Kiddo and I love movies. We seem to love oldies most and British ones best, but usually almost any well-made movie, like almost any well-written book, makes us all gooey with anticipatory excitement. Continue reading “The Somewhat Historical, Retro, Inspiring Movie Project! (SHRIMP!)”
With stress on the word “family”…it has been three years since the three of us have traveled together! Adrian boarded at the vet’s while we were away, and was terribly missed but is now happily home with us again. Continue reading “Family Trip to Boston”
Kiddo’s world history learning has been nothing short of sporadic over the years. So far, for world history, we have relied on audiobooks, graphic novels (ala Larry Gonick), documentaries, history of scientific inventions and scientist biographies, miscellaneous historical literature, a child-led project or two and numerous dinner-table discussions.
This year, thanks to sale prices, I was able to grab this Teaching Company World History course for high schoolers by Prof. Linwood Thompson. It is very much a survey course and I don’t intend for us to go into too much depth since he’s already experienced some age appropriate depth in the past. And while history is an interest, it is not yet his passion. Treading lightly is therefore, my best bet.
The following are multimedia resources (fun websites, interactive maps where available and related documentaries) that correlate with the Teaching Company course. Experience has shown that when everything is planned ahead of time and links are easily available, we’ll be more likely to actually use what we buy. 🙂 So here we go with another list! (Ha, of course, who am I kidding…I’m also addicted to list-making!)
Note: Several links lead to YouTube videos and I should warn you that I’ve heard horror stories about hacked YouTube links. I‘m also using this list as a catch-all bookmarking spot without actually checking to see whether each one truly fits our purpose. I will weed out bad links that don’t do what they say they do. So until I get to watching them all, if you would like to use this list, please preview or supervise the viewing with your kids to prevent unpleasant surprises. Also, kiddo is almost past the stage of disliking violence in movies. Please be aware of possibly violent and other possibly inappropriate scenes if viewing with sensitive children.
I will be adding more links to this list and including comments where possible as I find them and we view them so please stay tuned!
- Civilizations of the Fertile Crescent: Mesopotamia (interactive map), The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad (YouTube) (part 1 of 10) — violent scenes alert!, East To West (Netflix)
- Egypt—The Gift of the Nile: Egypt: Engineering an Empire (YouTube) and also available for instant viewing on Netflix, Egypt: Rediscovering a Lost World (YouTube parts 1 and 2 of 4 only)
- Early India and China: An interactive ancient civilizations map
- The Ancient Greeks: BBC schools site on Ancient Greeks
- Ancient Rome: BBC schools site on an Ancient Roman death scene
- The Growth of Christianity: How Christianity Spread Throughout the Roman Empire (YouTube)
- The Fall of Rome: Engineering an Empire: Rome (YouTube) (part 1 of 10)
- The Byzantine Empire: neoK12 Byzantine Empire playlist (streaming video)
- The Rise of Islam: Islam: Empire of Faith (YouTube)
- Early Russia and the Fall of Constantinople: Engineering an Empire: Russia (YouTube) (part 1 of 5)
- The Early Christian Church: Christianity: The First 1000 Years (YouTube), Christianity: The Second 1000 Years (YouTube)
- The Vikings: BBC Viking Quest (game), Vikings interactive from the Smithsonian
- Medieval Life: Medieval Map (interactive map), Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives (YouTube)
- The Crusades: The Crusades: Crescent and The Cross (YouTube) (part 1 of 2), Crusades interactive map
- The 1300’s, The Age of Despair:
- The Renaissance:
- Africa—The Civilizations of the Sub-Sahara:
- China: Engineering an Empire: China (YouTube) (part 1 of 5)
- The Mongols and Marco Polo:
- Early Japan through the Tokugawa Period:
- Discoverers and Conquistadors:
- North American Explorers:
- The Old World vs. The New World—Hazards and Benefits:
- Civilizations of The Americas:
- The Protestant Reformation:
- Tudor England:
- The English Civil War and Parliament:
- The Monarchs of Europe:
- The Growth of Democracy:
- The American Revolution:
We may also rely on this Story of the World-Netflix documentary spreadsheet that someone generously shared on another forum.
