Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 22

Friday, February 3, 2017

Well hello there! I tend to click on things that have cake and whipped cream too! This was a really interesting week in history. I am totally and blissfully happy learning about modern history with my boys. We studied the rebuilding of Europe after WWII, South African Apartheid, Chairmen Mao and the Berlin Wall.

I love when we have cooking projects for school! I tend to add them in anyway, but it's nice when they are planned for me and reflect the times and not just the place of the history we find ourselves in. During WWII eggs, milk and butter were rationed. Americans improvised and found a way to make treats nevertheless.

We made the recipe for War Cake from the MtMM guide which was a really tasty spice cake with raisins. Shortening was substituted for butter during WWII as they couldn't get butter during that period. I wouldn't normally have shortening on hand, but I decided to make the real recipe just this once. None of us are big fans of raisins (besides my husband) but everyone enjoyed this cake.

It made a LOT, so I shared some with my folks. My mom said it tasted like a "real" recipe and reminded her of something her grandma might have made. I'm sure my great-grandma did have a War Cake recipe in her recipe box. That's one of the treasures I hope to inherit someday from my mom. Even my dad liked it, and he's not easy to impress. He asked me to bring him more. If I'd make it again I'd leave out the raisins and make it with butter. I bet it would be even more amazing that way.

Marshall Plan - April 1948-1952 A.D.

Mao Zedong Controls China - 1949-1976 A.D.

This was a propaganda poster showing how happy families were supposedly under the dictatorship under Mao Zedong which of course history shows was absolutely false.

One thing I absolutely love about HOD is the excellent historical fiction and biography selections. This is an extension book for MtMM. It's about what it was like when Mao Zedong came to power and the loss of freedom that the Chinese experienced not much unlike how the Jews steadily lost freedom in Germany. While tests can make students memorize dates, a really good book can flesh out the feeling of the experience of people during that time. My kids remember the figures and events we have read about in books from way back in 4th grade far more than they have from any spines we have quickly read. I read this book over the summer. It's a pretty bleak and chilling look at communist China. I know more now than I used to after having read this book.

Aedan wrote about Nguyen Ai Quoc who was the leader of the Indochinese Communist Party.

He has a lot of name tags because he was known by 15 other names.

Berlin Wall is Built - August 30, 1961 A.D.

I remember Reagan's speech as a kid. It wasn't until reading more and seeing the documentary about the Berlin Wall that I understood the true horror of this wall.

We learned about Apartheid in Africa.

Aedan mapped what countries controlled land in Africa.

This week we finished up Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer for storytime. This book was out of print when I received my HOD set this summer. I bought a used copy. It's the story of a WWII bomber pilot from his granddaughter's perspective and how God kept him through those terrible years.

Aedan studied the life of Warren G. Harding. He is realizing after reading about all of these presidents in a row just how few were perfect in every way.

Aedan enjoys the economics books he's been reading this year. The chapters are short, but a nice introduction to economics and business.

Aedan finished The Mystery of the Periodic Table. He wrote a written narration each week as well as defined some of the terms in the book. I made plans for this book and made the notebook pages. It was a great sweep of the chemists.

Each week he filled out a portion of the periodic table. After reading all these fabulous books and watching the Chemistry 101 videos he will have a pretty decent grasp on the basics of Chemistry.

Our poem this week was "Splendour in the Grass" by Wordsworth. Aedan drew grass in varying shades in his nature notebook. We are in the dead of winter, so often we will look up a picture in a book or on the web to get an idea of how to draw these things.

Sometimes he uses the model in the book. He has decided colored pencils are his favorite medium. Using them all these years in HOD has given him much opportunity to use them.

We keep having box days here. This week we got our Lightning Lit books that we will use next year. I've had several requests to share more about this program. As soon as I snap some pictures, I will be happy to share more. I also have been having so much fun looking over our HOD World Geography books. They are awesome! I can't wait to share all of our plans. For now I'm just having fun seeing what's to come.

How about you? Are you already getting boxes of books on your doorstep for next year? What are your plans so far?


  1. Hi. Love the illustrations. They crack me up. Do you think it helps motivate your boys to take their time on them because you publish them on the blog?

    1. Thank you! I don't think that factors in at all. These boys draw all the time on their own for fun. Every once and a while my oldest will look back on his old notebooks. He loves making us laugh. Both boys know I blog but have never paid any attention to it. They think it's more fun to draw their own pictures than the ones that are suggested :)

  2. I wish I could send for things already but I have to wait. Thats OK though because I might be tempted to just switch to HOD already. ☺
    Besides. a friend of mine is letting me borrow the non consumables for World History next year. I am still debating on wether I will keep the younger two together and use CTC for both of them. they will be in grades 5 & 6.
    Will you sell your CTC set once you are finished with it? Please let me know.


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