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

World Geography: France


Alex's (age 18, special education)
Our next stop is France.
Quentin's (age 8)
We found it on our map of Europe.
James', age 11
We paid particular attention to all the countries that surround France.
Quentin's (age 8)
Tour de France, annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France.
The First Artists
Cave Drawings found at Lascaux, France.
The First Artists
Picture Study: Impression, Sunrise, Monet
Impressionists came together as a group in France in the mid 1860's.
The Barbarian Kingdoms and the Return of Christianity, 9-500
Clovis, the leader of the Franks, made his capital in Paris in 481, and ruled in what is now France and Germany.

The Struggle for Spain {700-1139}

Charles Martel led the Battle of  Tours (or Poitiers) against the Moors in 732.

The Limbourg Brothers: March from Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry & A Lesson in Pastels

Tres Riches Heures, by the Limbourg Brothers, commissioned by Jean de Berry, one of the highest nobles in 15th-century France.
Faux Stained Glass Tutorials
Stained Glass
Gothic cathedrals in Northern France
Faux Stained Glass Tutorials
Joan of Arc, The Hundred Years War (1340-1450)
Joan of Arc, The Hundred Years War (1340-1450)

France in the Renaissance {1562-1715}
French Wars of Religion (Huguenots)
 Louis XIII
Richelieu
Louis XIV, The Sun King
Cardinal Mazarin
Versailles
French Formal Gardens and Topiaries
Phan Bio Chau formed the Restoration Society in 1896 to fight the French.
France controlled Indochina -the lands that are now called Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Creches, a French Christmas tradition
Shoes for Saint Nicholas
In the 1200's, December sixth began to be celebrated as Bishop Nicholas Day in France. 
Lantern walk on Martainmas
St. Martin de Tours

Our French Dinner
Crock Pot Artichokes
Rinse Artichokes with water. Trim stem and top inch off artichoke; heart will be exposed.
Rub halved lemon over exposed artichoke heart. Open up petals to spread apart the artichoke and better expose the heart. Place artichokes into crock pot and squeeze lemon juice evenly over the top.
Drizzle Olive Oil over artichokes, salt and top with garlic.
Pour approximately 1 cup of white wine into bottom of crock pot – add water until there is a 2-inch depth of liquid in the base of the slow cooker.  The bottom 1/4 of the artichoke can be covered in the liquid.
Cover with lid and cook on high for 4 hours (smaller artichokes will cook in 3 hours).

Fresh Honey-Lime Fruit Salad
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained well
1 can mandarin oranges, drained well
2-3 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced into thick half moons
1 cup green grapes, halved
1 cup strawberries, quartered
Zest from one lime, about 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)

Combine the fruit in a medium-large serving bowl. Add the lime zest and poppy seeds, if using, and gently toss. Drizzle the honey over the fruit and again, gently mix until the fruit is evenly coated with the honey. Serve.
Other Tasty Dishes You Might Use:
French Onion Casserole or French Onion Soup

 I tried to make a Cookie Eiffel Tower to show them as a model. You can see how well I did with that.
 Then my building son took over...
and successfully made one.
France's Flag 
made from blue cheese, brie cheese and grapes
source: Marvelous

books:
  • Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans (Pre-K and up)
  • The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909, Alice Provensen, (Pre-K and up
  • The Secret Cave, Discovering Lascaux, Emily Arnold McCully
  • The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, Charles Perrault; French Fairy tales
  • Charles and Claudine, Harold Berson
  •  Mirette on a Highwire, Emily Arnold McCully
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