This week in Bigger Hearts for His Glory we learned about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. We also learned about the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman and others who helped runaway slaves make their way to freedom.
We also learned about the how the runaway slaves used the stars to find their way north. We learned about the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper and the North Star.
And Kevin made a History notebook page about the Union and the Confederacy. We used the notebook page available on the Bigger Hearts Facebook page for this.
We also added more cards to our flashcards on the states and practiced state abbreviations. We also marked which states stayed in the Union and which seceded. (I used different markings than the guide because I didn’t read carefully enough at the beginning. 🙂 )
For art, we practiced drawing stovepipe hats and logs.
In Science we learned about harvest time in The Pioneer Sampler. We read about how the pioneers used clouds to predict the weather. We went outside and tried to make a prediction based on the clouds. We were right. It rained later in the day!
In Poetry we studied rhyming pattern and personification using the poem “God Bless Our Native Land.”
I was able to get a lot of great books from our library this week on the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, and Harriet Tubman.
Here are some books we checked out:
Underground Railroad: An Interactive History Adventure My son especially loves these Interactive History Adventure books. He learns so much from them.
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Civil War Soldier!
The Gettysburg Address in Translation
Escape by Night: A Civil War Adventure is another book about the Civil War that I highly recommend. It is a a book about two kids and a dog who help a wounded soldier escape.
I’m sure there are many other great books about this time period available, but those are just a few that we found.
Our week was busy and actually broken up into three weeks because of traveling and vacation time, but we finally managed to get most of it done. I hope you had a great week and thanks for stopping by!
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I did not know that the runaway slaves used the stars to find their way north! What an interesting fact! Never too old to learn something new. Thanks for sharing.
Jenny (visiting from Weekly Wrap-Up)
I love learning along with my children. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
What an important time period to learn about. I’m going to look for Escape in the Night at my library. Thanks!
I think you’ll really enjoy the book. Thanks for stopping by!
I asked this question on one of your 2015 posts but not sure if you get responses to older posts so I’m asking here as well. I’ve never used HOD but am considering BHFHG for this fall. All the activities your children are doing go along with the curriculum, not something you’ve added on yourself, correct?
Yes, they’re all planned in the guide. Usually I’ll mention if we do something extra. Like when we used Seterra, or check out books from the library, but I think I usually make it clear that it’s something we did on our own.