Well...We have officially made it through a whole quarter of the school year. We are going to be taking a break from hitting the books next week and enjoying some time off. After 9 whole weeks, I don't regret any of our choices this year. For that I am exceptionally thankful.
This week in history we read about The Boxer Rebellion, the Russo-Japanese War, the Balkan Wars, Jonathan and Rosalind Gofoth and how Russia and Britain were both trying to gain control of Persia.
Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth - Missionaries to China (1888-1930.) Aedan thinks it's interesting how someone's name often goes with their life's work or personality (i.e. William Wordsworth, the poet and Chinese Missionaries with a name like Goforth.)
The Goforths were missionaries to China during the Boxer Rebellion. Aedan studied the words of Jonathan Goforth in his Worthy Words study.
We read about how Rosalind Goforth had a difficult time forgiving someone. Therefore, Aedan's history project this week was to write an apology letter to someone he might have offended. At first he came back downstairs and said, "Mom! I'm just not this deep." I said that I'm sure he could think of a time that he could have apologized to someone. He ended up writing a very nice letter to his little brother.
Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905 A.D.)
We learned about how Russia wanted a port city in Persia especially after losing the port in Japan that we read about last week.
He cut apart the map and then put the pieces back together again. These kinds of activities help us to see history and understand where on the map these events took place.
We read about Admiral Togo earning a place of respect among other world leaders and took note of Russia's sphere of influence on the map.
These are the Majles leaders in Persia.
The Balkan Wars (1012-1913 A.D.)
We mapped all the key players in the Balkan Wars.
Aedan wrote about the Balkan Wars for his written narration.
Aedan is reading Silent in an Evil Time in the extensions. This isn't one of his favorite books of the year, but I explained it's important to get a first hand account of history in order to understand it. Our storytime book Angel on the Square is about a girl living in Russia during all of the events we studied about this week. So far the storytime books have all been excellent. They really bring the history to life.
Our president of the week was James K. Polk.
We started our new science book The Elements. I was just telling someone that one thing I really appreciate about HOD is that a book always ends, and a new one begins. There's never much time to get bored, and if a book isn't your favorite, there will be a new one soon. So far Aedan is enjoying this one. It's a nice break from the science kit experiments.
This week we played one of the games in the book called "Make Five."
We read about how elements make up minerals just like a recipe does a cake. We rolled the dice until we had ingredients enough to make a mineral. We stopped to read about each one that we got. Silas ended up winning!
Aedan is still enjoying his nature journal. Sometimes he goes outside, and sometimes he uses the models in the book. I like for him to do both as it's giving him some instruction on how to draw as well as appreciate nature. This week he studied how to make various kinds of brown shades. He went outside to look at trees and here are a few of those.
Part of nature study is to also appreciate poetry. I have been having Aedan copy some of his poetry in his journal. The pages are turning out beautifully!
We finished up a unit on poetry in Lightning Lit.
Aedan says he hates to write poetry, but this one was great even if it was all about how he doesn't like to write poetry! Somehow he proved himself wrong.
We took a break from IEW this week to do some fun writing prompts. I forgot to take pictures, but the boys did had a great time writing just for fun. And now for our very well deserved break...