Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 27 in Review

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Welcome to our weekly update! This week was especially fun. It seems like these HOD guides will schedule a lot of fun sprinkled through each week, but some have more than others. I love when we get to cook foods that are inspired by what we have learned. This week we learned more about Shakespeare. Each week Aedan has read a Shakespeare play. It was fun to be able to spend some time learning about the man behind those famous words! We also read about Tokugawa Ieyasu of Japan, Sir Francis Bacon and Michel de Cervantes.

Our history project this week was to make 3 different recipes. One of the recipes we made was Yorkshire Pudding.

I was just chatting with a My Father's World mom about how it is hard to transition from the family learning model. I think many MFW moms are afraid to make the switch to HOD because they think that family learning would be lost if kid weren't all learning the same things. The thing I have found is that there is still so much fun we have together even though I chose to separate my guys into their own guides that fit their skill level. Silas loves to cook so he asked his brother if he could help! Here they are separating butter into each muffin tin.

Silas is my egg guy. Aedan was more than happy to let him do this :)

Aedan added the rest of the ingredients and whipped it up.

These actually looked beautiful when I first pulled them out of the oven. I should have snapped a pic right away. They are sort of souffle like, or maybe like reverse French toast. We had never had Yorkshire Pudding, so I had to look up how in the world to serve it. This makes me want to try it again and drown it in gravy like some of the linked picture!

The next recipe we made was baked pears. First we drowned them in butter.

Silas asked if he could pretty please do half of them :)

Next we sprinkled them with brown sugar and cinnamon.

These make the house smell so good!

My kids say that homeschoolers get the best snacks!

We also made Seed Cake. Seed cakes were often served at Shakespeare's plays. The recipe calls for caraway seeds, but I didn't have them. I heard you can get caraway seeds cheap on Amazon. I may have to try this again.

We love poetry tea time. This time we had Shakespeare tea time!

Unfortunately the guide didn't specify how long to cook the seed cake. My guess is around 45 minutes. I had to check it often to make sure it was getting done. The middle turned out a little goopy, but it was still good. The batter is very thick, so make sure to add the extra milk to thin it. I didn't do that and I think it would have baked more evenly had I done that.

Aedan read quotes he has written down from his Shakespeare notebook.

Aedan added his timeline entries: Shakespeare Lives in London, Tokugawa Ieyasu - Shogun in Japan and Francis Bacon - Age of reason. He also researched the Stratford-upon-Avon which is the birthplace of Shakespeare.

Aedan's written narration was supposed to be about Michel de Cervantes, but he accidentally read ahead about Australia. Woops!

These are Aedan's history and Shakespeare pages of the week.

We learned about the Samurai of Japan and how they served the shoguns like knights served kings.

We have a great museum here in Kansas City. I hadn't visited the Asian wing in a while. I was thrilled to find a full Samurai armor! Silas is also studying Japan which was serendipitous :)

Aedan mapped Medieval Japan for geography.

The HOD guides come with a printable CD. I decided to go ahead and get the whole Map Trek book and collection rather than continuing to print the teacher pages and buying the CDs for each guide.

This is a great collection of maps! I may use the state maps for next year.

Aedan loves reading these books. I had him read both this week since he was studying both topics.

Aedan started his new book Wonder for his reading time.

His new storytime was an audio CD about Squanto. Silas begged to listen too. He promised he'd forget by 6th grade. Yet another thing my boys got to do together this week :)

Aedan began a new science book on the life of Isaac Newton. Our science activity was to learn about the orbit of comets.

He made a circular orbit for earth and an oblong orbit for the comet. The flashlight represents the sun.

Here is little brother again being a help! Silas sprinkled flour to represent the dust and dirt behind a comet.

When the comet got closer to the to show the comet's coma or how it glows and appears to have a halo. We colored the orbit with a watercolor pencil to show the blue tail a comet has.

Silas sprinked the earth with flour to represent a meteor shower. I don't know how earth escaped its orbit! Woopsy :)

This is his lab sheet for the above activity. He also copied quotes from Galileo for his science notebook pages. See you next week!

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