This was our first week back to school after our fall break. While a break is nice, I'm always happy to be back to home and our daily rhythms. Aedan has decided lately to get up at the crack of dawn and start his day far before any of the rest of our feet have hit the ground. He is very motivated by free time which he often spends drawing or reading books he enjoys. He of my two boys is far more schedule oriented. He likes to know what to expect each day. I often will set out a stack of work that he can choose to do early or not. I was worried at first that he would rush through things, but he has done a really great job. I think his brain works best in the early morning.
I'm really loving how well he is doing with this art book. It's neat for me to see him draw things he wouldn't normally draw. I'm always so impressed.
This week in history we read about the Qing Dynasty, the Mexican Revolution, and Cameron Townsend.
Qing Dynasty in China - 1644-1911 A.D.
We read about empress Cixi who was the last Qing Empress. One of her favorite pastries was steamed corn cake. We made this version of sweet corn cake. It was delicious!
We also read about how Vietnam rebelled against French rule. This was a really fun hands on week. My boys' favorite activities are when we cook our way through school. We made Vietnamese coffee the day we read about the rebellion.
Aedan poured the coffee into the sweetened condensed milk and stirred.
All three of us had an ice cold coffee. It was sweet enough that even my boys liked it. Aedan liked it more than Silas.
Our notebook pages always have visuals to help us see more of what was happening. This is a piastre note from Vietnam.
Mexican Revolution Begins - 1910 A.D.
In honor of Mexico's Revolution we made sopapillas! Aedan had a lot of fun rolling making these. He isn't as much of a fan of cooking as Silas, so I love when he has the opportunity to learn a few new tricks in the kitchen.
He had to roll it out thinly with a rolling pin.
Next he cut it into squares.
We fried them in hot oil and dusted them with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
Then we drizzled honey on them. YUM! I might have fried bacon and eggs and called this dinner. Who's to say?
We read about President Diaz who was in power far longer than he was supposed to have held legally. I am quite thankful for term limits!
Cameron Townsend - Founder of Wycliffe Bible Translation (1896-1982)
We also read about Cameron Townsend. I love how missions has been a focus this year along side our history studies.
Aedan is steadily working his way through the president study. We have a few other books on our shelves that he refers to when filling these pages out.
And ahhh....Sooo....I'm a writing curriculum quitter. I don't know if you've noticed. Last year I realized how much Aedan needed work on structure, so we took some time in IEW. I'm really thankful for the improvements I've seen, but after a while I was missing the freedom that Brave Writer allows.
By the way, I love the encouragement that Julie from BW offers daily to homeschool moms. I've been listening to some of her videos. Often I take a deep breath and have enough strength to face another day after. She reads an essay from A Gracious Space each day on Facebook. If you need encouragement, you're sure to find it there.
For the past few weeks all we have done is free writes. I saw a love for writing return. All of these were silly, but each boy loved sharing them. They both wanted them read aloud and not until everyone could listen together. We used Jump In writing plunges and Brave Writer Friday Freewrites to just enjoy writing and have fun for a little while.
The Elements has been a nice break from science experiments as well. This week we all chipped in to help Aedan find answers to some of his science questions. Silas loved chemistry last year, so he recognized a lot of the answers himself. That's all for now. How was your week?