Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 6

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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.


Aedan read speeches by Woodrow Wilson, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Florence Kelley. His written narration was about the Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation. Usually he illustrates his narrations with something clever and funny. This time there was nothing to laugh about. I'm glad he felt the weight of these terrible laws and understood why they were so unjust.

Plessy vs. Ferguson Upheld by Supreme Court (1896 A.D.) Our timeline entry was on Day 2 this week before we had actually read about Plessy vs. Ferguson. I think from now on we will do our timeline entries on Day 4, so Aedan has a better understanding of what the timeline entries are about. Obviously he didn't realize that this was a case of African American rights before we read about it.

We mapped the states with the harshest Jim Crow laws and which states allowed women to vote and when.

RMS Titanic Sinks (April 15, 1912.)

We read about the tragic sinking of the Titanic in Great Events in American History.

We worked on an oral narration together that I typed. We also looked looked at this newspaper article about the sinking of the Titanic. It showed how the the initial reports were inaccurate, and how we must not always believe what we see is printed.

I love the Draw and Write Through History Books! Aedan has used these books for 4 years.


This week the D&WTH book directed him to draw a picture of the Titanic. I love all of the art that is sprinkled throughout HOD. It is such a blessing for my son to be able to practice almost daily what he loves so much.

The 19th Amendment Gives Women the Right to Vote - August 18, 1920)

We learned how mail order catalogs grew in popularity during the Gilded Age. Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold so many things!

One of our history projects was to look for various items made by the Quaker or Kellogg companies. This was the only thing we could find. He is reading about Henry Parsons Crowell who founded Quaker Oats.

This week in Economics we learned about how the supply of money affects the cost of goods and affects wages. Each time he reads this book he summarizes what he learned on his Economics Principals page in the student notebook.

We learned more about Andrew Jackson and also about Martin Van Buren. It's interesting watching the DVDs during this presidential election.

Aedan illustrated the poem "Petals" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

In science Aedan is learning about the life of Marie Curie. Our experiment this week wasn't super noteworthy, so I didn't take pictures. Too-da-loo till next week!

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