Monday, December 16, 2013

SOTW3 Chapters 15ac and 16

SOTW3Chapter 15, begins on page 141
A New World in Conflict
War Against the Colonies: King Philip's War
Marshall – This Country of Ours:  17. How the Redmen Fought Against Their White Brothers 1619-22
28. How Maine And New Hampshire Were Founded 1629-49
29. The Founding of Connecticut And War With the Indians 1636-39
30. The Founding of New Haven 1643?
31. The Hunt For the Regicides 1661
32. King Philip's War 1675
Marshall – This Country of Ours:  18. How Englishmen Fought a Duel With Tyranny 1624
Suggested Reading:  Calico Bush by Rachel Field 1743 French bound out Servant , The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz Penn. frontier after the war & before Constitution , Man with the Silver Eyes by Wm. O. Steele 1780, Quaker & Indian boy, Struggle for a Continent the French &
(Hillyer) Children’s History of the World:  Ch68
Haaren - William III, King of England
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  King Philip’s War,
Ch. XXXVII, King Philip's War 1675-1678,
William Penn's Holy Experiment
Night Journeys by Avi (Penn, Quaker family)
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  William Penn,
Ch. XXXIX, Penn and the Indians, 1660-1682, 1682-1703, Maryland,
Ch. XL, The Catholics in Maryland, 1629-1729
KHE pages:  Pgs. 302-303; North America 1675-1791
KHE pages:  Pg. 279; The Spanish Succession 1701-1713
KHE pages:  Pgs. 280-281; Colonial America 1600-1700
SOTW3Chapter 16, begins on page 155
The West
The Universal Laws of Newton and Locke
Marshall – This Country of Ours:  21. The Story of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe 1700-1705
Haaren - William Pitt
Longitude, the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time by Dava Sobel (story of John Harrison, English Scientist)
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  George Washington,
Ch. LI, Washington’s Boyhood , 1642-1687. 1732
Scientific Farming
Haaren - George Washington
Stumps, Grunts & Snickerdoodles, What Colonial America Ate by Lila Perl
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  George Washington,
Ch. LII, Washington’s Journey, 1701-1710. 1751-1753, George Washington,
Ch. LIII, Washington’s First Battle 1754
Usborne pages:  Pgs. 314-315; The Age of Ideas
KHE pages:  Pgs. 268-269; The Age of Reason  1600-1750. Pgs. 306-307;
The Age of Logic 1700-1789
Usborne pages:  Pgs. 336-337; Changes in Farming
KHE pages:  Pgs. 294-295; Agricultural Revolution 1650-1800. Pgs. 282-283; The Arts 1601-1707. Pgs. 284-285; Architecture 1601-1707. Pgs. 286-287; Science and Technology 1601-1707. Pgs. 289-291; World at a Glance 1708-1835
NOTEBOOK PAGE ABOUT Reading we did get done:

Monday, December 9, 2013

SOTW3 Chapters 14 and 17 + Field Trips = Thanksgiving Fun

SOTW3Chapter 14, begins on page 135
The Rise of Prussia
Frederick, the First Prussian King

Haaren - Frederick the Great
SyngAofE:  The Boyhood of Frederick the Great

John Finnemore. Germany (Kindle Location 765). Heritage History. I got to read this whole book, while the kids read bits and pieces.  I enjoyed standing in the Heidelberg Castle infamous during the Thirty Years War and understanding what it meant to be a red-head, farm-girl from Iowa wandering up the Rhine River near The Black Forest.

Haaren - Sobieski
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  New England,
Ch. XLV, Charter Oak, Germany, 1679-1718, 1701, Salem,
Ch. XLVI, Salem Witches, 1692

SOTW3Chapter 17, begins on page 165
Russia Looks West
Peter the Great
Haaren - Peter the Great
SyngeAoE:  How Peter the Great Learned Shipbuilding
 (Hillyer) Children’s History of the World:  Ch69
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Ben Franklin,
Ch. LIV, Stories of Franklin, Russia. 1706-1790, 1682-1725