Watched and enjoyed it with kiddo today. Kiddo was interested in Victoria’s German lineage.
Physics with Derek Owens: Kiddo loves the lectures and practice videos but the homework and tests are hard work. Still, he’s managing this on his own so far. This and German are his first officially graded courses.
Irasshai Japanese I: His favorite elective. He’s finished half of Japanese I and is currently reviewing the 30+ lessons using the Irasshai workbook.
German Online German I: He’s able to lead, read and understand simple (and silly!) German conversations. Three more chapters to the end of German I.
Literature and Philosophy discussions with:
History and Other: History happens on an extremely random basis here. History through math and science is so much more eagerly embraced than history through curriculum. We periodically read aloud from well-written children’s books (mostly fiction) and listen to audiobooks too…I’m hoping kiddo is soaking something up from there.
Kiddo also finished a three-week audit of Introduction to Cryptology with Coursera. He wanted to work on it himself in the evenings and finished half the course at a slower pace.
ETA: Piano and swimming continue with the former being a hit and the latter being in between hit and miss. Kiddo participated in a jazz band program for six weeks in spring and even sang lead vocals for one song!
I’d love to read your school year reviews if you’ve written them. Please link to them when commenting.
Happy summer everyone!
I will begin by saying that the kiddo and I generally enjoyed our 5-month-ish experience with this curriculum. To be fair and honest, I will say that I did not read it as thoroughly as kiddo did. Also my purpose was not to study word roots as much as it was to introduce a fun history supplement for our loosey-goosey Middle Ages history studies and this curriculum fit the bill quite well. We’d previously had good experiences with one of Ellen McHenry’s science curricula so I felt we couldn’t go very wrong with another sold under her Basement Workshop banner.
Excavating English was written by Ruth A. Johnston and Ellen J. McHenry. It contains many of Ellen’s quirky illustrations which kiddo has enjoyed in the past (a sucker for cute illustrations this boy!). It’s divided into 17 chapters and according to my Homeschool Skedtrack records, it will take him just about 40 lessons to reach completion (he is supposed to work on chapter 17 this week). If you go to the link above, you’ll be able to view the table of contents and sample two chapters for free. Kiddo used one day’s lesson to read the notes followed by one or two days to complete the activities for an average of two lessons per chapter.
The curriculum progresses in chronological order, starting from about 4000BC to the present day and offers an entertaining overview of how much the English Language has changed, or not changed over the years.
Every chapter begins with about three pages of historical notes and anecdotes, followed by two or three pages of activities to promote understanding and retention. Although some of the activities could be described as fill-in-the-blanks in format, they are not so simple in spirit or style. There’s some good, old fashioned thinking involved, especially when you’re trying to classify present-day words with their origins (is this word from Danish? Old Norse? Norman? Anglo-Saxon? etc).
|Kiddo checks our OED to solve a word puzzle|
Kiddo didn’t complete every single activity but did a good amount of them, especially the ones involving word search, crosswords and other word puzzles. Although he read them, he didn’t care too much for Olde English/ pidgin etc. excerpts but if you have a learner who loves that level of linguistic detail, go for it! Ruth and Ellen have included audio tracks in a CD to go with these excerpts too (CD included in curriculum). We’d finished reading Geraldine McCaughrean’s retold version of The Canterbury Tales just before beginning this study and he’d enjoyed it so he was familiar with any mention of Chaucer’s work in the notes. Our foray into British history late last year and early this year also provided a good background for this curriculum.
In toto, for my specific goal, I will say I’m happy I chose this product.
