Week in Review - HOD Rev to Rev - Unit 28

Friday, March 18, 2016

Welcome to our Week 28 in Review! I am in full planning mode for next year, and am so excited to get it all ready. There are so many great new books we will get to experience next year. I'm not ready to rush through this year just yet even though we really are on the final bend. I'm so thankful for the wonderful resources that are in HOD Rev to Rev.

This week we learned about the end of the Transatlantic Cable, The Mexican Revolution and the Rise of Prussia. We are really enjoying all the books for this portion of history. As we get closer to modern times I think it's easier for us to relate to the people as they didn't live so long ago.

Aedan's written narration was about the end of the Civil War. I thought this picture summed it up nicely! His narrations are getting better after we started using IEW. I'm so glad I went ahead and gave it a chance. I think he knows more of what is expected of him now.

Maximilian I Proclaimed Emperor of Mexico by Napoleon III

 We also read about Empress Carlota or Charlotte of Belgium. She played a part in getting the aid of Napoleon.

This year when I was going back and forth on what to do this year I considered Mystery of History IV. We really enjoyed volume III last year in HOD RtR. 

Every so often I have had Aedan read one of the lessons if it correlates to what we are learning. This week there was a lesson on The French Rule of Mexico Under Maximilian and Carlota (Lesson 37.) We really love some of the older spines that HOD chooses, but sometimes it's also nice to hear a modern voice as well.

Our history project was to learn the Mexican hat dance. I don't know about you, but in my experience most 13 year old boys do not like to dance. Sooo....We played this YouTube video while I made my kid die of embarrassment as I pretended to know this dance. Oh yes I did...muhahaha!

Transatlantic Cable Laid Across the Atlantic Ocean

 Our Worthy Words this week was to read about how the broken portion and leftover cable from the Transatlantic cable was sold by Tiffany and Co. Things haven't changed much. People are still willing to pay for some memento of the times.

 Prussia Gains Territory - Danish and Austrian Wars

We learned how Prussia's border's were expanded by King William through various wars.

This year there is a composer study and lapbook. We are doing to lazy man's version by just listening to the CDs. The CD is actually really well done and interesting. I do have Aedan read about the various composers in a book as well when we can.

Aedan learned about the invention of the television. I thought the conversation between these two characters was really funny. That they believed that no one would sit around a television was dead wrong wouldn't you say?

About a quarter of the way through school we switched over to Apologia General. I actually really like the scheduled science in EE and will attempt it again with my youngest. Aedan just does better with a book format. He has learned a lot this year. We are almost at the end in the human anatomy section. I am having Aedan also read through the elementary Human Anatomy book as well for good measure. He has always enjoyed reading through these books. Well that's about all for this week! How was yours?


  1. Just so you know, when I said that I'd never be tempted to buy another HOD guide no matter how wonderful others make it look, I meant no matter how wonderful YOU make it look. :) It's still fun to see your posts and appreciate that you love this so much. :)

  2. I know it isn't for everyone :) It is definitely a great fit for us though. I had to walk away from it for a little while to realize that.

  3. I'm so excited to be back with HOD. It fits our groove here. We've had a far too long spring break so we will be schooling through a lot of the summer, but really feel that HOD will carry us smoothly for daughter E. Just keeping in mind to take it at her pace -- slow and steady progression. Really love to see you back to blogging your school days again.

    1. You will know how to adjust to keep your pace :) I've gotten a lot of the prep work done. It's so nice already having all the books for CtC already on the shelf. I'm sure you feel that way too!

  4. I agree with Michelle - you make HOD look awesome. They should pay you for your weekly reviews, ha! ;-)

    1. I sure have shared a lot of love for HOD here. I am thankful to have found something that works for me and for Aedan too. Sometimes that's hard to find.


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