Friday, February 28, 2014

SOTW3Ch25 French Revolution and Admiral Nelson Stuff

SOTW3 CH25, begins on page 239
Revolution Gone Sour
The Storming of the Bastille

Synge Struggle for Sea Power:  [Note: We've not traveled to Paris yet...]
Bachman, Great Inventors and Their Inventions Watts
Hillyer, Children’s History of the World:  Ch72
Guerber Story of the Great Republic [We continue to plug through US History with Mrs. Schott and memorize the order in which states were admitted along with vital president information. She is presenting facts about each president in order to help us remember why they were special and thus, in which order they served.]

The Reign of Terror

It took a while, but we sat thru all of the Kahn Academy presentations about the French Revolution.
KHE pages:  Pgs. 318-319; The French Revolution 1789-1799
Bachman, Great Inventors and Their Inventions Fulton
Finish reading: Janet Benge, Geoff Benge.  Benjamin Franklin: Live Wire  YWAM Publishing, 2005

We really enjoyed reading The Story of Nelson by Sellar.  The name Horatio will always mean something to us. (This reading source and Nelson image came from our Heritage History British Empire cd.)

You really should READ about travel to London with Kids. We did and wrote about it here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Briefly SOTW3 CH24, 41 Australia and New Zealand in History

SOTW3 CH24, begins on page 229
Sailing South
Captain Cook Reaches Botany Bay
M. B. Synge. Struggle for Sea Power:
Lang, John.   The Story of Captain Cook (images from Heritage 
History British Empire cd -It really is a GREAT BUY.)

Australia. 1765, 1771
The Convict Settlement
Australia. 1770-1773

SOTW3 CH 41, begins on page 375
New Zealand and Her Rulers
The Treaty of Waitangi
Synge Struggle for Sea Power
The New Zealand Wars
Marshall, Our British Empire
Extra Reading:
The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook by Rhonda Blumberg
Voyages to Paradise: Exploring in the Wake of Captain Cook by Wm. R. Gray, 
Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens England 1775-80 burning of Newgate prison, London
Janet Benge, Geoff Benge.  Benjamin Franklin: Live Wire  YWAM Publishing, 2005

We're excited about finishing The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings so we can see the movies filmed in New Zealand.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Pastel Art: Takes Us to the Beach...

... and Away from Snowy Winter

Top left shows G3 playing ball in the water with Dad.
Middle shows G1 digging in the sand to where ever.
Bottom right shows G2 playing ball with her friend.
So wonderful to see their stories in Chalk Pastel Art.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Church Drama Production includes all 3Gs

"New Testament Rewind" is a wonderful way to learn about the Bible.
G1 ran lights and G2 had various parts throughout the play as well.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Chemistry Lessons about Salt (Warning: No-hands on experiments done)

There were not hands-on experiments done this week in our science study.  Just one of those "hills I decided not to die on" this week.  We discussed the differences between types of salt that is used in the kitchen, in our bodies and in the environment.  For example, table salt has a different chemical formula than the salt used outside on the very snowy roads (that erodes away the road surface).  Narrate about salts from DK page 44-45, Usborne pages 88-91 and Basher page 30 on your Elemental Science Grammar Stage Chemistry blue binder page 51 (Yes, we reusing and adding to our 2nd/3rd grade materials because they are that good).  Read Tiner chapter 14 & answer questions about chapter on lined sheet of paper placed near binder page 51.  Read and answer questions in Elements of Faith on same lined sheet of paper for Na and Cl.  I enjoyed discussing the Elements of Faith topic of salt and light with my kids this week. So many brilliant bonuses of homeschooling my kids.

One other bonus this week was enjoying nature during the longest winter of my life.  Sometimes the mittens get in the way when taking pictures outside, because it is THAT COLD.

Friday, February 7, 2014

SOTW3 Chapter 23 The New Country AND A Review of Young Patriot's American History

Begins on page 219
The New Country
The American Constitution

Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
Hillyer Children’s History of the World
Guerber Story of the Great Republic

The First American President (1789-1797)

Guerber Story of the Great Republic
Benge, Janet; Benge, Geoff. John Adams: Independence Forever (Heroes of History). Finish this source.
More LIBERTY’S KIDS videos

Begin using the state cards (index cards) to memorize and know USA flags.  Go ahead and get your kindergarten flags book out for the United States flags and birds we studied.  Begin to memorize the US Presidents.

This seems like a good a time as any to tell you that we've enjoyed following along the history of the United States with Mrs. Schott via the CurrClick website.  The interaction with her via "lecture" (more like discussion) is very helpful in keeping us on track to learning the US Presidents in order and giving a separate perspective from our old SOTW materials, both Bauer and Synge.  She points out events in our nation's history that are brought to life with stories, videos and links to national park/historical sights on-line.  She encourages each child to use the chatbox wisely. She quizzes our geographers with helpful surveys. She encourages us to read the Eggleston spine for the course.  There are other research questions she challenges us with as well.  She receives the scanned research work and comments regularly and fairly.  Finally, we've pulled the state flag materials out of the kindergarten/first grade comb binders and are incorporating the process through each state with our vexillological study.  (This was our year to study Illinois because that's where we live.  We are also completing the second round through every nation's flag in the world describing what each nation's flag means according to their own description.) So, each week we process through three presidents and three states in order to review who these presidents were and the significance of three states' flags a week. This was my attempt to introduce my students to Mrs. Schott because she may be our best source for the Rhetoric stage of economics and government courses.  We have no trouble using the interface at CurrClick and enjoy the class recordings easily available there as well.  Finally, I appreciated the price for each semester course and have engaged all three of my students in the process.  This was an affordable, successful way to fill in the gaps of my teaching American History this year.