Showing posts with label Tapestry of Grace. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tapestry of Grace. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tapestry of Grace, Year Four, Unit One

We finished up our first 9 week unit last week. The boys have really enjoyed Year Four of Tapestry of Grace so far. We started off in the early 1900's and made it to the end of the 1920's. There is a lot of history crammed into those two decades. Homeschooling has given me such an appreciation for history. I learn so much right alongside my boys. I'm so thankful for this opportunity and for this time with them. Here are a few highlights.

We spent quite a bit of time on Theodore Roosevelt.  Obviously we studied his presidency but we also learned that the "Teddy Bear" was created and named after him.

We read about the San Francisco Earthquake. We did our own experiment by building structures using different materials to see which ones could withstand an earthquake (shaking the table as hard as we could). We also read about the sinking of the Titanic. Benjamin has now said he will never go on a cruise!

We spent several weeks on WWI which both boys really enjoyed learning about. There was so much that I didn't know. We spent a good bit of time on warfare and how WWI was really the first war with more modern technology like airplanes and gas weapons. 
We read about trench warfare and made our own trenches with homemade sand....and some Vikings (obviously not historically accurate)!

We made our own war recruitment posters using an Art for Kids Hub video. 

We started an "Inventions" book.
The Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, aspirin, band-aids, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and the Yo-Yo are just a few of the inventions we added to our book.

We read about the creation of "Betty Crocker" so we had to make brownies. You know, for their education. 

We added quite a few presidents to our timeline.

And a lapbook of course.

This is just a glimpse of all the things we read about and studied. We also read books about the Harlem Renaissance, Prohibition, Women's Suffrage, Jazz music, Babe Ruth, and Charles Lindbergh. 

One of my favorite things about Tapestry of Grace is all of the books we read. We read so many books, books I would never thing to pick up and read. Just to give you and idea of how many books we typically read in a nine week period, here is a list of all the books we read (this is just for Unit One, there are 4 units in one year).

First Flight, the Story of the Wright Brothers
An Age of Extremes
Who was Henry Ford?
Who was Albert Einstein?
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (the book is so different from the movie)
Kids at work (a book about child labor in the early 1900's)
The Panama Canal
Titanic
The Legend of the Teddy Bear
In Flanders Fields
World War I
War Game: Village Green to No-Man's Land
Fanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs (I love that we read books like this)
Key battles of WWI
The Railway Children
The Velveteen Rabbit
Harlem Stomp!
Marven of the Great North Woods
War, Peace, and all that Jazz
The 1920's
When we were very young
Eric Liddell: Something greater than gold (true story about an Olympic gold medalist and missionary in China. The movie "Chariots of Fire" is about Liddell)
Who was Louis Armstrong?
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra
Babe Ruth saves baseball

That's 25 books! Real books. If we read, on average, 25 books each unit then that equals 100 books in one school year! The books are all chosen with a purpose. They go along with the time period we are studying so it all goes together. Nothing is read or studied in isolation. One of the many reasons I love Tapestry of Grace


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tapestry of Grace, Year 3, Unit Three

We wrapped up another history-filled Tapestry of Grace unit last week. I loved this Unit...I feel like I say that after every Unit! This Unit covered the mid-late 1800's. We spent a lot of time on the events leading up to the Civil War, the war, and the Reconstruction after the war. We also read about some of the important things happening in other parts of the world during that time. We learned about Florence Nightingale and Eliza Shirley. We also spent time reading about China and Japan during the mid 1800's.

For some reason, I have very few pictures but I'll share what I have. I must have slacked on taking photos this time around.

The boys made Chinese lanterns.


As always, we read so many great books. This is just a few of the books we read. My favorite thing about homeschooling is all the books we get to read, books I would never think to pick up.

We added to our President timeline. We spent several weeks on Abraham Lincoln.

We made a "wanted" poster. The boys seemed to think $537 was a big enough reward.

We completed another Unit lapbook.

The boys worked on a poster covering some of the inventions of the late 1800's.

A few weeks ago we spent the day at the Civil War Museum which was the perfect compliment to our studies. 



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Texas Civil War Museum

We have been studying the Civil War over the last few weeks. I was excited to learn that there is a Civil War Museum just 30 minutes from our house so we took the boys to check it out.

I had no idea this place even existed. 


The museum was full of authentic items from the Civil War and that entire time period. It was fascinating to see in person the things we had recently studied.


The medical displays were my favorite. 


Can you imagine!?

This is an amputation kit. Ouch.




 The Texas Civil War Museum was a really neat place. It was interesting to learn more about Texas' role in the Civil War.



