Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 26

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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.

Boy and girl studying history homeschooling

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 »

Story of the World, Vol. 2, Chapter 21

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Chapter 21 or The Mongols Devastate the East happened fast, too, over lunch. I read, they ate. Then we did the map and I asked them to color the portrait of Genghis Khan. My son, 8, is sooo over coloring. Some days I make him do it. This was not one of those days.

A craft I found easy to do was putting history back in order. The strips of paper retelling the story had to be cut out, arranged in order, and glued onto construction paper. Now that we can do, I thought, especially because it has to do with words and reading comprehension.  Continue reading »