Friday, August 26, 2016

Heart of Dakota - HOD CtC - Week 2

Here's a peek into our week 2 in Creation to Christ. This is such a fantastic guide. I am loving seeing how Silas is approaching his work this year as a bigger kid. It's neat reading the Bible as the beginning of all history books. This week we learned about the cities that rose after the flood, about the Tower of Babel, Abraham and the city of Ur. Silas really likes the What in the World? CDs. When I asked him his favorite part of school this week he said making his cuneiform tablet, science and Phonetic Zoo (this one makes me laugh.)

I have been having so much painting along side Silas. This week his painting is inspired by our poetry reading of "The Pasture" by Robert Frost.


At the end of each week Silas does a poetry reading from the poem we studied.

His painting is of a pasture spring. His painting actually turned out better than mine did. He didn't think adding green was a good idea (as per the instructions), but I thought he did a great job.

This is one of our history notebook pages of the week.

He copied the 10 generations from Noah to Abram.

The Cushite Shepherd Kings in Egypt brought the worship of other gods to Egypt, Sumeria and the Holy Land.

We read about the Tower of Babel in several resources. His picture is a good representation of what it was like to have the languages confused.

We read about Abram and his journey to Ur. The directions said to draw a moon. Of course Silas had to be cheeky!

Silas wrote his written narration about Abraham dividing the land with Lot. I thought his little Abraham with his altar was adorable!

His copywork this week was out of the book of Job. It was the description of the Behemoth with its tail like a cedar tree and the leviathan with breath like fire. So cute!

Our storytime read aloud is The Golden Bull. It is a story about 2 children who's family is starving. They must leave their home and find work in Ur. It's a great book to understand what it was like in that city. I love that we read books like this of places that would otherwise be covered and little understood otherwise.

Silas's history project was to make a cylinder seal like that of King Urukh. These were used to sign clay tables. He also made a clay tablet that he etched cuneiform.

This is what a real clay tablet might look like. I thought his looked pretty close!

The first time I did this with Aedan we did it with salt dough. It didn't really work out as well. This time we used air dry clay. SO much easier! First Silas made a design on paper.

He wrapped it around the cylinder so that the image would be backwards. We used a thumb tack to leave an impression of where to carve the design.

You have to etch it pretty deeply or it won't leave an impression. This had to dry overnight, so we could use it the next day.

Next he rolled out some clay to make a tablet. He then added his cuneiform characters.

Next, he signed his tablet with his cylinder.

It worked so much better this time thanks to another HOD mom who shared a  tutorial HERE.

We are enjoying A Child's Geography Vol. II. The last time we did this I noticed that Aedan often had forgotten some of the things we had read. Instead of having Silas do the Travel Log I made these pages that are the chapter review. He will use these as an open book review. I may have him do a few Travel Logs as well. I think the review will be good though. We have plenty of art and drawing. I thought this would be a good change of pace.

Silas is loving his Apologia Astronomy book! This week he learned about the sun and solar eclipses. His activity this week was to learn how a solar eclipse occurs. We set up our globe and our "sun" which was just a flashlight.

We hung a ball in the path of the sun's rays to show what happens when the moon blocks out the sun's light.

Silas did his experiment sheet for the above activity.

It's nice being able to use these notebook pages more than once. It makes the work well worth it!

Silas is also using IEW like his big brother. This was his first assigment. For his first effort I thought he did well. I'm having them each type up their work.

That's all for now! Until next time...

Heart of Dakota - HOD MtMM - Week 2

Welcome to our week 2 in review! I think our bodies have gotten used to being back to work. I always find that I'm far more productive with less time - strange how that works. Aedan has started getting up and starting work a little earlier than our official 8 a.m. start time. This has been a great help as we have several afternoon commitments that would otherwise make for a rushed day.

Overall, I'm really happy with all our curriculum choices so far. Sometimes what might seem like a great idea isn't in practice, but everything is going well. Of course we shall see how everything works out long term after we get further into our year. We are really enjoying learning about this history period as most of it is new to Aedan. This week we focused on Asia through the lives of missionaries that were called to that part of the world. We read about Hudson Taylor in China, Nijima Jo in Japan, and the Russian priest Nicholas who was also called to Japan.

Our history project this week directed us to paint these Chinese characters. The translation is Christ's Disciple or Christ's Apprentice.

This is Aedan's history notebook of the week. He wrote his written narration about Hudson Taylor.

Nicholas was a Russian priest who was a missionary to Japan. He helped Nijima Jo more fully understand the gospel.

Nijima Jo was a Japanese samurai who came to know the Lord through reading the Bible. He later became the first Japanese missionary. You gotta love this timeline picture!

We compared Nijima Jo and Takuma Sawabe's lives. This year Aedan's written narrations are supposed to be typed by an adult. I made these pages, so I can more easily paste them in without messing up these pretty pages!

Hudson Taylor was a Chinese missionary who quickly learned that he would have to adapt to the Chinese culture in order to reach the people.