Price at time of this blog post:
$28.50 for hard copy (in binder) incl. CD
$19.95 for a CD containing pdf files and audio tracks
$15.95 for instant, digital download
I must however, caution you that the curriculum has a number of typos and that the answer key has suggested answers that either do not match the question or feel counter-intuitive. I’ve forwarded our list of typos and possible errors to Ruth. Hopefully, they will be checked and the errata corrected in a future edition. Email me if you are interested to see the list!
ETA: It’s a good idea to have a high-quality dictionary and if possible, a globe or atlas handy when using this curriculum.
Subtitled “How Well Do You Know Your Monarchs?” and “1,000 Years if History in a Game”, Harry Hastings’ History Heroes (H4) is a deck of 43 game cards. One of them gives you the rules and a little inspiration to mix it up a little if required. The other 42 contain caricaturish illustrations of Britain’s monarchs past (from William I, 1066) to present (Elizabeth II, 2011).
Also included in each H4 card is a list of six facts about a monarch, the reigning years and hints at the bottom for playing one of the games. The set doesn’t include the die needed to play Games 3 and 5 but any 6-sided playing die from another board game will do. Cards are printed in full color and measure approximately 4.5 inches x 3 inches (about 11.5cm x 7.75cm).
I discovered these the same way I stumble upon other fun stuff: late, late, late one dark, dark, dark night. Like any self-respecting homeschooler, I like checking up on the latest curricula and on a whim, looked at Galore Park and saw these and found that they would soon be available. I was beside myself in glee–I’ve been extremely curious about the British monarchy since my tweens and would spend hours neglecting homework to read and re-read a set of encyclopedias Dad owned about English kings and queens (funny how I don’t remember most of what I read though).
A quick check showed that Amazon wasn’t carrying them so I pre-ordered it from Galore Park. Almost kissed the packet when it arrived.
I like Game 1 the best. You have to identify the monarch by looking only at the illustration. Game 2: read facts to guess which monarch they describe. Facts are divided into three categories: easy, medium and hard. In Game 3, you use the die to select which fact to read out. Game 4 might be the most difficult as you have to ID said monarch after being told the dates of his/ her reign. Game 5 requires a throw of a die as does Game 3. You read out the same number of hints at the bottom of the card as the number shown on the die. Game 6, Trumps, is based on the length of the monarch’s reign.
Being a total busy body, I googled Harry Hastings. The name refers to the Sussex-based teacher who invented the game. Read more here. Check out the game’s website here. Apparently there are a few more games like these in the pipeline! If you’re ordering something from Galore Park and want to add this in since you’re paying for shipping anyway, click here. Apparently the recommended retail price is GBP7.99. Galore Park is selling it for GBP9.99 (at the time of this post). I’m not a Harry Hastings or Galore Park affiliate so I don’t profit from recommending this game through them.
There’s something about February at Funschooling Academy that begs for unstructured, unplanned fun. Poking around my archives, I can’t help but notice that most of my posts around this time of the year have revolved around using audio visual tools or field trips or random, unplanned activities for family learning and enjoyment.
This February is no different. Although we’re both a little tired from battling tummy bugs and runny noses, I feel as if we are learning much from just letting things take their natural course.
First up, tons of Mythbusters on the menu. Honestly, Adam and Jamie have the best job in the world. From playing with explosives to duct tape to ballistics gel to Saint Bernards…those guys must have had some pretty awesome karma from their previous lives don’t you think?
The little man is in a joyful tizzy (after counting down for a month) over the Jeopardy! IBM Challenge featuring Watson (the supercomputer), Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.
Last bit of fun news: we splurged on Harry Hasting’s History Heroes card game from Galore Park. I couldn’t help it. I’m using the excuse that it ties in with our Medieval History study (grin). More about the game in a post to come.
I’ve written about our Prehistory Timeline. And I made an Ancient History timeline recently using a set from Beautiful Feet (pictured on the right). This year, since we have a larger family room space (and a fireplace we don’t use), I decided to give myself a project. I wanted to create a highly visual timeline that would literally stare us in the face when we were reading aloud or when the kiddo read some sort of history-themed literature.
