Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 1 in Review

Friday, August 22, 2014

Welcome to our very first weekly update for the new year! This week we began our Unit 1 journey in Heart of Dakota Resurrection to Reformation! I always get super nervous before the new year begins. I've been known to carry my books around with me to the pool just so I can get a grip on what our weeks will look like with combining the 2 guides I'm running this year. I was really happy about the way our first week went. 

At first I was a little nervous because we were wrapping up our days a little earlier than I expected, but by the end of the week our days were about what I thought they should be for this level. I thought I might add something, but decided to wait. One of my wise friends told me that she was going to do 3 weeks of work in RtR and re-evaluate before she added anything. I thought that was a good plan. I'm going to wait and see how the next few weeks goes. Aedan worked hard and cheerfully I might add. We're hitting those tween years, and by the end of the summer I was starting to see our desperate need to be back in a routine. I think my family does so much better when we know what is planned for the day. I'm thankful we are off to a good start! 

Here's my handsome boy on the first day of school. Isn't he getting so big?

This year we will cover the time period from Christ's Resurrection to the Reformation of the church. I so look forward to learning along side Aedan this year. I pre-read many of the books this year, so that I would know what direction we were going as Aedan will be reading his history books independently. Our first history reader is Peril and Peace. This week we covered the lives of Paul the apostle, Polycarp, Justin the Martyr and Constantine.

Last year in CtC we did watercolor paintings each week. I looooved the end product each week, but I'm glad to have a break from them this year. RtR has plenty of hands on projects, and we will also do art appreciation each week. It was fun discussing  and appreciating our art piece this week. We will have an art class at Co-Op this year, so that will be great for my artist.

Our history project of the week was to make a Roman arch. This year I bought a bunch of air dry clay. I don't normally mind making it, but sometimes it's nice just having it on hand. We chose to use store bought for this project.

Aedan had to paint the arch and draw a scene behind it.

This was his finished product. I always love seeing this kid's work :)

HOD makes beautiful history notebooking pages. These are even prettier than last year's. I love the art pages in the back of the notebook that we get to look at for art appreciation. Aedan's written narration was a little rusty this week, but at least they made me laugh. I will continue to let him draw for his narration as was required last year just because he enjoys it. I was worried he might struggle with the research postcard, but I thought he did a great job for his first try!

I'm so excited about being able to study Shakespeare this year. I love that it is being introduced in an age appropriate way, so when it's studied later it won't be so intimidating. Aedan will copy a portion of each play in his Shakespeare notebook.

Our first science book of the year is Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy. I thought the readings were a little too short, so I added some reading out of our Usborne Science Encyclopedia. I also checked out library books for each planet that I will add. Aedan adores Apologia books, so he was excited to be able to read one this year too.

Our first science question we asked was: How do planets compare to one another in size? There were 2 options for this activity. The first was to use balloons and make them scale models that way. I chose the paper route. Much easier! We used everyday items around the house to show how the planets compare in size.

Aedan made a poster to show the size differences of the planets. I thought he did a nice job coloring each one.

Each week in science there will be written narrations, vocabulary and science experiment sheets. His first science page assignment was to make a mnemonic phrase to help him remember the order of the planets....of course it's silly because that's how Aedan rolls. I give him credit for laughs :) See you next week!


  1. Fantastic job on the Roman Arch! I agree that HOD has some of the most beautiful notebooking pages ever created!

    So glad that you all had an awesome 1st week of school!

  2. Loved reading your post! ;)

    Such beautiful science notebooking pages. Did you find them somewhere or make them? I'm thinking about making some of my own for next year, so was just wondering! Thanks! :)

  3. Thank you :) I made the science notebook pages. They were work, but I'm glad I got them done!


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