Chapter 16 dealt with people like John Locke and Isaac Newton – fascinating discoveries and advances in the sciences and philosophy. I really enjoy a chapter which speaks about people (or events) I have already studied for myself. Not that I don’t enjoy learning new things. But I have a frame of reference and it intrigues me to see how Susan Wise Bauer covers the topic.
Besides, I am kind of ready to get out of the Dark Ages and move on with human civilization. I am ready for early modern history to actually happen. Bring on the scientific revolution!
For the activity, we went to the tree house and dropped balls of different sizes and weights to the ground. Isaac Newton’s a-ha moment changed humanity in so many ways. It is inspiring to share things like that with the children.
We found some simple biographies of Newton and Locke at the library. In all honesty, I have given up trying to locate the exact titles suggested in the history curriculum. I found some of them to be too long and others to be too advanced. And our librarians make the effort of ordering these specific titles through ILL, which is time consuming.
I end up not reading all of these titles to the kids and then I feel guilty. I am that mom who has to finish the book to feel like she has gotten the job done. And even though now they can read lots of books to themselves, I still prefer for us to read at least one history book out loud.