Currently we are enjoying HipHughes history series and have watched many of them to introduce a topic. I added one to show it to you in case you haven't heard of this series.
One of the things we have done this year is create posters to hang in our school room to reinforce what we have read and learned to review back to when needed. The kids and I decided what needs to be added, remembered and create posters.
|Here we created a poster on how each of the original 13 colonies came to be|
|I saw a similar picture of this on the internet that we copied to show the events leading up to American Independence|
|We took a look at the Articles of Confederation and wrote the Pros and cons of the document|
|We just finished watching a series of videos from HipHuges on the constitution and came up with a poster to describe the checks and balanced of the first three articles as well as the responsibilities of each office.|
Next the children and I are working on a poster to help us remember the Bill of Rights. I am finding that the children are referring back to the posters regularly to aid in their learning and it helps them to retain information better then in doing just worksheets. Every evening we discuss our knowledge with Dad.
Some other things we have done to learn more about this period:
Toured Mount Vernon this past August
Watched the series John Adams
Toured a Frontier home (Thornton) from this period
Read books about George Washington, John and Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson
Write note booking pages on the first three presidents
Took a Minecraft class on the American revolution here
We have a trip to Philadelphia scheduled in Nov to visit many of the sites where all of this history took place. We are very much looking forward to it.
While it times a lot of work to create my own curriculum, I enjoy it as I am learning or relearning things that I had forgotten.