Two years ago, I purchased all of Beautiful Feet’s timeline packets. But never got around to doing anything with them except for the Ancient History timeline, which I completed around May of this year. Then in June, I brought the rest of the packets out and have been gradually coloring them in. The kiddo is very excited about this…the fact that I am doing it and not requiring him to LOL. But hey, a start is a start right?
Here are pictures, posted with the intention to inspire anyone like me who has timeline figures saved on their hard drives/ drawers/ shelves but no motivation to do anything with them.
First, identify a good place to secure your timeline. You will probably need to improvise these materials according to the space you have. Also, decide if you want your timeline to include the BC as well as AD years. Since I already have separate Prehistory and BC timelines, I decided to make this one an AD timeline, i.e. from years AD1-2100.
- Any medium-sized packing box…I used U-Haul’s since we have those saved from our move last summer
- 12″ x 12″ scrapbook or card stock sheets…I used solid color cardstock like this one, three each of six different colors, so 18 sheets in all
- Light colored construction paper to mark out every 25 years (rows)…I used the long, cream-colored sheets that come with every Beautiful Feet timeline packet
- One full roll of masking tape or a container of school glue (I think masking tape will offer more reliable, less messy adherence). Having more tape than less is useful in case you make mistakes!
- Craft knife
- Removable Scotch Tape (optional) to secure sheets on box before taping them permanently
- A 12″ ruler
- String or twine to mark every 100 years (columns).
- Timeline figures and paper to label the years.
- Color pencils to color your timeline figures
- Rubber cement or some other suitable acid-free glue to attach timeline figures
It sits in front of our unused fireplace, right next to where we do read alouds.
If you don’t fancy Beautiful Feet’s timeline sets or figures, you may also find links to timeline figures at Paula’s Archives or by googling them. If you plan to create one of these too, good luck!
This time, it’s ancient Egypt! Rick Riordan, author of the ancient-Greece themed Percy Jackson series, sets his sights on resurrecting Set with The Red Pyramid. I’m so grateful to Susan for highlighting this in her latest blog post (Susan, you rock!).
Looks like it’ll be some time before we get the book though. For one, I’m a little bit of a mule when it comes to prefering to waiting for the paperbacks (we still haven’t read The Last Olympian for that reason). Errr…paperback version expected out on June 8 so I may not really have to wait that long! For another, we have too many books in all sorts of states of completion littering the carpet up and downstairs. He has to finish a few before I will budge. So there (he he).
But wait till he hears about this book. Wait till his Dad hears I’ll be contemplating another book purchase!
If you’re into Creation Myths in your ancient world studies right now, don’t miss The Big Myth flash videos on the Mythic Journeys website!
Really nice to watch on a quiet Friday 🙂
Here’s an interview with creator Fiona Passantino. I like her emphasis on finding the middle way between exciting format and educational content because that’s exactly where DS is right now (and me too for that matter!):
Kiddo’s mythology course is unveiling a number of awesome websites that address Greek myths. A huge thanks to the course creator, JS, for her very dedicated research and excellent course design! I wanted to bookmark a few sites just in case DS wants to use them again in the future.
The National Mythology Exam prep course is offered at JS’ OnlineG3.
Some of the amazing sites we’ve used so far in the course as well as through googling:
Odyssey Online Greece – be sure to mouse over some of the graphics of Greek statues…they make some cool moves! Also check out the Ancient Greece Meets Hogwarts link. There’s also an Odyssey Online Ancient Americas sister site and other ancient world sites but none as cool as the one on Greece in my humble opinion.
The Theoi Project – this site seems to be updated regularly so keep checking back…there’s info on dragons, giants etc too.
Rick Riordan’s (author of Percy Jackson series) Explore Greek Mythology page. Contains more links, including links to games.
Ancient Greece for Kids – lots of cool info and clip arts.
