Home Ec… It’s Not Just for Girls!

Home Ec boys

 

This weekend, our church will hold a festival in honor of the day of our patron saint.  As part of the celebration, there is a baking contest that the kids are CRAZY excited to join in.  Kaitlyn will be making a snickerdoodle apple cobbler, and Danny is making a chocolate-hazelnut-pumpkin bread.  (It’s awesome, BTW… simply. awesome.)

I went and looked over some of our old home-ec curriculum, thinking that it would be awesome to revisit.  There really are some great things out there.  The problem I had was that there were always separate curriculum for boys and girls.  Boys are given more of a shop-type feel, and very basic home ec skills.  Alternatively, girls were given only the most basic of shop or mechanics skills.  I guess I understand the underlying reason in this… but I definitely don’t agree with it.

 

Opening Day of the Farmer's Market-- popsicles for everyone!!

At the Farmer’s Market, because boys AND girls need to learn the basics of eating healthy, organic, locally grown, in season food… and WHY!

Home ec is basically the formal teaching of life skills.  In generations past (ok, probably quite a few generations past…), it wasn’t needed.  Kids learned along side their parents.  But, today, formal skill studies are warranted.  Some skills are in danger of getting lost, and some old ones are making a resurgence, and need to be passed down.

In light of this, it seems like the way we treat home-ec, especially in the homeschooling world, is to sex-segregate it.  The most comprehensive home-ec curricula seemed to be geared for girls.  Generally, there is a boy’s “alternative”, but the major skills are combined into a curriculum that is most definitely geared towards girls.  Why is this?

Well, I guess I know… the home is the “woman’s” domain…  differences in the genders…  “biblical” marriage.  But, that doesn’t make any sense to me.  Should my son be called to the single life by God (which, by the way, St. Paul calls a blessing…), should he never be able to cook more for himself than scrambled eggs and pancakes?  Should he not be able to garden, and preserve the fruits of his labor?  What if his wife dies, or becomes ill?  Should he have the skills to not only repair, but create clothes for his children, if needed?

 

 

Baby blanket

A project of mine, but I think the mental, spiritual, and physical benefits of yarn work are so important, all of my kids are going to learn to knit and crochet.

In the same way, shouldn’t girls need more mechanical experience than changing the oil and a tire?  I know when I was an army wife, with my husband deployed, I could have used information on how to change brakes, diagnose a car, change an alternator and belts, lawnmower repair, and more than the most basics of home repair.  If, heaven forbid, my husband hadn’t come home, I would’ve needed a lot more than that.  Skills in carpentry and metalwork can provide not only an amazing income, but a creative outlet for women as well as men. Why shouldn’t these things be taught?

If a home-ec curriculum is severely slanted towards one gender, the other is less likely to want to learn those skills.  They become “girly” or “boy-ish”.  To children, especially children in the midst of changes, who are working to identify their place in the world, this is a huge deal.  Unfortunately, I see this a lot in what would otherwise be really wonderful, Christian, home-ec curriculum.  My boys turn off to it, because it’s too girly.  My daughter turns off to the “boy version”, which is more shop and automotive work, because it’s boy-ish.  If the kids were allowed to follow their inclinations, they wouldn’t learn these skills.  (They’re not, by the way.)  Life skills that they need.

I would love to find a gender-neutral home ec/life skills curriculum, that was comprehensive, deep, and we could all use TOGETHER.  I’m not great at piecing together curriculum, mostly because my home ec skills are so bad anyway.  I need as much help as the kids do!  (OK, not quite, but close!)   Am I the only one who wants that?  I don’t think I am…

Do you have a home ec curriculum that you just love?  I’d love to hear about it!  Please leave me a comment and tell me which one!

TOS Review Crew: Preschoolers and Peace

Preschoolers and Peace Review
Homeschooling with little ones. It might be one of the greatest paradoxes of all time. HOW in the WORLD do we get anything done with the toddlers and preschoolers demanding our attention and wanting to “do school with the big kids”?  Kendra Fletcher of Preschoolers and Peace has written an ebook just for moms like us, called Preschoolers and Peace:  Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet.

 

Preschoolers and Peace
First of all, who is Kendra Fletcher? Let me tell you, I love Kendra. She’s a funny, real, honest-to-goodness, in real life homeschooling mom of 8 (well, 6 are still at home). Kendra and her husband, Fletch, run Homeschooling IRL, including a podcast on the Homeschool Radio Network that is AWESOME. Seriously, it’s my favorite. The Homeschooling IRL Facebook page isn’t to bad, either, so make sure you check that out.  These are real people, talking about real issues, not picture-perfect homeschool families.  You can find Kendra on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, and YouTube.

