Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 23 in Review

Friday, February 6, 2015

We are rounding the final bend of our school year. Each week has flown by for the past few months. It is starting to warm up here and there. I'm not ready for school to be done just yet. I love having our summer break, but by the end of it the lack of structure tends to get us all a little crazy. Ask me that in a few weeks though. I'm sure I will be very ready at the end. These boys are growing up way too fast! I looked back on the blog and watched Aedan grow up before my eyes. Tears. Those early years seem to go like molasses, but then all of a sudden you realize you have so little time left. I'm thankful for the extra time I get with these boys during the day. Homeschool is such a blessing.

We had taken a break from Drawn Into the Heart of Reading. I decided to pick it back up for The Hobbit. Aedan absolutely loved reading this book. He finished this week. We did a book project to wrap it up. He designed a travel poster for Middle Earth.

Enjoy the scenery! See exotic wild life! Warning: May encounter orcs, trolls, goblins, dragons and really big spiders :)

Visit Lake Town (don't mind the fire breathing dragon.) Buy rare artifacts like, I don't know, maybe the Ring of power?

Rent a hobbit hole (don't mind Gollum.) Visit Middle Earth's restaurants. You may recieve menues for first, second or third breakfast. Only my LoTR nerd readers will get any of this :)

This week our history studies focused on Ponce de Leon, William Tyndale, Jacque Cartier, Nicolaus Copernicus and Bartolome de Las Casas. Aedan filled out his timeline and researched Krakow, Poland.

Aedan's written narration was about Bartolome de Las Casas.

 Part of Aedan's history project was to write a prayer like Gabriel from Gabriel and the Hour Book. He wrote the prayer and made a decorative border. He folded it and added it to his notebook.

 He completed another replicate page of Queen Anne's Book of Hours.

This week he read the second half of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Hours. There was discussion on the forums of whether or not this part of the plans was worth it. Aedan has told me often that these are mostly looooove stories, but I think it is good to introduce them now in a way that is readable for kids this age. When it is introduced later it won't be as intimidating, or at least that is my hope :)

 In science we learned about latitude lines. 

We found where we live and found other cities on the same latitude line as us.

This is his lab sheet for the above activity.

Science notebooking page of the week.

 He wrote his written narration about parallels of latitude.

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