Peter's Port to the West
 SyngeAoE:  Charles XII of Sweden

Usborne pages:  Pgs. 316-317; Changes in Russia

KHE pages:  Pgs. 276-277; Russian Expansion 1613-1725. 
Pg. 278; The Great Northern War 1700-1721
1672, Peter the Great is born
1682, Peter the Great becomes the czar of Russia

Attempts at Outlining SOTW3 Chapters 14 and 17

This is my amateur attempt to prepare an outline that these students could use to organize the information, and they might ask some why questions while learning during the early modern history course this year.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Periodic Table Chemistry Study - Logic Stage Week#15: Halogens

Completed Week of Chemistry study the week before Thanksgiving as follows:
Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry, Chapter 9: Compounds by Electric Attraction p.70
Sketch Nitrogen cycle with examples from p.26 of Carol Baldwin's Nonmetals
Define Diatomic gas?  What are the elements in the airline oxygen supply?   
Relate that to DK Chemistry pages 30-31 and laughing gas with which elements? 
Tell me as much as possible about Phosphorus and Sulfur from pages 34-35.
Describe the importance of Halogens from pages 36-39

Note: There are lots of websites noted here, but all are exposed under the direct observation of the Mommy. We're still working on wise choices around here.  One video source that is always allowed comes from University of Nottingham. They are spot on in keeping even me learning about Chemistry and liking the process. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Geography of Germany: Maps & Research

G#2 labeled the states and rivers of Germany
before doing on-site research in Heidelberg, Germany
and Strasbourg, France

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving Field Trips Rock!

No, we didn't fall off the face of the earth. Yes, we did school including SOTW3 Chapters 14 & 17 as well as Logic Stage Chemistry about Halogens prior to leaving for the trip.  But, better than that we experienced and discussed Louis XIV and the Prussians along with "states" of Germany, and who the Fredericks of Prussia and Brandenburg were.  We visited the castle in Heidelberg where Frederick brought his new wife, Elizabeth Stuart (greatgreatgreat something grandmother of the George III who dealt poorly with American colonists during Revolutionary War), the daughter of James I (King James Bible guy).  We walked where the 30 Years War took place in the 1600s.  We relished the unique environment of Christmas Markets while exploring how cormorants dive forever in the frigid, eddying waters of the Rhine River branch that surrounds the Grand 'Ile of Strasbourg.

So, now we recover from jet lag and ignore the evening hours b/c we're temporarily ALL morning people around here. We put together a gingerbread house for the first time, and fill the new Advent calendar before Advent ends. We find the Christmas tree and let kids decorate b/c it's their turn again. We put away all the clean laundry from the trip and plan our Christmas shopping and recipes for treat plates to share.  Thanksgiving trips are a blessing and we wouldn't miss this opportunity for family trips to worlds where we'd never dreamed were possible to reach before the changes of 2006 & 2007.  We look forward to time with other family and friends during a time of the year when all are blessed by a 2000 year Blessing.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Logic Stage Chemistry Study Week 14

So, we've finished reading all of the story about Uncle Paul, Jules and Emile from Jean Henri Fabre.  We've also finished the free upper level notebooking package from Hands of a Child about Metals. All this just in time to start studying more about nonmetals and other groups on the periodic table.  As a last assignment in HOAC, the 3Gs were asked to draw a poster supporting recycling. Today happens to be National Recycling Day! So, how about some art to support recycling and being good stewards of the Earth's resources? G#1's poster included a picture off the Internet that wasn't annotated, so I didn't include it here, but it was of a cola can made into a craft car.

Along with a wrap up of our READ and SKETCHaRESPONSE
Tiner, Exploring the World of ChemistryChapter 8: The Electron Shows the Way     62
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry, Chap 25 (Chlorin) and Chap 26 (Nitrogen Compounds)
HOAC Metals:  Read * Recycling Metal
Activity 14 – Recycling Craft
Activity 15 – Recycling
Describe NONMETALS on the Periodic Table
DK Chemistry pages p 28-29


