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


Friday, October 06, 2017

Gulf Shores Beach Photo Shoot

Get ready for some stunning photos!


Good grief, he is so cute.


My handsome first born.


Brothers.


One of my favorites.

Love the sunlight.

 I love these captured moments. 


The boys got to see a manta ray up close. 




This may be my favorite of all the photos.

Perfection.








My baby.





My boys.


If you are ever in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area, I highly recommend K.B Photography.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gulf Shores Alabama: Day 7

Day 7, our last day in Gulf Shores. We crammed as much as we could in this last day.

First things first, the beach.



Our last fort.

Benjamin wanted to try out the slide at the outdoor pool.

The water was freezing!


A fish named Caleb.


Grandma and Caleb. 

We spent most of our last day in the water. We ate out one last time and then headed to Orange Beach for a photo shoot. I am blessed to have some very sweet people in my life. A friend and fellow SB mom arranged for us to have a family photo shoot on the beach with her sister, who is a professional photographer. Completely free of charge. The photos are going to be gorgeous and I can't wait to see them. Stay tuned.


Sunset on Orange Beach.

I promised the boys ice cream if they did well during the photos.



That's it folks. It was a fantastic trip at a beautiful place.

Gulf Shores

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