Week in Review - HOD MtMM Unit 35

Friday, May 19, 2017

We have come to the end of the end here at Monarch Room. My first born school completed his final year of middle school this week. I will have more to say about our year as a whole later, but for now I will update our final week.

Since we finished our work we have taken every opportunity to spend time with friends. Our sweet friends drove up from the country to come and see Aedan's artwork at the Kemper Museum. I still haven't shared about this, but I took lots of pictures. More to come soon!

In our final week of history we read about Nelson Mandela and Apartheid, 9/11, and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Apartheid Laws Repealed - South Africa - 1991

We watched a video on the day Nelson Mandela was freed from prison.

9-11 Terrorist Attack on U.S. - September 11, 2001

Instead of having Aedan write about the Rescue and Redeem reading I had him write about 9/11.

This was Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack.

We watched a Billy Graham sermon that took place shortly after 9/11 on the final day of school. This was a sweet end to listen once again to the simple gospel message.

War in Iraq - March 20, 2003 - December 15, 2011

Aedan wrote about the invasion of Iraq.


 One of my favorite things this year was seeing Aedan's beautiful artwork in his Nature Study Journal. Here is a video flip through all the pages. He learned a lot and added a few new tools to his bag of artist tricks by doing this study this year.

His final assignment was to take notes on the Billy Graham sermon. Instead of having him write about it we all listened to it together. I had him draw whatever he wanted to show the end of our year. I'd say this was a lovely end to our final day of middle school. I now officially have a high schooler y'all. It's so bittersweet. I'm so proud of all of his hard work, the way he's maturing, and how he is developing his own special passions and abilities. I can't see what God has for this amazingly creative young man.

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Week in Review - HOD CtC Unit 35

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This was our final week in HOD Creation to Christ. Tears. We had a beautiful year reading from the creation account all the way to the final chapters of Acts and about how the apostles spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. It was fun returning to this guide and seeing it through Silas's eyes this time. We have already packed up our box of books to ship off to another family to enjoy. Ending the year is always a little bittersweet. It means we accomplished oh so much, but it also means my boys are growing up.

We dug out all of Silas's Robert Frost poetry paintings to admire. I am glad we made it through to the end with both boys on these. They are such a treasure of learning.

Silas did such a beautiful job, and we know I bet he will be able to recognize a Robert Frost poem from a mile away for life.

I even have my own collection of paintings! This year I chose to paint with Silas. I didn't do it with Aedan and I regret it. Watercolor is tricky, but I think we learned more with each painting how to use it as a medium. I feel more watercolor paintings in my future coming soon. Summer is calling my name, and I look forward to having more time to be creative.

Our history project was to make a wordless book to share the gospel. I made this bookmark to go along with it.

We chose to make ours out of felt. You could have chosen to make a bracelet or a paper book. Gold stands for God, Black for sin, red for Jesus' blood, white for how Jesus washes away our sin, and green reminds us to grow in Christ.

This was such a sweet end to our year. We read all the way from creation all the way to the end of acts. Silas shared the gospel with us at the end using his book. Precious.

Nero becomes Emperor of Rome - 54 A.D.

Peter and Paul Killed - 64-68 A.D.

Silas wasn't trying to be insensitive (he rarely is.) He drew it in this way because it is church tradition that Peter chose to be crucified upside down because he didn't feel worthy to die in the way that Jesus died.

Rome and Titus destroy Jerusalem 70 A.D.

Silas copied the portion about Paul's warning against traveling by sea. He had a wild ride on that ship after.

He wrote his narration about Paul's arrival on the island of Malta.

He completed his final Draw and Write Through History picture.

All year long as we have read the bible we have copied down prophecies in the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the New. It has been really neat to see all of God's promises fulfilled all throughout the year.

We made it from the first week....

...all the way to the very end. We almost threw in the towel toward the end. We have never not finished a guide though, and I didn't want to start now. I'm so glad the boys chose to finish strong.

We have had an excellent year. Thank you Jesus yet again for the grace to accomplish all you you have set out for us to do. God is so good!

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Week in Review - HOD MtMM Unit 34

Saturday, May 13, 2017

This was our almost last week of school. Yay! As I shared in Silas's post, it was also our last week of co-op. Both boys enjoyed each of their classes. Aedan took a pottery wheel class and a digital art class.