This semester we decided to do something a little different and enrol in an 8-week mythology course that prepares students for the National Mythology Exam (NME). The NME is open to any student from grades 3 to 9.
We don’t subscribe to cable TV at home so we checked most of these DVDs out either via the Santa Clara County Library system or through our Netflix.com account.
The Story of 1 (PBS)
Very entertaining production on the history of the number one. DS watched this over and over and over again. Available on Netflix.com and possibly through your library too.
Donald in Mathmagic Land
Acclaimed video of Donald Duck in a land full of numbers. See how math is connected to the arts, nature and more. We watched it through Netflix.
Secrets of Ancient Empires: The First Civilizations
The rise of man from primitive hunter to city builder and that of the earliest civilizations. Ancient cities profiled include Babylon and Jericho.
Egypt: Rediscovering a Lost World (BBC)
A six-part production. Shows like a movie but filled with memorable lessons in Ancient Egyptian history. Among the luminaries profiled are Howard Carter (who discovered the tomb of King Tut), Giovanni Belzoni (who found the many monuments built in honor of Ramses II) and Jean Francois Champollion (first to decipher the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone).
Lost Treasures of the Ancient World series: lots of titles to choose from, including Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Ancient India, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Jerusalem, Dark Age England, Samurai Japan, Empires in the Americas and many more. We’ve watched about 8 to 10 of these and have enjoyed them to varying extents. There are instances of violence, reference to promiscuous behavior and so on although nothing extremely overt has assailed DS’ senses so far. Nevertheless, I would strongly suggest viewing them with your child or at least previewing in advance.
HISTORY/ SCIENCE/ BIOGRAPHY
Walking with Dinosaurs (BBC)
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (BBC)
Always hits in our home. Amazing CGI effects! They look so real that younger kids may have a fright.
The Ascent of Man
Surveys the survival of Man: from primitive times to today’s high-tech world. An American Film Festival Award winner. Not as riveting as some of the other DVDs listed here but very educational.
Einstein’s Big Idea (NOVA)
Dramatizes how E=mc2 came to be. Profiles not only a dreamy, younger Einstein but also, the contributions of Michael Faraday, Antoine Lavoisier, Mme du Châtelet (a French, aristocratic lady mathematician and scientist who translated Newton’s Principia Mathematica) and the brilliant Lise Meitner (Jewish lady physicist largely responsible for her discoveries on nuclear fission but glaringly left out by the Nobel committee).
Other good biographical works we’ve watched (with and without DS in attendance):
Einstein Revealed (Nova)
Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens (Nova) – Based on Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel (some parts may not be age appropriate)
Newton’s Dark Secrets (Nova) (April 2009)
Infinite Secrets: The Genius of Archimedes (Nova) (March 2009)
SCIENCE/ NATURE STUDY
The Life of Birds (BBC) (Feb-March 2009)
A riveting series narrated by Sir David Attenborough. A must for the young (and older) bird lover. We loved the close ups! And boy do some birds have attitude!
and another title lovingly narrated by Sir Attenborough: The Life of Mammals (May 2009). There are liberal references to mating and sexual reproduction in a few parts.
My attempt to get the kiddo very interested in marine biology/ ocean science didn’t go smoothly. But oh well, I personally liked these videos.
SCIENCE/ HUMAN BODY
A definite treat for a budding young biologist is National Geographic’s Inside The Living Body which takes a fascinating trip through the body of a human female right from birth to her 80’s. Expect mesmerizing (and to some, it might look real gross) footage of how food goes through the gut, how the immune system attacks viruses and basically how our body, well works! It was immensely riveting to DS and I but there are also inevitable references to puberty and sexual reproduction and even a death scene which might make you squeamish or nervous to show around young kids. Preview if possible and/ or use the remote liberally to forward to more comfortable parts.
We are huge fans of Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson and loved NOVA’s Origins which he narrated.
We also watched a little of Teaching Company’s My Favorite Universe (May 2009), beautifully narrated by Dr Tyson, for some reason that I cannot remember, not completing the viewing.
