Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 2

Friday, August 26, 2016

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.

At the end of each week Silas does a poetry reading from the poem we studied.

His painting is of a pasture spring. His painting actually turned out better than mine did. He didn't think adding green was a good idea (as per the instructions), but I thought he did a great job.

This is one of our history notebook pages of the week.

He copied the 10 generations from Noah to Abram.

The Cushite Shepherd Kings in Egypt brought the worship of other gods to Egypt, Sumeria and the Holy Land.

We read about the Tower of Babel in several resources. His picture is a good representation of what it was like to have the languages confused.

We read about Abram and his journey to Ur. The directions said to draw a moon. Of course Silas had to be cheeky!

Silas wrote his written narration about Abraham dividing the land with Lot. I thought his little Abraham with his altar was adorable!

His copywork this week was out of the book of Job. It was the description of the Behemoth with its tail like a cedar tree and the leviathan with breath like fire. So cute!

Our storytime read aloud is The Golden Bull. It is a story about 2 children who's family is starving. They must leave their home and find work in Ur. It's a great book to understand what it was like in that city. I love that we read books like this of places that would otherwise be covered and little understood otherwise.

Silas's history project was to make a cylinder seal like that of King Urukh. These were used to sign clay tables. He also made a clay tablet that he etched cuneiform.

This is what a real clay tablet might look like. I thought his looked pretty close!

The first time I did this with Aedan we did it with salt dough. It didn't really work out as well. This time we used air dry clay. SO much easier! First Silas made a design on paper.

He wrapped it around the cylinder so that the image would be backwards. We used a thumb tack to leave an impression of where to carve the design.

You have to etch it pretty deeply or it won't leave an impression. This had to dry overnight, so we could use it the next day.

Next he rolled out some clay to make a tablet. He then added his cuneiform characters.

Next, he signed his tablet with his cylinder.

It worked so much better this time thanks to another HOD mom who shared a  tutorial HERE.

We are enjoying A Child's Geography Vol. II. The last time we did this I noticed that Aedan often had forgotten some of the things we had read. Instead of having Silas do the Travel Log I made these pages that are the chapter review. He will use these as an open book review. I may have him do a few Travel Logs as well. I think the review will be good though. We have plenty of art and drawing. I thought this would be a good change of pace.

Silas is loving his Apologia Astronomy book! This week he learned about the sun and solar eclipses. His activity this week was to learn how a solar eclipse occurs. We set up our globe and our "sun" which was just a flashlight.

We hung a ball in the path of the sun's rays to show what happens when the moon blocks out the sun's light.

Silas did his experiment sheet for the above activity.

It's nice being able to use these notebook pages more than once. It makes the work well worth it!

Silas is also using IEW like his big brother. This was his first assigment. For his first effort I thought he did well. I'm having them each type up their work.
That's all for now! Until next time...


  1. Where did you find the cute labels to write the CTC poetry on?

    1. I made them and shared that file on this post near the bottom :) http://www.monarchroom.com/2016/07/painting-supplies-for-hod-creation-to.html


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