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The 1800’s Week 6: Heading West (The Final Week) July 21, 2014

In this post: Come join us as we take a wagon ride to the prairie! There will be pioneers and cowboys! Come hang out :). 

Hello dear ones! We’ve had a lot of fun learning about the pioneers and the world of Little House on the Prairie. This is how we learned:

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  • We read about Paul Bunyan and Buffalo Bill.
  • Michael watched Tall Tale.

Heading West

  • Michael read and watched Little House on the Prairie. We actually watched the newer mini series.
  • We took a virtual field trip to Little House on the Prairie sites.
  • Michael “built” a log cabin when we visited Fort Mitchell, a couple weeks before.
  • He also saw covered wagons at Fort Mitchell and the inside of a log cabin. There’s a picture of him ringing the supper bell.
  • Michael drew a picture of a log cabin from his Draw Through History book.
  • Little House on the Prairie Role play. I turned the reading pool into a covered wagon and Michael’s desk into the horse. Michael packed up the supplies for his “trip out west”. Then once he arrived, we used tp rolls and tissue paper to make a fire. I put a grate over the top and Michael cooked the food he had “shot”. He used our ukulele for a fiddle. We listened to actual fiddle music and danced around. Michael enjoyed pretending to be “Pa”.
  • We made a covered wagon out of cardboard and tissue paper.
  • We tried to learn old fashioned string games, like Cat’s cradle.
  • We made yarn dolls. I remember my Granny making those for me.
  • We read a book on Pioneers.
  • Michael made a lapbook about Cowboys.
  • Michael played The Oregon Trail, an interactive PC game.
  • We decorated Western gingerbread men, which was creepy since we had just talked about the tragedy of the Donnor Party!

Other

  • We read about Ireland’s potato famine in Story of the World book 4.
  • We watched Dear America Season one: Episode 4. It’s about an Irish immigrant girl who travels to America (because of famine) and works in a factory.
  • We read Jamie O’ Rourke and the Big Potato.
  • We read Little Folk, about leprechauns etc…
  • We read Irish rhymes.
  • We read about Italy in Story of the World, so we also read Italian rhymes.
  • Michael did a composer study on Tchaikovsky. He practiced playing “Swan Lake” on the piano.
  • We read poems by Whitman and Keats.

Well, I hope you enjoyed our study of history this school year. We went from Creation to the 1800’s. Links at the end.

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The 1800’s on Pinterest:

The 1800’s Week 5:https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/the-1800s-week-5-the-statue-of-liberty-technology/

The 1800’s Week 1: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/the-1800s-week-1-sacagawea-claude-monet/

This is the last post for history this school year, so here is…

The Very beginning of our History study this school year: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/crafty-monday-creation-the-flood-and-personality/

Time Machine Unit (The 1900’s): https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/a-late-crafty-monday-the-time-machine1900-1925/

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Crafty Monday: Greece Week 1 + Down at the Farm October 21, 2013

In this post: We begin our study of Ancient Greece with Greek Pizza, the Parthenon, Greek architecture, and the Alphabet! Also a fun trip to the farm/ranch as we learn about pioneers and pilgrims. And a few Fall crafts!

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Hello beloved and how are you? We are still kickin’ over here at the Dover’s. I’m excited to be teaching and learning about Ancient Greece. The Greeks were some of my favorite people in Social studies at school. I really enjoyed Greek mythology as a kid but that’s changed since I became a Christian. I don’t watch Xena or Hercules anymore. Still, I think the culture was interesting.

This week we focused on the Alphabet and architecture. You can find our pinspirations at this link:

http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/sow-greece/

Michael decoded a Greek letter and then he wrote his own Greek letter. It was a secret message to his Daddy, the other secret agent in the family. Shhhhh! Don’t tell! 😉

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Chris decoding his letter.

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We watched a couple of videos about the Greek Alphabet and some cute songs. They reminded me of my brief time in Bible college. Me and my guy buddy were surrounded by old men and they cracked us up. I’ve got a video of the guys singing the Greek Alphabet. Oh how I miss them all….good times.  You can find the other vids on the link I gave you.

