Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see below!   Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Brazil & the Atlantic Ocean on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Portuguese – Oi’! Prayed for the Brazilian people Read Children Just Like Me Book Made Brigadeiros (Yummy chocolate balls) Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Brazil Geography Vocab: Jungle, River, Meander Learned about Brazil, people, and climate from the Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Created an awesome Rain Forest diorama! (See pics below) Played a little soccer with the neighbors! Learned about the 2nd Wonder of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue … [Read more...]


Expedition Earth: Mexico World Geography Unit

Did you know that Mexico has the second largest land border in the world? Do you know which border that is? If you guessed the Mexico/United States border then you are correct! The Mexico/U.S. border is 3,141 km (1,951 mi) long! Give yourself an extra point! There are over 100,000,000 people living in Mexico and about 1/4 of the population lives in the capital city, Mexico City. Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world! Yum! But there are a lot more interesting facts to learn about this beautiful country than just their food contribution!   Want to learn more about Mexico? Here’s what we learned about during our Expedition Earth week on Mexico!   Here’s what we did this week: Located Mexico & the Gulf of Mexico on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish– Hola! Learned to count to 10 in Spanish Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a Spanish Song Made homemade tortillas Completed a … [Read more...]


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day homeschoolers! Today is a great day to learn about one of our nation’s most influential people. Martin Luther King Jr. Day usually means people get the day off. Except for us, we’re doing school today, and taking some time to reflect and remember on the life and influences of an amazing person in United States history. Even if you’re taking a break today, it’s a great idea to take a little bit of time to gather around the computer and listen to his inspirational words in person.   Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the Booker T. Washington High School. He skipped both nigh and eleventh grades, and entered Morehouse college in Atlanta at age 15, in 1944. He later became both a Baptist minister and a civil-rights activist, having a huge impact on race relations in the United States beginning in the mid-1950’s. He headed the efforts to end legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and in … [Read more...]


The Middle Ages Review & Update

Hi everyone! As you may recall, we decided to try the Homeschool in the Woods Middle Ages history unit this year. Since we’re a few months into our curriculum, I thought I’d do an update on how it was going so far. Right off the bat I have to say that our kids are really enjoying history this year. They’re always excited when it’s time for history and each day has a fun activity that makes learning fun! Right now we’re knee deep in castle life. We’ve learned about the different casts of people, various jobs, and roles that each person plays in the system. We all picked which group we would want to be in, a few people wanted to be freemen, some went for the nobles, no one was brave enough to be king, and unfortunately no one wanted to be a serf. Go figure.   We also made puppets of all of the different groups of people. This one took a little longer than expected to color, but everyone wanted their own full set of figures. So we just stretched it out for a few days. Once … [Read more...]


Making History Fun!

Hello fellow students of life! Today I wanted to show you how we make our history lessons more fun, hands-on, and memorable!     It is my belief that when students are creating things themselves they tend to remember it better. And since history isn’t always the most exciting subject for some kids, we like to do things to make it a little more fun. And to help them remember all of the main events and things that are important! To help supplement our history curriculum this year we’ve been adding in the Evan-Moor History Pockets and the Scholastic Interactive 3-D American History maps. I shared a post already on how we love them, but now that our year is coming to a close I wanted to show you some of what we’ve created over the course of the year. Most of these are from the Life in Plymouth Colony History Pocket. Since we were studying American History for the majority of the year, these fit in really well with our units. And like I mentioned, they are a lot of fun, and … [Read more...]


We’re Loving History Pockets!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a fun addition to our curriculum this year. As most of you know we’ve been using Abeka for our history curriculum. I love that the materials are a written to each grade level. It is easy for the kids to read, understand, and remember. And I feel like the amount of content covered each day is definitely good for their attention spans. But what it isn’t…is hands-on. And if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a fan of hands-on, interactive learning! Especially for history, which can be kind of dry, I like to add in fun activities. So to help supplement that we’ve been adding in the Evan-Moor History Pockets and the Scholastic Interactive 3-D American History maps. And right now Evan-Moor is offering free shipping on any online credit card order over $25, good through Jan. 31st! Use coupon code: SHIP114   The history pockets come in several different themes, so I just picked up a couple that went … [Read more...]


Homeschool History Curriculum Forum

Welcome to day 4 of my Homeschool Curriculum Forum/Discussions! Today we’re talking all about the subject of history. Now I have to say that historically speaking history has been a large part of most homeschooling families. I on the other hand haven’t been quite so enthusiastic regarding the topic! While I have done my own Road Trip USA which includes a basic history of the United States of America for younger learners, I haven’t been too out of the box for this subject yet. So I’m sure you all have some great ideas and opinions on this topic to share! This current year I was really overwhelmed with so many things going on that we decided to simplify wherever we could. History and Science, which we’ll discuss later, were two areas that we tried to make my life a little easier and less stressful. So this year, and most likely next year we’re going to be doing Abeka's History curriculum. Since Turbo and Strawberry Shortcake are only one grade level apart, they do the same … [Read more...]


Imagination Station Series Giveaway

I’m always looking for fun educational reading for my kids, so I was totally excited when I was contacted to review the Imagination Station adventure series! I was equally excited to see my kids jump at the chance to read them! The Imagination Station series is a historical fiction adventure series for young readers, published by Tyndale House and Focus on the Family. These books were created by the same people who created Adventure’s In Odyssey, so  knew they’d be great! Think “Magic Tree House” but from a biblical perspective! Here are some details from the publishers: Travel back in time and sail with the Vikings, meet a Roman emperor, come face-to-face with China’s Kublai Khan, and experience a host of other historical adventures in the  Imagination Station series for young readers. Written for early readers, ages 7 and up, the series features the virtual reality device the Imagination Station, which is one of the major plot devices used in the Adventures in Odyssey … [Read more...]