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.

This is Aedan's history notebook of the week. He wrote his written narration about Hudson Taylor.

Nicholas was a Russian priest who was a missionary to Japan. He helped Nijima Jo more fully understand the gospel.

Nijima Jo was a Japanese samurai who came to know the Lord through reading the Bible. He later became the first Japanese missionary. You gotta love this timeline picture!

We compared Nijima Jo and Takuma Sawabe's lives. This year Aedan's written narrations are supposed to be typed by an adult. I made these pages, so I can more easily paste them in without messing up these pretty pages!

Hudson Taylor was a Chinese missionary who quickly learned that he would have to adapt to the Chinese culture in order to reach the people.

We finished our storytime book Under the Hawthorne Tree and started reading God's Adventurer about the life of Hudson Taylor.

Aedan copied a portion of a letter written by Hudson Taylor. We discussed the letter in our Worthy Words assignment.

One thing I'm absolutely loving is the Nature Drawing and Journaling. This week Aedan designed his cover. This turned out way better than I could have expected! Beautiful!

His other assignment was to do a leaf study based on one of da Vinci's works. I thought he did an amazing job! I might be a fan though.

Aedan is learning more about the history of chemistry through one of Tiner's books. I really enjoyed reading this over the summer myself.

Our second science experiment was supposed to demonstrate how oxygen is necessary for fire to burn. We mixed sodium bicarbonate and vinegar. We were supposed to pour the carbon dioxide that was produced by this chemical reaction on a lit tealight. It should have extinguished the flame, but it didn't. Can't win em' all I suppose. We always laugh when things don't work out the way they are supposed to.

Aedan is learning more about the geography of our home state. This will be a great review for him.

We have been really enjoying some of the extras we got to enhance our economics and chemistry study. These Economics for Everybody DVDs are really great. We also watched our first Chemistry 101 DVD as well. I love how clear and interesting the instruction is on both DVDs. They are very well done.

Aedan will have a lot of writing instruction this year. This is his first assignment for IEW Following Narnia. The assignments start out very simple at first, but will ramp up soon enough. That's all for this week.

Do you have any questions about any of our choices this year? I always love to chat with you all!


  1. Can you explain how you added the typed oral narration into Box 10 of the notebook page? It looks so nice.

    1. It was kind of a pain in the buns, but I scanned the pages and make a text box in illustrator and type it in that way. I haven't figured out a way to share these though that would work for others.

  2. I've been looking at Nature Drawing and Journaling since you shared - I love what I am seeing so far! I hope you will keep sharing! :)


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