Now, about the book.  Preschoolers and Peace is a short, 45 page ebook that is chock full of awesome ideas and encouragement for moms of preschoolers.  The book starts off by leading you to the source of your identity, which is God, and away from idolatrous homeschooling.  Ouch.  That hit home, and it should’ve because I am totally guilty of that.  There are 13 short chapters:

Chapter 1:  What a Homeschooling Mom Needs

Chapter 2:  Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids with Little Ones Underfoot

Chapter 3:  Planning Around Preschoolers

Chapter 4:  How Do I Keep Them Busy?

Chapter 6:  How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?

Chapter 7:  How Not to Just Kill Time

Chapter 8:  Circle Time, or How We Pull the Little Ones In

Chapter 9:  Preschool Boys

Chapter 10:  When All of Your Kiddos are Preschoolers

Chapter 11: Preschool Chores

Chapter 12:  Planning for Preschool

Chapter 13:  When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant)

 

Each chapter is as promising as it sounds.  There’s also a section on Meal Planning 101, a Final Encouragement section, and a Resources section.  Although my kids are slowing pulling out of the “preschool” stage (although, I do have a 3 year old and two 5 year olds), there is so much wisdom to be gained in these chapters.  I wish wish wish I had had this book 10 years ago, when I was starting out as a homeschool mom, and had 2 preschoolers.  Days would’ve gone smoother.  I could’ve relaxed some.  THEY could’ve relaxed some.  But, I do still have a few preschoolers left, and there are great ideas here, too, to add in even if you have big kids now, as well.

Although this book gives a TON of practical ideas to help keep your little ones busy, and the resource list in the back of the book is invaluable, the real reason I love this book, though, is the encouragement for mom.  Kendra starts out the book with encouragement for you.  It’s the kind of encouragement that hits you squarely between the eyes, because you NEED to hear it, but it’s an incredible encouragement, nonetheless.  And the way she described herself is so… me.

To be perfectly honest, there were years when I didn’t throw in the towel mainly because homeschooling had become who I was.  It had come to define me:  Kendra Fletcher, classical homeschooling mom of many.

~page 4

Seriously, I could just replace her name with mine, and that would be me.  That’s the kind of real life, totally true honesty you get in this book.  And the practical advice is just as good.  It’s not this perfect, if-you-just-do-this-your-days-will-be-perfect-and-your-kids-will-forever-walk-in-pious-righteousness advice.  It’s in the trenches, I-get-you-Mama, sometimes messy, always needing mercy and grace (for moms and kids!), reality driven solutions to help moms who are struggling with preschoolers.  It’s not just for moms-of-many. It’s not just for moms-of-few.  It’s for moms.  Real moms, period.  And being a real mom is hard.  We feel overlooked, completely replaceable.  After all, when you’ve cleaned up the same spill 5 times (or walked by it 5 times and made a mental note to clean it up, but haven’t yet…), it’s easy to fall into the trap of you’re not really doing anything.  Kendra brings you out of that place, and back to reality.  And reality is:  Your identity isn’t found in homeschooling.  It’s found in Jesus.  And you are irreplaceable, and loved.

You can snag your own copy of Preschoolers and Peace (and I highly suggest that you do) for $2.99.  That is an absolute steal.  While you’re there, you should check out Circle Time, as well, for another great book for organizing your homeschool day, available for $4.99.

So, what did the rest of the Crew think about Preschoolers and Peace?  Click the banner below to find out!

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21 Days of Prayer for Sons Challenge

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Boys prayer
Boys.  Boys are… boys.  If you don’t have boys, you don’t get it.  I know a family with 3 girls.  The youngest is 16 now.  They don’t. get. boys.  If you have boys, you get it.  That’s why I’m SO thankful for things like The MOB Society (if you’re a mom of boys and haven’t checked them out yet, YOU MUST!!).  Brooke has been an amazing encouragement, and the support and community I’ve found through the challenges and workshops and books has been just outstanding.  Which brings me to the reason for this post…

On October 1, The MOB Society will be starting their 21 Days of Prayer for Sons Challenge.  21 days, to pray for your son(s).  21 days to pray over your son.  21 days of prayer.

This must be done.

I’ve joined the challenge.  I have the book already, I’ve read the book, but I need the accountability.  Will you join me??  It’s so easy.

