Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 29 in Review

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring has arrived which means our year is quickly coming to an end. It's always a bitter sweet thing. Once you start feeling really comfortable with something it's time to start a new chapter. That's how I'm feeling about our year in RtR. We have covered a huge portion of history. It has been so interesting! I even picked up some history books to read on my own. I love how we get to learn alongside our kids. These guides have been so full of life and human story. This week we covered a lot of ground. We learned about The Thirty Years' War, Squanto & the Pilgrims, Isaac Newton, William Bradford and Rene Descartes.

Our history project this week was to make a gourd rattle. These were used by Algonquian and Iroquois tribes in ceremonies.

First we added cord to the balloon and then inflated it. We taped together a piece of paper that would become the handle.

Next, we taped the handle to the balloon. We also stuffed the handle with paper to make it stiff.

Next, we made a mix of flour, salt and water to be our glue for for paper mache.

We left it to dry overnight.

We used gold paint to paint the whole thing, and then Aedan added his own design. We added a handle like the notebook pages (right.) Aedan added info about William Bradford to his notebook page and labeled a portrait of Squanto. The boys really enjoyed an audio book about the life of Squanto. I did too! What a wonderful man he was!

Aedan researched Amsterdam and added his timeline entries: The Thirty Years' War, Pilgrims land at Plymouth and Squanto Lives at Plymouth.

Aedan's written narration was about Rene Descartes. Apparently he got the point that Descartes was a great thinker and had a very big brain.

For Geography he labeled a map to show the expansion of Sweden.

Aedan completed his reading of Romeo and Juliet.

Aedan is reading a biography about Isaac Newton for science. He illustrated the many things Newton invented or discovered.

We did a few experiments to demonstrate The Three Laws of Motion. I didn't get pictures of these, but maybe this gives you an idea :)

We chose to also do science option 2 for HOD which includes reading Our Weather and Water in addition to option 1. We don't always do the experiments, but since we were studying tornadoes this week I bought a Tornado Tube.

We did this experiment 3 years ago but taped the bottles together. This was MUCH easier!

Of course it wasn't long until my boys wanted to torture their toys in the tornado. Obi Wan made many travels down the funnel!

Amazing how much a little piece of plastic can entertain a boy :)

Silas had so much fun with this. He played with it for quite a while. We eventually added glitter to the water to define the tornado a little more. So fun!


  1. Really neat gourd rattle! Did you put beans in the balloon? Guessing this is the history project you were letting dry! Fun! :)

  2. We used corn, but this was the project that way drying. We almost didn't do it, but I love Native American anything :)


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