Weekly Wrap-up: SOTW3Ch13 and 15b The French

This is the point at which WTM advised a home educator to read from A. Dumas or some profound literature from a French background. However, we've just finished the Henty book about When London Burned, and that's what I'm serious about. We've visited London and will again. The closest we've been to France is a family field trip to Montreal, or the recent Daddy trip to Senegal.  We plan to find Strasbourg v-e-r-y s-o-o-n, but even then it's a mix of German and French in the ALSACE. So, we're moving on to Johnny Tremain, and maybe another Henty in True to the Old Flag.  Did I tell you we adore our kindles and are even tackling reading a longer paper book without text-to-speech just because we've extended our abilities (hard to explain- it's just a good thing).  We've also tweaked our schedules a bit and offered a quarter reward for the student who dawdles the least and finishes their work well, and ahead of the others.  It amazes me how focus is so much finer tuned when money is involved. 

SOTW3CHChapter 13, begins on page 129
The Sun King
The Sun King of France
Synge Awakening of Europe
The Greatness of France, The Greatest General of His Age, The Battle of Blenheim
Haaren Famous Men of Modern Times Louis XIV, Robespierre
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  French Explorers, Joliet, Marquette,
Ch. XLVII (part b), Down the Mississippi, France, 1673

SOTW3CH 15b, begins on page 145
War Against the Colonies: Louis XIV Saves France
(Hillyer) Children’s History of the World:  Ch70
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  La Salle, Hennepin,
Ch. XLVIII, La Salle’s Adventures, France, 1679-1718,

Usborne pages:  Pgs. 312-313; France and the Sun King
KHE pages:  Pg. 264; The Sun King 1643-1715

Blaise Pascal, 1623 – 1662, French Philosopher
Moliere, 1622 – 1673 French Playwright

Saturday, November 9, 2013

SOTW3Ch12 Weekly Wrap-up

We've been working on the material of this chapter for three weeks by reading WHEN LONDON BURNED BY HENTY and WRITING a review in each of our GOODREADS.COM accounts.  The book had it all:  Puritans or Roundheads, Cromwell, King Charles, civil war, naval battles, plague and fire. What a GREAT way to practice our historical fiction reading.  SOTW3CHChapter 12, begins on page 115 and is titled, Battle, Fire, and Plague in England.  The first section is about how Charles Loses His Head.  We read Mrs. Synge's chapter about the Medici and St Bartholomew's and then The Story of the Huguenots which struck home within our family tree.  Later we read more from these sources:
Marshall, Our (An) Island Story:  ch. 76 How a Woman Struck a Blow for Freedom (Jenny Geddes 1637)
Haaren, Famous Men of Modern Times  - Oliver Cromwell
(Hillyer) Children’s History of the World:  Ch67
 Cromwell's Protectorate
Synge, Awakening of Europe:  In the Days of Oliver Cromwell, Two Famous Admirals, De Ruyter
Marshall, This Country of Ours:  19. The Coming of the Cavaliers 1642-1673
Haaren, Famous Men of Modern Times - Louis XIV
POSSIBLE READING CHOICES:  Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walch (the Plague), Merry Monarch, Charles II by Hesketh Pearson, Journals of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (eyewitness account), The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Cromwell, Quakers, Ch. XXXV, The Quakers, England 164-53
Pictures from 

Plague and Fire

Haaren, Famous Men of Modern Times. Sir Isaac Newton
Dickens:  Child’s History of England,
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies: CharlesII
Ch. XXXVI, The King-Killers, England. Puritans,, 1665-1666, 1658-1662,
PAST FACT:  1649, Charles II of England is executed

"Cyril took no part in the last war against the Dutch. He, like the majority of the nation, was opposed to it, and, although willing to give his life in defence of his country when attacked, felt it by no means his duty to do so when we were aiding the designs of France in crushing a brave enemy."
Henty, G. A. (George Alfred) (2012-05-12). When London Burned : a Story of Restoration Times and the Great Fire (pp. 279-280).  . Kindle Edition.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Chemistry: 3Gs in Transition, or Even in the Metalloids

Oh my, I'm combining two weeks of Logic stage Chemistry here. The logic stage being how old they are, but the method being a Charlotte Mason walk with sources we just slowly read through and discuss. We've been using the Mason style of teaching even while doing experiments and exploring our creativity. We've already laid a solid base with the Classical Approach to Grammar Stage science four years ago when we used the Elemental Science Chemistry materials. We truly are just adding to those while exploring during this stage of development. During the Rhetoric Stage of learning in high school, the science will lend itself back into the Classical style of education, and that's ok with us. 

