Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 23

Friday, February 10, 2017

This week we learned more about Rome and why it became such a powerful world power in ancient times. I am so thankful to have to opportunity to teach my boys, but sometimes to be honest, I love the chance to learn and grow with them just as much. This year's studies have shed so much light on Biblical history of which I have always been fascinated. In re-reading these parts of history again I am understanding all the more. I love that the boys will have an opportunity to re-visit portions of history in years to come. I'm seeing the benefit in my own understanding after touching on it again. The more you understand the more rabbit trails there are to follow. Silas has asked some really amazing questions which have taken launched us off into searches about the hows and whys of things. Homeschooling can be so awesome!

This week our poem was "After Apple Picking" by Robert Frost. I love how we get really aquainted with one poet each year. You really get to know their voice and where they're coming over after a while in a way you wouldn't with a smattering here and there (which is an approach I also love for the record.) There's something to learning the background of an artist, singer or poet that helps you understand their words and to empathize with their experience. Each week Silas does a little poetry reading which tells us a little more about Frost's life. We also look up what others have to say about the poem itself.

So, my boys are way better artists than me. Sometimes I will sit with them and let them teach me. Their diligence in self-teaching themselves amazes me.

I loved Silas's apples. I didn't look at his while he was painting to leave him up to his own interpretation. I was so impressed at his shading. It's so fun doing this together.

Romulus founds Rome by the Tiber River - 753 B.C.

Numa Reigns in Rome - 715 B.C 
I'm pretty sure they didn't mean Numa from Star Wars Rebels!

Horatius at the Bridge - 509 B.C.

Rome at last! So much was happening in this period. Silas and I are reading Streams of History: Ancient Rome together. He is reading the Famous Men of Rome on his own. It's one of the extension books this year. He is enjoying Roman News as well. My husband actually picked up this book and said to leave it out because he wanted to read it himself!

Silas wrote about how Rome started with a small town and grew and grew.

He mapped Rome at the height of its power.

He wrote about why Roman roads were so key to their growth and expansion.

Our history book described the Roman road system like a spider web with Rome being the spider in the middle of the web.

We started a new read aloud this week. City is an awesome visual book on the building of a Roman city and all the planning it took to make it a successful dwelling place. Silas said that architecture sounds interesting after we read this book. With his math skills and creativity I think that would actually be a fantastic career choice for him.

In science we learned about latitude and longitude lines. He had to find where we lived and find cities along the same latitude line as us around the world.

One of the things we love to do every once in a while is take out Aedan's old Creation to Christ notebook to see how they each interpreted things differently. This week we looked at Aedan's line of latitude and they both were cracking up that Aedan's cities were way off the latitude from the one we are on.

He drew little pictures of the different places on the same latitude.

He is really enjoying HOD's RtR science this year. I was sad to skip CtC's science, but he really wanted to learn about earth and space this year. I've been very happy with his work, and he really is learning so much!

We are taking a week off next week. This year I'm trying to do a better job of taking the time to rest instead of plowing through so we can be done sooner. We worked for 6 weeks this last time before taking a break. I have to say this sabbath school thing might actually be a wonderful idea. I was ready for a break, but I wasn't as fatigued. I think we may actually rest and enjoy our time off instead of just feeling like we have to take the time to recover. I haven't decided how we will schedule next year, but it has given me something to think about.

Thanks for stopping in! How are things going with your school year so far?


  1. Love Silas' apples. ♥ Your year is going by quick!

    1. I did too! It really is. It's nice having a break this week, but we will be back at it come Monday. 12 weeks to go :)


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