Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 27

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 27 deals with the civil war in Spain and Hitler’s invasions. No wonder Ms. Bauer wanted to make sure the children reading this fourth volume are mature. Much sadness and violence abound in this book.

Rebuilding the Fatherland

Rebuilding the Fatherland

We had to work with the kitten again this week because he loves to hang out in the school room and walk all over the table, sniffing our papers. I will be honest, the crafts and activities suggested did not excite us too much. So, again, I have to remind myself that we are older and do not need to spend 30 minutes playing a board game that we will never play again afterward, or build yet another structure that will end up in the trash. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 22

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 22 deals with Ireland’s Easter Uprising and India’s Nationalism. Michael Collins and Mohandas Gandhi feature prominently in their respective stories. We learn the beginnings of the IRA or the Irish Republican Army. For me, as a child of the 80s, when the IRA was very active in their terrorist attacks, this chapter was very interesting.

The Salt March

The Salt March

Another important lesson in this chapter was about the Sikh religion. Also, the comparison between Sikhs and Muslims. We are Christian and we believe in teaching our children what other people believe in order to respect their beliefs and practices. Of course, we believe in freedom of religion. Also, we believe in being respectful of other people’s convictions according to their own consciences. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 2, Chapter 26

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Chapter 26 or France and England At War was a great chapter about the Hundred Years’ War. The kids loved the idea that a baby became a king. A king in diapers was such a funny and silly concept, they brought it up over and over.

Joan of Arc paper dolls

Joan of Arc paper dolls

There were lots of crafts we could have done. I chose the Joan of Arc paper dolls and skipped the coloring page. There was a lot of coloring for the paper dolls. I was impressed that, for some reason, my kids did not shy away from cutting and pasting. They used to avoid glue projects like the plague. I guess we are growing and changing ever so steadily.  Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 2, Chapter 23

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Chapter 23 deals with The First Russians. I was tempted to work on a kokoshnik craft, but I only have one daughter and I usually include both children in our projects. I did not want to make different crafts. So I decided to cook a big pot of borscht, according to the recipe provided.

Borscht with vegan sour cream

Borscht with vegan sour cream – despite its beautiful color, the children refused to even try it.

Since we make a similar soup in Romania, I knew the taste I was trying to achieve. It always helps to know what your goal is when you are cooking foreign recipes, right? Well, I still changed a few things around because for instance I did not have tomato paste and used tomato sauce instead. But it came out nice and mouth-watering and, apparently, it’s all for me, because my kids will not touch it. My husband is not a red beet fan, so he is not interested either. Oh well, more for me.  Continue reading »

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