G#3 at Kennecott Mine Utah
G#1 at Kennecottt Mine Utah

So, these past two weeks, we read and sketched or narrated about the Transition and Metalloid groups on the periodic table. 
We also covered more:
Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry
Chapter 6: Search for Order p. 44
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry,
Chap 21 (Carbonic-Acid Gas) and
Chap 22 (Different Kinds of Water)
Hands of a Child Notebook with questions
Activity 11 – Finding Metals.
Read about Copper mine materials from Utah,
*Mining Metals, *Metal Terminology
DEFINE Last set of words in the materials

DK Chemistry pages 46-47
Usborne Science Encyclopedia p. 28-43 with an excellent link to Rio Tinto's video about the  Kennicot open-pit Copper Mine that my boys have visited on summer trips with their UTAHGrampa and learned how the ore is processed and used in our daily lives.

Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry
Chapter 7: Sunlight Shows the Way p. 52
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry,
Chap 23 (Plants at Work) and Chap 24 (Sulphur): 
Hands of a Child
Activity 12 – Metal Ore: mining metal ore in open pit like Utah
Activity 13 – Metal Refining: 

Or mining like Salzburg Salt Mine visit (the slide down was great!  And even Gramma licked the wall - I think?) UNDERGROUND.
DK Chemistry pages 26-27
Use your Bible to list three verses w/ metals we’ve studied.
Explore the METALLOIDS (

This is what Chemistry looked like four years ago in the Grammar Stage.

Friday, November 1, 2013

SOTW3 Ch 11 and 19 with Focus on "Lord Clive" Because We Can

This is a light history week. We've finished Mrs. Synge's "Awakening of Europe" and begun her book called "Struggle for Sea Power."  We've explored with Mr. Lang "The Story of Lord Clive" because Heritage History prepared a readable version for our used kindles.  In fact, the fellow on the cover of the cd I bought a while back along with a special from some other homeschooler for a free copy of their Spanish Empire library might be Lord Clive himself even though it looks like George Washington.  In the Heritage History characters guide they list Clive as
Sir Robert Clive1725-1774British soldier, who rose to be a hero in the Carnatic Wars and delivered Bengal to Britain at the Battle of Plassey.
Clive is mentioned all over the page that discussed guide to battles:  Carnatic Wars — 1746 to 1764 Britain fights with France for control of trade on the Indian sub-continent.  G#1 was impressed at how Clive lead the East India Company's British forces against the Sepoys who mutineed.  The cd also shows maps of India in the time of Clive and Hastings and India after the Carnatic Wars.

G#2 noticed that Clive had been very destructive and adventurous throughout his life and found it not surprising that he ended his own life while in such terrible pain. 

According to G#3:  Who:  Lord Clive (Robert Clive)
When: born in 1725, died in 1774 he died 49 years old. He died early because of the sicknesses that he got in India.
Why: for the East India Company and English power in India
What: Officer In The English-Native Indian Militia.

"The ending was awful to the billionth power, because it does not tell how the English felt about his achievements in India, and that it makes him seem like a bad guy (ironic because he was a amazing dude)." As expressed by G#3

So, this was an example of a slow week in history and how reading a biography is not bad for your health.  On the contrary, it may even teach you how to be a better leader and take care of yourself.  This book about Clive was recommended to the younger crowd, but my kids took no time to finish the approximately 68 page book and reflect about the setting.

We've enjoyed two curriculum cds from Heritage History about the British Empire both in modern times and the Middle Ages.  I've also used the Spanish Empire and Early America library cds.  I'm learning more of how I might use the Modern Europe library cd someday.

