Category Archives: Middle Ages Unit Studies

Blaise Pascal

16bbeda3-bdd9-3f87-99a3-29cf85593965According to Special Days in June,   the 19th is Blaise Pascal’s birthday (1623).  Somehow we missed studying about one of the greatest mathematicians and philosphers of all time when we focused on that time in history.  So, we’re going to take a day or two of summer studies to devote to learning about Pascal and his triangle.  You know, that’s one of the many perks with home education – when you discover a gap somewhere, you can fill it right in.

Below are the online resources I found for our Pascal study.

Biography –

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Scientist Notebooking Printables –

http://notebookingfairy.com/2012/04/scientist-notebooking-pages/

Pascal’s Triangle and Usages  (from simple to complex) Explained

http://www.mathsisfun.com/pascals-triangle.html

Free Printable Worksheet

Short Video – Patterns of Pascal’s Triangle –

 

Spiraling Square Math/Art Lesson                                      https://www.yummymath.com/2019/spiraling-squares-compass-and-straight-edge/?fbclid=IwAR2j4s0ZexlOSBuQwebzeet6ghFk6s1lQi2pfAu-eF7B1HIiL3FVLEcQW6E

I hope your family has the chance to learn about Blaise Pascal, too.  He was an interesting guy with an unique understanding of numbers and patterns.

 

For my collection of  history themed and biography resources –

https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/history-resources/

betty jo

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April Birthday Biographies With Cake

 

1623722_714095368630096_992576892_nWhenever a birthday shows up on the special days list that goes along with the time period we’re studying, we take the opportunity to study that person, and perhaps bake a cake.

According to the special days listing for April, there are several important people’s birthdays.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/03/28/special-days-in-april-2/

Last year we learned everything “middle ages”.  And, April was a fantastic birthday month for our studies.  Here’s the links to the April birthday biographies we worked on complete with resource links.

Raphael April 6, 1483  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

Leonardo da Vinci  April 15, 1452 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/12/leonardo-da-vinci/

William Shakespeare April 23, 1564   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/23/happy-birthday-william-shakespeare/

Our study focus this year is American History.  This means that our birthday studies center around presidents.  These are the presidents that we’ll be learning about during April.

Thomas Jefferson  April 13, 1743

James Buchanan  April 23, 1791

Ulysses S. Grant   April 27, 1822

James Monroe April 28 1758

This link takes you to the resource list of what we use as we learn about a president.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

And cake!  Baking and decorating cakes or cupcakes to eat while studying makes lessons delicious.  We like this site for online baking classes.  The 3 cake decorating pdfs are wonderful guides.  http://www.kingarthurflour.com/baking/online-baking-classes.html

Of course everyday is historic and special somehow but we think birthdays are the best!

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Vikings

Viking_BoatRecently a friend asked about our Viking studies from last fall.  Here are the links I had saved.  I thought I’d pass the collection on to those of you who might be thinking about a Viking study as well.

Movies to include:  Veggie Tales: Lyle the Kindly Viking,  Brave, and How to Train Your Dragon

Interactive History Games  http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/

Unit Study and Labook Printables  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/viking_adventure.php

And another Unit Study and Lapbook Printables   http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/middle-ages-to-reform/vikings-lapbook/

Leif Erickson Biography Resources                                                                                      http://cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/History/Explorers/Leif_Ericsson/index.htm

paper dolls printables  (this site is interesting, it is written in (perhaps?) Scandinavian so I have very little idea what it says, but wonderful art to browse)  http://www.ungafakta.se/pyssel/klipp/klippdockor/

Arts and Craft Projects    https://www.diys.com/viking-themed-projects/

Walkthrough type videos  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/vikings/

168 page English to Norse dictionary.  (we didn’t spend much time learning this, but it was an interesting list to look over a few times)  http://www.yorku.ca/inpar/language/English-Old_Norse.pdf

And this was our chalkboard wall mural!

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betty jo

Our Homeschooling Week Ending June 7

The highlight from our week was Graduation/Achievement Night.  My daughter and I were on the decorating committee for our homeschooling support group’s year end celebration.

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We had an expected head count of 120 guests for the reception.  We planned for more, which was a good thing because we had close to 200 guests attend!

SALT (homeschool creative ministries) and Silver Lining (homeschool color guard) performed for the night’s entertainment.

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As part of this celebration, families set up display tables featuring awards, photos and projects from the year.  This was our homeschool’s display.

971711_461016027313698_1140299628_nAlso, as part of the celebration, parents present their kids with awards for something well done during the year.  These are the ones my husband presented to our kids.

He gave our homeschool a history award for our unit studies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

970432_468957796519411_2101113680_nE17 received  Honor Roll and Supergirl awards.

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B15 was awarded for “Scriptural Character Studies and Application”.   J10 earned the “All Around Improvement” award.

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Z7 was given the “Independent Study” award.  I wasn’t left out of the awards.  My family gave me one too, “Computer Achievement”.

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Saturday morning we awoke to a flash flood!  Our front yard looked like this.

