Week in Review - HOD Rev to Rev - Unit 30

Thursday, March 31, 2016

We made it through another week in HOD Revival to Revolution! On the HOD boards they were discussing which guides are everyone's favorites. It would be really hard to choose, but we are especially loving this guide. Another Rev to Rev mom mentioned that she isn't in a hurry to get through the year because this guide has been so good. I would have to agree. I've found everything we have studied extremely fascinating though I may be cheating in feeling like I could keep going because we started it so late in the year. Everything still feels really new. I do think the topics covered have been more interesting to me because I've been trying to read alongside Aedan, so I'm seeing how it is all tying together.

This week was an especially intriguing week. We studied the the countries of China and Japan through our spines and through our storytime books. We learned about Hudson Taylor and how he opened the hearts of China through being able to adjust to the culture. We learned about opening up trade to the East in Japan and China and how that wasn't accomplished easily.

Since we were studying Japan our history project was to make a Japanese fan.

Aedan painted these shades of blue and purple over watercolor paper.

Then he used wads of paper towels to dab on white paint for cherry blossoms.

I even painted one! I've been trying to slow down with the kids and multi-task less. Sometimes it's so nice to sit and learn with them rather than getting work done. I'm trying to take more deep breaths...leave more time to chat. There will be plenty of days leftover for cleaning and work after they are gone - God willing. I'm trying to enjoy them a little more as the days seem to be running shorter.

I told Aedan to paint his in a fan shape because I was going to have us do a more elaborate fan with sticks that folded. That didn't happen! If you plan to do it how we did it below painting across the paper will work out better. I'm pretty sure the way we did it wasn't the way we were directed to in the guide. My inability to understand verbal instruction often has me searching elsewhere for ways to make something similar. My son is no better. We are truly the blind leading the blind in this house. So, for all you visual learners in the house...here ya go!

Next we folded the paper length-wise back and forth accordion style.

Then fold it up like this and join the two middle sections.

We stapled the center folds like this. If you make two of these and staple them together they make a pinwheel.

Lastly, we took a ribbon and tied the bottom together. I thought his turned out beautifully!

Someone visited my blog the other day and asked if I had replaced the spines scheduled in Rev to Rev with Mystery of History. I haven't done that. I just failed to take pictures. These are the two main spines for the rest of the year. George Washington's World made up a huge portion of the first half of Rev to Rev. We read that one in Beautiful Feet and loved it! We only add in a reading or two a week of Mystery of History to get a different voice.

I actually have always really loved the older spines that HOD uses. I have found these to be very readable, though it sounds like some kids may struggle with them. I think since we have done HOD for years my kids are both used to the language of these kinds of books. The vocabulary might be higher and the language a little older, but I think this will prepare them for some of the classics that are yet to come in our upper year studies.

Japan Opens Ports to Trade - Is Unified Under Emperor - 1854

We have absolutely loved learning more about Japan and China! I had no idea that Japanese ports were closed as late as the 1850's. I have to wonder how the history that was to come 100 years later would have happened had this not happened. So interesting how one decision has a domino effect. I love that this year of HOD is more of an Early American and World study. We get to see how it all played out together across the world. It has been really neat talking to Aedan about this period and how all of these events lead to the events we will be studying next year.

Aedan's written narration was about how China didn't want to trade with Europe, and Europe really had developed a taste for tea. Europe had nothing they wanted until they offered them Opium. I tried not to laugh at his illustration (well, I didn't try very hard), but it is sort of what happened - according to Aedan anyway. That is a very pink European wouldn't you say? Hehe!

Our Worthy Words this week was a letter from President Millard Fillmore to the Emperor of Japan. He sent Commodore Perry and a fleet of ships to open communication with the Emperor. 

I have appreciated even more this year how everything is so beautifully woven together. Truly, it had to take a LOT of time to make things go together this well. Our story time book Shipwrecked was true story about a fisherman named Manjiro who was shipwrecked and rescued by an American whaling ship. At that time no one in Japan was allowed to have contact with the outside world. This fisheman was the first man to live in the United States from Japan, and played a key part in being a liason between the U.S. and Japan. SO fascinating! There is so much more that could be said about all this, but if you are in this guide you will know what I mean when you come to it. 

 Eventually the centuries' long feudal system in Japan ended and they opened their ports to the rest of the world. They modernized their country in 2 short generations.

Pacific Transcontinental Railroad is Built - 1863-1869 

We learned about the building of the Pacific Railroad and how it joined the east and the west.

The final spike in the railroad was driven in at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869.

We read about the Boxer Rebellion - Not these kinds of boxers! You gotta give him an A for humor though!

 I think he meant these kinds of Boxers (wink.) The Boxers were rebels how rioted against foreigners and their religion and policies.

Our poem was an Emily Dickinson poem about electricity and creativity. I have just loved the poetry so much this year!

I still need to write a post about why we love Lightning Lit SO much! We just finished Tom Sawyer which Aedan now has added to his list of very favorite books. We just started Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. So far he is loving that too!

 We also had a few more box days! I shared my box day last month. I ordered HOD Missions to Modern Marvels in two shipments. Yes, I realize I need to sweep. Shhhh....

The first package I got last month was the HOD MtMM Economy History Set. This second box included everything else. YAY! It's always like Christmas when these boxes arrive. I've been so antsy to get all my planning done for the year. I was waiting on the rest of the science to see how to set it all up.

I mean...have you ever? How fun is all this!? Next year is going to be amazing. I have already started reading through some of these books. I absolutely can.not.wait.

We also got a Rainbow Resource box too! Holla!