NOVA’s The Elegant Universe is another must-watch if you have a space/ astronomy fan at home.
Just thought I should mention that all of these videos take the evolution view of how the universe and our world came about to be.
Very recently, we’ve been watching History Channel’s The Universe, (we’re on Season 1 for now; there are a total of 4 seasons I believe) and are enjoying it very much. I personally found the parts on Mars: The Red Planet and The End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats to Our Planet very intriguing. I should highlight that if you have a very sensitive young viewer who would immensely dread any possible threat to Earth from outer space, you might want to wait a while before watching this with him/ her.
On the to-watch-soon list:
Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
The very first I heard about a book from the Stories of Great People series was when my friend sheila responded to someone’s query on the SecularCM Yahoo Group about age-appropriate books on Shakespeare. Knowing that our kids’ taste in books was quite similar, I checked out the book she recommended, Shakespeare’s Quill. While trying to find more books by the author, Gerry Bailey, I unearthed a whole motherlode of highly-visual, well-written titles on a variety of historical figures and history/ science topics.
The Stories of Great People series profiles a number of famous names–from Marco Polo to The Wright Brothers. Bailey’s Crafty Inventions series provides a number of titles that would be a good science/ art complement to studying both ancient and modern civilizations. For instance, the Early Civilizations title discusses how the ancients probably used pulleys and then provides ideas for an experiment. A page on the usage of inks provides a t-shirt printing activity idea.
The San Juan Bautista Mission (Sept 2)
Founded in 1797 and growing to house over a thousand Ohlone Native Americans by 1803, the San Juan Bautista (named for St John the Baptist) Mission is the largest of the Spanish Missions in California.
During the field trip, the kids were introduced to the mission’s architecture. Inspired by the founding priests’ Spanish homeland, the mission is constructed primarily from adobe bricks (a mix of sand, clay, water and organic materials like dung). Under the hot summer sun, we felt first hand how cool it could be inside! Since the mission is located on the San Andreas Fault, doorways were built thick and low. A few lucky kids (including DS to his utmost glee) got to see how a seismograph works by jumping real hard around the (poor) machine. We were also very pleasantly surprised to see animal paw prints on the aging red tile floor of the mission’s chapel!
Apart from taking the trail to the slough’s Overlook (where we could see the outlines of river-cut terraces, and were spied upon by turkey buzzards), we also visited the remains of the Elkhorn Farm site (now home to only barn owls), viewing lots and lots of poison hemlock (did you know hemlock is related to carrots?) along the way.
After the field trip, we tagged along with one of DS’ best buddies to the Salinas River State Park at Monterey Bay. The boys had a huge rush catching the waves!
Train on the slough
Adobe structures and majestic arches
The DH returned from a month-long business trip today and to surprise the DS, bought him something only a very perceptive Dad could have thought of: Origami Fantastic Creatures by Michael G. LaFosse.
For a Greek Myths book/ link list, see this recent post.
DS was just a few months shy of turning 5 when he was first introduced to Greek Myths. He was so caught up by the stories that he wrote, actually wrote, out a scrapbook and with lots of maternal help, added illustrations.
With enthusiasm like this, all thoughts of leaving the study of Greek mythology to coincide with our study of Ancient Greek for History were joyfully abandoned.
The following are the books and audiobooks we’ve enjoyed on Greek Myths and mean to enjoy in the future. Most of these titles, unless otherwise noted, are for young readers/ listeners aged 4 onwards.
Enjoyed/ enjoying now:
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki. DS’ first favorite and a wonderful introduction to the topic. This was the book that provided him the inspiration for his scrapbook.
Classic Myths to Read Aloud: The Great Stories of Greek and Roman Mythology, Specially Arranged for Children Five and Up by an Educational Expert by William F. Russell. Our current bedtime read-aloud. Wonderfully written for reading aloud. DS always looks forward to the finale of each chapter where Mr Russell offers explanatory notes on words used and their Greek or Roman roots.
