Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wrapped Up SOTW3 and Put It Away

This week we've listened to Jim Weise read the final chapter about The Forty-niners and the world in 1850.  We read This Country of Ours as it described the presidency of JQ Adams, General Jackson, Van Buren and Harrison. After our visit to Promontory, Utah in February with the Grandfather, we have the video from PBS about The Transcontinental Railroad. We read Coolies and You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Railroad.   Finally, we watched the Charlie Brown episode about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad that we'd seen in the National Park office in Utah thanks to our local library. 

We are officially beginning Victorian England with a listen to several books from Dickens, Kipling and Alcott.  The recordings of the books are available from for free.  The texts are also available via Gutenberg Project for free too.  G1 is listening to Nicholas Nickleby AND I found the BBC video at the library for us to watch soon.  G2 is listening to both Black Beauty AND Little Women as she follows along on her own hardback copy.  G3 is reading Oliver Twist along with the readers as well.  I found a book about the Life of Charles Dickens's England by Diane Yancey at the library that I read while the rest of the house is quietly listening to their books.  I wonder if we will be able to listen to Kim from Kipling or Great Expectations from Dickens, but it may be too much. But we will definitely find a production of Dickens's A Christmas Carol at Christmas. 

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