Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 6

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

As I said in Aedan's post, this week was very full! We celebrated 2 birthdays this week, so our days were full of other kinds of fun. This week we learned more about Egypt through the lives of Akenhaten, Tutankhamen, and Moses.

Our poem this week was "Fireflies in the Garden."

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 6

Hi friends! Do you ever have weeks that you wish would just slow down?  My favorite weeks are when we have very little on the schedule. This one turned into one of those get er' done kinds of school weeks. We still managed to get everything done, but I'm looking forward to the slower days of winter. What crazy person looks forward to snow days?

This week we read about progressivism, Plessy v. Ferguson, The RMS Titanic, women's suffrage, mass production and what that meant to the lives of the working poor. We finished reading Factory Girls. This was such a heart breaking book about what it was like to be a child laborer. Many people took up their cause to better conditions for workers and to abolish child labor altogether. Sadly, there are children of migrant workers who are still in the same boat.

Homeschool Necessities - Storage Clipboards

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Can I totally geek out with you for a minute? I mean, I might totally go full on office supply nerd up in here. You ok with that? Good. Sooo....I've always talked about how much we love clipboards for our little school. They are portable writing surfaces that can be taken just about anywhere. We use them for history, art, math, science, and pretty much everything you can print or rip out of a book. But, did you know there was such a thing as a storage clipboard? Apparently nurses and coaches have been clued in on this genius little invention a long time ago, but failed to share the wealth with teachers. Well, suffer no more my homeschool friends.

A friend of mine told me about these last year (Hi Micah!), but I was satisfied with our dollar store cheapies. The boys love to draw, so our school clipboards were always strewn around the house. We had plenty, so I didn't think this would be much of an improvement. However, these babies are amazing (that is if you get as excited about office supplies as I do.)

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 5

Monday, September 19, 2016

Welcome to Ancient Egypt! This week we spent a lot of time learning about this long lost culture. We also read about Joseph and the part he played in Egypt., Hatsheput, and Thutmosis. Fair warning - there are a lot of pictures.

This week our poem was "One Step Backward Taken" by Robert Frost.

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 5

Sunday, September 18, 2016

This week whirled on by, but we found time to finish what we set out to accomplish. We had our first week of co-op. Aedan is taking an animation class for 8 weeks. I'm so thankful for our co-op. It is a very relaxed co-op that we can choose how many classes we want to take. This fall we are just doing one which is nice for now.

This week our studies focused on the Immigration during the Gilded Age. We read about the struggles of immigrants and the working poor that was caused by industrialization. It has been heartbreaking to read about how poorly children were treated during this period in history in our country.

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 4

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Aloha and welcome to our week 4 update! It's so fun when our history studies bump into familiar places in our own personal history. Hawaii is near and dear to my heart as this is where I have family roots.

The first person we learned about this week was Ka'iulani who was the last princess of Hawaii. She was the last royal leader of Hawaii before it was annexed to the U.S. in 1898. My grandparents on my dad's side were both born and raised in Hawaii. My dad also spent most of his childhood and adolescence there. Much of my childhood was spent listening to Hawaiian music and enjoying my grandma's Hawaiian cooking. I looked for a picture of her to share here. She looked like a Hawaiian princess too. My dad was born in 1944 and he can remember finding Japanese airplane parts from the Pearl Harbor bombing.

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 4

Welcome to week 4 in Creation to Christ! Our weeks have been very full, but profitable. I'm so thankful we got to truly rest this summer because this fall has been full of opportunities. It's neat being able to do a guide the second time around. I can see what's ahead and remember what I thought I might do differently the second time around. This time I wanted to have more opportunities to experience the cultures of the places and people we are studying. That has always been Silas's favorite part of school. I see a future traveler growing up and setting off to different parts of the world someday.

Silas's best friend is also doing HOD CtC, so we hope to enjoy as many activities together as we can. This week we shared efforts on our history project which was to enjoy a Hebrew meal. My friend brought half of the items which made for the best ever afternoon snack. Homeschool kids don't know how good they have it sometimes! My friend brought delicious homemade hummus to go with our veggies. We also enjoyed olives, grapes, fresh pita bread, raisins, medjool dates, baklava, tea and grape juice.

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 3

Friday, September 2, 2016

School is starting to feel more like fun and less like a brain battering. I don't know about you, but the first few weeks always feel a little rough. I feel like Silas is doing a great job of taking the initiative to find out what he has to accomplish next during the day. CtC is step up from what we were doing last year, but he is doing well with the additional expectations. He is especially enjoying the creative elements of this guide. He is a very hands on kid who enjoys art, experiments and projects.

This week our poem was "A Peck of Gold" by Robert Frost. I absolutely loved his vibrant painting this week!

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 3

Happy Friday! Week 3 started feeling a lot better than our first few weeks of school. By now we are getting into our groove, and days are shortening up a bit for the most part. Aedan has been getting up early each morning to start Bible study and get ahead of the day. That really helps on days we have to be at afternoon activities. He does this of his own volition. If I ever suggested it, he wouldn't do it without complaint (my independent son needs this to be his own idea.) So, I just quietly set aside a few things that need to be accomplished and let him decide how to manage his time and if he would like a shorter or longer afternoon.

One thing that I am really enjoying seeing is Aedan's work for his Nature Drawing & Journaling book. I asked him what his favorite subjects are so far, and this one was at the top of the list. He has been adding elements here and there 2 days a week. This is the completed first page. This journal is used alongside the poetry study, so he added some copywork from our poem this week.

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