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.

Aedan's written narration was about Teddy Roosevelt. He is known for having said "Speak softly, but carry a big stick" hence the big stick he is holding in the picture.

We are really enjoying Book of Great American Speeches. Each week we have heard the true voices of those who lived during the period we are studying. Aedan also studied the life of Andrew Carnegie and wrote his opinion of this man and his life.

The Gilded Age - 1865-1896 A.D.

The Homestead Strike - June 30, 1892 - July 6, 1892 A.D.

Immigration  in the Gilded Age - 1865-1900 A.D. I'm pretty sure Donald Trump hadn't built his "Yuge" wall just yet!

We read about the Statue of Liberty and how it became a symbol of freedom for those coming to our shores during the Gilded Age. Sadly, so many of them didn't experience the freedom of which they had dreamed.

We mapped the major centers of immigration from 1880-1920.

Aedan is continuing his study of the presidents. This week we read about Andrew Jackson.

Aedan has been working steadily through Nature Drawing & Journaling.

This week we studied Longfellow's poem "Eliot's Oak," and he illustrated the poem with a tree.

We had our first program casualty of the year. Does it count if you stick with the same program, but just a different variety? I was finding that Aedan couldn't fully use IEW Following Narnia without having read the books as we are doing the lessons (even though he had read them before.) Some of the lessons worked fine without reading them, but as I looked ahead at what was to come, it was going to become more difficult. Instead we are going to use U.S. History Based Writing. I also own SWI-B, but I thought this might be easier to implement with our already full days.

This week we continued to learn about acids and bases. We used our acids and bases to make our litmus solution acidic.

Next we added soap to the solution to bring back to neutral. Aedan probably enjoyed shaving the soap more than the experiment ha! If you do this experiment only add a little soap, or it just becomes bubbly. A little will do. We had to do it over to make it work.

This is his experiment sheet for the week. Well, that's all for now! See you next week!


  1. Looks like y'all had a really good week. I so enjoy your updates! They are really helpful! I have a quick question. Before doing the CTC poetry watercolor paintings, did you happen to watch any tutorials on how to use watercolors and have a recommendation for one? I am not artistic at all, and am having trouble doing these. Our paintings don't look as smooth as yours do, especially with trying to make it look like it fades across the paper. Thanks!

  2. Also meant to say that I think that you have THE best HOD blog! :)

    1. You are too sweet. Thank you ❤️! I probably should look up some techniques, but I haven't. This is our second time through CtC, so that probably helps. Having decent quality tube watercolor paint is much better than cake paint. We tape down our pages so that helps too. If I come across any good tutorials I'll let you know. I didn't paint last time, so I'm learning this time too.


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