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 17

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Story of the World vol. 4 chapter 17 covers China’s troubles. From the Boxer Rebellion to the Czar and the Japanese Admiral who end up fighting over bits and pieces of China, we travel to the East again.

Balloon torpedo craft supplies

Balloon torpedo craft supplies

This is an intricate chapter. I am glad I decided not to complete the outline of the stories in volume 4. Even I would not be able to do it without going back and forth several times between the book and the worksheet. 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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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 14

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Story of the World vol. 4 Chapter 14 covers many things. To start off, the title is “Two Czars and Two Emperors.” The two czars obviously ruled in Russia: Alexander III and his son, Nikolai. They also happen to be the next-to-last and the last czar of Russia respectively.

Coloring the American flag

Coloring the American flag

We learn about the terrible plight of the peasants and the even worse situation of the Jews who live in Russia at the time. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 13

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Although it is summer break for us, the kids keep asking for more history. We need to finish volume 4 anyway before the new school year starts back up, so I am glad to oblige.

Khachkar craft - Armenian carved "stone" bas relief

Khachkar craft – Armenian carved “stone” bas relief

Chapter 13 deals with the old-fashioned emperor of Brazil and Abdulhamid II, one of the last sultans of the Ottoman Turks. Ms. Bauer manages to explain causes and effects of historic facts very well. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 10

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Story of the World volume 4 chapter 10 covered another war in South America, The War of the Pacific, and the building of the Suez Canal in Egypt. We are all over the place in this volume, but I like it. It keeps us on our toes and teaches the kids some geography.

Suez Canal Boats Activity

Boats in the Suez Canal, saving 6,000 miles on their way to Asia

My eight-year-old likes justice. Whenever we read about countries fighting over land, she wants to intervene and give everybody what they want. Why fight? Let us get these people organized and settled down once and for all. Her dedication to justice amuses me. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 9

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Chapter 9 covered the Dutch East Indies in the first story and the fall of the Ottoman Empire through the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 in the second story. The first story was totally new information to me, but not the second one.

Red and white ribbon traditionally worn in Eastern Europe in March - martsishor

Red and white ribbon traditionally worn in Romania in March – martsishor

Why? Because it was not just Russia and Bulgaria fighting the Ottoman Turks. The coalition was led by Russia and included Bulgaria, but it also included Romania, Serbia and Montenegro. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 8

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Chapter 8 is titled “Becoming Modern.” What a simple yet beautiful title! I pointed out to the kids that for most of history people have not lived with electricity, cars, trains, or time zones. It was a new concept for them.

Gold and silver spikes to unite the two railways

Gold and silver spikes to unite the two railways

There was a brief explanation about time zones and about light bulbs. I supposed this would be the moment to stop and read a short biography of Thomas Edison but we must exercise self-control. This time around through the Story of the World, we will not read extra books.  Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 7

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Chapter 7 covered France and Prussia. The French are struggling between monarchy, empire, and republic as a form of government. The Prussians are trying hard to unite all German principalities into a Second Reich. Interesting stories indeed.

Pikealhaube Craft

Pickelhaube craft – helmet from Prussia

The kids are eager to get to Hitler. They have heard so much about the terrible things he did. I explained that he was in the Third Reich. Will that be in the next lesson? They wanted to know. Actually, we need to cover more decades before we get to him. Continue reading »

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