We had a relaxed, summer row with The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere the week of the 4th. Joe asked me why we celebrated the fourth of July so I thought this would be a wonderful time to row this particular book and read some go-alongs about the Revolution and America. By the end of the week he knew and understood exactly why we celebrate this special day and what a blessed land we live in.
We learned about:
- Paul Revere
- The American Revolution
- Signals in case of emergency, morse code, signals made with lights, etc.
- Reading poetry aloud
- Using light (moonlight in this instance) in art for effect
- Briefly learned about the state of Massachusetts
Joe made a timeline of several important events during the Revolution. We discussed the way reflections on water (with the help of moonlight) make objects appear differently than they actually look. Joe drew a ship in the water using an illustration from the book. He used oil pastels. The book was full of examples of reflections in water. Joe chose his favorite to draw. Joe labeled some rivers and places of importance on a map of Massachusetts and completed two notebooking pages about the state. We didn’t do any extra activities and very few notebooking pages. We did read lots of go along books though. We’ve been busy just enjoying our summer swimming and playing each day and I didn’t want this to feel like ‘school’, more like fun and time together learning about the 4th. It was nice for a change!
We had a super fun day with family! We enjoyed swimming, eating good food and just being together. We’ve got a couple more weeks of summer vacation left before we start our new school year. I plan to start with the boys the first full week of August. Hanna will start the last week of the month. I think it will help me out to start them at different times.
I’m excited about our new school year. I finished getting everything laid out this week just in time to enjoy two weeks myself (school free) before we start back! This will be our fourth year homeschooling and I’m just so thankful for the blessing that it is in my life and in our family.
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