged. LOL


In history, we learned about Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails. Since we had already finished our read-aloud On the Banks of Plum Creek, I read Josephina Saves the Day which talks about Santa Fe and the Santa Fe trail. We learned about three more states: California, Minnesota, and Oregon. We finished up the 2 weeks by learning about young Abraham Lincoln.

In music, we continued learning about Tchaikovsky's music and started a study of Sleeping Beauty. We also listen to and studied Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.

I didn't take many pictures but here are a few of the older children's handwriting.

Adventures in My Father's World Weeks 24 & 25

by Dani

In these two weeks in Bible we were learning about Jesus as Lord of lords and King of kings. We talked about authority and what that means and as an activity made crowns.


Our history lessons included learning about Samuel Morse and the telegraph, the California gold rush, and the states of Florida, Texas, Iowa, and Wisconsin. We finished up our read aloud On the Banks of Plum Creek, so we were able to read Riding the Pony Express. We were learning a little bit about the Pony Express as part of the Gold Rush so it was a nice tie in. When we finished that book, we read Sarah Plain and Tall.

In music, we finished up our study of Swan Lake. We also finished our study of Spanish for this semester.

In science during week 24 we continued our study of the human body focusing on taste. Week 25 we moved on to atoms and molecules. As part of this we build models of a water molecule. The kids loved this and had fun eating it too! 

Adventures In My Father's World: Week 23

by Dani

This week continued the Bible theme of Jesus as the Head of the Body. We focused on spiritual gifts and what ours are or might be. Butterfly agreed that she probably has the gift of teaching but wished for the gift of healing. We were able to have a conversation about not wishing for gifts we were not given. I pointed out that I have a "boring" gift myself. :)

In science we continued with the human body focusing on the brain and the senses. 

History was a huge state study this week. We learned about Maine, Missouri, Arkansas, and Michigan.

I didn't take any pictures from our lessons, so I'll leave you with some pictures of Lil' Bug,  Cricket, and Ladybug playing with the legos.