Thursday, February 12, 2015

Homeschool Weeks 14-22

Here are the events and people we learned about the last 9 weeks:

Ethiopia and Italy and Liberia--Pretended we were part of a new country and designed our own flag (like the Liberians). We also cooked an Ethiopian meal.  The meal was Doro Wat (chicken dish) served on Injera (flat bread) with Iab (yogurt/cottage cheese mixture to eat with the DoroWat).

Independence of Egypt

Sino-Japanese war in Korea

Boxer Rebellion in China-occured toward the end of Hudson Taylor's life.  We finished our read-aloud on his life as a missionary to China.

Last Emperor of China

Indochina (Vietnam)

Last couple czars of Russia

Persia (Iran)

Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria/Balkan Wars--made Martenitsi which are little bracelets or dolls made from red/white yarn and are given as gifts in Bulgaria on March 1st to symbolize the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

India and Ghandi

Japan and China after WW I, Rise of Chiang Kai-shek, and MaoTseTung and the Long March.

South America
Brazil becomes a Republic--made a "cootie-catcher" with animals from the Pantanal

Russian Revolution during WWI, Rise of Stalin

The Easter Uprising in Ireland

Italy and Mussolini--Made a Fasces

United States
Spanish-American War--Learned what "Yellow Journalism" was all about.

Westward Expansion

Factories, Stocks, and Andrew Carnegie:  Played an investing game

Mexican Revolution--had some fun with cryptography because the Germans sent cryptographed messages to Mexico to encourage them to start a war with the US to try to prevent the US from entering WW I.

WW I--Made a timeline of the Spanish Flu epidemic. The girls created mini-posters on the Lusitania and Trench Warfare while Seth completed lapbook booklets on the book Casey Over There (Yes, we listened to the song "Over There" and had it in our heads for days!). We baked Anzac cookies which were cookies that the mothers of the Australia/New Zealand Army Corp made for their sons during WWI and gave them to a Vietnam veteran in our church. 

End of WW I--made our own passports, read the poem "Flanders Fields", studied the Treaty of Versailles, and the Fourteen Points.  We tried to apply the Fourteen Points as house rules and found that they may have been a little idealistic. 

Roaring twenties--Baked Baby Ruth bars from our Cooking through the US cookbook.

Kids LOVE looking through this book to find pictures and articles about the people and events we are learning about.  I think we have had this book for about as long as we have been married.  Glad it is getting some use!

States:  Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico (made Navajo Fry Bread), Arizona

Presidents:  Cleveland, McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Harding

Science:  Sounds, simple machines and levers, helpful machines--studied airplanes and the Wright brothers in more detail including making our own paper airplanes with modifications to understand some of the principles of flight, electrical energy and electrical circuits.
Made our own quiz board circuit with questions about the Roaring 20s that we could test Dad, Nicolas, and Caleb with.  

Books:  Just a few books the kids read that I am not sure made the list on the side of the blog:  Caddie Woodlawn, On the Banks of Plum Creek, Stone Fox (I failed to warn Seth about the ending--I was afraid he would never read a book I suggested again), In Grandma's Attic

Music:  Mostly the history of Jazz--the kids watched a DVD entitled Sousa to Satchmo, and are currently learning of the life and music of George Gershwin

Read Aloud:  Tales of Persia which is missionary stories in Iran from the early to mid 1900's and Sergeant York and the Great War about the most decorated WW I veteran, Alvin C. York.  We also watched the 1941 film version of his life, Sergeant York.

The girls went from filling out outlines in the Story of the World book, to writing paragraphs from an outline which has been great for their writing skills.  We do continue to plug away at our Institutes for Excellence in Writing program and are currently doing a unit on how to write an essay from more than one source.  

Anna is getting extra practice as she writes a research essay/paper on the differences between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois.

We had one field trip to the Boise River Watershed.  They have great interactive displays and the classes were very informative.  The girls learned about how pollution affects our water supply and Seth learned about the fish in the Boise River, specifically the life cycle of a salmon.  

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