Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 8

Monday, October 10, 2016

We survived the week with all the birthdays, and we fortunately had a much slower week. We have one more week of school before our first break of the year. We will take off around 4 weeks this year. The last few years we tried to be done before May 1st, but with a teenager on my hands this year I'm not as quick to be done. Our days are better with routine, and more breaks in between. One month of break before the pool even opened wasn't the brightest idea last year!

One of the things you may have noticed is how much I love cooking our way through books.

This week we finished up Mama's Bank Account. I adored this book! There is a story in the book where the narrator has to take a special dish to a tea, and she asks Mama if she would make her special Norwegian meatballs.

Meatballs don't fit in with cucumber sandwiches and tea cookies. The girls were cruel, but mama won them over. I won't ruin all the details. I have a cookbook called Cooking the Norwegian Way that I bought when we traveled through there with MFW ECC. There was a recipe for Norwegian Meatballs (kjottkaker), flatbread (flotbrod), boiled potatoes (kokte poteter), and peas.

This is blotkake which is one of Norway's most popular cakes. It was delicious!

In history we learned about entertainment in the Gilded Age, the Boxer Rebellion and missions in China during this period. We listened to several examples of music from the period.

Vaudeville Entertainment - 1880-1920 A.D.

We leaned about Vaudeville shows and the many kinds of acts they performed.

Aedan's history project was to make an animation. We read about Edison's work with animation. He was supposed to do his assignment as a flip book, but we have a program called Animation-ish that he used to make his animation called "Modern History According to Aedan." He had some fun embellishing the stories and putting his roller coaster design from last week's assignment in motion.

1st U.S. Skyscraper - Chicago 1885 A.D. - This tickled Aedan's funny bone. 10 whole stories!

Boxer Rebellion - 1900 A.D.

Aedan and I discussed this French political cartoon that was printed in 1898 which was 2 years before the Boxer Rebellion.

Aedan's written narration was about Lottie Moon who was a missionary to China during the Boxer Rebellion. I'm pretty sure Donald Trump wasn't there!

Our president of the week was John Tyler.

We learned about our state song in our state study.

We listened to the Johnny Cash version (of course!)

Aedan studied how to mix different colors to make different shades of green in nature study.

In science we learned that you can estimate how much carbon dioxide is in water.

We started a new poetry portion in Lightening Lit. I adore the selections that they chose. Next week he will work through some exercises on poetry and write a few poems himself. Enough about us. How was your week?


  1. I will have to remember this post for our travels to Norway! That cake looks delicious. I like the way he showed the color mixing, too. And, thank you for the book recommendation.

    1. I can send you the recipe :) It was super easy!

  2. Loved seeing the supa slide come to life - so fun. :) I can't wait to show this to Malachi - he would dig that program. Of course, I always love your food posts. :D

    1. Me too! I bet you Malachi would love it :) I need to cut it out with the food haha!


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