Week 12
SOTW3CHChapter 11, begins on page 107
The Moghul Emperors of India
World Seizer, King of the World, and Conqueror of the World
Aurangzeb's Three Decisions
Synge AofE: The Story of the Great Mogul, Robert Clive, The Black Hole of Calcutta
1605, Jahangir (World Seizer) becomes emperor of India
1627, Jahangir of India dies
1628, Shah Jahan (King of the World) becomes emperor of India
1658, Aurangzeb (Conqueror of the World) becomes emperor of India
1690,Aurangzeb gives the British permission to build Calcutta
1707,Aurangzeb of India dies and Bahadur Shah I takes the throne
Usborne pages: Pgs. 300-301; The Mogul Empire
KHE pages: Pg. 258; East India Companies 1600-1700
KHE pages: Pg. 265; Decline of Mogul India 1605-1707
SOTW3CHChapter 19, begins on page 181
The English in India
The Indian Empire Falls Apart
Synge AofE: The Great South Land
The Story of Lord Clive. by John Lang
The Shopkeepers' Invasion
Usborne pages: Pgs. 298-299; India in Transition 1707-1835
Usborne pages: Pgs. 328-329
KHE pages: Pgs. 324-325; The British in India 1774-1858
KHE pages: Pgs. 181 – 184; The Indian Empire Falls Apart
Henty, When London Burned, Chapters 8-15

Thursday, October 31, 2013

MUSIC STUDY - That Hill I'll Die On

In 5th grade, my mom picked the alto saxophone for me to play in the band.  She had always wanted to play, and this was the closest she was going to get.  My dad had played the trombone long enough in school, but never played it for us.  I continued to play the alto saxophone in the classroom along with piano lessons with neighbor lady even when I had to practice the upright piano in the coldest room of the house through junior high school.  Then my mom couldn't afford the piano lessons for my brothers and me, so we got to drop piano.  But, my junior high band director saw fit to change me during concert season to bassoon.  Yep, I have huge hands and am sturdy enough to haul that huge machine around.  I learned the base clef very well after a bit of practice at it on the piano.  I ended up getting a bassoon scholarship when I applied to a nearby state school for a major in music education.  There weren't that many of us and we were valuable enough to spend some scholarship money on us.  Besides that money, I'd have found it difficult to pay for college on my own. 

I'd also been employed to sing in school and church.  I was trained by a very capable man who, to this day, I'm grateful for because he arranged for me to audition for that scholarship at the state university and who constantly encouraged me to do more with music.  He was my vocal and choir teacher from 5th grade to graduation.  He is incredibly talented and I knew that if he said I could do anything, then I could probably do anything.  And there wasn't a struggle for me or my brothers to participate in band or choir.  I don't remember even facing a decision where I had to challenge my mom about it.  The piano lessons, yes, but those were expensive private lessons that she found difficult paying for while she was also paying for braces and other things.  Therefore, I'm THANK God for the opportunity to sing and perform various music even after graduating from high school.  I didn't finish with a degree in music education, but I did sing with a Christian choir and orchestra that traveled throughout the United States, thus allowing me to travel to more than 40 states.  And, I have an intense sense of rhythm and spatial awareness that comes from all those hours with music. 

So, when one of my friends asks if I will continue to support my kids playing in the home school band or singing at church, I tell them that it's too important and this music training needs to take precedence.  This needs to take enough precedence that I plan to choose this place to make my stand over other things like cleaning their rooms or doing their laundry.  Music training will help them to learn how to cooperate with others.  It will teach them to be determined to accomplish something. Music participation will improve their peripheral vision (useful in all of life while you have your sight and even after you loose your sight - you can feel what's going on around you). It will, if they sing in an ensemble, teach them to make pronouncing of sounds easy or even fun during language learning later (ever tried Arabic? There are some sounds in that I've learned from music training.)  According to the recording I heard from Mr. Pudewa at IEW, music strengthens both sides of the brain making math easier.  Music has taught me a great deal about cultures both where I sang and what music I sang.  Cultural familiarity with classical music might be helpful in some venue during their lifetimes.  I've met great friends because of music.  And finally, because I've thought and thought but reserve the right to come up with more reasons, music gives me and my kids an innate sense of rhythm for dancing, walking, running and more.  Rhythm is not to be undervalued.  Those that got it, got it. And those that ain't, well God loves them anyway.  And that's what I've got to say about it ;-) T-A-N-G-O

