This week I printed out a chart I got from the Facebook group for HOD Resurrection to Reformation. I was hoping this would make it easier to keep track of what we need to do each day. My son on the other had was not happy about having to keep track of what he's doing in 2 different places.
This week in history was Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Basil the Great, Bishop Ambrose, and Augustine. My son thought it was funny that anyone would be named Basil like the herb. But we learned a lot. History project was to research Alexandria, while our timeline focused on the Nicene Creed. I think think will be a good time period for us to study as my son starts confirmation this year in our church.
We are really enjoying the book "Forbidden Gates" which tells the story of a young Jewish boy, about to become a man, at the time just after Jesus' resurrection. He struggles with many trials like doing the right thing, telling the truth, and struggling with his faith. All great lessons for a young boy or girl, even my 8 yr old like listening in on story time. And the devotional lesson in "Boyhood and Beyond" was also about how telling the truth upfront is always better than telling lies. I always tell my children they will get in more trouble if they lie about something than if they just tell the truth from the start.
Our lessons with IEW Medieval History Writing is going quite well. The writing lessons are short and easy to understand. The hard part, once again, is trying not to copy the original story when writing the summary paragraph. Although I have to say, using it the way HOD has written may make a difference. We have yet to really need the teacher manual, so for those of you out there considering this program, you might not need to purchase the TM to make the program work.
Since we are taking HOD slowing this year, we have not yet started Drawn Into the Heart of Reading, or the dictation exercises. I am hoping we will be reading for this by October, once we have gotten into a better routine and we are doing full days vs half days.
The art project for the week was making a stained glass window using construction paper, glue and pastel chalks. Everyone had fun with this activity, even mom and younger brother joined in the fun. Here you can see our completed works of art.
|Mom, AJ, & JJ Stained Glass Windows|
I hope everyone else is enjoying working through HOD RTR program, this is going to be a great learning year for both Mom and the kids.