First, go to Amazon and snag the book Praying for Boys:  Asking God for the Things They Need Most.  You can get it in Kindle or paperback form, but I only recommend getting the paperback if you have Prime.  The Challenge starts October 1.

Next, head to The MOB Society.  Starting today, they’re prepping for the Challenge, covering the first 3 chapters.  (Sorry I couldn’t get this up sooner… life.  And 3 boys.   Y’all understand.)

Then, join in the challenge.  I’ll be (in theory…) posting here during the challenge.  I’d love to hear what my readers are doing during it, as well, so make sure you leave me comments!

Do you have boys?  Could they use prayer?  COULD YOU??  (I could…)  Leave me a comment, and I’ll add you to my prayer list!

Making Your Own Knitting Needles

Homemade Knitting Needles

 

Knitting is such a great handwork project.  It crosses the midline, it requires fine motor skills and concentration, but it’s simple enough to teach even young children to do.  One way we’re working on our children really “owning” their handwork this year is to move away from a shared group of supplies, to each child having their own to take care of.  In a Waldorf school, children generally make their own knitting needles.  This is one of the first projects in Grade 1 (7 years old, as Waldorf schools take a delayed-academic approach), and is incredibly simple to do.

 

For our knitting needles, we decided to order our supplies from Cedar Ring Circle.  They were relatively inexpensive ($3.50 for the Make Your Own Knitting Needles set, then $0.60 for each extra set of needle supplies.  We bought one of the big sets, and just split up the beeswax and sandpaper between us), and everything was precut, which makes it easy.  Alternatively, you’ll need wooden dowels (1/4″ I think, thin enough to fit into a hand held pencil sharpener), wooden balls for the ends (or sculpty-type clay, if you’d rather go that route), fine and medium-fine grit sandpaper, and a bit of beeswax.  Many people use plain, uncolored modeling beeswax.  That’s what I’d recommend.  Here’s how you do it:

First, you want to get the point on your needle.   Kaitlyn explains how to do that:

 

Next, you need to sand them down.  They need to be very smooth and soft, so that you won’t snag your yarn.  Pay special attention to the tips, where you sharpened them.

 

Finally, Sean shows us how to finish the needles.

 

 

Now your needles are done.  We wanted to personalize ours, so that we could see at a glance whose was whose.  We used simple poster paint to paint the balls, and then let them dry.  Then, we put the beeswax on the balls to condition those, as well.  The paint we used was cheap, and gave it an almost watercolor-like appearance.  I love that. :)  Kaitlyn painted hers orange, Danny did brown, Sean did green, and mine are purple.

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Finally, we superglued the balls onto the needle.  Let dry, and there you go!!

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These are the simplest things to make, and a great beginning-the-school-year-project.  I love wooden needles anyway.  I won’t use metal.  The yarn always slips around for me, and the clicking drives me insane.  Wooden needles and natural wool feels warm and calming in my hands, and I absolutely love it.  Knitting is such a calming, meditative exercise.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend finding a YouTube video and learning soon!!

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What handwork are you working on this year?  Do you love it, or are you struggling?  I’d love to hear!

Whovian Wednesdays

Whovian Week 1

 

Welcome to Whovian Wednesdays!!  This will be our weekly link-up to all things Whovian, but most especially for families who are using the Traveling Through History with Doctor Who and Little Whovians curricula.  We are a tad behind the “schedule”, due to a family emergency that took me out of town for the first week and a half of our formal year, but, I figure, that’s OK.  For link up purposes, it gives everyone an chance to get their posts and videos up. ;)  So, here we go, with Week 1:  The Fires of Pompeii!

First, if you don’t know how to get ahold of the Doctor Who episodes, they’re available free with a Netflix subscription, and I hear they’re on Hulu, too.  (I don’t know how Hulu works, we don’t use it, but that’s what I hear.)  In addition, you can buy them on Amazon.  We, personally get our old episodes on Netflix, and buy the new ones on Amazon as they come out.  Now, this week’s episode is The Fires of Pompeii about–can you guess it?–Pompeii!  This is a great study into Ancient Rome and, of course, volcanoes.

Intently watching their History Lesson...

Intently watching their History Lesson…

Because we’ve studied Rome SO much, we kept our study on Pompeii proper.  We watched videos (The National Geographic documentary on Volcanoes was a hit, along with Bill Nye the Science Guy), and did TONS of projects.  Here are some of our favorites:

OK, first we did an experiment describing how volcanoes are formed.  For this project, you’re going to need a paper plate (to catch the mess, but there wasn’t really that much mess), a paper cup (we used large-ish dixie cups), sand, and toothpaste.  If you can find red toothpaste cheap, awesome.  ‘Cause red… lava… get it?  If not, blue provides a great contrast to the sand, so the kids can see what’s happening.

