Story of the World, Vol. 1, Chapter 24

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We spread the study of The Wars of the Greeks or Chapter 24 over two weeks. It just happened that way. I read this chapter to them but we did not do the map work right away. We were reading recommended books from previous chapters at the time. I like reading the lesson and the extra books in an offset fashion. It keeps reminding us of previous chapters, where we came from. We also got busy with other projects and a week went by.

Soap Bar Sculpture Supplies

Soap Bar Sculpture Supplies

When we got back to it, it was all about the craft project: carving our first Greek “stone” sculpture… out of a soap bar.  Continue reading »

We gathered the supplies and went to work. Shaving was a new technique for us. I used these children’s knives from Amazon (affiliate link). We use them in the kitchen when they want to help me cut up fruits and vegetables. They work for bread, too. And, apparently, they can also be used for carving into soap.

My daughter was caught up in her play with felts – we had just finished a Bible story about the sheep and goats and there were several modern-day felts. So she decided I should make her sculpture. Since art is a growth area for me, I chose to follow Susan Wise Bauer’s instructions to make a simple fish design.

My son decided he was going to make a king standing in front of a city he recently conquered. Then, he noticed there was not enough room for the king. So he drew the building on the soap and started carving. It was harder than he thought, but he did not give up. When he finally got tired of carving, I suggested that he keep more of the soap and just enlarge the building. I helped him a bit and then we washed off the marker lines.

Soap Castle Gate

Soap Castle Gate

We re-read the story of the battle of Marathon and I made it a point to tell them about the word marathon we use today. Etymology is one of my favorite linguistic fields. I find it fascinating. Thus ended another history lesson.


Story of the World, Vol. 1, Chapter 19

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We listened to The Early Greeks or Chapter 19 in the car, on the way to soccer practice. I brought along their clipboards, crayons, and worksheets. Alas, sweet five-year-old daughter refused to color. But my son did his work.

My husband assures me it is only a matter of time before our daughter will get with the program and obey more. After all, her behavior reminds us of our son when he was five. I hope my husband is right.

Since she is only in PreKindergarten, I did not lay the law down. I just let her look out the window instead of coloring, knowing she was listening to the story simply by being in the car with us. But, in all honesty, I don’t think I will invest in the CDs for volume 2. As useful as they can be, I think it makes more sense for me to read to them the stories while they color. Based on my experience this year, we have only listened to five, maybe six lessons in the car. The rest, I have read them at home.

The following day, I read the story to them again to give her a chance to work on her coloring and map. The whole process was a bit convoluted, as she wants to sit in my lap while coloring and I must juggle book, wiggly five-year-old in lap, and reaching for the tissue box (spring allergies are in full swing at our house).

The crafts seemed a bit too much for our energy level at this time of the year. I was delighted they decorated their Greek vase coloring sheet very nicely and we moved on to the next chapter. We are trying to catch up and finish this textbook by the end of the school year, which is about 40 days away.