Monday, November 24, 2014

Industrial Revolution Unit Study

Some or our unit studies are more hands on than others.   This one fall into the “others” category.   We did a great deal of reading about inventors and their inventions that changed our world.  We also spend a great deal of time reading about a few of the wealthy families who came out of that time period.

We added onto our history notebooks using the Inventors Notebooking Pages and also used the Inventors and Inventions Unit from Homeschool Share.

Here is our extensive reading list, as a launching point for your study.

Library Resources:
Archimedes:  Mathematical Genius of the Ancient World; by Mary Gow
Cyrus McCormick and the Mechanical Reaper; by Lisa J. Aldrich
Alexander Graham Bell; by Victoria Sherrow
The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin; by James Cross Giblin
Hoop Genius:  How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball; by John Coy
The Cotton Gin; by Nancy Robinson Masters
Guglielmo Marconi and Radio; by Steve Parker
Henry Ford; by Jane Shuter
Thomas Edison; by Carol Cramer
Louis Braille; by Beverley Birch
Samuel B. Morse; by Judy Atler
Gutenberg; by Leonard Everett Fisher
Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster; by Albert Marrin
The Wright Brothers; by Lola M. Schaefer
James Watt, Master of the Steam Engine; by Anna Sproule
Inventors; by Martin W. Sandler
Inventors Who Changed the World; by Angela Royston
The Industrial Revolution; by Hilarie N. Staton
The Industrial Revolution – From Muscles to Machines; by Carole Marsh
Kids During the Industrial Revolution; by Lisa A. Wroble
The Child Labor Reform Movement; by Steven Otfinoski
The Tycoons – How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould and J.P. Morgan Invented the American Super Economy; by Charles R. Morris
Andrew Carnegie – Captain of Industry; by Dana Meachen Rau
John D. Rockefeller – Oil Baron and Philanthropist; by Rosemary Laughlin
The Life of Nelson D. Rockefeller – World Conquer; by Cary Reich

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up–The One With the Dog Attack

We had grand plans of a family hike and nature walk this past weekend.  Our day was cut way short after Olivia and I ended up being attacked by a dog while walking.    I was able to fight the dog off with a walking stick I’d picked up, just a few minutes before the attack.   You can read all about it here.   And here is my trusty walking stick!


We were doing more car schooling this week as we made the last trek back to the medical center until surgery in mid December.


We wrapped up our fist unit in physics.   We also completed our unit study on the Industrial Revolution.   Both girl had math tests this week, and again I see that all of these interruptions to help everyone else has negatively impacted the progress we’re making academically.   The word NO will need to be added to my life a lot more.

The days and nights have been bitterly cold here.   My dog has been happy to sleep near the woodstove at night after a day of trailing squirrels and catching moles.  (Yes, he brought me one as a thank you for sleeping by the fire.)   A big pot of beef stew seemed in order for this week…and somehow didn’t last nearly as long as I’d hoped for.


Today was art with Van Gogh.  We worked with oil pastels and created our own version of “Starry Night”.




We are off school all of next week.   December will have an abbreviated schedule, only focusing on Math and Language Arts.  This will allow the girls to get plenty of down time as we work up to Nutcracker production December 13 and 14.  The schedule will also allow for lots of craft time this year.

Now it’s time for me to sit down with my favorite tea cup and enjoy a few minutes of down time myself.


Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Linking up with the Weekly Wrap Up and Collage Friday.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Of Old

I know that this week every homeschool family worth their salt is knee deep in Thanksgiving and turkey crafts and studies.   Here, not so much.   I just….didn’t, this year.   However, unless I should be kicked out of the “Good Homeschoolers Club”  (which is fictitious by the way) I have pulled together a post with links to past studies. 

You will be happy to know that my children do have a list of books to read this week that does follow the course of Thanksgiving.  Go me.

Squanto – Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas
Mary of Plymouth by James Otis

Now, on to Thanksgiving of the past:

From 2013, we have our Plymouth Colony Unit Study.

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In 2012 we did a mini unit study on Thanksgiving.


I’m not sure what happened in 2011…perhaps I just…didn’t, again.   Ahem.

2010 was another review year.  But there are some great photos.

In 2009 we focused mostly on Squanto (much like this year, but with activities).

Now that I’ve redeemed myself, I shall go back to being a holiday homeschool slacker.  Ahem.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up–A Week At Home

Don’t let the title fool you, we were still out of the house every day this week, but it was for all of our regular activities!    Ballet it currently ramped up to six days a week for us.  Classes are Monday – Friday with Nutcracker practices most of the day on Saturday.  Piano is on Monday afternoon, and our home school support group meeting was Tuesday after ballet.  See, just a regular week, grins.

In honor of Veteran’s Day we went to our little town’s parade.  The girls always love seeing the Veteran’s.  I love watching my girls salute the flag and the soldiers and knowing that they recognize the value of both.


I decided a little rest and relaxation was in order, to make up for all the car schooling we’ve been doing.  I designated a spa night for the girls; painting nails and doing facials.   The facials began to look more and more creepy as they dried, and our girl night somehow morphed into a zombie attack…sigh.



Academics went well.  I’m so excited to see that the curriculum changes I made this year were good choices all around.  We’re almost finished our Industrial Revolution unit study, yippee!

Like most of the nation we had a 50 degree temperature drop earlier this week.   We’re in the teens during the day and single digits at night after being near 80…it’s an adjustment that’s for sure!

I hope you’ve all had a great week, and hopefully I’ll have more to share with you next week!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day–Get it Straight

I know they say that “ignorance is bliss”, but it’s just not so.   Many people are ignorant about what, or rather who we celebrate on Veteran’s Day.  So let me give you a short lesson.  Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are two separate holidays, and they are NOT interchangeable.   Veteran’s Day is to honor, and thank, the living men and women who have served in our nation’s military.   Memorial Day is to honor those soldier’s who gave their lives in service.   

Take time to teach these simple, yet profound differences to your children.  Educate yourself if you aren’t sure, but know that they are vastly different and not interchangeable.     I will now step off of my soap box and share photos of our Veteran’s Day parade, which was help this past Saturday.










To those who have served in our military, thank you!

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