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You want to fill your cup (mostly, maybe 1/2-2/3 full) of sand, and then cut a hole in the bottom.  Looking back, I would have cut the hole first, then taped it up, THEN filled with sand.  But, whatever.  Your hole needs to be big enough to fit the top of the tube of toothpaste.  Then, stick the tube of toothpaste in, like so:

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Then, have at it.  We got ours on video, and did the experiment at the same time.  Check out how it worked!!  (And, beware of toothpaste on the carpet…)

 

 

Our next experiment was similar in concept, but used heat instead of hand pressure. For this, you’ll need a pot (if you have a glass pot, probably better, so you can see better, but we used a metal skillet, it doesn’t take much water), a glass jar (we used a mason jar), some more sand (I got sand in the pet department of Walmart… I think it’s for fishtanks or something), and some wax melts. I used the cheap ones at Walmart. This one took a little more work…

 

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OK, put a bit of water into the bottom of the pan (ignore the rust in our skillet, I promise it’s rust, that’s one of our not-for-food-only-science-experiments skillets).  Place a melt into the bottom of the jar, then cover with sand.  Don’t over-cover, or it might not be able to push it’s way up.  Cover the sand with coolish water, and place in the pan with water in it.  Then, bring the water to a boil.  And this is what happens…

 

Ok, obviously, these are best for forming island-type volcanos, like the Big Island of Hawaii.  But, that’s not what Pompeii was, right?  It was an exploding volcano!  So, for that, we went back to the ever-tried-and-true Mentos and Diet Coke.

 

 

There were so many other things that we did this week.  The kids each wrote an essay on the episode The Fires of Pompeii, comparing and contrasting it with the actual Pompeii.  In addition, they were supposed to give their insights on why the Doctor choose that particular “face” for Incarnation 12.  Let me share with you what Kaitlyn wrote, I think it was pretty good!

I believe they chose Capaldi for two things:  Scottish accent and somewhat oldness.  As the Doctor (Matt Smith) was “old” after defending the people of Christmas for 1,000 or so years, he supposedly felt old.  The accent was from Amy.  One of the last words he heard was from Amy, in a Scottish accent because she was Scottish, “Raggedy Man, goodnight.”  Thus, an oldish Scottish Doctor was born. In Deep Breath, the Doctor said, “I remember this face”, probably referring to his time as Lucius Caecillus.

OK, I totally didn’t make the Amy-Scottish accent connection!  (Could have been the incredible amount of feels going on in that moment…)

The kids also submitted essays comparing and contracting, or analyzing the band Bastille’s song “Pompeii” and mapwork on Pompeii.  Finally, we did a salt dough map of a volcano.  Here’s how those turned out:

So, for our Little Whovian, you can see how Sean participated in the activities.  This one was an easy one.  The episode wasn’t scary, and everything worked out well.  Rather than a volcano, though, Sean drew the layers of the earth into his Doctor Who main lesson book.

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So, that was our Week 1.  I can’t wait to see what y’all have been up to!!  Make sure you join our Link-Up.  A backlink is not required, but always appreciated.  :)  And spread the word!!  Until next week!



2nd Grade

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2nd grade pinnable

2nd grade.  ((le sigh))  Awesome possibilities.  Kids are reading now, love learning, are excited about EVERYTHING, pulling out solidly of the 6 year change, and haven’t hit the 9 year change yet.  I love second grade.  Probably one of the easiest grades.  (Knock on wood.) If you haven’t figured out by my 7th and 6th grade posts, we’re taking a hybrid Waldorf/classical approach, pulling the best from both.  Here’s what Sean’s going to be using this year:

Phonics/Reading/Spelling:  The Phonics Road to Reading and Spelling (working at a fast clip through Level 1, since he’s reading fluently already, and then when the foundation is laid, moving onto Level 2.  Hoping to get all the way through Level 2 by summer, but, we’ll see)

History:  Little Whovians (FREE–and the companion to Traveling Through History with Doctor Who–ideas for kids who are still a bit young to watch some of the creepier episodes, although Sean seems to be doing well watching, anyway.  We’ll be using the Little Whovian activities with him, though)

