Posts Tagged ‘history’

Homeschool Curriculum – 10th Grade


01 Aug

High School Curriculum Books

Here it is – our 10th grade curriculum. I decided to take the easy way out this year, and hopefully eliminate some costs and headaches, by deciding to do most of my son’s schooling using Abeka Academy. We won’t actually be reporting to them, but we get the DVDs for each class, and have paid for all the necessary books to go with them.

In all honesty, I don’t mind using an eclectic method and choosing things from here and there, as that’s what I’ve done for my son’s schooling every year up until now, but he doesn’t seem motivated enough to get what he needs to get by just reading books and using various other resources. I felt something more structured was needed this year, and this seemed the most cost effective with minimal effort on my part.

 

The courses my son will be doing through Abeka Academy consist of the following:

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Fun American History Songs


31 Jan

“Constitution, constitution, the law that’s supreme, all across The Union…”

Okay, so maybe rap and hip-hop aren’t your thing, but maybe, just maybe, this music from Smart Songs can make some aspects of United States History a little bit more interesting to learn and remember for your homeschooler.

I stumbled upon these while looking for various videos for what we were studying for American History a couple of weeks ago. Most of the videos presented by this channel pertain to history, but there are a few others on there that could be useful as well. They’re a bit catchy, and are a great way to help your child learn or review some of this information. At the very least, it can break up a bit of the monotony that can come from learning history names and dates.

Enjoy!

A Beka 8th Grade History Worksheets


07 Jan

America, Land I Love

 

If you’re using A Beka’s 8th grade history book, America, Land I Love, and are looking for worksheets, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve created a page and uploaded the files I’ve created for the book. These are like the sections at the end of each chapter, but done as worksheets for easy reference. There are the Review sheets for each chapter, which list the important places, people, and dates. I’ve also included a Terms section for each chapter, so the definition and information for each set of chapter terms can be filled in. You can find these files on the A Beka – America, Land I Love page.

Beyond the Mask – On DVD and Amazon Streaming


12 Oct

If you were interested in Beyond the Mask, and never went to see it in the theater, then you can see it now. Netflix offers it in their DVD options, and Amazon has the DVD for sale, as well as offering it for rent on Amazon Instant Video. The DVD from Netflix for us is on its way, and I can’t wait to see it!

In case you missed the original post here is the trailer:

Let us know what you think!

A Movie by Homeschoolers – Beyond the Mask


13 Apr

 

Beyond the Mask

Have you heard about this movie?

 

This is a movie by homeschoolers, with a historical and Christian slant to it. It seems to have a Pirates of the Caribbean (Hey, what can I say? I’m a fan! Savvy?) action feel, but is a more family-oriented film. This is already in theaters, will only be shown in certain places on certain dates, and tickets can only be purchased online.

I highly doubt my family will be as excited about this movie as I am, but I can’t wait till it’s out on DVD or online for private viewing (and then I’ll make them watch it anyway! Haha!) It really looks like a great movie for the theater though. It’s a shame they don’t have a 10:30pm showing.

Check out more information about this great movie (I’ll leave that up to them, since my intent was more to make you aware of it, not give details regarding it, seeing as how I haven’t actually seen it yet), and get your tickets here:

http://www.beyondthemaskmovie.com/home

Oh, and if you’ve already seen it, or plan to go, I’d love to hear your comments on it!

 

 

The Jousting Tournament


18 Oct

Knight-Helmets

 

 

I’ve been trying to find different activities for one of my homeschooling groups, and then I remembered this activity that I had seen mentioned years ago, and never went to. I went searching for it a month or two ago and I was in luck! They still have it. It’s a Jousting Tournament. This is the kind of oddball event that homeschoolers should be on the lookout for, and take advantage of by going!

This event is a 3-day event from Friday until Sunday. Friday is the “practice” day, and Saturday and Sunday are the actual tournament days. It isn’t an actual “Renaissance Faire” but has a lot of similarities to one, I believe. Along with the jousting they had various other demonstrations, people in medieval garb, and different activities available.

