We studied Ancient Times for history this past year, using the wonderful resources from Bright Ideas Press: Mystery of History, volume 1.
I LOVE the Mystery of History and am really looking forward to studying volume 2 next year!
We study history together as a family, ages 3 through 11. Every afternoon while the baby (soon it will be babies) sleeps, I read a chapter aloud. I have some of the kids narrate back what we read about or we’ll orally go over the tests and quizzes that are included in the book. At the end of the year we added the main people and events to our timeline, which covers our upstairs hallway.
I like to have the older children do some written work as well.
Two of the kids (ages 8 and 10) did the Old Testament lapbook from Homeschool in the Woods.
My oldest did the accompanying notebooking pages, which were in the style of a newspaper (writing articles and advertisements).
There were also some great pages for illustrating some Proverbs.
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Now that we are finished with school, it’s time to share what we did this year!
Two of my kids (ages 8 and 10) enjoyed doing the lapbook materials which are included in the Apologia Zoology 1, Flying Creatures Notebooking Journal. (My oldest, who doesn’t like lapbooks, did all the vocabulary crosswords which are included in it.)
Here are some pictures of their lapbooks! (If you aren’t familiar with lapbooks, inside each of the flaps/booklets/etc. they have written and drawn pictures of what they learned.)
Next year we are doing Zoology 2, Swimming Creatures and will be using the Notebooking Journals again. They now have a Junior version, which will be great for my younger kids who don’t write as much. I love these science books!
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The free lapbook at CurrClick this week “Lapbooking Through Plants” fits in perfectly with our new preschool/lower elementary unit study!
Another wonderful resource at CurrClick is the Hand of a Child project pack called “Get Ready To Garden.”
In addition to the lapbook, here are some other things we may do (depending on my energy level with these last 6 weeks of pregnancy!)
The Secret Garden by Burnett I love listening to this in the car! We’re going to start it this week.
Beatrix Potter books
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork
My Pinterest Gardening board has some neat links about indoor and container gardening, while the Homeschooling-Botany board has a lot of fun activities.
Dole Garden Kit Designed to teach kids how food goes from field to fork, the DOLE Garden Kit is packed with everything you need to start your own vegetable garden. Included in the kit are 12 Peat Pots with Quick Soil Mix Pellets, 2 Trays, 10 Individual Seed Packets, 12 Row Markers and a Journal filled with gardening tips and recipes.
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Last summer I spent a couple of weeks with my younger 5 kids doing a fun lapbook about hermit crabs. It was based on the book by Eric Carle called “A House for Hermit Crab.” The lapbook can be purchased here. I liked that there were activites on the months of the year, growth (we looked up their birth weights/heights and compared to now), where they lived (address, city, state), as well as hermit crabs and oceans! We watched some fun YouTubes about hermit crabs since we don’t have any of our own. Of course, now they want one!
In our history study, we have made it up to the Viking age. We did a lapbook last week on vikings. We read a lot of library books, including the Magic Tree House book “Viking Ships at Sunrise” and a much more advanced (and more enjoyable!) book called “Rolf and the Viking Bow.” My sons have also done some neat drawings of vikings and ships.
I like to create our own lapbooks and will be doing that for our next one (check back to see what it is!), but this one was completely from a Hands of a Child project pack.
Find it at CurrClick.
Below are some pictures. I love the cover designed by my 7 yo son. It says “No Horns”. We learned that vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets!
Timeline of events, clothing, vocabulary, family life, weapons,sagas, societal classes
Ships, trade, language, kennings, maps
(Sorry the picture is turned–I can’t figure out how to fix it.)
My saga (written by my 8 yo son), famous vikings, religion, and burial