- Examining Historical Art
- Games of the Past
- Cook Up Some History
- Sing Some History
- Listen to Some History
Working on canoes to go with Lesson 1: People of North America
I was a little disappointed to see that the first section didn't have any recipes ideas at all. Now, I didn't expect a recipe with each lesson, but I had hoped for something to go with at least each section as I planned to use it as our Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen time. So, for the first section I looked up ideas for edible teepees online. As usual I tweaked it a bit and we made it into a meal.
A meal that the children enjoyed under their tent. Unfortunately, we didn't have the right materials to build the suggested teepee. Which is one reason I decided on an edible one.
Making Viking Ships:
And exploring the map to see where the Vikings went.
There is also historical art to examine in each section. The work of art is available as part of the lesson and it is also available in the Additional Resources download. There are questions for the children to answer, the answers to which you can find in the back of the book.
There are also 7 timelines provided for the different eras. These can also be found on the Additional Resources download. We have been using the Era of Exploration Timeline. I love that you can choose between several different versions of each timeline. There are 3 columns for the Era of Exploration timeline: Year, Event, and Name of Explorer. I printed out one copy of the first version for myself, where all of the columns have been filled in. The next version has only the years filled in so that the student needs to fill in the event and the explorer. Then there is one where the only blank column is the event column, and another where the only blank column is the explorer column. This is the one I have been having the girls complete. There is also a completely blank timeline.
While we have been continuing on with our lessons, we have been working on putting on one of the skits for daddy. The skit "Christopher Columbus" begins in La Rabida, a Franciscan monastery and tells the story of the monks helping Christopher and his son Diego. Through the intervention of one of the monks, Columbus gained the help of Queen Isabella. I don't know about you, but I never learned this part of the story in school. I didn't even know Christopher Columbus had a son. The children and I played the parts of the monks, then the girls played the parts of Christopher and Diego while I remained Prior Juan. For scene 2, I was Queen Isabella, Amelia was King Ferdinand and Tabitha was Columbus. Tabitha even worked on some scenery (the window showing a night sky hanging on our entertainment center).
I am looking forward to continuing through our study of American History, though I think we will be putting it aside for now and pulling it back out next year. I am thinking the girls are still a little young. As I read through the lesson they lose interest. I do love the hands-on aspect of this curriculum, because it really does bring history to life. The section at the end of each lesson is a wonderful way to dig into the lesson, with questions, geography, recipes, art study, crafts and activity sheets. The Additional Resources are amazing, though I do wish the maps from the earlier lessons were included in the maps section so I could more easily have printed them out to use for our lessons and the girls would have them in their folders.
Additionally, I was a bit confused to find that quite a few of the lessons did not have a 1st-2nd grade page. Instead, these lessons were all of the 3rd-6th grade level, but labeled 1st-6th. The reason I was confused is because the description of the curriculum states "Each of the lessons is divided into two sections..." This is definitely not the case. Though I stated I did take some information from the older section to add to the younger section, I do feel that the younger version is needed.
Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History is available for $98.99 for both the digital or the print version.
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