Monday, January 5, 2015

School Summary - French and Indian War, George III, and The Stamp Act

Coloring from George Washington's World
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A Summary of December 1-12
Well, December, Christmas, and our holiday break were so busy that I'm just getting to blogging about the schoolwork that did. We did actually get stuff done in December. This year is the first in a long time that I wasn't working or involved in anything at church during the holidays. Yet I felt so busy preparing for Christmas plus homeschooling. It was crazy!
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Language Arts (Grammar, Reading, and Writing)

Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor), Home Ec (Soprano)

My Father's World Exploration to 1850
We're moving along through history and beginning to learn about all the events that led up to the War for American Independence.

Bible: This year we're doing an in-depth study of the book of James and attempting to memorize the entire book. We continued to review chapter 1and learned chapter 2 through verse 24.
Science: We had finished AIG's The World of Animals and were slated to begin our botany studies. This is where we have given ourselves a huge break. 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 one activity per day to review what we learned.
So for these two weeks we would have covered lessons 1-5. That included an alive or not scavenger hunt, a game called "Animal or Plant?"
Plant or Animal? game

creating a mnemonic to remember the classification system, and examining flowers outside.
We skipped making a cell model because we did something similar last year when we studied human anatomy.
History: We left Asia to head back to Europe to talk about three pointless wars. Truly pointless. No one gained any new land or people, and all those wars affected the colonies in North America.
To help us remember them, we played the Name That War game from the SOTW Activity Book
Following those wars, we went right into another conflict, the French and Indian War. That war was huge in setting up the colonies for declaring their independence.
Of course, King George III played a small part too. We learned about him and his Stamp Act.

I added in some map work from Story of the World (Three Wars) and some timeline pieces from Homeschool in the Woods (French & Indian War and George III).

Other MFW: 
Music: We spent two weeks on Handel, whom we studied during our Creation to the Greeks year. He was a contemporary during this time period of history. We listened to The Story of Handel in Words and Music and used The Young Scholar's Guide to Classical Music as well as Meet the Great Composers. For our hymn study, we learned "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing".

Art: We drew animals, then read about American artists, including Benjamin West.

You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 15-34.
Botany extras (we didn't use them)
Plant Hunter game
Mount Vernon virtual tour
Plants video
Cursed Plants video
French and Indian War lapbook (we didn't use it)
no extra videos for weeks 15 and 16

Favorite Books: 
Handel Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson
The Diary of Mary Jemison, Captured by the Indians by Connie and Peter Roop
Lives of Extraordinary Women (Catherine the Great) by Kathleen Krull
Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West by Barbara Brenner

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