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Math Mileposts

As the Daddy and I continued to angst with our boys about doing math neatly and in an organized pattern, the idea struck me - the boys don't know how to organize their maths b/c they haven't used WORKSHEETS for math (or not to the extent that they remember the MathUSee pages from several years ago). So, we began writing the problems for G#1's Saxon Math 8/7 out like a worksheet. He will finish this book and probably, based on his understanding so far, begin Algebra 1 by February. But, if he continues to meet frustration with his math or not even meet his math because he is floating somewhere between one idea and the next (something we face in adolescence), he will not get to Algebra 1 EVER!
I also started the Saxon Algebra 1/2 with G#3 because two placement tests said that he was able to do it. We actually defined words in the introduction of the lessons into his notebook (no more loose leaf lined paper for math with these two) and mapped out the problems together before he "took off" doing his math independently. Both boys are working independently on their math this week AND enjoying how they know what kinds of problems are set up in the lessons. They are actually working ahead of completing 4 lessons a week. But this success has come at some cost because if I'm explaining that the numbers must be legible for the Daddy to grade, I've not done something else - like laundry.

On the left is an example of mapping out the math problems prior to actually tackling and completing those math problems.  The example on the right is an attempt at plowing through the math as you go with no planning or awareness if there are easier math problems later in the assignment which would take seconds to solve vs the problems that stop any progress on completion of the math assignment.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Art Wins This Week - Self Portraits

G#3 loves his wrist bands & I love his bent finger

Week Eleven in our Happy Little Nest (NOT) History Ch Ten SOTW3 and Chemistry

Everyone is practicing their music for homeschool band and enjoying the challenge. Bet ya never thought I'd say that?!  We're beginning a new cycle of describing each country in our FLAGS (Human Geography) binder. The topic of who a country trades with or fights against has come up and I said that we should really delve further into why a neighboring country should fight at wars with said country.  The Daddy is headed to Africa next week and we're excited, but praying about it.  G#1 is enjoying the Fallacy Detective book and discussion of logic with the Daddy.  All three Gs were outside with me to clean up the garden and put everything away for winter.  The ceiling fans are cleaned and turned, and electric blankets are being used. 
No more mountains of zinnias and marigolds.  The seed heads were collected for next year's garden and bird feeder.  The trash cans serve as a raised garden and are cleaned up.  The hoses are drained and put away.  All because the kids worked with me to get it all done. 

School Stuff:  History
Far East of Europe
SOTW3CHChapter 10, begins on page 99.
Japan's Isolation: Closed Doors in the East
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Puritans, John Eliot, Roger Williams, Providence,, Ch. XXXIII, Stories of Two Ministers,
Japan. 1631-1638, 1633 The Story of Japan chapters about daimyo persecution of Christians
The "Foreign Conquest" of China: The Rise of the Manchu
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:   Puritans, Connecticut, Ch. XXXIV, Williams and the Indians,
Japan, China. 1635-1643, 1661-1722
(PAST FACT:  1368 and The first Ming dynasty emperor rules in China)
The Story of China.   by R. Van Bergen

School Stuff:   Science
Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry Chapter 5: Electricity to the Rescue  36
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry, Chap 19 (A Drop of Water) and Chap 20 (A Piece of Chalk)
Hands of a Child Notebook: 
Read sections *California Gold Rush, *Magnetic, Where in the World is Metal?, *How Plumbers Got
Activity 8 – Precious metals.
Activity 9 – Objects made with alloys.
Activity 10 – Where are certain metals found?
DK Chemistry pages 24-25
Investigate Periodic Table Construction handouts

Saturday, October 19, 2013

SOTW3 Logic Stage Investigation of Chapter 9: Thirty Years' War & Alkali Earth Metals

Week Ten 2013-14 Highlights
Ice skating
flag football
hayrack ride
Lego perfecting
trip with the Daddy
G#3 finishes Saxon Math 6/5
The School Stuff:  History
The Western War
The Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648
Synge AofE:  Thirty Years of War, Dutch at Sea
Guerber Story of the Thirteen Colonies:  Ch. XXXII, The Beginning of Boston, 1623-1636
PAST FACT:       1642, Cardinal Richelieu dies
                              1648, The Treaty of Westphalia ends the Thirty Years' War
Gombrich, Living History of the World:  Ch30 Terrible Times
Haaren, Famous Men of Modern Times:  Wallenstein, Gustavus Adolphus, Cardinal Richelieu,
Stories from German History.  86% Section:  The Thirty Years’ War