Friday, January 27, 2017

Tapestry of Grace, Year 3, Unit Two

We wrapped up another TOG unit last week. This unit took us a bit to get through because of Caleb's surgery and the holidays but that is the joy of homeschooling right? We get to push pause when things come up and we are never behind.

Year 3, Unit Two covered a lot of great topics. It was still heavy with US history but touched on things going on in other parts of the world. I love that nothing happens in isolation when it comes to historical events. Things are ultimately connected together and what happens in one area of the world directly impacts other parts of the world. History truly is a tapestry made up of connected events.

We started off the unit by learning about Texas history (which we loved, bein' Texan's and all). We read about Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, and the Battle of the Alamo. We also spent some time on the Indian Removal Act enforced by President Andrew Jackson in the 1830's.

Then we headed overseas to learn about the Victorian Era. We learned about Samuel Morse, the developer of Morse Code. We "made" our names in Morse code by using sequins.



We read about Australia and the Aborigines. We made boomerangs out of cardboard. 



Then we headed back to the US to learn all about the Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush. I loved this section so much! Did you know the pioneers traveled over 2,000 miles in covered wagons just to get to Oregon? Did you know it took them 6 months or more to make the journey? It wasn't an easy trip either and I was amazed at the perseverance of these folks to try and find a better life. 

Pioneers often made memory quilts that featured special moments or memories as part of the quilt. The boys made their own version of a memory quilt using paper.



The Oregon Trail eventually led us to the California Gold Rush. For fun, I painted some small rocks gold and mixed them in with assorted rocks. The boys used a foil pie plate to "pan" for gold.



 We wrote a poem about Gold Fever.


We added more states to our growing US map.

And added some Presidents to our timeline.

Another Unit lapbook complete! These lapbooks really serve as a great review at the end of the unit. We cover so much good material over 9 weeks that it is nice to have a quick refresher at the end of the unit.



Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Tapestry of Grace, Year 3, Unit One

We wrapped up our first unit last week. Here are the highlights from the last few weeks of school.

Year 3 picks up right where Year 2 left off. I love the continuity of Tapestry of Grace. Everything just flows together. We are continuing to learn about the early years of the United States.

I bought this book as a supplement to our studies. It came with a map and stickers so we can add states to our map as we learn about them in our studies.


We learned about the 3 branches of government.

We've studied the first 5 presidents of the United States. I bought the Presidents cards in the $1 section at Target. They are perfect for our studies because they list facts about each president on the back. 

We spent some time reading about Lois and Clark and their expedition into new territory.

We started a collage poster. We will be adding to it throughout the year.

We use this book to help us draw the pictures for our collage poster. These are great books, I highly recommend.

We are also working our way through History Pockets. These make for a good review of what we are learning and they offer some fun activities. 

We made a state info card for each state as they became a part of the US. I got the flag stickers here.

Benjamin is working on his own U.S. Presidents book. I love that both boys learn the same things at the same time....just at a different level. I found all of the President coloring pages on the Crayola site


We studied the Star Spangled Banner and made our own flags. Caleb made his out of Legos and Benjamin used construction paper. Did you know the flag of 1812 is the only U.S. flag to have 15 stripes instead of 13?

We completed another lapbook. I still love these. Since our units are about 9 weeks long, the lapbooks serve as a great review at the end of the unit. We didn't just learn early U.S. history but we also studied Napoleon and Simon Bolivar. We also covered some of the big inventions during this time period. 

Working hard.

Love my little lefty.

We use A Reason for Handwriting. Benjamin loves to put his copy work on the fridge. I had to remind him that there are 36 weeks of school and the fridge isn't big enough to display everything.

The boys started a new co-op this year. The co-op/mother's day out that we have done over the last couple of years isn't running anymore but a brand new co-op sprung up within minutes of our house. This one is a true co-op where the parents are the teachers and everyone pitches in. It is every Monday morning for 3 hours. The boys each have 3 classes that they attend during that time.

First day of the new co-op. The boys were a bit nervous but excited too. Luckily they saw some friends from their old co-op at the new co-op.

Benjamin in his Land Animals class.

We also squeezed in some fun nature walks. The boys really enjoyed a nature class on owls. They got to dissect owl pellets in search of bones. The found entire skulls in the pellets. It was really cool.


And we saw an actual Barred Owl in a tree!


Our town started this really fun community activity. You paint rocks, hide them, post clues, and go searching for rocks. The boys were so excited to find 3 rocks on our nature walk. We painted some today that we plan to hide this week.


So that is a quick recap of the last few weeks. 


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