Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 23

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 23 covers the Peace of Versailles and the rise of Joseph Stalin. The kids did not enjoy the injustice that occurred in the aftermath of World War I or the atrocities of Stalin. I emphasized that communism or socialism do not help the working class, although the chapter made that plain.

Kitten in Book Box

Our kitten likes the Story of the World, too.

It did not help that we adopted a kitten this week, either. It is two months old and has come to us from another homeschooling family. Our children have named him Smoky because we live in the Smoky Mountains. He is mostly black with white paws like socks and a bit of white around the chest and face. Saying that he is adorable would be an understatement. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 21

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 21 covers the Russian Revolution and the end of the Great War or World War I. I lived under communism for the first 15 years of my life. Therefore, I take great interest in how our history curriculum covers this topic. As usual, Susan Wise Bauer’s portrayal of historic facts impressed me.

Faberge eggs - crafts

Faberge eggs – crafts

My children have heard me talk about living under communism before. Through this chapter, they understood more about the causes that brought about such a terrrible scourge upon the world. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 20

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 20 finally brought us to World War I, which the kids have been very eager to study. Before that story though, we read about the Mexican Revolution.

Boy trying to break the code

Trying to break the code

They could not believe all the twists and turns in Mexico, all the dudes that took over and became corrupt, and all the assassinations. Studying history opens up our eyes like nothing else could.  Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 19

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 19 covers the last emperor of China and the Vietnamese Restoration Society. We read it without any incidents, though we also listened to it in the car over the summer.

Coloring Mandarin Squares

Coloring Mandarin Squares

I purchased the audiobook for volume 4 because I had a sneaky feeling we would not be finishing it over the summer break. As the new year has started, this will come in handy. If we do not get to history one week, I can always take the audiobook along one of our longer car rides and catch up on assignments. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 18

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 18 took us to Persia and then to the Balkans. Well, since I grew up in Eastern Europe, I took a special interest in this chapter. Again and again, Ms. Bauer amazes me with her ability to summarize complex historical facts into a readable story for elementary age students.

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Romanian paper weaving craft kit

For our craft, I pulled out a set of weaving cards from Romania. I think my sister brought this over the last time she came to visit, which is a few years back. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 16

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Story of the World vol. 4 chapter 16 deals only with the United States. The title? The Expanding United States. The first story gave a historical account of the wagons of pioneers moving West on the Oregon Trail. The second story introduced the children to stocks, philanthropists and outlaws.

Watching a YouTube video about the Stock Market

Watching a YouTube video about the Stock Market

A couple of years ago, we read the seven volumes of Little House on the Prairie. The kids remember that story now. Therefore, this literature title came in handy as we learned more about the adventure of crossing a continent. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 15

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Story of the World Vol. 4 Chapter 15 covers Small Countries with Large Invaders, as the title suggests. The first story talks about how Korea became a battleground between Japan and China. While there, Queen Min of Korea gets her own special coverage.

Coloring the Korean flag

Coloring the Korean flag

The second story covers the Spanish-American War which happened in Cuba and the Philippines, too. Children get introduced to some notable names: Jose Rizal, William Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, Theodore Roosevelt and more. Needless to say, lots of good stuff in this chapter. Continue reading »

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Making Education Easier Does Not Have To Be A Fight

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Education should be something completely accessible, and something that’s easy to understand so everyone can learn. To make sure we are always learning something when we are in a learning environment, the way we teach sometimes has to change.

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There are so many ways to learn these days, thanks to freelancing teachers, online courses, and the like. And of course, homeschooling is something parents should look into at least once, to see if it really could benefit their child. But if you are someone who needs to take the matter a little more seriously, here are a couple of ideas to run with. Continue reading »

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Rush Revere Book Series

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We highly recommend the Rush Revere book series for your American history class. In short, we have enjoyed this five-book series (affiliate link) very much. Read on for details.

Rush Revere Book Series

Rush Revere Book Series

You all know we use The Story of the World for our history spine. I blog about the experience. The Rush Revere book series counts as our American history living books supplement.

Rush Revere book series

My son read a book a day, and so he finished them in less than a week. My daughter was at camp that week. She and I are catching up with big brother. We decided that I should read them aloud to her. It turns out, big brother wants to sit in. Therefore, we end up doing that magical thing all experts recommend: bonding through reading aloud. Continue reading »

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Free Webinar – Preparing for High School

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This Wednesday, August 8, at 3pm Eastern, Matthew Bullington with UniversityReady.com will be presenting a free webinar exclusively for Homeschool Ways readers. First of all, Mr. Bullington will share about preparing for high school and how to simplify the high school experience. In addition, he will provide you with three PDF downloads that will help you get organize with your goal setting and follow-up.

Preparing for high school webinar

To sign up for the webinar, click here. I am excited about this new partnership between HomeschoolWays.com and UniversityReady.com. Even more, I am excited to provide my readers with access to experts who can help. Continue reading »

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