Week in Review - HOD CtC Unit 28

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This year we have really loved learning ancient history from the time of creation up to the point of the Roman empire. This week we finally got to read about the event that changed the course of human history forever; the birth of Christ. Because we have read about all of the events that led to his coming to earth, and it makes his arrival so much more meaningful.

For weeks 28 through the rest of the year our history spine is the Bible. We will read through all of John and through Acts for the rest of the year. We have had lots of neat discussions about this.

Octavius becomes Augustus Caesar - 30 B.C.

Jesus is Born - 4 B.C.

Silas's copywork was about Jesus throwing over tables in the temple because he was angry that they had turned it into a marketplace.

His written narration was about the lame man at the pool of Bethesda and how the pharisees were angry at the healed man for carrying his mat on the Sabbath.

Our history project was to make a wheel with all the 12 disciples. The wheel turned to reveal a scripture and a little information about each man.

Silas's little pictures always make me smile.

Sometimes it's nice when the projects fit nicely onto the notebook pages, so we can keep them to look at later.

Tiberius Caesar becomes Emperor of Rome - 14 A.D.
I'm pretty sure he didn't become the Star Wars Emperor (giggle.)

We really enjoy Diana Waring's What in the World? series. Some people thinks she talks too fast, but I think they are super interesting. I might have even been a nerd and listened to them all by myself on a road trip I had to take alone.

On many weeks we read the prophecy and fulfillment of scripture. Silas writes them down in his notebook.

Rod & Staff is going well. We took a little break from it, but now we are happily moving along again. I love this simple and very thorough series. It can be as much or as little as you want. Some people use it orally just for grammar. It is a full English program if you use it as written. I love how HOD schedules it only 2 days a week, so it's really manageable.

Silas has turned our new desk into a little learning cave. Of course his kitty is always near.

This week our poem was "The Vantage Point" by Robert Frost. We painted hills and clouds during a sunset.

Silas has learned so much about the cultures and geography of the Middle East through A Child's Geography and Visits to the Middle East. The maps for A Child's Geo are super tiny, so the mapping activities in Visits have cemented where the places we have traveled to are on the globe.

We are enjoying learning about Isaac Newton. Our biography is a fantastic picture of his life. Silas drew a picture of the water clock described in his reading.

Each week he also does a written narration and a few science vocabulary words. The writing part of school has become easier and easier for him. I really appreciate how HOD has language arts skills written all throughout the plans.

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  1. Love the kitty under the desk with Silas! Very similar to our kitty who is always in the middle of our school days. :)

    1. It's hard to pry him away from his kitty. His favorite part of the school day is reading because he loves the cuddle time he gets with her :)


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