Thursday, December 18, 2014

Presidents Study: Millard Fillmore books and crafts

Millard Fillmore
by Mike Venzia

Millard Fillmore
by Heidi Elston

Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo
by Nancy Krulik

Millard Fillmore was the first president to establish a library for the 1st families in the White House.

Picture of us outside our library!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 49-51

Lesson 49 The Song Dynasty of China

Chinese fan.

Lesson 50 St. Simon and the Coptic Orthodox Church

Carried water for the animals like Simon did for the elderly.

Lesson 51 Eric the Red and the Settlement of Greenland

Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky
by Barbara Shiller

Viking Adventure
by Clyde Robert Bulla

For this lesson we did some polar bear science.  The vikings were in Greenland, also known for polar bears.  We discussed how the polar bears have hair on the bottom of their feet that help to prevent them from sliding on the ice.

You will need 2 cans of tuna, a cookie sheet, a wash cloth, and a rubber band.

1st- put the washcloth around one of the cans of tuna and secure with the rubber band.
The one with the washcloth is the polar bear and the one without is the viking.

The viking slid away and the polar bear held his ground.

The next thing we did was mark off 20 feet on the side walk outside of earth.  That is how far a polar bear can jump.  I had him run and jump to see if he could jump that far.  

He made it 6 feet!!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

USA study: Florida

Some cool Florida facts:

1.  The Everglades in Florida is the biggest swamp in the world.
2.  Ponce de Leon came to Florida to discover the Fountain of Youth.

Sunny Numbers: A Florida counting book
by Carol Crane

Sunken Treasure
by Gail Gibbons

by Carmen Bredeson

A Visit to Grandma's
by Nancy Carlson

Elizabeth, Larry, and Ed
by Marilyn Sadler

The Great Pig Escape
by Eileen Christelow

Travel with Kids:  Florida

All Dressed up and Nowhere to Go
by Daniel Joseph and Lydia Mendal

My Family Vacation
by Dayal Kaur Khalsa

by Jean Craighead George

S is for Sunshine
by Carol Crane

Freddy Goes to Florida
by Walter R. Brooks

Florida is known as the sunshine state!!  You can download a copy of this here.

Handprint flamingo!!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 46-48

Lesson 46 "Good King Wenceslas"

For this lesson, we listened to the song here.

I love Bing Crosby!!!

Lesson 47 Otto I and the Holy Roman Empire

For this lesson we watched the following movies.  I had one excited boy for this lesson.  He rarely gets to watch tv, so this lesson excited him!!


Lesson 48 Vladimer I of Russia

Look what came from Russia
by Miles Harvey

Russian art on the sidewalk with chalk!!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

USA study: Arkansas

Some cool Arkansas facts:

1.  Has a giant Mr. Peanut Statue.
2.  It is illegal to walk a cow down Main Street in Little Rock on Sundays after 1pm.
3.  If you get caught flirting you could be put in jail for 30 day.

N is for Natural
by Michael Shoulders

by Bryan Pezzi

Good Morning Granny Rose
by Warren Ludwig
by Nancy Leber

Arkansas is known to have the largest watermelon in Hope, AK.  I had him make a bowl shape out of self hardening clay and then he painted it like a watermelon.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Presidents Study: James K. Polk books and crafts

James K. Polk
by Mike Venzia

The American Presidents (Disney video on
the 1st 11 presidents)

James K Polk was the first president to host Thanksgiving in the White House.

He also instituted Hail to the Chief.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 43-45

Lesson 43 Lydveldid Island 

For this lesson we changed our names to Viking names!!

Conner Cathyasson  He was not amused by it!

Lesson 44 The Maori of New Zealand

Kiwi art!

Lesson 45 The Great Zimbabwe of Africa

For this lesson we did an African art with a giraffe head.  You can find a template for it here.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

USA study: Maryland

Some cool Maryland facts:

1.  1st umbrella factory was in Baltimore.
2.  National Anthem "The Star Spangled Banner" was written here.
3.  Blue crabs!!
4.  Maryland gave up land that now makes up the US capital.

B is for Blue Crab
by Laura Stutzman

Perry's Baltimore Adventure
by Peter Davis

Chita's Christmas Tree
by Elizabeth Howard

Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)

by Elizabeth Howard

hand print blue crab that Maryland is known for!!

Maryland's state sport is jousting, so how about some Lego jousting!

The dog wanted to lay down on the participants!!