Heart of Dakota - HOD RtR - Week 30 in Review

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I'm starting to feel the end-of-year wiggles, but we are still managing to get through our weeks. This week we read about the Puritans who were led by John Winthrop to America so long ago. We learned about Galileo and the advances he made in science and math. We also studied about what the Jewish people were going through in France.

I love how some weeks vary from one another in HOD. One week we may cook up a storm, another we may make some kind of art or project. This week we studied the famous words of John Winthrop, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. All of them use a reference from Matthew 5:14-16 which says:

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

John Winthrop and the Puritans left Europe to gain religious freedom in America. They did it with the intention in their heart to live in a way that would be God-centered, based in freedom and in love. These are his words:

Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck, and to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. For this end, we must be knit together, in this work, as one man. We must entertain each other in brotherly affection. We must be willing to abridge ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of others’ necessities. We must uphold a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality. We must delight in each other; make others’ conditions our own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as members of the same body. So shall we keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as His own people, and will command a blessing upon us in all our ways, so that we shall see much more of His wisdom, power, goodness and truth, than formerly we have been acquainted with. We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies; when He shall make us a praise and glory that men shall say of succeeding plantations, "may the Lord make it like that of New England." For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. We shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God, and all professors for God's sake. We shall shame the faces of many of God's worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land whither we are going. 

-- John Winthrop - A Model of Christian Charity

Next we listened to John F. Kennedy's speech from 1961 in which he also referenced the "city upon a hill" that John Winthrop had set out to establish. During Kennedy's time there was so much turmoil. I imagine the thought of becoming that "city upon a hill" would have been a wonderful thought to all Americans.

Lastly, we listened to Ronald Reagan's 1989 Farewell speech. He called our nation a "shining city upon a hill." This one totally choked me up. I grew up in a time were patriotism was far more on our lips than it is today. It was even more so in my parent's generation, and even more so in my grandparent's. I saw us rise up again after 9/11, but it seems we are all so distracted. There is so much division and so much unrest. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were all working towards that "shining city upon a hill" once again? It was really neat being able to share these words with the boys and discuss what was happening in the times they were spoken by these 3 men. I'm looking forward to studying more "worthy words" next year in Revival to Revolution.

Aedan researched Pisa, Italy. He also added his timeline entries: King Louis XIII forces all Jews to leave France, John Winthrop and the Puritans sail to The New World and Galileo stands trial before The Inquisition.

Aedan wrote a written narration about the people of Israel.

This is Aedan's history notebooking page for the week.

In science Aedan has been reading Exploring Planet Earth. He read about Eratosthenes  and how sailors used the stars to navigate their ships. He made a star clock to be able to see how the stars can tell us what time it is.

We had to do this activity at night. Aedan likes to turn in early because he wakes up at the crack of dawn! My husband helped with the verbal instructions. Oi! Ha! See you next week!

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