Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 2

Friday, August 26, 2016

Welcome to our week 2 in review! I think our bodies have gotten used to being back to work. I always find that I'm far more productive with less time - strange how that works. Aedan has started getting up and starting work a little earlier than our official 8 a.m. start time. This has been a great help as we have several afternoon commitments that would otherwise make for a rushed day.

Overall, I'm really happy with all our curriculum choices so far. Sometimes what might seem like a great idea isn't in practice, but everything is going well. Of course we shall see how everything works out long term after we get further into our year. We are really enjoying learning about this history period as most of it is new to Aedan. This week we focused on Asia through the lives of missionaries that were called to that part of the world. We read about Hudson Taylor in China, Nijima Jo in Japan, and the Russian priest Nicholas who was also called to Japan.

Our history project this week directed us to paint these Chinese characters. The translation is Christ's Disciple or Christ's Apprentice.

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 2

Here's a peek into our week 2 in Creation to Christ. This is such a fantastic guide. I am loving seeing how Silas is approaching his work this year as a bigger kid. It's neat reading the Bible as the beginning of all history books. This week we learned about the cities that rose after the flood, about the Tower of Babel, Abraham and the city of Ur. Silas really likes the What in the World? CDs. When I asked him his favorite part of school this week he said making his cuneiform tablet, science and Phonetic Zoo (this one makes me laugh.)
I have been having so much painting along side Silas. This week his painting is inspired by our poetry reading of "The Pasture" by Robert Frost.

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 1

Monday, August 22, 2016

Welcome to our very first week of school! This will be Silas's first year back to Heart of Dakota in 2 years. I never know how the year will go until we actually start. After making it through the first week I am so happy that we chose to go this route this year. Silas will be studying ancient history with HOD Creation to Christ. We haven't done ancients since way back in kindergarten, so a lot of this will be new to him. I especially love the focus on Biblical history in CtC. I always say that a kid doing this guide will likely be more Biblically literate than many adults.
One thing I especially love about this guide is the poetry and watercolor study. Each week we will study a Robert Frost poem and paint a painting that is inspired by that poem. I looked back to see Aedan's picture from the same week. It's neat to see how each kid interprets it in their own way. This week we studied the poem "A Late Walk."

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 1

Welcome to 8th grade here at Monarch Room! We had a great start to our school year this week. We were definitely feeling the summer fatigue weighing heavily on us the first few days, but we quickly got up to speed. Aedan will be using Heart of Dakota Missions to Modern Marvels for the bulk of his studies this year. I'm especially excited to study this period with him as we have never had the chance to take a whole year to do it yet. I love how we will study missionaries alongside all of the historical events that happened in the modern world. I am looking forward to seeing a lot of growth in Aedan spiritually and educationally.

This first week we studied the Irish Famine, the Alexander II of the Russian Empire, Abdullhamid the Red in the Ottoman Empire, Dom Pedro II in Brazil and how Ethiopia won its freedom from Italy. I love how there are so many aspects of history we will cover and in different ways. We will read historical fiction, biographies, study the geography of the period as well as read first hand accounts of those who experienced these events first hand.

Aedan worked on his Map Trek World Empires map.

First Week of School 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Here begins the story of our 2016-2017 school year! We took a nice summer break which was desperately needed. After about 3 months of that we start getting ready to be back to school. My boys wouldn't say that, but everyone here functions better with some kind of routine. Having a break from any expectations is nice for a season, but it was time to get back to work. 

I'm always so nervous starting out every new year. While you can make all the plans in the world sometimes things don't always go according to plan. We have some new afternoon commitments that we haven't had in years' past. Silas was invited to be a part of a robotics team that will meet 2 afternoons a week. We will have to do our best to adjust where necessary to make it happen. Aedan will also have a few classes he will take as well. This is the season where life might give us opportunity to learn where to say no and keep some sort of simplicity going while also accomplishing our goals.

So basically, my kids are now BIG kids! Aedan has grown so much over the last year. His feet are as big as his dads. Sometimes I think Silas seems smaller than Aedan was at his age, but I compared pictures of Aedan's first week of 5th grade to Silas's and he is exactly the same size. These boys are really growing up. It's so fun to see their personalities developing.

HOD Creation to Christ Book List

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

As I started remembering some of my favorite years of school with the boys I remembered how much we especially loved MFW's book basket. We had so much fun finding inspiration in those books. While none of them were required reading, I would often find both of my boys with books in hand that they had discovered from the book basket. I decided to make a list to go along with our studies in Heart of Dakota Creation to Christ. I may update this list as the year goes by (some units have more books than others) and include links, but for now I wanted to share it with those who may find it useful.

Heart of Dakota Creation to Christ is a complete program. None of these books are needed to round out or add to what is already planned. Sometimes, however, it's nice to add a splash of color here and there. I've added some of the book suggestions that were in the Child's Geography book to give a visual of the places we will be studying. We will also be studying the Biblical Feasts this year, so I've added some of those resources at the end of the list.

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