Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 3

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Chapter 3 took us back to Great Britain. This time, it was about the great game between Russia and Great Britain regarding Afghanistan. The second story was about David Livingstone and his travels through Africa.

The Great Game craft

Britain and Russia needed a buffer represented by purple between red and blue.

We had just learned about the color wheel in our art class outside the home. Now, the history craft was all about colors and, in particular, how primary colors combine to create secondary colors. It was a great coincidence – though I do not believe in coincidences, friends. Continue reading »

When a mama starts homeschooling her children, there is an Overseer up above Who arranges details in a most fortuitous way. I am amazed at some of the “coincidences” that happen in our homeschool between subjects and curricula.

Now, about the craft. I usually take pictures of the supplies before we start a craft and then I take pictures of the finished product. I am only showing what our craft looked like before, because we are not proud of what it looked like at the end.

It is not a big deal, but it is just not internet worthy. Despite very clear instructions of how to arrange red and blue on the page and how to create a buffer between them, my children decided to take artistic licenses and do their own thing.

But here’s what matters: they understood Russia and Great Britain needed Afghanistan between them as a buffer (that would have been the purple). And, again, crafts only reinforce the history lesson. They are not meant to be perfect and Pinterest-ready.


Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 1

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We have made it to volume 4! Yeah! We should celebrate somehow, but we are too excited about history to stop, even for a celebration. We have built momentum and we want to keep on going.

British Empire craft

“The sun never sets on the British Empire.”

My plan is to finish volume 4 before we start school again in August, because I would like to start the whole four-year history cycle all-over again. My son will be in fifth grade next year, so he gets to experience it on a different level than my daughter. But I think this time it will be clearer for her and I want her to start again with the Ancients so that things will make more sense. Continue reading »

I know she gets a lot out of it, for her level. The advice for multi-level teaching has always been that we should teach for the oldest child and let the chips of understanding fall where they may for the younger siblings.

My daughter knows to ask questions if she does not understand a word or a sequence of events. She likes to color when my son likes to just listen and not color. They do their thing and the caravan of history moves along. It works!

About volume 4: there are less coloring pages, more maps, and a new feature called “Outline.” The children are supposed to narrate the story and, also, write down an outline.

British Empire craft - the sun never sets

British Empire craft – the sun never sets

Since this is our first time going through this volume, I have decided we will not get bogged down with writing down an outline. For the sake of my younger child, we will skip this exercise until we come back around to it, three years from now. She will be older and writing fast will not be an issue, so we will be able to move better.

We will not be reading the extra books recommended, either. We will simply read the stories, do the map work, and create one craft. That’s it. It’s a good initial introduction to modern history. The next time we go through it, we will be older and wiser and we will be able to tackle extra reading and outlines.

Now, if they really become fascinated with a particular topic, I may get them an extra book about it or open up the reference books we have on history (Usborne etc). But I will not be focusing on extra reading of my own free will.

The first chapter was about Queen Victoria and the kids loved the expression, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” It was neat to find out that the British Empire was represented with color pink on old maps. I did not know that. We made the craft and they loved shining the flash light on the “globe” we created.