Week in Review - HOD Rev to Rev - Unit 27

Friday, March 11, 2016

Week 27 was a really wonderful week! In Unit 27 of HOD Revival to Revolution we learned more about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and its key players. The books have been fabulous and have really brought to life those terrible days. Aedan read several books on Abraham Lincoln, and was very sad when we got to the part about how he died. He already knew that was how the story ended, but I think reading more about his background gave him more of a heart connection.

 This week our history project was to make a soldier's meal. This is my very favorite part of homeschool - these experiences. I absolutely love cooking our way through history and our books, but you probably already know that. We set the table with tin cans and plates.

The recipe in the guide was Shortnin' bread. It is sort of a cross between a biscuit and a shortbread cookie. Soldiers would have had hardtack biscuits or Johnnycakes, but since we had made that in previous years HOD scheduled this variety because it would be more like southern plantation food.

 My mother in law is from Alabama, so I am now (by association) an expert about what belongs on a biscuit. Cane syrup doesn't hurt in my opinion. I bought this one while driving through Georgia at a farmer's market. Ok, Civil War soldiers wouldn't have probably had these extras, but certainly they would have in the south.

 The menu had either bacon or beef jerky. Ummm....NOT a hard choice.

Beans or peas were on the menu as well. I took this as an opportunity to buy barbecue beans at one of our favorite KC BBQ restaurants.

You have to wash a meal down like this with southern tea right? I learned just the right proportions from the my own personal Steel Magnolia (my mother in law.)

Yes, this is a very brown meal, but it was still fun! We also had fruit if it makes you feel any better.

 Aedan was pretty excited about all the choices and all that bacon! 

 The Emancipation Proclamation Frees Slaves in Confederate States.

General Lee Surrenders to General Grant at Appomattox.

President Lincoln is Assassinated at Ford Theater.

We read about Sherman's March.

Aedan mapped many of the battles of the Civil War.

We read and discussed the Gettysburg Address.
We also listened to it on Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America CD. We have enjoyed these CDs this year. Aedan also liked the Jefferson one as well.

The poetry has been so good this year! This one by Walt Whitman really tugged on my heart strings. Did you know that he served as a nurse in the Civil War? No wonder he wrote about it so much.

Even when we were doing Beautiful Feet we still did many of the HOD options. Aedan is almost through researching all the signers of the Constitution.

The extensions have just been consistently good this year. Aedan read through most of this book about Lee and Grant. We have also watched The American Testimony all year as well. Although Aedan does call the narrator Mr. Narrownose (a name we give to all know-it-alls) I do feel it is nice having something to watch. There are tons of great documentaries on Netflix that we have watched, but these are also nice because they are schedule right as we are reading about the events and figures.

Aedan is almost through R&S 5. This week he had to take notes on a personal experience and share it with us.

My son isn't dramatic.

No, not at all.

He's never very expressive. I just don't know where he gets it (blush.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you had a wonderful school week in your corner of the world <3


  1. You make HOD look so fun! The soldiers meal actually looks delicious to me! I am from Louisiana, so I know about some southern sweet tea! I make a gallon a day for my husband and kids!!

    1. This week was fun! I love learning all this stuff again. My hubbie would want me to make it daily too! You're a good southern woman :)

  2. Ooooh, you're ahead of us in Rev to Rev so now I get to (see) what we will be doing next! ;) I am so looking forward to my dd learning about Abraham Lincoln after reading this blog post and your soldier's meal... dad-gum. From a fellow Alabamian, I have to say your mother-in-law has taught you well about what best goes on a biscuit! I LOVE the pictures of your son. How awesome is it that he is having so much fun doing "school" ;D

  3. Haha! Dad-gum. That totally tickles my funny bone! My southern sister in law might be known to throw that phrase in when the moment is right :) My son is a ol' big ham. He has fun doing almost everything!

  4. I must be all northern girl because I like my iced tea unsweet. :) We're making cornbread for school today too. Love the tin plates, but especially the tin cans for your sweet tea - cute!

  5. It saddens my husband that I don't make it very often. It's basically Kool-Aid, but it's what he grew up on. I'm like you. When everyone else is drinking sweet tea, I'm more likely to have water. I do like honey in my hot tea though :)


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