Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 28 in Review

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy spring! I think the winter has finally left us, and the sun has lifted some of the winter doldrums. I am so thankful to see buds forming on the trees. I have really loved our year in RtR. There are very few things I would change about our studies this year. It always feels like it is Friday which means our weeks are flying by. This week spent a little time in Australia learning about Aborigines, The Great Barrier Reef and Willem Janszoon. We also read about Jamestown, John Smith, Pocahontas, Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson. There was so much happening in the world at this time!

Aedan's history project was to make a oil pastel picture of The Great Barrier Reef.

First he drew his picture in pencil. It was such a nice detailed picture I decided to tell him to color it with colored pencils. I love oil pastels, but the details would have been lost. Aedan thinks they should make oil pastels that aren't dull. I think watercolors would have actually been really pretty for this too. Either way I think he did a beautiful job as always :)

Aedan researched Australia and added his timeline entries: Willem Janszoon, Jamestown and Champlain.

He wrote a written narration about John Smyth not to be confused with John Smith.

This is one of his history notebook pages of the week. He added info about Pocahontas.

Our science activity's purpose was to help us learn what causes the moon's path to bend in a circle. Umm...This is where verbal instructions might not be our strength! We all 3 (even Silas) read the instructions. We went to a blog to see how to do it which did help, but the result wasn't the same as it was supposed to be. You were supposed to roll the ball in the dye and roll it down the tube to see it change its course. We angled the tube several ways, but got the same result.  Ah well. Can't win em' all!

We got a lot of laughs and blue fingers!

We'll just call this one a loss. Here is the ball traveling down the tube. Haha!

 Aedan drew what he thought a water clock would look like, did science vocabulary and a written narration. See you next week!


  1. You sure are plugging away! We just finished up with week 25 or 26. Counting down :)

    I love your son's creative drawings. They are so much fun to see in pictures and bring the schooling to color.

    Thank you for your diligence in these posts. I know that they are work, but they are so helpful for me to "see" things!

  2. That you are on week 25 and 26 is pretty amazing given everything! Thanks so much for the compliments. I do love his drawings. I appreciate that he gets lots of opportunity to work on that each day.

    I love to be able to see things too! It's so hard to tell what something is really like until you see it fleshed out.


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