Of course Aedan couldn't just make a plate in pottery. He made this "french pilot guy" Pierre. It got cracked in the firing, but I still thought it was quite clever. I'm my boys' biggest fans of course!

In digital art one of the things he made was a gif. It required adjusting all of the little blocks in each picture, so it took some time to do.

In school we learned about the Cultural Revolution in China, the fall of communism and the Persian Gulf War.

Mao's Cultural Revolution in China - 1966-1976

He wrote about the Cultural Revolution in China. We skipped the history reading out of Hero Tales this week (the man in the story turned out to be a bad apple.) Instead he wrote about the fall of the Berlin Wall.

His history project was to make a propaganda poster. LOL. Sooooo....Aedan loves my cooking except for crock pot chicken tacos. Silas loves them. Silas on the other hand hate's Aedan's favorite, beef and snow pea stir fry. Can't win em' all!

Soviet Union Dissolved - Gorbechev Resigns - December 25-26, 1991

This is a poster that was warning against the dangers of communism.

Persian Gulf War - August 2, 1990 - February 28, 1991

I still remember the yellow ribbons. This wasn't so long ago!

Aedan wrote about Sadaam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.

 Aedan completed his final president entry in his notebook. Time will tell what we will say about this president.

The speech he read this week was by Jesse Jackson.

Aedan's nature journal picture this week might be my favorite of the whole year. He has grown a lot using this book all year! One more week to go!

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Week in Review - HOD CtC Unit 34

We are almost to the very end of the end here at Monarch Room! This week we wrapped up our classes at co-op. Silas took a pottery wheel class. Additionally, he took a class called Money Town. We have a local program in town called Exchange City that I remember doing when I was in 5th grade. It is basically a day where kids get the opportunity to have grown up jobs. There was a bank, many different kinds of shops, restaurants, etc. I was a jewelry designer way back when on that day. Our co-op decided to base an 8 week class on that model. Silas had so much fun!

Our co-op was a neat experience because they got to create their own business from the ground up. He decided to open a restaurant called Charred Meat N' Stuff.

We of course had to have a uniform! Silas helped me design how he wanted his logo to look. It gave him an opportunity to work with fonts, to learn to find images, and how to place them within the program. We used iron on transfer paper to make our shirt. We were going to also place the design on the hat, but apparently there is transfer paper for dark and light fabric, and our design didn't work on the black hat.

We also made a sign to hang in our shop. PDFs can be printed on multiple pieces of paper, and you can make it as large as you want.

Here are our restauranteurs!

Silas had to apply for a loan, purchase supplies, and pay for advertising.

Friends of ours shared some meat from a company that they work for, and it was Silas's idea to use it for his sandwich shop.

We made a menu with prices. The kids weren't using real money. They all had a personal budget for $100 to spend on whatever they wanted. Each had a credit card and a check register to deduct their purchases. Our shop was a great one for those who forgot to bring their lunch that day.

Silas made ads to distribute throughout the church we were in that day. No Return Policy! Giggle. It was such a fun day. They learned so much in this class!

He made one of the prettiest bowls on the table in his pottery class, and he also made a Wario pencil holder. Silas has been obsessed with all things Mario for as long as I can remember.

We had a great week in school too! We learned about the many travels of Paul the apostle. These final few weeks of school have been lighter has we have finished off a program here and there over the past month.

Paul's First Missionary Journey with Barnabus - 46-48 A.D.

Paul's Second Missionary Journey with Silas (my boy's namesake) - 50-52

Paul's Third Missionary Journey to Ephesus - 53-57 A.D.

We mapped the long and dangerous journeys of Paul.

Silas copied the portion of scripture about Paul and Silas in prison. It's always fun reading about Silas in the Bible with my Silas.

He wrote his written narration about a young man who fell asleep and fell from a 3rd story window and died because Paul was preaching too long!

Silas drew a gladiator (like a traveler!) from Draw and Write Through History. These aren't his favorite projects, but he likes them when I let them do them in his own way.


He copied information on gladiators in his notebook to go with his picture.

That's all for now. Only one more week to share!

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