Greek Myths by Jim Weiss. Audiobook narration delivered in this master storyteller’s ever-engaging style. We’ve listened to this over and over and over again.
Mythology (Ologies) by Lady Hestia Evans and Dugald A. Steer(File Mile Press). A veritable cavern of Greek Myth info, pretty illustrations and lots of little pockets of discoveries!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: The Lightning Thief (Book 1), The Sea of Monsters (Book 2), The Titan’s Curse (Book 3), The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book 4) and The Last Olympian (Book 5). The extremely popular (among homeschoolers anyway) adventure series has a slightly simpler reading level than Harry Potter and I must say, is almost as enjoyable.
Books we plan to check out:
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire. Hands down one of the most popular Greek Myth for kids books out there. Gorgeous illustrations. Quite text heavy for the younger set but immensely enjoyable as a read aloud. It’s always been on my to-read list with DS but we’re constantly being side-tracked by other books.
The McElderry Book of Greek Myths by Eric A. Kimmel and Pep Montserrat. Recommended by my pal, the Fiddler. Read her review here. Her recommendations have always been a hit for us so we can’t wait to read this!
Favorite Greek Myths by Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell
Greek Myths for Young Children (Stories for Young Children) by Heather Amery and Linda Edwards
The Classic Treasury of Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch and Giles Greenfield
Favorite Greek Myths (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics) by Bob Blaisdell
Mythological Creatures: A Classical Bestiary by Lynn Curlee
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin
Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths by Lucy Coats
Greek Myths and Legends by Anna Claybourne
History for Kids
Mr Donn’s Ancient Greece
Online Course on Greek Myths
Carol Hurst’s Greek Mythology Page
Year 1 (2008/2009) began in June 2008 and ends May 2009.
Our academic year isn’t officially over yet, what with at least five more weeks of reading and review to go but I figured I may as well begin this post now while I have the time, energy and memory to do so (I’ve been more than usually forgetful lately). If anything else exciting happens I’ll update and republish.
AUGUST: Striking a pose with his Public Speaking (summer camp) teacher.
NOVEMBER: Thanks to the wonderful charter school education specialist, who joined us in October, DS fell absolutely in love with origami.http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/Q9NSuDtGwHQ&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0NOVEMBER: First Piano Recital at his new piano school
(and fourth overall since 2006). He played “Dance of the Irish” (composer unknown).
Scholastic’s Grammar Cop by the Staff of Storyworks.
APRIL: At a “one small square” plot study behind Dad’s office.
MEP Math 2A and 2B,
Various Young Math titles,
Secret Treasures and Magical Measures by Chris Kensler
and various titles from the Living Math booklists.
Literature/ Bedtime Reading:
Titles suggested in the CM/WTM lists and Fiction/Sci-fi lists,
Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield,
Classic Myths to Read Aloud by William F Russell and
poetry compilations like A Family of Poems edited by Caroline Kennedy.
World History/ Ancients (focus is on Prehistory to Ancient Egypt):
Books listed here.
Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (prehistory only)
The Story of the World text (till Ancient Egypt) and audiobook Vol 1 (all chapters)
US/ World History:
Free-reading misc. Jean Fritz books
Magic Tree House-themed History coop
American History for Little Folks by Blaisdell and Ball
Cyber Ed Plato Life Science (first unit)
Biology (fish & insects) and Earth Science (rocks and volcanos) co-op classes
Classic Science Life (first 2 chapters)
Robert Krampf Science Education videos
Lots of biographies and living books from Living Science Booklists
The Burgess Bird Book by Thornton Burgess
Delight-Directed Self Reading
What Einstein Didn’t Know : Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions by Robert Wolke
The Great Naturalists by Robert Huxley (random chapters/ pages)
Life Skills & Special Interests
The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden
Literature/ Bedtime/ Free Reading for the year: Year 1 FunReading