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.