Week in Review September 19-25

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Week in Review September 19-25

Postby findjoynjourney » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:31 am

Hello HOD Homeschoolers,

What was YOUR week Like?

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Re: Week in Review September 19-25

Postby findjoynjourney » Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:31 am

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Re: Week in Review September 19-25

Postby my3sons » Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:17 am

World History High School:
Wyatt is in Unit 29 of his WH guide, and he is just in such a good place with it! :D I kind of like having each of my dc in different Unit #'s of their guides. I know, gasp, right?!? :lol: Ten years back I would have been VERY uncomfortable with that! :shock: So, it been kind of a decade+ of slowly letting go of that need to be all at the same place at the same time with each of the guides. :D It is so very helpful to see the finish line with the 4 HOD high school guides now. It allows me to work back from the end and try to help each of my younger dc maintain a good pace to reach that end. I cannot stress enough how thankful I am for TIME, though some refer to it as the 'missing year' in HOD. I have yet to meet a homeschool mom that at some point in her homeschooling teaching career doesn't have something pretty major in her life to deal with. As Wyatt has always been on the youngest side of the target age range, we are spreading out his guides over his remaining years of high school rather than graduating him a year early. This TIME has been such a blessing!!! First, because of my Dad's struggle with pancreatic cancer when Wyatt began high school, and second because of the busyness of life in general for me as a mom of an almost 16 yo, 12 yo, and 8 yo with a dh who constantly travels, and with me working part-time too. My super busy life story seems to be every mom's busy life story - though the details change, one fact remains, we are all very BUSY moms. :) Wyatt came to me this year with a plan for him to school 1 day less each week than his 2 little brothers, and then on his day off he asked to help teach them. Is that amazing, or what?!? I never even thought of that as a possibility, but Wyatt has such a heart for his little brothers, he thought of it, and together we are an awesome team at both teaching and finishing 1 day early each week! He loves to teach, and he loves the free time it gives him with his little brothers that day. Homeschooling with HOD for high school is the harvest. I'd not miss it with Wyatt for the world.

In WH this week, Wyatt typed a written narration about the Red Cross and the battle against slavery. He also wrote about the triangle trade routes for his written narration. For Emmett's BHFHG week, we've been singing "Amazing Grace" each day after breakfast as we clean up, and Wyatt's 'mock trial' was about John Newton. All the boys join in the singing each day, and Emmett said, "Look, Wyatt! Here it says 'John Newton' wrote this in my hymns book!" Wyatt said, "That's right, buddy! I'm learning about that too!" William Wilberforce spent his life fighting slavery, and Wyatt just read about him as well. Riley just read about the triangle slave trade route in RevtoRev too in "Amos Fortune, Free Man," and Emmett just mapped it in on his mapping exercise for BHFHG. All of our sons have such a heart full of sadness about slavery right now. They are amazed at the way African Americans rose above all odds to still have faith, success, and love! Wyatt just orally narrated about George Washington Carver, Riley just narrated about JT in Dust of the Earth (DITHOR book), and Emmett just narrated about Venture Smith! All of whom were African Americans that did AMAZING things in spite of adversity! So incredible! Isn't it amazing how my being on different units within each guide lined up these connections for all 3 of my sons beautifully? I do believe God is at the helm of that, don't you?!? :D I never worry about our sons 'learning the same thing at the same time.' With HOD, there is always carryover and connections, and they see it all the time without doing the same guides. :D It's just natural - I love that! :D
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Wyatt's Literature Journal for Les Miserables always has assignments I look forward to reading. This particular assignment I snapped a picture of had Wyatt doing character analysis and using quotes to 'show' not 'tell' as he learned in 'Creative Writing' in RevtoRev to portray a character. After making a list of character attributes for Cossette, Wyatt shows Thenardier's wife's true character (or lack of it) in this exchange of dialogue with Cossette...
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Wyatt and I had another in-depth talk about marriage, thanks to the "Total Health" elective we are doing together! I am so thankful for these talks! There is much depth to them, and they give me time to share with him more of the 'behind-the-scenes' happenings of some of the demise of relationships he has witnessed years' past. I am glad we are doing this guide with just the 2 of us. These talks aren't for 'little ears,' but they are necessary talks for my near 16 yo. The discussions are an ever-present part of our Total Health time together, but the written part makes it easy to 'grade.' After discussing different levels of relationships and possible dating/courting ideas, this is one of the workbook pages Wyatt completed...
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Each subject has 'easy-to-grade' facets, yet each subject also has depth with discussions/projects/oral and written narrations/activities that workbooks and textbooks just can't provide. This balance HOD has attained is amazing! Another example of easy to grade aspects of the WH guide is the "Short Lessons in World History" assignments...
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One last thing that I've started doing this year that brings God's creation into our home - I planted flowers in our garden, and every 4-5 days I cut some and put them in a vase on each of the 3 tables our boys work at. I have loved it so much, that I am planning to continue it through winter by having planted flowers indoors I use. We'll see how it goes! Oh, and I am not great at flower arranging, so for those of you that are, I bet you could REALLY make these flowers look even more beautiful! Until I get better at it, we'll just take joy in soaking up the inherent beauty of the flowers and the fact that our Lord created them! :D Hope you had a good week!
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In Christ,
Julie
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Re: Week in Review September 19-25

