Friday, January 23, 2015

School Summary - Daniel Boone and the Revolutionary War

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A Summary of January 5-16
We enjoyed our Christmas and New Year break very much. It just went by way too fast. We started a "small" renovation project on Soprano's room that was supposed to be quick, easy, and cheap. Three and half weeks later, we're still working on it, which made starting school again a little rough. The younglings were slightly more motivated than I was which helped. We've actually reached the end of the 2nd quarter and the half-way point of our year. Yay!
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Language Arts (Grammar, Reading, and Writing; Spelling for Soprano)
Tenor finished up "Carry On, Mr. Bowditch" with a mini research paper about Nat Bowditch. They're both working on 3 paragraph research reports on important figures from the Revolutionary War for writing. Tenor chose George Washington while Soprano picked Benjamin Franklin.

Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor), Home Ec (Soprano)
Tenor finished Greek Level 2 and began Level 3.
My Father's World Exploration to 1850
We touched on Daniel Boone and then spent two weeks studying the people and events of the Revolutionary War.

Bible: This year we're doing an in-depth study of the book of James and attempting to memorize the entire book. We're now reviewing chapters 1and 2 and beginning to memorize chapter 3.

Science: Since we did all of our botany work, using AIG's The World of Plants, over the summer, I'll try to give an overview of the experiments and demonstrations that we did. Currently the younglings are working on a botany lapbook from In the Hands of a Child.
They're reading a section and doing an activity three days per week to review what we learned.
These weeks we would have covered lessons 9-14. That included studying monocots and dicots and doing a seed dissection.
Locating seeds in various types of fruit, veggies, and a pine cone:
Seed dispersal (via water):
We learned about different types of roots.
We also talked about stems and stem structures.
History: We read about Daniel Boone. It was a good refresher since we had visited his birthplace earlier in the school year. For the Revolutionary War, we did lots and lots of reading. And lots of coloring:
I added in Johnny Tremain as a read-aloud, and the younglings also really enjoyed quite a bit of the Liberty's Kids DVDs.
We skipped making Hasty Pudding and making a quill pen and berry ink.

I added in some map work from MapTrek (The Explorations of Daniel Boone). No extra timeline pieces though.

Other MFW: 
Music: We learned about Chopin. For our hymn study, we went back to  "O For a Thousand Tongues" which we had put on hold to do Gloria! from Kim at We spent one week on it and then had a week of "Jesus, Lover of My Soul." I got smart too. After 19 weeks, I finally made photocopies of the hymnal pages and put them into a binder. So now rather than having each of the younglings hold the hymnal open for me to play, the pages stay flat.

Art: We read about Constable and tried out some sky studies.

You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 15-34.
Botany extras (we didn't use them)
Revolutionary War lapbook (we didn't use it yet but I still might add it in)
Daniel Boone lapbook (we didn't use it)
Crown or Colony? game
Drive Thru History: Boston and the Beginnings of the Revolution
Drive Thru History: Battle Hill
Drive Thru History: Crossing the Delaware
Drive Thru History: Saratoga
Flowering Plants video
Flower resources
Audio of Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty" Speech
Monticello virtual tour
Liberty's Kids
Daniel Boone (by Good Times)
Ladies of Liberty: Boston 1775 (Learn Our History)

Favorite Books: 
George by Frank Keating
Sleds on Boston Common by Louise Borden
Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride by Marsha Amstel
The Declaration of Independence from A to Z by Catherine Osornio
Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? by Jean Fritz

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