Category Archives: History

The British Are Coming! (Win a Pass to the HEAV Convention!)

We took a trip to Boston, this past week.  Since we’re on our summer schedule (two hours of schoolwork, two hours of household work and projects, and free time and expeditions for the rest of the day), I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Help Struggling Writers

We’ve all had it happen. Your students enthusiastically read the material but when it comes time to write about what they’ve read, there are blank stares, sighs, dawdling, and sometimes tears! What happened? Last night while they were supposed to … Continue reading

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Invitations To Play And Learn: The Skeleton In The Sandbox

The big two are doing doing Story of the World Book One this year for their history. The book covers the ancient world from prehistory to the fall of Rome and begins with a discussion of where historians get their … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up: Glimpses Of Our Week

    And practicing Latin was a hit with everyone!

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Unit Study: Explorers (Ships of the Age of Discovery)

In the years between the adventures of Marco Polo and the sailing of Christopher Columbus there were some important changes in ship design. On Thursday we looked at how a change in rigging made it possible for ships to sail … Continue reading

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Unit Study: Explorers Art Projects

One of the reasons that I’ve chosen to use Unit Studies for History and Science at this point in our educational adventure is that it forces me to incorporate art projects into the children’s regular schooling. Without that imposed inclusion … Continue reading

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Unit Study: Explorers (More Marco Polo)

After stopping for a couple of weeks to adjust to some schedule changes (the big children now have two out-of-the-house classes every week) we picked back up with Explorers this past week! I’ve been reading aloud a biography of Marco … Continue reading

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Unit Study: Explorers (Viking Coins and Marco Polo)

This past week the weather finely got warm enough for us to finish our viking “coins” I also had them write a couple of sentences about Leif Ericsson in their log books along with their own names spelled out in … Continue reading

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Unit Study: Exploration- The Vikings

The first explorers we looked at were Eric the Red and Leif Ericsson. The children colored a page from their “Exploring the New World” coloring books, while I read to them. This counts as art as well as history, so … Continue reading

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Unit Study: Exploration of the New World- Log Books

Over the holidays we finished up our study of the 50 states and their capitals. The children seem to have enjoyed it although we lost momentum several times and weren’t able to be as in depth as I would have … Continue reading

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