Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 26 in Review

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Welcome to week 26! We have officially made it 3/4 of the way through school. We will be taking a spring break next week. I had planned maybe to plow through, but decided we could really use a break instead.

This week we learned about William, Prince of Orange, who was is an ancestor on my husband's side. I love that we keep running into people in our lineage this year. It turns out he was a really decent guy. We also learned about the Spanish Inquisition, Sir Walter Raleigh, William Shakespeare and about the rivalry between England and Spain.

We learned about the Spanish Armada.

Aedan researched Oxford, England. He added his timeline figures: William the Silent Leads Dutch Revolt, The English Defeat the Spanish Armada and Lost Colony of Roanoke. I will never tire of his timeline pictures. Last week he was a little upset that I made him change them. I rarely ask for a revision. He almost chose to do what the guide suggested but instead did them with his normal comedic flair. I love how this kids thinks. He cracks me up!

Aedan's written narration was about Michael Montaigne. Aedan apparently thought him to be a little full of himself.

He read about Philip II, mapped Spain and added info about Sir Walter Raleigh.

Aedan mapped the 17 united provinces under William of Orange. He also illustrated the Emily Dickinson poem he chose to memorize over the next few weeks.

He began Bard of Avon. I love these Diane Stanley books. They are so beautifully illustrated and my kids always seem to connect with whoever her books are about. I heard Aedan telling his dad things he had learned about Shakespeare. He thought it was really cool how many words and expressions he coined.

In science we learned about ocean tides.

He placed a ball in the water and pushed it down to show how tides rise and fall.

Next he pulled the container to show how the moon's pull raises and lowers the tide.

He made a water line to show what the water was like before the tide rose. The amount of water didn't change but the water line did.

This is his illustration for the above activity.

He learned about 3 astronomers and filled in facts. He is getting so much better about vocabulary words. I love that this is included in the plans. As I look over Silas's plans for Preparing I see the value built up through the guides in each activity. He has much improved in many skills this year. I'm so thankful to have found something that works well for my kids!

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