HOD Creation to Christ - CtC Week 1 in Review

Friday, August 23, 2013

Welcome to our first ever HOD Creation to Christ week in review! I am proud to say that we survived the week. I love our new 4 day schedule. Creation to Christ is much more challenging than Bigger Hearts was. We skipped a guide, and I think Aedan fits into this one beautifully. It is going to take us a while to get up to speed, but I'm really happy with how things went. We start our mornings at 8. The first day we were done at 1:45. Tuesday we finished at 12:30. On average this guide is taking us about 5 hours a day to complete. I keep reading about it taking allllll day long, so I was thankful to see that I could get it done in a reasonable amount of time. I'm finding that if I leave the room too long my little daydreamer does get off track. If I'm a quiet presence in the room he works harder. I have to say that Aedan and I were both really fried, but it got easier. I think we had summer mush brain, and it takes a while to build up the ability to work hard after a long break.

We started our year learning about Creation, and the Garden of Eden. We ended our studies this week at Noah and The Flood. I love that we're learning about history in a biblical context. Aedan already knows many of the Bible stories, but this is going to add a depth that he hasn't yet acquired. He starts his day with his own Bible quiet time. I really love that HOD encourages that as part of his day. He really loves the illustrated Bible he gets to read each day. He will memorize Philippians 2 this year. He also loves the dinosaur books that we are reading.

One thing I really love about CtC is the art and poetry study! This year we will study a Robert Frost every week. Aedan will paint a watercolor picture to go with each poem we study. I love that!

Aedan's first love is drawing. He's never been one to paint much. As he started painting on the 3rd day he said, "Do you think Dad would let me paint the cover of the book he's working on?" For him to say "paint" was a big deal. I love that he is learning a new medium, and that he is already starting to love it.

I was talking to a friend about HOD's heavy use of art and drawing. For us it is a beautiful thing. Both of the boys love to draw, to imagine, and create. I can see how if you have a more analytical kid though that it might be a bad thing. For us it is a major blessing!

Each week Aedan has to do a poetry reading for us. It was fun seeing him try this out.

I love, love, love HOD's notebooking pages in CtC and up. Each week he will have to choose an interesting portion of his history reading to copy, do his own 5-8 sentence written narration, copy a Bible verse, and do 2 timeline entries. These activities are spread throughout the week. He is required to do all of this in cursive. He's still working on learning cursive, but I thought he did a great job. HOD is teaches a young earth creation, hence the creation date on the timeline entry. We aren't necessarily young earth, but it has given us plenty to discuss.

The history project for the student notebook this week was to make a generations flapbook.

He was asked to draw a scene of the Garden of Eden. I thought these were the cutest little Adam and Eve pictures ever :)

The first part of the year we our science studies are out of Apologia's Land Animals of the 6th day. Our first experiment was about camouflage. 3 of these colors were supposed to match the different M&M colors below.

We were supposed to count out an even amount of M&M's to hide in our habitat.

Both boys love participating in each other's experiments. We never have M&M's or things like that around here, so this was a real treat for them :)

Here is our experiment sheet for the above experiment. Aedan loved doing this just as much this year as he did last year. He drew the M&M predators, and the M&Ms hiding. So cute!

3 of the days for science have activity sheets. One day they copy a verse, the next they answer questions from their reading. On the last day they complete their science experiment sheet.

Aedan found this great book at the library this week. I thought it was a perfect book to read since we are studying what animals were like in the garden before the fall. There are tons of stories in this book about predators and prey animals that became unlikely friends. They are all heartwarming to read, and makes you think that somewhere hidden in these animals' DNA is a bit of the Garden.

Our DITHOR activity was to gather 5 items to tell a little about yourself.

Aedan grabbed a few books and a pencil. He is an artist and an animal lover :)

Our Biography choice is Carry on Mr. Bowditch. This is Aedan's collage about the characters in the book.

These are a few of our extras. Our first day took so long that I was thinking I might drop everything not HOD related. I decided to fit them in anyway. Aedan still needs work on cursive, so he is working in Pentime 5. We are doing HOD dictation level 4, and R&S Grade 5 spelling. Aedan loves taking spelling tests, and always insists on extra bonus words. We're really happy with R&S spelling, and will continue with it.

I also added in English from the Roots Up, and Maps, Charts, and Graphs. We are studying the Holy Land in HOD, but these map skills are fun and something Aedan needs to learn. English From the Roots Up is a painless way to add to their vocabulary. They did really well so far in retaining the words we learned this week. 

Phew! We did it! I really loved working on a 4 day week. It makes the long M-Th worth it if I know I have a light Friday to look forward to. The only thing I wasn't able to check off was nature study. We were invited to hang out with a friend. The boys still want to do nature study, so we'll do it tomorrow instead. How was your first week?!


  1. Looks great! Aedan is doing a wonderful job on all his work!

  2. Where did you find the Science activity sheets at? I was at the yahoo group and didn't see those.

  3. I found them on the Facebook Creation To Christ Page :)

  4. Looks like SO much fun. I am very impressed with his painting! We are starting CTC on Monday, 8/26.

  5. Great week!

    Is the literature unit for Carry On Mr. Bowditch part of your curriculum or is it something else? I am intrigued!

  6. Christine,

    Thanks for your compliments :) I hope you have a great first week!


    We are using HOD's Drawn into the Heart of Reading. It's their literature program. Carry one Mr. Bowditch will be used for our study of the biography genre :)

  7. Amazing!!!

    Love how you share your weeks :)

  8. Wow! Fabulous artwork and amazing handwriting!

  9. Thank you! I thought he did such a nice job too :)


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