We're continuing to have a blast in HOD! I can't believe it's already the weekend. These weeks are flying by. This week we studied more about the life of John James Audubon. We also learned a little about the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. My boys come from a family of artists and writers, so it's always fun to study the lives of those who made a name for themselves in those areas. Both Audubon and Longfellow were very diligent in studying their crafts. We already learned about Audubon earlier in the year, but my boys were so happy to study him again.
This week's art project was to reflect the words of Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life." The directions said to use salt or sand, but we used glitter (because that's how I roll.)
Our history notebooking page was to write this stanza from "A Psalm of Life." The art project above was to represent our footprints in the sand of time.
We picked up more books on Audubon from the library. I had Aedan read a few of these on his own, and I read one aloud. I found the book on the left last summer. I knew we'd be studying Audubon.
It was really nice referring to this book when we read the Audubon biography earlier in the year. Every time we read about a specific bird, we looked it up.
I really admire Audubon's determination to complete his project. At some point all his paintings were destroyed by rats, yet he still plodded on until his work was compete. His task of painting all the birds of America somewhat bordered on obsession, but you can't help but be impressed at what he accomplished.
Last week we started the non-fiction genre. So far the boys are enjoying this book, however, they are a little afraid Balto is going to die sometime soon. It always seems like stories about dogs end sadly. I guess we'll see what happens. Silas read Stone Fox earlier this year as one of his DITHOR books. The dog died suddenly in that one. Silas drew a quick breath when it happened and teared up. I wish I had known that was going to happen. Poor kid :(
We continue on with our vocabulary study. I loved Silas's interpretation of the word portrait. It says "Mona Pisa" instead of Mona Lisa. So cute!
We studied the character trait diligence this week. Longfellow and Audubon were great examples of diligence.
The theme of this week centered very much on creativity. I loved our poem this week. It portrayed God as the ultimate painter, artist, sculptor and playwrite.
We are still loving A Pioneer Sampler. This week we learned about how the pioneers milked cows, and how children were often responsible for bringing the cow in for her milking. Our day 5 experiment was to learn how butter is made. We poured whipping cream in a jar, and then the shaking up began!
This was hard work! We took turns for the 10 minutes. We had to cover our jar because the buttermilk was beginning to leak as it separated.
Can you tell we were wearing ourselves out?! Aedan made up his own song to make the time pass.
After the fat separated from the buttermilk we poured it out into a bowl. We poured off the buttermilk, and washed the butter. Lastly, we added salt.
The boys enjoyed the fruit of their labor :)
We learned more about bees, and how the pioneers collected honey.
Elemental Science at The Monarch Room
Silas continued his study of the planets. This week we learned about Mercury and Venus. This experiment showed why Venus was hotter than Mercury. Its thick atmosphere traps in the heat.
Aedan began his unit on sound.
This experiment showed us how to "see" sound waves.
Out and About
We belong to a small co-op. We had a Valentine's Day party. Thank goodness for Pinterest :) I found these cute printables. It probably would have been cheaper to buy them. Ah well!
I was responsible for the snacks. This was another Pinterest idea. The boys enjoyed sharing and receiving Valentines.
Well those were the highlights :) How was your week?