Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 19 in Review

Friday, January 9, 2015

Welcome to a peek into our Unit 19 adventures in HOD Resurrection to Reformation! This week our studies focused on Martin Luther, Cortes, Pizarro, Magellan and Raphael. I'm feeling a fresh new wind of school energy. Something about the lifting of holiday stress and the beginning of a new year is always good. We are really enjoying our studies this year, and I'm starting to see Aedan turn some developmental corners. He is in a really good phase right now. Lately he has gotten up early to get some work done early before school. I've seen it make a big difference in his math accuracy and also his attitude. He's learning that there is a reward for getting work done early. I love this aspect of homeschool. I'm seeing my sons growing up into men before my eyes. I still have so much left to teach them, but I am so thankful for the time and the opportunity to do so. We read a devotional out of Boyhood and Beyond  each week. This week we talked about waking up early to spend time with the Lord. Aedan has gotten up early to do his bible study each day. I'm very proud of the growing up he's been doing these days :)

Our history project this week was to make a 3-D map that showed Magellan's route around the world.

If you only have one student you could easily cut the dough recipe into a 1/4.

 This was hard work for a boy with impatient fingers, but he prevailed. Sorry to my Canadian friends :)

He added Magellan's route and flags to the seven continents.

Aedan researched Urbino, Italy which was the hometown of Raphael. He added his timeline entries: Luther Posts the 95 Theses, Cortes Conquers the Aztecs and Pizarro Conquers the Incas, and Magellan's Ship Sails Around the World. I adore his timeline entries!

 Aedan's written narration was about Magellan. If I ever meet the authors and creators of Horrible Histories or the You Wouldn't Want to Be a..... series I will probably find something in common with them and my son. Aedan's narration focused not on where Magellan came from or who sent him on his journey, but on the foul food the crew had to eat. Sigh. At least he's entertaining?

Aedan filled out information on the life of Martin Luther and mapped the Aztec Empire.

Aedan completed his reading of All's Well That Ends Well and studied the art of Raphael.

This year we had been taking a break from Dithor, but I decided to dig it back out again for our study of The Hobbit. I had taken a break from a few HOD recommendations and I'm starting to see they were all really great to begin with. I think we just needed a break. Aedan was SO excited to start reading this book!

 Here are a few of the Dithor assignments this week.

 There were two science experiment choices this week. One was to make a barometer which would completely fail in our negative degree winter we're having. So, we chose instead to learn how the water cycle brings fresh water to the earth.

 We added water and salt to a pot.

 The instructions said to make a tent. This was our first attempt which failed.

Our second attempt worked like a charm. The point was to boil the salt water until it condensed on the tent and dripped like rain into the bowl.

The water being warmed represents how the sun heats the water of the earth until it evaporates and forms clouds. The clouds produce rain and fresh water. When Aedan tasted the water it tasted fresh and not salty.

 This is the lab sheet for the above experiment.

This is Aedan's narration about Climate.

 This is our science notebooking page of the week.

For Christmas I surprised my boys with Legoland Passes. They were on sale, and I couldn't pass them up for my Lego loving boys! This time they had a Star Wars exhibit which of course my boys love! I love daytime homeschool field trips.

 Homeschoolers are completely spoiled because we get to go to things without all the crazy lines and masses. I love that!

Our closest of friends also got a pass which makes going a double treat! So thankful :)

And THIS! I had a box day last week!

I ordered half of Aedan's books from HOD. I will order the science and read alouds later on, but I wanted to get my hands on the guide. I start planning in the winter because I love to have free time in the spring and summer. As I went through these books I again realize how thankful I am to have found a home with HOD. I am not at all tempted to try anything else. This has been a great fit for our family. I can't wait to share with you our complete plans, but for now I'm just enjoying reading through all these lovely books. See you next week!


  1. Haha! I love Aedan's narration. And that salt dough map looks fun. I'm always so drawn to HOD's notebooks - they are beautiful.

    Can't wait to see you plan! :)

  2. The HOD guides look wonderful. It amazes me how much she packs into each guide. I don't think the HOD website really shows just how much. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I agree. I'm so glad I gave HOD a chance. The website doesn't show how amazing these guides are. I would suggest ordering a catalog if you aren't already an HOD user. It didn't make sense to me until I had the physical catalog in hand. We love HOD and plan to use it long term :)


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