Showing posts with label homeschool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label homeschool. 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, June 22, 2017

Last day of school pics, homeschool style

We wrapped up another year of homeschool today! The boys humored me just long enough for me to get the obligatory "last day" pic.

But first...here is their first day pic.


Last day pic...



I'm pretty sure this is the last time I convince them to hold up these signs. We homeschool year round anyway so these "first day" and "last day" pictures are kinda silly I guess. Plus our curriculum doesn't follow grade levels anyway. 

While the boys don't enjoy these cheesy photos, they do like the end of the year questionairre. They love comparing the answers from the first of the year to now.

Benjamin's first day questionairre:


Benjamin's last day questionairre:

I love seeing the improvement in handwriting. Benajmin grew 2 inches and gained 6 pounds since last August. I'm not sure when he decided to join the Navy. 

Caleb's first day questionairre:


Caleb's last day questionnaire:


This man-child has gained 12 pounds since August!! I'm not sure how tall he was at the beginning of the year because that was before his SPML surgery so it was impossible to get a good height measurement. I do know that he has grown several inches since that surgery and the height growth must have balanced the increase in weight. He's huge. And I love that his favorite show right now is The Munsters (circa 1960's!)

Year 4 of homeschooling is a wrap. While we do follow a more year-round schedule, we take about a month off (5 weeks to be exact) in the summer. We will start back up on August 1st. 



Friday, May 12, 2017

"Because we can" Homeschool Day

Every so often I like to surprise the boys with a "because we can" homeschool day. On these days, we "skip" school and do something fun....because we can. This past Monday we had a fun day at the zoo with Aunt Rachel.


I wonder how much longer I can convince them to pose for these types of pictures. It's getting harder and harder ya'll. 

Sweet baby elephant.

Feeding the giraffes is always a big hit with my boys.

This is the only acceptable time to spend $5 on a handful of lettuce.


Benjamin would rather go rock climbing than look at animals. "Hey mom, take my picture on this rock."

"Hey mom, take my picture on THIS rock."

"Hey mom, take my picture on this rock!"

Silliness in the gift shop.

More silliness.





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

Zoo Field Trip

One of the best things about our homeschool co-op is the planned field trips. I love the idea of field trips but I'm terrible at actually planning them. Our co-op has monthly field trips planned so I don't have to worry about planning them myself.  Today we went to the zoo with our co-op friends.


The boys spent most of their time with their best friends Liam and Luke. These boys have been friends for about 3 years now.


Feeding the birds.






Love Benjamin's pose! He's such a ham.

Friends. 



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.



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