Math:  Keeping going with Arithmetic Village.  We’ve read the books, but we reread them frequently to cement the concepts.  In fact, I need to order a new set of the paperbacks.  Ours are *ahem* well loved. Waldorf Essentials math, Making Math Meaningful, and Arithmetic Made Easy and Multiplication Made Easy (neither of which are available any longer {{sob}})

Science:  Little Whovians  and Supercharged Science Grade 1

Geography:  A Child’s Geography Volume 1

Bible/Catechism:  A Children’s Garden of the Theotokos

Latin:  Song School Latin Book 1

Composition:  Essentials in Writing Level 1

Everything else (stories, forms drawing, art instruction, ect.):  Waldorf Essentials Grade 2

 

Sean will also be getting art and music appreciation from Classical Composers Monthly.  He takes piano, and loves it.  He’s also encouraged to explore with whatever strikes his fancy.

 

Do you love 2nd grade???  What are you teaching this year??

6th Grade

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6th grade pinnable

Danny is starting 6th grade this year.  He’s got a busy schedule as well, although our spine will remain Waldorf Essentials for him this year.  Here’s what we have going on for 6th grade:

 

Math:  Basic Math at the Classical Resource Learning Center,  Making Math Meaningful by Jamie York, Waldorf Essentials 6th Grade

Composition:  Essentials in Writing Level 7

Literature:  Progeny Press Literature Guides  Right now we’re working on The Magician’s Nephew, and we’re planning on working through the Narnia series.  In addition, we’ll work through The Wise Woman guide from Home School Adventure Co.

Bible/Catechism:  A Children’s Garden of the Theotokos, Philippians in 28 Weeks

History:  Traveling Through History with Doctor Who, Waldorf Essentials

Science:  Supercharged Science, Waldorf Essentials, some Traveling Through History with Doctor Who

Geography:  A Child’s Geography Volume 1, Mapping the World with Art

Greek:  Greek for Children (Classical Academic Press)

Latin/Grammar:  The Latin Road to English Grammar (finishing Level 1, working through Level 2)

 

So, we do have a lot going on.  I’m working on getting him prepared to enter CLRC next year.  We’d hoped to enroll him this year, but finances prevented it.  Next year, for sure.  He’s also taking piano this year, and will be working on life skills and home ec.  Art and music appreciation will be through Classical Composers Monthly.

Do you have a 6th grader this year?  What are they working on?

Little Whovians!

So, the other day, I let you know all about Traveling Through History with Doctor Who.  Well, not all Doctor Who episodes, much as I love them, are small-kid friendly.  And, the curriculum is designed for grades 6 and up.  So, what to do with the little ones who want to join in, and might even be able to watch some of the episodes but aren’t quite ready for the full curriculum?  Amy’s got you covered.  Enter…

Little Whovians

 

Little Whovians is designed for the younger brothers and sisters of the companions who are Traveling Through History with Doctor Who this year.  (See what I did??  I’m so clever…)  It gives a few, simpler ideas, along with more age-appropriate books to read to flesh out the episodes.  And, um, I should mention this up front… it’s FREE.  And ALWAYS FREE.  I love free.  And I love Doctor Who.  And I’m convinced this is going to be the best. year. yet.

 

Sean (7, 2nd grade) will be using Little Whovians with me this year.  I’ll be showing you his project work on Whovian Wednesdays, too.  He’ll probably be incorporating some parts of TTHWDW, as well, but mostly sticking to Little Whovians.

Little Whovians is available on the Mama’s Little Monkeys Teachers Pay Teachers store, as well.  And let me reiterate this (because Amy is very, very adament about this… I love that woman)… you should NEVER be paying for Little Whovians.  TTHWDW is a curriculum you pay for, but Little Whovians she is offering FREE!

There are only 3 lessons available for Little Whovians at the moment, but I know Amy’s been working hard on all parts of both curriculum, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

So, are you joining us??  Let me know!  Leave me a comment and let me see what you’re up to!

7th Grade

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jr. high pinnable

I officially have a Junior High student.  And a teen.  (((sob)))  I’m too young for this!!!  The sad part is, I had this whole year planned out to a “T”.  Everything was bought, everything was done… then Prince Charming and I decided that a lot of the core wasn’t going to work for us, theologically.  So, back to the drawing board.  Because Kaitlyn is in the deepest, darkest part of the 12 year change (prayers are always welcome…), we decided that it would probably be better for her to start taking classes from someone other than me.  I am incredibly grateful that we found the Classical Resource Learning Center (CLRC).  Good, rigorous classes, an Orthodox worldview, and classically based.  Win all of the way around.  And, if you’re interested, fall registration is still open!!  So definitely check them out, they have classes available for all ages.

