Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 18 in Review

Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcome to our week 18 Week in Review! I am in the thick of homeschool research for next year. Around this time each year when it's cold and dreary I start trying to piece together how next year will work. This week I purchased the first half of Aedan's books for next year. He will continue with HOD Revival to Revolution. I can't wait to get my hands on those books! I will order the second half next month with our science options. I haven't decided if I will go with HOD's recommendations or not yet, but I'm leaning that way.

I am loving all the art history we are studying this year especially for and with my artist Aedan. He gets a kick out of the stories about all the famous artists and writers. This week we read about Michelangelo, Jan van Eyck, Erasmus and Niccolo Machiavelli.

Our art project this week was to replicate Michelangelo's famous hands of God and Adam from the Sistine Chapel. Aedan loves to draw. Painting isn't his favorite. He was so unhappy with how this turned out, but who besides Michelangelo could paint like that upside down!?

We taped our picture under the table.

First he tried sitting, and then he got a horrible crick in his neck.

Next he tried painting on his back. Either way was very difficult to hold the brush and paint. He had a new respect for Michelangelo!

Our timeline entries: Michelangelo Paints the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Erasmus writes "In Praise of Folly" and Niccolo Machiavelli writes "The Prince." His research this week was on Bruges, Belgium. My husband lived in Belgium growing up, so this was fun for him to see Aedan learning about this. The kids were wrestling downstairs and this notebook page was collateral damage. Humph.

Aedan's written narration was about Niccolo Machiavelli.

Aedan is reading the extensions this year. He just started reading "Artist of the Reformation" which is about the life of Albrecht Durer. He completed info on his student sheet about him.

We studied the works of Michelangelo and Jan van Eyck.

In art appreciation we studied the works of Monet.

Aedan read half of All's Well That Ends Well.

Aedan is memorizing Emily Dickinson's A Word is Dead. This is his illlustration.

A WORD is dead
When it is said,
  Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live       
  That day.

In science we learned about what causes ocean currents.

First we added cold water to a bag and weighted it down. We added cold water to the bowl, poked a hole in the bag to see how cold currents flow.

Next we did the same thing but with hot water in the bag.

The hot water didn't work as well because we had a leak in the bag too soon. Ahh well. Can't win em' all!

These are are science notebooking pages for the week. See you soon!


  1. His drawings are too cute. Love that he painted upside down! It came out great!

  2. Awesome! Our science experiment on currents didn't work either. :(

  3. Glad to know we weren't the only ones!


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