For block 7, we worked together on more North American Geography. In December, the kids worked through Canada. This month, we worked through the United States and how the land forms/water forms and history impacted the growth of the United States. For this block, we used two main resources-Pin It! Maps and the book, “The American West.”
Getting out on the lake
Working on the maps
Pin It! Maps
The Pin It! Maps are a terrific resource to look at the expansion of the US over the years. Using the maps in conjunction with the stories brought the stories to life for the kids. We followed the path that Lewis and Clark explored. We looked at the southern US and Mexico and learned about the Mexican-American War. We started with the Native American tribes who lived in the area prior to the Europeans and moved through the fifty states.
We also went on several hikes this month. The weather is beginning to warm up, and we are thoroughly enjoying it!
We are only two weeks into September and it has already been quite an exciting month. Last week, we enjoyed a beautiful hike at South Mountain State Park as a family. We continued the fun this week as we visited the Cabarrus County Agribusiness Fair in Concord on Tuesday, the National White Water Center on Wednesday for some white water rafting and Latta Plantation on Thursday for Muddy Boots Class.
The kids began their Waldorf lessons this month as well. Parks is continuing with the IEW program that I wrote about here. He is doing very well with writing and is actually enjoying it. We are continuing with fairy tales, folk tales and classic stories.
Sawyer is in the third grade. This year she will be studying the Jewish faith and history. We began her lessons by reading the book, Meet Rebecca. Rebecca is one of the American Girl Characters. We then researched on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper. This week, we started the creation story. She is truly enjoying the art that goes along with the story. Next week, we plan to finish the creation story and do a little geography on Israel.
Sims is in the fifth grade. He started his Waldorf studies with a quick review of the United States. He looked at the regions of the US and how they have changed over the years. He is beginning to learn the states and their capitals. This week, we “flew” over to Africa for a quick study of Africa. We studied the geography and history of Africa. Sims was amazed at how much the history of Africa was similar to that of the US with European exploration and trade. We also thoroughly enjoyed a few African folk stories and fairy tales.
I hope your studies are going well also. Have a fantastic weekend!