Unit Study News
By Amanda Bennett
Happy May to you! It's that time of year again, when homeschool lessons begin to take a different rhythm - the rhythm of summer and fun and investigating as they explore the great outdoors. Use this time to get away from home and visit some new places, even if it's just a park on the other side of town. We all need time to enjoy the beautiful spring show of flowers and nice weather.
May also brings a very important holiday to Americans - Memorial Day. It's a holiday that should mean so much to us, as we honor and remember all of the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for my family, and your family, and your grandmother's family, and on and on. For generations yet unborn, as George Washington said to his troops before the Battle of Long Island in 1776:
"The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army...We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or to die...”
Take some family time this month to learn about Memorial Day. The Patriotic Holidays Unit Study has a one week unit study on Memorial Day, as well as one-week unit studies on Flag Day (June), Independence Day (July), and Veteran's Day (November). These days we all need to know and understand the cost of freedom that has been paid, and the next generations will benefit if we can share this knowledge and its importance with them.
What we share with our children is part of our legacy, and they can share it with their children and the chain of love and family will be even stronger. Don't miss the article on Our Legacy, below!
Until next time,
PS - No shipping charges on orders placed from now through the end of May!
Going Digital with Homeschool Curriculum!
We are happy to announce that we’ve teamed up with HomeschoolEStore.com and now offer the LOTS of unit studies as secure eBooks on a new website that specializes in digital homeschool curriculum.
Click on the titles that are downloadable to see previews:
NEWS FLASH - they now have a special HELP section that walks you through the download process AND tells you how to save your study on CD! Great for folks who need techno-geek help! :-)
Don't miss their F*R*E*E books - a new title each week!
Super Science Concoctions was
Our Legacy - Making It Count
Recently, I was reading a wonderful book about family legacies, and it brought back so many memories. As a child, I remember my father and his brothers sitting around and swapping tales of their childhood and their ancestors - oh what stories they could tell! I loved to sit and listen, and the memories of their tales still resonate in my mind today. I have shared them with our children, and this has given them some insight into their heritage. I try to tell them the way that my dad and uncles did, and enjoy watching their faces as I share. They need to know where they come from, and what a treasure these stories have become.
After seeing the importance of our own family traditions (Family Traditions for Today and Tomorrow), I started making an effort to remember and share the things that I had heard and seen over the years of my own childhood. We used to have big vacations with relatives on both sides of my family, everyone piling into the station wagon (the dinosaurs of SUVs), and heading for some relative's country home. If you've never had the chance to read the children's book The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, try to find it and share it with your clan this summer. It is a perfect description of our adventures, and similar to those that we've taken with our children. The childhood visits with our extended family have given us all a deeper bond and what a legacy!
Along with stories of the past few generations, I have also researched and found some family history that has made history come ALIVE for our children. We learned about our Scottish clan and it's history, used the Internet to see the clan castle as well as researching the clan history. The boys loved it when they discovered how the clan leader won the favor of the king -- it involves swords and battles and other gory things that I won't go into right now. We followed a great-great grandmother coming to America on a sailing ship, bound and determined to find and marry her fiancé. From tales of the Civil War to victory gardens in World War II, the children now have their own roots and a personal feeling for American history, in a way that a textbook cannot match.
As I've gotten older, many of the relatives that had so much to share have now gone on to Heaven, and I miss them, especially in the summertime when the fireflies make an appearance. When we were children we would be busy chasing fireflies while the grownups reminisced on the porch and kept a watchful eye on our antics. Take advantage of the time that you are given and share. They will remember for a lifetime. If you don't have family to visit, begin to build a family journal, writing and sharing all that you can remember of your extended family. Have the children help, adding pictures and looking up dates of birth on a timeline of American history - they can see who was alive during the Civil War, who fought in the world wars, and much more.
Dig in and go visiting this summer! Even if the visits are by telephone or meeting family at a halfway point for a lake picnic, get them together with your family and encourage them to share. Perhaps the children can come up with some questions that they would like to ask, and then tape the conversations and enjoy. This is all part of your family's legacy!
I recently read a fascinating book, full of ideas to help you build your own family legacy - I highly recommend it, and yes, I've even gone to the basement and pulled out my own "blue plate":
Making the Blue Plate Special, by Florence Littauer, Lauren Littauer Briggs, and Marita Littauer
Fun Family Book Picks for May:
Baseball Math: Grandslam Activities & Projects
Misty of Chincoteague, Paperback
King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, Softcover
From My Summer Book Pile:
Last Light, Restoration Series #1
Benjamin Franklin - Make a Kite!
Ten Steps to Finding Your Family Tree Online
Tips & Tricks to Finding Your Family Tree Online
Grow a Tree - Family Ties for Kids
My Family Tree - Coloring Project for Kids
Kite Coloring Page
Kite Coloring Page
Memorial Day Coloring Pages
Memorial Day for Kids
Friday, May 5, 2006
Amanda's Unit Study Newsletter
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