Even though today was a weekday, I was pretty surprised at the turnout. There were a variety of couples and small groups, some mothers or families with small children, and a good amount of school groups. I can only imagine how chaotic and crowded it may end up being during the actual event over the weekend though. I’m glad we were able to go today when it was a slower pace, and with fewer people around.

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A Day of Museums


17 May

Day 11, Saturday, May 11, 2013

Well, the weather report had said that Saturday was going to be a rainy day, so I planned ahead of time that this would be the day we’d do both the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and Natural History Museum. I had hoped to be done with the American History by lunch, eat lunch, and then head on over to the Natural History Museum, but by lunch we had only finished ONE of the three floors! I decided we’d eat lunch and then cover the rest a bit quicker, but it was probably at least 1:30 or 2:00 before we finished seeing the American History Museum, and that was with half the museum closed for renovations! It was interesting, but sadly lacking a lot of the things I remembered, or had hoped to see. I didn’t even realize until just now the Foucault Pendulum is gone! I looked it up and found out it was removed in the late ’90s.

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Driving, Gorgeous Land, and Rain!


09 May

Day 6, Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday we actually didn’t get to do a whole lot of stuff, because this was the day we drove to our second hotel in northern Virginia so we are closer to D.C.

On the way up I happened to catch a glimpse of one of those famous brown history signs and asked my son if he wanted to go to a battlefield. He was up for it, so off to Fredericksburg we went. We went to the visitor center where the man working there gave us a nice little talk and then we followed the trail they had along with various signs explaining the battle and things we saw along the trail.

There was a house that was actually there during the battle and it displayed bullet holes as proof. There was an actual part, as well as a reconstructed area, of a stone wall that was there the Rebel army hid behind, as well as some monuments and a soldier cemetery, where there were something like 30,000 buried, but most in mass graves because only less than 3,000 could be identified.

We also had time at the end of the day to sneak in a visit to Mount Vernon , though we really should have had more time for it.  (more…)

Did I mention that


05 May

Virginia is GORGEOUS?!! Green. Green. GREEN. Lots of trees. It’s just a beautiful place, and driving it is so much fun! Dealing with the expressway signs isn’t always the easiest thing in the world here in Virginia, but so far I haven’t managed to get TOO lost. Yesterday was an exception though, and even though I was lost I was having FUN because it was just so beautiful to be driving through the area, I didn’t care at the time if I was driving 10 or 20 miles out of the way(I didn’t actually, it ended up circling back around like I thought it would – eventually.)

Day 5, May 5, 2013

Anyway, today we headed out for Jamestown Settlement and our second day of Williamsburg. Jamestown had different areas, which started off with a museum-type exhibit with various artifacts (more…)

Washington, D.C. Fundraising


01 Sep

What better way to teach then through travel? You can go to places where historical events took place, learn about famous people in history, and take part in events that help you learn the things you’ve been taught and only heard about. That’s why this spring I hope to make American History come to life for my fifth grader by visiting our nation’s capital. Yep, this upcoming spring we hope to go to Washington, D.C.!

There’s only one small little problem. The money. It costs quite a bit to go on a trip like the one I’m hoping to take him on. When I went on my trip to Washington, D.C. in eighth grade it was 5 days and everything was rush, rush, rush. The places we didn’t have to really rush through we still had barely enough time to visit and see. I’d like to extend the time of our trip a bit longer than that and hopefully get time to see all the important and fun things our capital has to offer, along with, hopefully, taking a side trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.

Maybe it’s insane, but we think we can do it.

Now this isn’t a plea to get you to come and buy something you have no intention of buying or no desire to have. However, if for some reason you were planning on buying any magazines or restaurant.com giftcards or are looking into gifts closer to Christmastime, maybe you could consider visiting our website and taking a look. If anything appeals to you – great! If not, no biggie, maybe you could just pass on the link for us. Any help towards meeting our goal would be great and even just sharing our fundraising link with others who might be interested would be really appreciated.

Here’s our link, so feel free to take a look and/or pass it on to share with others.

http://my.fundraising.com/jgwashingtondc2013

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