Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 20

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 20 finally brought us to World War I, which the kids have been very eager to study. Before that story though, we read about the Mexican Revolution.

Boy trying to break the code

Trying to break the code

They could not believe all the twists and turns in Mexico, all the dudes that took over and became corrupt, and all the assassinations. Studying history opens up our eyes like nothing else could.  Continue reading »


Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 19

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 19 covers the last emperor of China and the Vietnamese Restoration Society. We read it without any incidents, though we also listened to it in the car over the summer.

Coloring Mandarin Squares

Coloring Mandarin Squares

I purchased the audiobook for volume 4 because I had a sneaky feeling we would not be finishing it over the summer break. As the new year has started, this will come in handy. If we do not get to history one week, I can always take the audiobook along one of our longer car rides and catch up on assignments. Continue reading »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


7 Ways to Build Confidence In Your Child

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We need to teach our children many things, not just book knowledge. We also have to teach, in subtle ways, how they can have confidence in themselves.

Many adults struggle with a lack of confidence. In many cases, this is because they were not shown the right path to healthy confidence levels when they were younger. Build their self-esteem early, and it will carry through to adulthood. A confident adult can do anything!

Below, we take a look at several ways to instil a confident attitude in your son or daughter.

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Secure in the Love

There is a foundation upon which confidence is built. It is called love. If your child has no doubts that he or she is loved by their parents, then they will be able to walk out into the world with their head held high. Continue reading »


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 »


Making Education Easier Does Not Have To Be A Fight

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Education should be something completely accessible, and something that’s easy to understand so everyone can learn. To make sure we are always learning something when we are in a learning environment, the way we teach sometimes has to change.

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There are so many ways to learn these days, thanks to freelancing teachers, online courses, and the like. And of course, homeschooling is something parents should look into at least once, to see if it really could benefit their child. But if you are someone who needs to take the matter a little more seriously, here are a couple of ideas to run with. Continue reading »


Rush Revere Book Series

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We highly recommend the Rush Revere book series for your American history class. In short, we have enjoyed this five-book series (affiliate link) very much. Read on for details.

Rush Revere Book Series

Rush Revere Book Series

You all know we use The Story of the World for our history spine. I blog about the experience. The Rush Revere book series counts as our American history living books supplement.

Rush Revere book series

My son read a book a day, and so he finished them in less than a week. My daughter was at camp that week. She and I are catching up with big brother. We decided that I should read them aloud to her. It turns out, big brother wants to sit in. Therefore, we end up doing that magical thing all experts recommend: bonding through reading aloud. Continue reading »