Postby my3sons » Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:44 am

Revival to Revolution:
Riley has been reading about Amos Fortune for Storytime, and JT in "Dust of the Earth" for DITHOR Biography. There are so many connections between these 2 books! We were appalled at the practice of whipping children who stuttered, as if it was their fault and they were just being stubborn by continuing to stutter! :shock: :cry: :!: Emmett used to stutter, and it just made Riley and I so sad, and then so mad. Anyway, both books have to do with slavery, and Amos Fortune's prowess as a tanner and his uncanny knack for making money enabled him to 'buy freedom' for many slaves. JT's struggles with stuttering and his overcoming this by singing, often singing praises to God, as well as his unwavering support of his mother when his father turned to drunkenness, all works on a person's heart to inspire us to triumph over whatever minuscule hurdles we may be facing now! The DITHOR book choices are simply the best, and we often find carryover into the core HOD guide's history, or science, or Bible, or poetry, or whatever. :D The DITHOR discussions, teaching lessons, and Student Notebook all help teach important reading comprehension skills. This week Riley worked on vocabulary words within his DITHOR book. He found words, used contextual clues to guess at their meaning, and looked up their meaning in the dictionary on my phone. Another nice connection was in R & S English he had to guess at a word's meaning using contextual clues and then after looking up its meaning find several synonyms for it, which he also used my phone to do (gotta love technology, right? I did make him look up several in an actual dictionary, just to work on his skills of 'finding the word', but after that, it was way faster on the phone). :D
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For Riley's history project, he made dough for pottery, shaped it, let it dry, and painted it. He loved the way it turned out, and he already told me he'd be keeping it always to hold his favorite pen upright inside it, like a quill pen used to look! :D He used his RevtoRev Notebook page's pictures of pottery for ideas. He also drew a buffalo matching his history reading about bison, and did a quote by Bach (which was a nice tie-in to his Music Appreciation study too).
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The timeline assignment is one of Riley's favorites. It appeals to his creative side, and he loves to draw and carefully color each picture. He is not as careful about labeling his timeline though. I remind him to check for capital letters before I correct it each time, and I see a flurry of erasing before I arrive. :wink: Riley's written narrations are becoming better and better, and I truly enjoy his sense of style in them. We are still working on him remembering to divide them in paragraphs, but the content is good, for which I am thrilled! :D
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Riley is somewhat of an 'inventor' himself, so reading about Michael Faraday in science has been a blast for him! The living book he is reading gives a window into Faraday's thoughts, and Riley can relate to having an idea in the middle of the night one can't put to rest and longing for morning to come so it can be tried out. Riley has that same creativeness mechanically. He is constantly using his computer time to build his own Lego creations on a Lego building CD-rom. He then orders the individual parts from a Lego parts site for usually around a total of $5. He saves his allowance money to buy them! Anyway, Michael Faraday is inspirational to Riley.
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This second week in RevtoRev went so much more smoothly and better than our first week. We are already in a good rhythm with this guide, and I think it is due to the routine and the incremental teaching in all of the previous HOD guides. We already found our groove. Hooray!

In Christ,
Julie
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Re: Week in Review September 19-25

Postby my3sons » Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:00 pm

Bigger Hearts for His Glory:
Earlier in my post about Wyatt's WH guide, I mentioned Wyatt choosing to help me teach one day a week. Well, here is a picture I snapped of him and Emmett cuddled up reading Emmett's Storytime book "The Indian in the Cupboard."
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In Science, Wyatt helped Emmett make an edible bird's nest. With Wyatt's sweet tooth, I knew he'd love teaching this assignment! :lol: With me trying to lose some extra pounds, and with him weighing next to nothing, health wise for all of us it was better for him to do it too. :lol:
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Emmett is really getting into birds, thanks to our science reading about John Audubon. Emmett did an experiment with thrushes, and he loved listening to their bird call on the Internet (we all heard a thrush's call repeatedly being played for about an hour, after which the rest of us insisted the thrush take a break from singing :wink: ). I have been helping Emmett learn to look at a model and draw step-by-step what he sees. Drawing is not a natural thing for Emmett to do, so this seems to help him.
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For Emmett's note booking page about the different kind of feathers, I drew each part step-by-step on a marker board for him to follow. He colored very carefully then too! He did a good job!
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In history, Emmett added to his map. He drew the Slave Trade Route and marked it in the key...
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In history, we also read about Putnam, and how a wolf would come kill his sheep each year. One time, the wolf killed 70 sheep and goats! Putnam showed much bravery in protecting his sheep and goats by hunting the wolf in the depths of a cave. Yikes! I'd be scared to death to do that! Anyway, Emmett loved his history project of making a cave with 2 yellow eyes peering out...
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In history, Emmett is also reading about Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence. His brother Riley, in RevtoRev, is researching the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Just another neat connection God gave us! Anyway, what a wonderful week of homeschooling! I hope you had a terrific week as well!

In Christ,
Julie
Enjoyed LHTH, LHFHG, BLHFHG, BHFHG, PHFHG, CTC, RTR, RevtoRev, MTMM, DITHOR, WG, WH, USI, USII
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Re: Week in Review September 19-25

Postby LynnH » Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:50 pm

Here is my blog post about week 5 and 6 of the World History guide http://graceandfur.blogspot.com/2015/09/week-in-review-921-925-2015.html
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ds 18 US2, Loved Preparing, CTC , RTR , Rev to Rev, MTMM ,WG, WH and US1
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Re: Week in Review September 19-25

Postby rodandmegs » Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:02 pm

Unit 9 in Bigger Hearts and Little Hearts

http://myfullhandsandheart.blogspot.com ... w.html?m=0

Drawn into the Heart of Reading project

http://myfullhandsandheart.blogspot.com ... e.html?m=0
Mikaela - 9th - Bob Jones University DVDs
Eli - 7th - Bob Jones University DVDs
Mercie - 3rd - Bigger Hearts for His Glory
Silas - 1st - Little Hearts for His Glory
Titus - preK Little Hands to Heaven

http://Www.myfullhandsandheart.blogspot.com
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