Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 29 covers the end of World War II with two stories: the war that stretched across the world and the atom bomb. Sobering events to be sure, albeit fascinating.
My son acting out “leaving London” like English children during WWII.
I made sure to point out that we live one hour away from Oak Ridge National Laboratories, where THE bomb was manufactured. My husband has cousins who work there. His uncle worked there all his life. We have yet to visit the place. We plan to do that in the near future. Maybe next spring, when we can afford a field trip day without wondering about book work. Continue reading »
Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 28 deals with the three-war war and the Holocaust. So hard, telling these stories! I teared up as I read to the kids. The suffering that generation had to go through with the two world wars makes me heartbroken.
American Girl book showing how a girl would experience World War II.
Growing up under communism, they censored a lot of modern movies – a good thing, actually, because it forced us to read books instead. If they did show us a movie on our limited TV broadcasts, it would be about World War II, the Holocaust, or a musical featuring Fred Astaire. I feel like I have studied World War II forever or, at least, since age eight. Continue reading »
Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 26 covers the Great Depression and Hitler’s rise to power. The two may seem unrelated, but Susan Wise Bauer makes the case for how America’s woes kept Americans too focused on themselves to really care about European politics.
Map work for history
FDR and the New Deal also feature in the first story about the Great Crash and came of it. It was an eye-opening experience for the kids, who do not know the meaning of lack, of course. I told them I had a friend whose grandmother lived through the Great Depression. To this day, that grandma still buys two of everything she gets at the store. Continue reading »
Advancements in technology have seen vast changes in the way people learn. There are now more learning platforms that individuals can use. One front-runner is eLearning. The reasons for the success of eLearning are many. The points below highlight several essential features of this learning platform for those considering this method.
Our children take Skype violin lessons. During a short break, the teacher’s kitten meets our kitten.
It Is More Flexible
One significant benefit of eLearning focuses on its flexibility. Time is precious. It is the one factor that holds many people back from taking their education one step further. Advanced qualifications take time and effort. Unlike traditional methods, online learning is often a lot more flexible. Continue reading »
Being a homeschool mom takes up pretty much the entirety of your day. This means that you might not have time to go out to work. If you need an extra income, you will need to find an alternative way of gaining an income. But, how do you go about doing this?
Well, you can run a business from the comfort of your own home. You don’t need to have an office or a staff to run a business, and this is what many people forget. Below, we have talked about some of the businesses that you can run as a homeschool mom.Continue reading »
Homeschooling has become more popular than ever. We won’t use this space to decry the difficulties of the contemporary education system. Most home-educators simply do not want to interact with it.
We often think we can do a better job. This sounds like hubris, but when you really think about it, how hard would it be to teach your child 1 + 2 = 3? And that c-a-t spells cat? You start there and build on it. Teacher’s manuals will help you when you get stuck.
While this article will focus on the benefits of home education, we in no way mean disrespect to you, your child, or their school. However, those on the fence about home education may want to read on.Continue reading »
Chapter 24 has an intriguing title: The King and Il Duce. First, I had to explain the title to the kids. We will study about the first king of Egypt and then we will travel to Italy to learn about Mussolini, whose nickname was The Leader or Il Duce in Italian.
Fasces craft – no dowels or straws in my house, so we used pencils.
Then, we proceeded with the reading as well as we could while the new kitten, Smoky, was running around the classroom. He is a big distraction these days, but I try to be accommodating. The children love him and they have never had a small pet like this before. Our previous pet was an old cat named Izzy. He was 15 by the time we lost him. There was not much action with Izzy, but Smoky runs and plays all day. Continue reading »
Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 23 covers the Peace of Versailles and the rise of Joseph Stalin. The kids did not enjoy the injustice that occurred in the aftermath of World War I or the atrocities of Stalin. I emphasized that communism or socialism do not help the working class, although the chapter made that plain.
Our kitten likes the Story of the World, too.
It did not help that we adopted a kitten this week, either. It is two months old and has come to us from another homeschooling family. Our children have named him Smoky because we live in the Smoky Mountains. He is mostly black with white paws like socks and a bit of white around the chest and face. Saying that he is adorable would be an understatement. Continue reading »
Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 21 covers the Russian Revolution and the end of the Great War or World War I. I lived under communism for the first 15 years of my life. Therefore, I take great interest in how our history curriculum covers this topic. As usual, Susan Wise Bauer’s portrayal of historic facts impressed me.
Faberge eggs – crafts
My children have heard me talk about living under communism before. Through this chapter, they understood more about the causes that brought about such a terrrible scourge upon the world. Continue reading »
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.
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 »