Have you ever thought seriously how your family tree intersects with History? We know that four of the Mommy's sixteen great-great grandparents came from Sweden. We also know that several of the same generation on the Daddy's side came from Germany. Those people were from the 1800s, but 200 years before, their great-great grandparents may have been fighting each other or side by side in the Thirty Years' War with Gustafus, Wallenstein and the like.

More School Stuff:  Science
Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry Ch 4: Gases in the Air gases in air, periodic table 28
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry, Chap 17 (At the Blacksmith's) and Chap 18 (Hydrogen) ALKALINE EARTH METALS GROUP
Hands of a ChildNotebook with questions: DEFINE: Compound, Solder, Precious Metals
Why was salt so important throughout history in war times?
Activity 7 – Magnet Test

DK Chemistry pages  22-23

Above is a clip including all the events of history taking place around the world during the Thirty Years' War in Europe.  This is a fascinating website from that delves as deep into varying topics as you'd like to go.  It's interesting to see this cross-section and realize how big the World is. Of course, Australia and Tasmania were always there, it's just that some western folk discovered them.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Field Trip - Museum Campus

These kinds of days go by in a blur. 

 And yet, they are the most meaningful conversations and adventures.
This is not a dull gig.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Lego Creations During Catch-Up Week

Organizing the Lego collection is paying off as the one level, reload-by-hand marble-mover is improved to a continuous marble-mover. Rested minds create and share Lego ideas :-)

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Week Nine of Logic Stage Third Year Homeschooling by Us

Science in a Charlotte Mason fashion lead us to:

Tiner, Exploring the World of Chemistry Ch 3: The Search for Gold elements and atoms    18
Kindle:  Wonder Book of Chemistry, Chap 15 (Air and Combustion) and Chap 16 (Rust)
Hands of a Child Notebook with questions, Read Type of Metals and Metal Ages
·         Define:  Pure Metals, Alloys, Hemoglobin, Anemia, Rust, Extracted, Annealing, Corrode, Tarnish
·         Activity 4 – Types of Metals: An investigation into the Alkali Metal Group was conducted.
·         Activity 5 – Table of Metals:  We are collecting data about metals from the periodic table.
·         Activity 6 – Pure Metals:  This is basically an experiment testing the magnetic properties of coinage.  We put the Daddy's collection of pre-Euro European coinage to the magnet and determined that three-quarters of these coins were non-magnetic (and a surprising number were).  And everyone cheered that no one was injured in the process of actually learning. (green mega magnet and coin collection)
DK Chemistry pages 20-21

Our Classical Approach to History continued as follows:
topics subtopic KHE UILE Synge AoE, SfSP & GoBE Haaren LHW date event Guerber: Story of the 13 Colonies & Story of the Great Republic
Chapter 8 81 The Middle of the East  The Persian Puzzle 1629 Shah Abbas I of Persia dies Pilgrims, Ch. XXX, The First American Thanksgiving, Thru 1629
The Ottoman Turks Pgs. 266-267; The Ottoman Empire 1602-1783 Pgs. 298-299;
The Ottoman Empire
1623 Sultan Murad IV comes to the throne of the Ottoman Empire Pilgrims, Salem, 1628, Ch. XXXI, The Snake Skin and the Bullets, 1623-1683
Chapter 18 175 East and West Collide  The Ottomans Look West Twice Pgs. 175 – 178; The Ottomans Look West – Twice The Siege of Vienna by the Turks Sobieski,
Louis XIV
Ch32 Meanwhile,
looking Eastwards
1683 Turks at Vienna

LHW = Little History of the World by Gombrich (which we tend not to use that much, but this chapter was very helpful.)

To those of you who are familiar with The Story of the World by Dr. Bauer, these sources will be on your shelf. Otherwise, this may tell you that we are discussing Things Ottoman this week, and that makes me very comfy based on my crazy familiarity with Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies.