Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 16

Monday, December 19, 2016

We got our first snow this week. It's been nice having a really long fall. I can handle the snow if it won't last for months on end. The boys enjoyed being outside all bundled up. There were plenty of hot drinks and even a few snow angels.

This week in history we were introduced to the Babylonians, the Medo-Persians, and King Nebuchadnezzar. Silas and I have been reading history together. At first he was reading his history book himself. HOD is written to be independent in some subjects from Preparing on up. He was handling the readings fine, but I'm finding we are really just enjoying that time together. I didn't have the time to do that with Aedan back when he was in this guide - I wish I had the time back then. It's been fun learning alongside Silas. I don't have little ones underfoot, so we can do that. The beauty of HOD is that you can do either option and it still be a wonderful experience.

Fall of Nineveh to Babylon and Media - 625 B.C.

Nebuchadnezzar Dreams of a Statue - 604 B.C.

Ok, so these are the things I adore about HOD. After reading about Nebuchadnezzar's dream we made a cookie statue.

 Some of you might think I'm persnickity (blush) about taking our guide apart and putting the pages in page protectors. This my friends is why!

We divided the dough into 5 pieces.

 Silas delightfully thought mixing the colors in was just too much fun! I bought some natural food coloring a while back. Nope. It just isn't the same even though this stuff is basically straight poison. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

 We colored the dough gold for Babylon, silver for Medo-Persia, bronze for the Greeks, iron for the Romans and we left the feet the color of clay for kingdoms that would come after Rome.

This was the finished cookie. SO much fun! We somehow missed this project the first time around with Aedan.

I was a little concerned that it would get too puffy and lose its shape in the oven, but it worked just fine. We let it sit overnight, so it would be crack-able.

We read the story where Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream. We acted out what happened with our cooking (in slow-mo of course!)

While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.
“This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.

 “After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. Daniel 2: 32-45

Silas drew a picture from Draw and Write Through History of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon which Nebuchadnezzar built for his wife. This was the first time Silas has ever used this series because we missed Preparing. This was a tough one, but he persevered!

Jerusalem destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar - 588 B.C.

Silas wrote about the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon and how he took captives.

Silas ready about King Cyrus. For his narration he chose to write about the only time Cyrus was ever corrected by one of his teachers.

For storytime we started reading the Book of Esther. We read about her 12 months of beauty treatments with Myrrh. Myrhh is excellent for beautifying skin, so I can see why that was one of her spa treatments!

Silas started reading The One and Only Ivan. Lately I've been putting a stack of books before him and letting him choose. I had checked this one out from the library because it had a Brave Writer Arrow issue. It was the first one he grabbed. So far it's such a sweetly sad story.

Our poem of the week was "Dust of Snow" by Robert Frost. What a perfect painting on the week of our first snow. He sprinkled salt on the wet paint which makes a nice little glimmer. We ran out of watercolor paper, so I didn't get to paint this one. I need to get some soon. The next few weeks Silas will memorize a poem we have studied, so that will be a nice break from paintings.

We were apparently on a cookie-a-thon this week! Because we are doing science from next year's HOD guide there were cookies in his science plans and also history (and also in Aedan's guide too!)

We are learning about the layers of the atmosphere, so we built a model with cookie ingredients.

These cookies were actually really delicious. We added our atmosphere layers to a bowl and added a few more ingredients. The corn flakes, coconut, oats and chocolate chips make a nice crunchy and at the same time chewy cookie. We fortunately had friends over that night, so we didn't consume all of them ourselves. My friend's boys were so sweet in giving us compliments about these. We need to write this recipe down to save for later.

Silas finished his notebook page about the atmosphere layers. He is really enjoying all he is learning so far this year in science. It has always been one of his favorite subjects, but what kid doesn't love eating cookies for science?! I'm so thankful that these plans are written in, and I don't have to think about adding these kind of fun elements. So, tell me about your week!


  1. Looks like you had quite the creative week!

  2. I absolutely love to see Heart of Dakota coming to life so visually and vibrantly in your children's beautiful work! It takes a wonderful curriculum like Heart of Dakota to set the stage, but it is the hard-working amazing homeschool mamas like yourself that make it all happen on a daily basis!!! I think your kiddos have such an eye for detail, and they are creating some truly lovely pieces of artwork/notebooking that will be precious memories down the road. I especially enjoyed the Robert Frost watercolor painting, the Nebuchadnezzar statue cookie, and yummy cookies, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon drawing, and the creative timeline pics. You are an inspiration to so many, though mamas are so busy, they are not always 'commenting' - but they are looking, enjoying, and taking joy in what they see in your God-honoring sharing of your homeschooling days with HOD!!! May the Lord richly bless you this Christmas season and this coming 2017 year with many more such precious memories being made!

    In Christ,

  3. Thank you so much Julie! We absolutely love HOD, and I'm glad that comes through. Thank you also for your very kind compliments. I will pass those along to the boys :) I love what special keepsakes these notebook pages are and will continue to be. I hope you had a great Christmas too!


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