Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 16 in Review

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Well lookie here...I actually have a week in review on time!
This week we our studies focused on a famous explorer by the name of Christopher Columbus.

Our history project of the week was to make hard tack sea biscuits. We had discussed these on our HOD FB group, and I thought maybe I could skip these.  Another mom encouraged us to go ahead and do it. All they are is water, salt and flour. The sailors ate these to fill their bellies on their long journeys. No wonder they got scurvy!

You were supposed to cook the for an hour. I cooked them about 10 minutes less. Silas thought they couldn't possibly be good and that they looked like our salt dough we use for lots of other projects. Basically it is the same recipe!

Aedan is always excited when we get to eat our school projects. He dumped honey on them and thought they were good. This boy will make a good husband someday when dinner doesn't turn out so well.

Aedan has always been a big reader, so he has already formed opinions on Columbus. I had him read Columbus by D'Aulaire to see how he would feel about it. He said, "Yeah. This book pretty much says Columbus was a good guy." He feels Columbus's treatment of the natives was pretty bad. I have to agree.

This is Aedan's timeline and research for the week. He has gotten pretty good about finding the info he needs to find for his research questions.

What some books say about Columbus vs. Real Columbus.

We also learned about Lorenzo de Medici.

This was Aedan's mapwork of the week.

He mapped some of the other early explorer's routes around the world.

We studied the art of Sandro Botticelli.

In science we learned about the different layers of the atmosphere. The kids always love when science turns into snack time! Our stratosphere got lost somehow, but you get the idea.

We dumped out all the ingredients and added butter and eggs. I wasn't sure these were going to turn out because you normally cream the eggs and butter with the sugar.

They were actually pretty good!

This is Aedan's drawing of his experiment. That is our week! How was yours?

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