Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 7

Saturday, October 8, 2016

I'm a little behind on posts, but it is always better late than never! September was a very full month with birthdays and other events. The weather is cooling though, and I feel the slower months of autumn and winter calling my name.

This week in school we learned about Barnum & Bailey, Amanda Smith, the Great Chicago Fire, Charles Albert Tindley, and Dwight Moody.


I absolutely love how all of this history is tied together through the use of biographies, historical fiction, and hands on activities. Aedan especially benefits from this approach. I think when he is able to engage his creative side things are far more likely to stick in his memory and imagination. While he does enjoy poking fun at the events and figures of history he often can still tell me what really happened minus his embellishments with his drawings.


We learned about how the circus emerged during the gilded age.


Aedan's history project this week was to design his own roller coaster. First he made a sketch of what he would put in his notebook.


He then made a final drawing in his notebook. This made me die laughing! Would you ride this ride?

Dwight Moody - Evangelist 1837-1899 - I'm pretty sure he didn't ride a fire breathing cow! Moody was very grieved that he didn't compel people to be saved before the Great Chicago Fire tragically took so many lives.

Great Chicago Fire - October 8-10, 1871

Aedan's written narration was about the Great Chicago Fire. The cause wasn't exactly known, but it is said that a cow tipped over a lantern. I'm preeettty sure it wasn't caused by a fire breathing cow!

Charles Albert Tindley - 1851-1933

Aedan took notes on the life of Charles Tindley who was nicknamed the Prince of Preachers. He wrote 47 hymns in his lifetime. We listened to his hymn "Stand by Me." We listened to Fanny Crosby's "Blessed Assurance."

When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the storms of life are raging,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship upon the sea
Thou who rulest wind and water,
Stand by me (stand by me).

In the midst of faults and failures,
Stand by me (stand by me);
In the midst of faults and failures,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When I do the best I can,
And my friends misunderstand,
Thou who knowest all about me,
Stand by me (stand by me).

When I’m growing old and feeble,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When I’m growing old and feeble,
Stand by me (stand by me);
When my life becomes a burden,
And I’m nearing chilly Jordan,
O Thou Lily of the Valley,
Stand by me (stand by me).

Aedan read the words of Amanda Smith who was a self educated African American Evangelist.

We are still reading Mama's Bank Account. Oh how I love this book! When I first saw the cover I wasn't excited about this one. It makes me look forward to other books on our list that may surprise me. If you haven't read this book, it is a must read!

This was Aedan's nature journal entry for the week.

Our president of the week was William Henry Harrison. Both boys enjoy the Presidents DVD.

We learned more about our home state.

We started IEW U.S. History Based Writing. I decided to start at the beginning instead just to reinforce what we had already learned in Narnia. Aedan also had to write a poem to go with our Lightning Lit lessons. Even when he thinks he isn't be creative he is. That's all for now. How was your week?

8 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I just love his drawings! Love your week in reviews :)

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    1. Thank you! He definitely makes me smile. I love your updates too! I look forward to seeing them with the changes you've made :)

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  2. His drawings are always impressive. I love the way he designed the roller coaster! No, I probably wouldn't ride it. I dont like roller coasters.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I agree. This is a roller coaster no one should ride!

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  3. Haha, love the supa slide! Love his sense of humor, too - "a fire breathing cow " haha :)

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  4. I loved looking at your son's beautiful work! He is a wonderful artist, with a whimsical sense of humor that I love! Having all boys, I totally get the fire-breathing cow and the Supa Slide ride that may be your last! In fact, they'd probably stand in line for a chance to ride either the cow or the ride. Gotta love boys, right?!? Thanks so much for sharing and being an inspiration to so many using HOD - you are a blessing!!!

    In Christ,
    Julie Grosz

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    1. Thank you for your for visiting and for your very kind words Julie :) I so appreciate that you have also have documented your years in HOD. It has helped me and so many others (see) what it looks like I'm real life through the eyes of other families. It really is such a wonderful curriculum. Our family is so thankful :) And oh boy yes! You would know about how boys see it all!

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