We finished our storytime book Under the Hawthorne Tree and started reading God's Adventurer about the life of Hudson Taylor.

Aedan copied a portion of a letter written by Hudson Taylor. We discussed the letter in our Worthy Words assignment.

One thing I'm absolutely loving is the Nature Drawing and Journaling. This week Aedan designed his cover. This turned out way better than I could have expected! Beautiful!

His other assignment was to do a leaf study based on one of da Vinci's works. I thought he did an amazing job! I might be a fan though.


Aedan is learning more about the history of chemistry through one of Tiner's books. I really enjoyed reading this over the summer myself.

Our second science experiment was supposed to demonstrate how oxygen is necessary for fire to burn. We mixed sodium bicarbonate and vinegar. We were supposed to pour the carbon dioxide that was produced by this chemical reaction on a lit tealight. It should have extinguished the flame, but it didn't. Can't win em' all I suppose. We always laugh when things don't work out the way they are supposed to.

Aedan is learning more about the geography of our home state. This will be a great review for him.

We have been really enjoying some of the extras we got to enhance our economics and chemistry study. These Economics for Everybody DVDs are really great. We also watched our first Chemistry 101 DVD as well. I love how clear and interesting the instruction is on both DVDs. They are very well done.

Aedan will have a lot of writing instruction this year. This is his first assignment for IEW Following Narnia. The assignments start out very simple at first, but will ramp up soon enough. That's all for this week.

Do you have any questions about any of our choices this year? I always love to chat with you all!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Heart of Dakota - HOD CtC - Week 1

Welcome to our very first week of school! This will be Silas's first year back to Heart of Dakota in 2 years. I never know how the year will go until we actually start. After making it through the first week I am so happy that we chose to go this route this year. Silas will be studying ancient history with HOD Creation to Christ. We haven't done ancients since way back in kindergarten, so a lot of this will be new to him. I especially love the focus on Biblical history in CtC. I always say that a kid doing this guide will likely be more Biblically literate than many adults.

One thing I especially love about this guide is the poetry and watercolor study. Each week we will study a Robert Frost poem and paint a painting that is inspired by that poem. I looked back to see Aedan's picture from the same week. It's neat to see how each kid interprets it in their own way. This week we studied the poem "A Late Walk."

This time I decided I would paint alongside him. I always wanted to do that with Aedan. It's such a fun project each week!

Another thing I am doing differently this time is that I made these poetry frames for the poetry copywork. Last time we used index cards. I thought these might be a prettier option. If you would like these you can find them HERE.

I thought he did a great job for his very first painting of the year. I especially thought his handwriting was lovely. It's a change for him to write everything in cursive this year. He's doing a great job with it so far.

As always I adore HOD's notebook pages. It's always so fun to see how each kid interprets the events and historical figures we study. Silas did a great job for his first written narration of the year. This year we are using IEW Fables. We made a quick outline like IEW instructs. It made writing this narration so much easier. Making an outline helped him to stay on topic and cover what happened.

If this isn't the cutest little earth I've ever seen....I always love my boy's timeline entries. This week we studied the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, and Noah's flood. Silas really enjoyed listening to the Diana Waring What in the World? CDs. He even stopped to listen to Aedan's for MtMM.

I made a schedule for The Victor Journey through the Bible book to go along with our bible reading each week. I love this kid's commentary. It really explains the context of scripture in a way they can understand.

The Great Flood - 2300 B.C. I recently read a historical fiction based on the life of Noah's wife. It was fascinating to consider some of the details that the Bible doesn't fill in.

Our storytime book is Dinosaurs of Eden. Silas is also reading the extensions this year and read Dinosaurs by Design this week.

This week we took it easy on literature. Since we skipped Preparing last year I wanted Silas to be able to read this Noah's Ark book. We will soon be taking a trip to the creation museum with friends to see the ark. It's the perfect time to see it since this is what we are studying this year!

Silas's history project was to make a generations flap book. It told all of the generations from Adam to Noah.

One of the tweaks I made to CtC's schedule was the science. Silas has studied animal science and botany more than once in recent years. He asked if he could learn astronomy this year. He is often content to learn whatever I plan, so when he does request something specific I try to accommodate it. A eager learner is always best! We are using HOD's Resurection to Reformation's science schedule rather than CtC's science this year. We will study astronomy and earth science instead.

The first experiment we did was to compare the size of the planets. We were supposed to make the planets out of balloons or draw them. Instead I found these free printables to use to compare the sizes.

First we compared them from smallest to largest, and then we put them in order that they are in our solar system.

I knew Silas would have to draw them on his experiment sheet anyway, so the printables were lovely.

Each week there is one notebook page, and  also a written narration. Silas is getting a lot of writing practice this year. I'm hoping to see him develop confidence in this area.

This of course isn't all of what we learn each week, but over the course of the year I hope to share how we use other individual curriculum choices as well. I'm looking forward to seeing what will come of next week!