Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

February 5-11, 2016, Our Homeschool Weekly Report, days 69-74 Chinese New Year!


The ice and snow has melted, raising the water level...
see how the dock is nearly underwater?

This week we celebrated Mardi Gras with a traditional pancake supper.


days 69-74

To kick off our unit on Asia in the Middle Ages, and to celebrate Chinese New Year, we had a Chinese feast. History was at the center of our studies, so we set aside our science studies for the present. (We continued with individual math and English work.) I have included an outline of our studies. We will be continuing this unit for one more week, hopefully completing some hands-on projects.

History: China: The Song Dynasty

  • Read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Color an appropriate map such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline.

History: The Mongol Empire

  • Read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Color an appropriate map such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline.

China: The Ming Dynasty

  • Read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Color an appropriate map such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
    Quentin (age 11) decided to make a timeline that shows what was happening in the West on the left and the Chinese Dynasties listed on the right, with the approximate dates in the middle.
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline.

Fujiwara Japan

  • Read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (pages 118-119). Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook.  Explain how the Fujiwara family came into power and how the family ruled through regents. What is the Tales of Gengi? Include Fujiwara Yoshifusa and Lady Murasaki Shikibu. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Color an appropriate map such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline, including the beginning of this period, the peak of artistic achievement in Japan, the Gempei Civil War and Minamoto shoguns rise to power.

How was your week?

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6 comments:

  1. How close are you to the ocean? What a blessing to see the ocean and beach change with the seasons! And to enjoy time exploring there! We have lakes, but there's something special about oceans. You take such great advantage of special events and days around the world. I can't say as I have, but the cultural, hands on learning is really neat.

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    1. It is actually the Chesapeake Bay. It is a couple of blocks away.

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  2. My oldest son spent an entire year in love with studying China from ancient times to present. What fun times we had. I love your studies for history.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  3. Your kids will certainly know a lot more history that they would get from a public school!

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  4. I'm trying to remember our week at all, isn't that sad?

    Wow, the water levels really have risen, it always amazes me to see how flooding affects the area, it's one that I've seen a fair amount of this past year, and it's been crazy to watch.

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  5. Wow, look at the water levels! Still it is so beautiful regardless of whether it is covered with water or snow or both. I so miss living by the coast.

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