HOD Creation to Christ - CtC Week 24 in Review

Monday, March 17, 2014

Welcome to our Creation to Christ Unit 24 in Review! This week we continue our study of Ancient Rome. We spent much of the week learning about Hannibal and Carthage. It's been fun hearing Aedan's perspective of famous Romans. He is repeatedly shocked at their antics, and the foolish things the did to prove a point. I'm glad to see him learning from people's past mistakes. He was fascinated by the war machines of Rome, and how they battled other regions of the Ancient world.
This week our Poem was Robert Frost's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." Aedan is beginning to ask if he can paint after school. He prefers to draw, but this year's watercolor projects have helped him have a little more confidence with a paint and brush.

This is Aedan's history notebooking page for the week. There is sometimes talk about whether these pages are worth it. For us they were totally worth the cost. I can see how it may be difficult for children with larger handwriting to write in a smaller area. Aedan's handwriting is so tiny and neat that it's pretty easy for him to fit his narrations in the boxes. I love having these, and would definitely recommend them. I think kids who may do sloppy work might take more care in doing a better job on these pages than they would on lined paper. That's just my humble opinion though. Aedan loves these, and I love seeing his perspective with the illustrations as well.

Aedan added his timeline entries: Rome gains all of Italy, 1st Punic War (Rome vs. Carthage), and 2nd Punic War.

Aedan's chosen copywork this week was about Carthage.

His written narration was about war elephants.

Aedan drew a war elephant as per the instructions in Draw and Write Through History.

Our history project was to make a card game. Confession: We didn't actually play the game. I do however fully intend to. It just hasn't happened...yet.

Aedan added more info to his map for A Child's Geography.

We're almost done with our year! It's amazing to see how far we've come with our scripture memory. each week we add a new verse. He's doing really well in retaining the verses each week.

Our science experiment was to learn how blood circulates through the body. We looked under our tongue to see the red blood vessels, and blue veins. This was a great opportunity for both boys as Silas is also studying the human body in his science. Over the summer I downloaded Ellen McHenry's The Circulation Game. I printed an laminated it, so we could play it later this year.

This was so perfect for this activity, and will be used in future years I'm sure.

I printed out the Carbon Dioxide, Oxygen, Waste, and Sugar and Protein, and blood cell pieces.

The object of the game was to move the oxygen and sugar and protein to the body to the cells, to remove the waste (sending it to the kidneys), and to take the Carbon Dioxide to the lungs to be processed.

This was a great hand's on lesson for both boys.

In the end the cells only had what they needed, and the waste and CO2 was removed.

The Carbon Dioxide ended in the lungs.

Aedan illustrated our experience with the game here.

Aedan is enjoying reading about Galen and thought the way they dealt with illness in ancient times was very interesting. See you  next week!


  1. I'm so appreciative of you sharing all that you do on your blog. Thanks for the comment about the notebooking pages and them being worth it. I know I question if they will be or not and if our kids handwriting will be too big. Anyhow, I appreciate you sharing your tips and experience. :) Downloading the circulation game right now.

  2. Not only are the pages beautiful, they have saved me a lot of time. I know they did cost, but I didn't have to spend time on printing them. You know as I do how much time it took to print all that Preparing stuff out! I hope you love the pages as much as we do :)


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