HOD Creation to Christ - CtC Week 4 in Review

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I can't believe we've already made it through a full month of school! It's flying by. I took a trip to Florida, so this update is late. This unit focused mostly on Jacob, and his sons. We learned a little about Joseph, and will study more about him next week. We've really hit a nice routine. I'm really happy with the way this year is going. I love how much Aedan is learning about biblical history. He really is going to know so much by the end of the year!

Our poem of the week was Robert Frost's "A Passing Glimpse."

I love seeing how Aedan will follow the instructions each week, but makes each painting his own.

Aedan is doing great with his cursive. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to make him write all his narrations in cursive, but I'm glad I did. He has a reference sheet that he can look at if he forgets how a letter is supposed to look.

This week our history activity was to have a Hebrew meal. The boys loved this, and thought these snacks were way better than the ones we normally have. 

The edamame beans are definitely not Hebrew fare, but it was one of the few green things Silas will eat. We had grape juice, figs, bread, oil for dipping, cheese, and almonds.

A few people had posted a few shortcuts for our shepherd's head covering. I decided to see if we could put it together (despite my verbal instruction inadequacies), and we were able to successfully make them. Silas wanted to make one too.

We continued our geography study on Turkey, and mapped a few more locations.

We learned about Van Kedi cats, mud houses, and fairy chimneys. 

Our bible study in Genesis asked us to look in our science books to see if we could find different accounts of creation. I love that we have the opportunity to talk about how we believe that God created us, the universe, and all that is in it. He would have gotten a teaching more like that of the pictures above. This has been an interesting year for Aedan. He has always loved to read science books, and most of definitely do not say that God created the universe. We believe in the biblical account of creation, but are not necessarily young earth. We've had so many interesting conversations about this. It's been fun seeing Aedan's wheels turning on the topic of creation, whether or not it happened in 7 days, and if the earth is young or old.

This week's science focused in on the cat family. Our science experiment question asked how cougars and deer affect one another. I'm not sure we did this exactly right, but they had fun all the same.

Each week Aedan has to answer questions from his science reading. 

This is one of Aedan's science notebooking pages for the week.

This week Aedan turned 11! We celebrated his day by ditching school. We started our day off with donuts, and headed to the local aquarium. It's not a big aquarium, but my boys love it.

This is the moon jelly tank. The friend I visited in Florida told me that her son was recently stung by one of these guys.

The aquarium offers a squid dissection class. At first Silas didn't want to come. He has always hated what he calls "fleshy" science books (pictures of animals eating other animals.) I told him it wouldn't be bloody, and he decided he could do it. Aedan was all about it!

We located the squid's mouth.

We located the beak (or bulb and esophagus), and pulled it out. Isn't it crazy that this squishy little creature has a hard beak just like a bird?!

The next thing we did was cut this guy open. We located the ink sack and discovered she was a girl. The top point of a squid is white if it's a boy, and clear-ish if it's a girl. We pulled out her pin (I think that's what the teacher called it.) It looked like a piece of plastic, and serves like a back bone even though this is an invertebrate. The boys dipped it in the ink sack, and wrote their names on paper. I somehow missed getting a picture of that. Well hopefully I didn't gross you out too much with this :) It's a boy mom's life!


  1. we did dissections this week too! The brain and the eye and my girl wanted nothing to do with it but my boy had no problem at all LOL!

  2. You make HOD look so fun! Just wish I could pull it off with multiple levels!

  3. Wow! What a great opportunity to do a dissection! Your son's handwriting and paintings are so well done. My son's paintings are really awful (and his handwriting is worse), but he's proud of them, so I guess that's all that counts.

  4. Love his poetry paintings! They are always so beautiful.

    Eww...on the dissection...ha! Its one of the science areas that as a mom & teacher, I struggle with the most.

    I remember our early Bible learning days with my older girls and look forward to reliving them my now little ones.


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