Story of the World, Vol. 3, Chapter 41

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New Zealand and Her Rulers is the title of chapter 41. What a difficult chapter to read! We really dislike the parts of history in which people are treated unfairly. The Maori tribes really got the short end of the stick in their treaty with the British.

Maori butterfly craft

Making the Maori butterfly craft zing

The map work and coloring pages kept us busy. For the craft, we decided to check out the special butterflies (purerehua) the Maori made. Continue reading »

As directed, we used floss and a ruler to make this special device the Maori swung over their heads at high speeds in order to make loud noises that would keep others away from their meetings.


“Purerehua” means butterfly in Maori

My son went outside to test it and, sure enough, the contraption made a strong buzzing sound. It took my son a few minutes to figure out how to swing the ruler over his head and at what speed. Hint: it was a very high speed. But once we heard it, it was a great feeling, like “we have made buzzing sounds” kind of thing. We felt very accomplished.

Zinging craft

Make it zing!

Sometimes these crafts have a way of humbling us because they do not turn out worthy of Pinterest. But you know what? That’s OK. We are not perfect. Our crafts are not perfect and they do not have to be. We are here to learn history and have some fun through coloring and crafts, that’s all.

Other times, they work out and they give us that great feeling of accomplishment which, I believe, every child should experience in school.

My daughter insisted in doing a more feminine craft – she is oh, so girlie and I love it! – namely the sweet potato garden. Trust me, you do not want to see a picture of the jar with a molding sweet potato in it. Instead of growing roots and leaves, our sweet potato grew mold. We threw it away after a few days.

Story of the World, Vol. 2, Chapter 10

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The Bottom of the World or Chapter 10 deals with the first people of Australia and New Zealand. The coincidences in our homeschool keep on coming. When we went to the Pigeon Forge Library last week for Meet Mr. Lincoln, my daughter picked up a packet containing a book about McGillyCuddy, a kangaroo stuffed animal with a joey in its pouch, and an activity page based on kangaroos. The next history lesson dealt with Australia and New Zealand. Hmmm…

Mock moths (peanuts) and popcorn, held together by honey

Mock moths (peanuts) and popcorn, held together by honey

The children thought the coloring page looked strange – it is a Maori with all his war or decorative paint. The map was fun. We sang the continent song and I reminded them Australia is also a continent, not just a country.  Continue reading »

I am behind in ordering the extra books for this chapter, so I only read the chapter to them and we’ll have to catch up with the extra literature. Of course, the parts about the boy eating snake and other lovely meat grossed us out.

We worked on an edible craft: the moth (peanut) and popcorn medley. I like these edible crafts. I don’t have to worry about storage afterwards. I wondered if I should use microwave popcorn or the real deal, which requires popping in a pan. I decided to go for the easy route. We buy Full Circle microwave popcorn, without butter, which is the healthiest alternative available, as far as I know.