We’re moving on from studying slavery now and are about to enter the Civil War.
The kids had lots of books to read this time so I actually gave them a couple of days to just read during school time.
We had a short picture book on Harriet Tubman and the novels: Dear Austin Letters from the Underground Railroad, Amos Fortune Free Man, Sojourner Truth In Their Own Words. These are the books my son read. My daughter read those plus two from the diaries series, I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly, and Picture of Freedom. She also read online Up From Slavery which is Booker T. Washington’s autobiography. She’s currently still reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She begged me to let her read it. She’s reading that online as well which is why it is taking longer. There is only so much time the computer is available for her to sit and read with 5 computer users and one computer.
Another thing she asked for repeatedly was the chance to do a notebooking page on Harriet Tubman.
She was concerned she wouldn’t get a chance to draw this picture of Harriet Tubman. I had had the kids do a web quest about Harriet Tubman and she wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to move on without letting her do a notebooking page! I’ve started giving her only blank notebooking pages like this since she loves doing the drawings herself, but we’ve come to an agreement that the drawing comes last in school time. My kids just get a stack of papers and books next to them and they can do them in the order they like, usually.
We again have used the links on the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog. The links here are from the American History page under Slavery. For school we worked our way through this site daily for one week.
One day for his response to what he learned that day, my son made a digital lapbook. You can see it here. He’s a second grader.
That’s basically what we do. We learn one thing each day and respond with a notebooking page, a lapbook piece or something else. “Narration” is the Charlotte Mason word for it, but I’ve never claimed to follow Charlotte Mason’s methods. In fact I went into homeschool very confident and wanting to do it my own way. I’ve never bought curriculum, unless you count the math texts. Anyway, you can find “narration” ideas here.
My children each basically have an hour on the computer each day. There is no TV or video games in our house so this is their only screen time and it’s all for school (or emailing grandma). I have bookmarked for them (I use delicious.com) an online activity everyday. Each day of the week is assigned to something so I don’t have to think of what to do: like Monday is art. They do online links for art, music, language arts, math and thinking. Then they often have a second bookmarked page about whatever they are doing in school for history or science. For instance for slavery they got to do this activity. My son sometimes does logic games if there is more time or he reads online. My daughter mostly reads online or makes worksheets for her preschool-aged brother. All the links I use, and the books they read online, are all found on the Links blog.
My personal current projects include making an ocean lapbook. Thanks to Jimmie I made the coolest lapbook piece last night. Jimmie pointed out a free ebook online by Dinah Zike about mathematics foldables. You can find the link here right under the “supplements” section.
Last night I designed a 3-D bar graph piece showing the depths of the different oceans. Don’t worry. I’m doing it on the computer so it will be available for sharing. Here’s a preliminary picture. The bars could be colored in and it will have backing attached to it.
Another of my projects is a language arts curriculum using the links from the Links blog and hopefully it will be ready soon. It will be free of course.
That’s all for now. Thanks for hanging with me to the end of the post!