So, here’s what Kaitlyn’s doing this year, our final revisions:

Bible/Church Studies:  A Children’s Garden of the Theotokos (designed for much younger than her, but we’re doing it as a family, to learn more about church history), Catechism 1 at CLRC

Math:  Basic Math at CLRC, and some Making Math Meaningful by Jamie York.  I also plan on taking her through what she missed of Waldorf-based geometry at some point this year, using Waldorf Essentials.

Grammar and Latin:  The Latin Road to English Grammar (finally finishing Level 1, moving on to Level 2)

Literature and Composition:  Introduction into Literature and Composition at CLRC, Essentials in Writing Level 7

Greek:  Greek for Children from Classical Academic Press (CAP)

Logic:  The Art of Argument from CAP

Geography:  A Child’s Geography Volume 1 and Mapping the World with Art

Science:  Astronomy (fall) and Meteorology (spring) from CLRC.

Economics:  Simply Put:  A Study in Economics

History:  Introduction to the Renaissance and the Early Modern World from CLRC, and Traveling Through History with Doctor Who (because… DOCTOR WHO!!!)

We will be adding some other things in.  I’d like her to do the Mere Christianity journal from Home School Adventure Co., and she’ll have music and art appreciation from Classical Composers Monthly.  She’ll also be working on her art and handwork as we go.  She takes violin and piano this year, and we’ll be working more on life skills and home ec.

She has a lot going on this year, and I expect a lot from her.  We’re really stepping up our game hard, to prepare her for high school.

 

So, what do you have planned for your Junior High student this year?

Traveling Through History with Doctor Who

I KNOW y’all are geeks like me.  I just know you are.  Because my readers rock, so… yeah. Lots of geeks here.  And where there are geeks, there are Whovians.  And where there are Whovians, there are Whovians passing down that epic tradition to their children.  So, for all of my geeks everywhere, may I show you what we’re using for history this year…

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Traveling Through History with Doctor Who!

 

OK, this is seriously cool.  Let’s start at the beginning:  Did you know that Doctor Who was originally commissioned to be a children’s show designed to teach history and develop enthusiasm for history?  True story!  SO, in getting back to the true spirit of Doctor Who… Amy Dutsch has created this awesome curriculum to help you pick out awesome history episodes from Doctor Who, and flesh them out enough to pull this into a curriculum.

 

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Now, some disclaimers:  This curriculum doesn’t start at the beginning, technically.  It starts with the 9th Doctor.  I should also mention that this jumps around in the storyline.  It’s not in story-order, and it’s DEFINITELY not in chronological order.  Because, wibbley-wobbley-timey-wimey.  But, whatever, figure out a timeline and stick it to where it belongs.  I think we’ll make one on our wall.  Someday.  (Actoutgames on Youtube has an awesome timeline, btw, you should definitely check her out!)

The curriculum (for grades 6 and up) has all of these awesome ideas to help bring the topic of the week to life.  There are documentaries and YouTube videos to watch (obviously, prescreen for your children), projects to complete, even projects on Minecraft!  There’s also quizzes, mapwork, books to read to flesh out the topic, art history… Let me tell you, Amy has put a TON of work into this, and it shows.  This is a GREAT curriculum.  In addition, there is an awesome Facebook group, and a course on Elademy just for this class.  (There is a graded course and an ungraded course.  The graded course is now full.)  Definitely take advantage of these resources, because parents are sharing all of the awesome stuff we’re finding!  You can also follow me on Pinterest, where I have a board especially dedicated to this course!

 

We are going to be blogging about our activities with Traveling Through History with Doctor Who.  We’re going to do a Whovian Wednesdays series, and every week, post videos and pictures showing y’all what we’re doing.

Traveling Through History with Doctor Who is for grades 6 and up.  (There is a Little Whovians option which I’ll be blogging about later, for younger Whovians.)  It’s only $8 for the first semester (second semester is in the works), which has 12 lessons.  You can get it at the Mama’s Little Monkeys store at Teachers Pay Teachers.  There’s even free samples there, and I HIGHLY recommend it!

So, are you going to join us?  Be our companions as we Travel Through History with Doctor Who! (Did you see what I did there…. hehehe)  I can’t wait to hear about what y’all do with this fun and awesome curriculum.  This is going to be a great year!!