I’ve decided this is where we are going to stop in our studies of Early American history. We’re not ending our school year. We’re going to be studying government now. Since I do no specific planning for my school year, I like to leave for the end a topic we could spend a little time on or a lot of time on depending on how the rest of the year goes. And often we get anxious and start early on next year’s topics.
We will be starting with the new developing technology when we study 20th century in a couple of years. I don’t go straight through history as a timeline. I want to have focused study of American history but I want to focus on the world too.
We again used a lapbook from Dynamic2Moms. We improvised a little with the accordian timeline and the Emancipation Proclamation piece in the two corners. We just used blank pieces we had lying around from other things.
I had my kids read through this website on their own.
We focused only on one battle, the battle of Gettysburg. Our home state is Pennsylvania. I’m just not really into studying the war part of wars.
We listened to the Gettysburg Address. It’s a video. My four-year-old gave the Gettysburg Address. My daughter dressed him up and prompted him line by line.
On the Links blog you can find a link to a site that has the battles listed by state so you can find information on what happened in your state.
We did play this Civil War game. I chickened out of doing paper soldiers when I read the “play” took two hours. I didn’t want to spend days on it. The paper soldiers would have taken days to make and most likely would be destroyed by the toddler or preschooler by the time we got around to even starting. (How many of you have 3 little boys at home) 🙂 But on the same site, Junior General, there was this Civil War “matrix” game. Here’s the game board.
You just print this out then all you need are two tokens and a die. It is made for a classroom with seven teams. We played with two kids–one was Robert E. Lee, one was Sherman. The game gives a starting score for each side. Each side has so many points for strength, fighting spirit and supplies. The North is trying to capture Richmond. The South is trying to capture Washington.
On your turn you move one square then make an argument. “We burned down a bridge keeping the rebels from getting their supplies.” Then we rolled the die to see if it happened. We decided a 5 or 6 meant it didn’t happen. (If they came up with something that was impossible, I made them come up with something else. Like my daughter tried “Their whole army died of cholera.”) If their argument “happens”, then either they gain a point or their opponent loses a point. For instance in the example I gave, the opponent would lose one supply point. You can say something positive for yourself like “We have stayed in place and rested.” Then you could gain one strength point. When opponents meet in the same square you roll the die and add that to the score you already have. Highest score wins the battle. (You can read this in the directions.)
Also on the Links blog (scroll down to the Civil War–it’s in timeline order) you can find different worksheets to do. There are coloring pages here as well. My son did the Civil War alphabetization worksheet.
On the site where I downloaded the lapbook pieces there are several other pictures. I printed out these pictures of confederate money and this pie graph of soldier’s occupations. My daughter made that into a bar graph.
And here’s my daughter’s picture she drew from one of the other pictures on the lapbook site.
I’ve also started an experiment in our homeschool. My children both recently finished their math texts. Not only are they ahead of schedule, my son is really ahead. So, I decided there wasn’t a need to keep moving at this pace. I have figured they can do just two lessons a week in their book and finish by the end of next school year. In their extra time (an hour a day basically) they are allowed to pursue other interests. My son has taken up engineering, my daughter, Canadian history.
The Links blog has come in handy. I let them on there to explore and to find things they are interested in studying. As usual all the links in this post are on that blog. You can always find it in the sidebar: Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers.
AND…I’ve had a publisher interested in my novel. If you haven’t yet, take a look at The King Will Make a Way page (click on the button at the top) and use the link on that page to go to my blog about the book. You can read more about me, chapter one, and more reviews of the book. I still have decisions to make, but I will let you know when it’s going to be published. (And will of course have a lapbook for you to go along with the book.)