As I said we are thoroughly enjoying Lightning Lit 7. Next year we will use LL8. SO excited!

 Next year much of our studies will count for high school credit. Adding the Chemistry 101 DVDs and tests to our MtMM Chemistry will make it a full Intro to Chemistry credit. We will also add in Vocabulary from Classical Roots as is suggested in Lightening Lit. We still have a few odds and ends left to pick up, but our plans are coming together beautifully. Last week I got a bulk of the organization done for CtC and MtMM. I will share how I set it up in the weeks to come.

Thank you for visiting. I sure love to hear from you! What has been your favorite memory of the week?

Heart of Dakota - HOD Rev to Rev - Week 29

Monday, March 28, 2016

 Welcome to a peek into Week 29 here at Monarch Room! This past week Aedan studied the life of David Livingstone and the exploration of Africa, The Franco-Prussian War, and the unification of Germany. Normally I read a lot of our books in the summer, but lately I have been trying to read them the night before. It has given us more to discuss, and I am learning so much as well!

 Aedan's history project this week was to make a Kalahari Desert collage as we studied Cecil Rhodes arriving in Africa and the discovery of diamonds.

A big portion of our week was studying the life of David Livingstone.

 Heart of Dakota has extension books to raise the level of the guides to an older age. For the next few weeks we will read this biography about David Livingstone. Aedan has always read these extension books even though he falls at the end of the age range for the guides he has used. The extensions this year have all been excellent and add a depth to our studies that I have really appreciated. I asked him the other day if he thought we read too many books. Sometimes I hear of that complaint about HOD. He gave me a very emphatic NO. He said the books are his very favorite part. I love that! HOD is an excellent choice for kids who really have a love of reading.

I have added a lesson here and there from Mystery of History IV even though it isn't scheduled. I love that there is another perspective and oftentimes beautiful pictures as well.

 Aedan mapped the places in Africa that Livingstone was exploring.

Franco-Prussian War - July 1870 - May 1871

Aedan did a nice job of explaining how the Franco-Prussian War turned out. Of course he always finds a way to give history his own flair.

United German Empire - January 1871

Aedan studied Robert Fulton and the invention of the Steamboat.

Our new storytime book is Shipwrecked. The story is about a marooned Japanese boy named Manjiro that was rescued by an American Whaling ship captain. The following week we are learning more about Asia and Japan so this ties in nicely with our history studies. I love how HOD ties things up so well. It's wonderful reading about history in a great spine, but it is even better to have a heart connection to the history because you read about the life of someone who actually lived it in a living book. It's far more memorable and impactful that way. That wraps up our week! 6 weeks to go!

Learning with the Pioneers - Weeks 28-29

Friday, March 25, 2016

Welcome to a peek into the past few weeks of school for my Silas :) I've been having a blast veering from our schedule and just finding inspiration from some of our literature books. Next year we will head into HOD Creation to Christ which will be fully planned for me besides the fun I decide to add to it (hallelujah!) I'm so excited to study the ancients with Silas, but for now we are having fun pulling being inspired by the stories we have read.

I took a break from our art study to do a pioneer study. One of our Reading Roadmaps books was Apples to Oregon which is a story about a pioneer family traveling on the Oregon Trail. I took this as an opportunity to pull some things out of that book. We took a great field trip to the National Frontier Trails Museum last week to experience what it was like to ride in a wagon.

 The gift shop at the museum had a lot of great books and trails related toys and activities. I bought this wooden wagon to put together.

 Silas did a great job following the directions and putting it together!

This was the finished product. Such a cute little wagon!

We pulled a few things off of Homeschool Share for Apples to Oregon.

These are some of the books we read through these past few weeks. We learned about pioneers, apples, weather, and Oregon.

Some of the books were beautiful!

We really enjoyed Sunsets of the West.

We also had a few last days this week. We wrapped up our final day of the Life of Fred Intermediate Series. Silas loves Fred! I do too. It's been a sweet thread that has run through our homeschool years from kindergarten until today. These books are worth every single penny in my opinion. Next year we will continue in Fractions and Decimals and Percents.

We also finished All About Spelling 4. I haven't decided whether or not to continue. Silas does really well with spelling. I don't think he missed one single word all year which is making me wonder if I should challenge him a little more. I had him take a placement test for Phonetic Zoo, and he placed into Level B which is for 6-8th grade. I'm thinking AAS 5 would be below his level at this point. Decisions. We shall see. Silas is still in his pajamas at God knows what hour :)

We have almost caught up in science, so you will see lots of science pictures in the next few posts. I don't want Silas to miss out on these fun experiments in R.E.A.L Science Chemistry! This week we learned more about liquids, solids and density. This rock candy experiment was to show how you can turn sugar, a solid, into a liquid, and then back into a solid. 

 We dissolved sugar into boiling water. It took a LOT of sugar. 3 full cups!

This string and washer will catch the sugar crystals as they form.

Silas was very excited about this experiment. We added a little vanilla to the mixture.

 He's going to have to be patient. After a week this is how it looked. Since I took this picture more crystals have formed. It will probably take quite a few weeks for the crystals to be significant.

 Next we learned about liquid density. This corn syrup has served me well. I think I bought it when we first moved in 3 years ago for science experiments!

 Silas guessed which one would be the most dense.

 Next we learned about how water has different mass when liquid and frozen. We added food coloring to water. We left the lid on one and kept it at room temperature filling both bottles all the way to the top.

We put the other bottle with the lid off in the freezer and saw how the mass was greater after we froze the water. That's all for now! We shall see what next week will bring!
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