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Our back yard was worse.

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The water poured into our cellar and flooded our garage.  Thank goodness we had access to a pump.  It took nearly 6 hours to get the water out from under our house.

944286_468262039922320_1872947432_nWe were quite concerned about our garden when we saw it. Our pepper plants were partially uprooted and leaning over. The box floating away in this photo was our homeschool’s weather station.  I’m still not sure where it ended up.  We found some of our yard things in the empty lot on the next street over, but not the weather station.

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Monday and Tuesday we put summer school on hold to dry out some of our things we had stored in the garage.  Our Christmas books got the worst damage, but most will be alright.  We feel blessed not to have had more ruined.

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June 5 was the anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight (1783).  Last year as part of our summer school calendar studies Z,  J, and I decided to learn everything we could about hot air balloons.  Last year’s lapbook made a good review for us this year.

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We are hoping for the upcoming weekend and next week to be uneventful and peaceful.  And maybe we’ll start a new art project for our chalkboard wall.  We erased the last mural and now our kitchen/school room looks very plain.  I’m thinking we need something summery and fun, maybe a summer camp scene?

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Here’s the links to related posts:

Year End Celebration  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/04/year-end-celebration/

Homeschool creative ministries  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/20/salt/

Homeschool color guard  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/16/silver-lining/

Homeschool Gardening  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/

Our one day study on Hot Air Balloons  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/

Our chalkboard wall murals  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/

betty jo

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Johannes Gutenberg

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This week we are concluding our Middle Ages/Renaissance unit studies.  We were privileged to add Gutenberg to our Bible, history, science, literature, vocabulary, and writing lessons.  (I love it when one subject covers several classes)

Johannes Gutenberg is one of my heroes!  He invented the printing press and printed the first Bible!  Some of those early Bibles still exist and are among  our world’s greatest treasures.  My printed Bible as well as several favorite books are among my greatest personal treasures.

This lovely book,  Johannes Gutenberg, Inventor of the Printing Press by Fran Rees, is from our local library.  We enjoyed the photos of Gutenberg’s earliest projects.

gutenberg 2Below are the links we followed for our study.

Gutenberg biography, worksheets, quizzes, online games  http://www.gardenofpraise.com/ibdguten.htm

Tracing Gutenberg’s Footsteps, a photo tour of Mainz, Gutenberg’s home  http://www.mainz.de/WGAPublisher/online/html/galerie/akah-6jkjgl.en.html?foreachgaleriebildPage=5

Demonstration of the Gutenberg press  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XLWleZgU3s

Project Gutenberg offers 42,720 free e-books to download.  I have this site bookmarked for the next time I hear “I’m bored, Mom”.  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/

betty jo

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Homeschool of Rock

treble clefPsalm 98:4   “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,  burst into jubilant song with music;”

We are within days of having completed our state’s yearly required 185 days of education.  However, this means very little, because we continue learning throughout the summer months just not all day long every day.  We did not include instruments or composers during  our middle ages unit studies because we had decided to learn more about music during our summer school session and they would fit in nicely there.  But the kids and I were wanting our music studies to cover more than just the middle ages.

For the past few weeks I’ve been collecting “music” resources to use for summer school studies.  We’ll be including composer biographies, theory, appreciation, instrument recognition, reading notes, and different styles of music in our lessons.  It’s shaping up to be a good study, but I was thinking it needed a little something more.  The kids thought Jack Black’s movie, School of Rock, would add some fun and I agreed.  I love that movie.

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Oh, but I was wanting even more.  A friend of mine recently shared this link on Facebook.  I was WOWED!  This was exactly what our upcoming music studies need.

Watching this made me realize how we can easily incorporate culture, geography, and technology into our summer music studies.

I am anxious  to watch this on a bigger screen and listen on better speakers than my laptop has. But,  I’ll wait until our summer school begins and view them with my kids.

For the complete playlist of Playing For Change music videos

I’ll be blogging more about our music studies and sharing links as I get it somewhat organized.

betty jo

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National Day of Prayer

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We are leaving the Middle Ages and it’s plague victims, strange treatments, fleas, and rats for a  day.  Something much bigger than our unit study is occurring.  Something Current Events, American History, and GOD is occurring.  This important something is America’s National Day of Prayer.

2 Chronicles 7:14  “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

We believe that we are “MY people”.  We consider ourselves to be GOD’s homeschool. .  Our name implies it, The Hendrickson Covenant In-Home School.  That “Covenant” part comes from our agreement with our Heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus Christ to home educate our children as long as The Holy Spirit guides us every step of the way, because I wouldn’t know how on my own.

Our language arts lessons will be writing prayers and Scripture journaling.  We’ll be using free customized writing paper from  http://www.dltk-kids.com/type/writing_paper.htm

Our social studies lessons will come from here  http://www.wallbuilders.com/

We will let God take care of the science lessons as we observe Him healing our land.

Oh yeah, math lessons.  We’ll just forget about them this one time.  My kids can have the testimony that GOD does answer their prayers.

betty jo

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