We talked about Athens vs Sparta. I would rather live in Athens for sure. The Spartans were warriors and very harsh. The Athenians were all about education and the arts. We learned a bit about the Olympics. Michael couldn’t believe that it was limited to men and they went around naked! No wonder married women were forbidden to attend!

We made a homemade Greek Pizza with olives and feta. My guys really enjoyed it. I couldn’t handle the heart burn.

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We looked at Greek mosaics online and then made a bean mosaic.

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Michael drew the Parthenon from his Draw and Write Through History book.

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We watched a video about the Parthenon while we put together this Lego Parthenon. We found directions online but sort of did our own thing. We simplified and it turned out nice.

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Michael made these Greek columns out of toilet paper tubes and paper. We have Doric (the plain columns),  Ionic (looks like scrolls), and Corinthian (fancy) columns.

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We ended the week by looking at Greek sculptures and then making our own out of cucumbers. Okay, it was hard! None of us had the talent for it.

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I thought mine (right) looked like an old grandma. You can’t see her face in the pic. Michael’s looks scary like slimer or something. Yeah, it was hard.

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We did a scarecrow tutorial. The crayon didn’t resist the paint well. You can’t see his straw. Cute, nevertheless.

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Michael also learned how to draw an owl. He added other animals to his picture.

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You can find these crafts here: http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/fall-crafts/

I gave Michael a fake pumpkin and let him decorate it however he wanted. He drew a cat face.

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At the beginning of the week, our group took a trip to a ranch/farm to learn about pilgrims and pioneers. It was a good program though overshadowed literally by the grey misty and COLD weather. Oh, I froze my tail off! All of us had dressed for a hot day too. So we shivered through it and most of us went home, napped, and had cider or cocoa after. Goes to show….cold homeschool moms think alike ;).

Currclick.com has free “Down on the Farm” notebooking pages. Check it out:

http://www.currclick.com/product/30016/Down-on-the-Farm-Notebooking-Pages

This sweet lady talked to the kiddos about the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.

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The the kids learned how to grind corn. There is no way to get a decent amount of food this way. I’m thinking there was a bowl shaped vat and a long stone cylinder or something to grind it. I can’t imagine a rock and a log being very effective at all.  The corn went everywhere.

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Our “Native American” guide showed the kids this teepee and told a Native American legend.

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Inside the teepee.

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A dreary day on the farm…

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Fun feeding goats!

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The free range bunnies made burrows…I want a free range bunny now.

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Baaaa ram ewe! He he…reminds me of Babe every time. Sheep make me giggle. It’s like chihuahuas. I always want to say “Yo quero Taco Bell”.

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King of the world!

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A hay ride without any hay…still fun.

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This man knew his stuff. He talked to the kids about being a pioneer and living on the trail.

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The Pioneer man took us to the cabin “we built”. We used our imagination to get there :).

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Pioneer man showing us how to wash clothes the old fashioned way.

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Inside the cabin…such simple beauty.

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The loft. You didn’t have to worry about family togetherness back then.

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Downstairs in the one room cabin. Oh this reminds me of some of my favorite Christian romance and inspirational movies….Love Comes Softly…Seasons of the Heart.

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What a perfect Fall table…I wouldn’t mind having a cabin someday. See the stuffed turkey in the corner? There’s an abacus on the mantle.

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An old reader on the table.

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Pumpkins by the covered wagon.

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Nifty spiderweb net.

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It was a fun and busy week.  We went to the fair and also a cooking school. I’ll show pictures of that later, Lord willing.  If you’re wondering where the Bible was in this time of history (remember our timeline?): well, the book of Malachi was being written and the Jews were about to enter into the silent years where God refused to speak. When we study Rome we will finally be in the times of Jesus, the messiah. That’ll be great near Christmas, one of the times we celebrate Christ’ birth.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Last Week: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/crafty-monday-part-1-babylon-and-persia/

Week 2 of Greecehttps://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/crafty-monday-part-1-ancient-greece-week-2/