Thursday, August 18, 2016

Exploration to 1850 WEEK 3: Jamestown


We began the memorization of James! This week we did James 1:1-8.

We did good! Even Baby Sis was able to memorize some words!

I tried this for one of the verses just for fun. The kids enjoyed it.

This is the hymn we enjoyed these two weeks.

We REALLY enjoyed this rendition. The kids remarked that the people are so joyful.


We learnt about King James, Jamestown, and the first pioneers.

These were some of the books in the book basket. I saw Big Sis reading it. I have not always known if book basket (putting a bunch of living books in the basket related to the topic) worked, but I have seen many times the kids just picked up a book or two they would not have picked up at the library and read with much interest.

The older kids did notebook pages on King James and Jamestown.

I found some images of the 1611 KJV version of 1 Cor 13 online and gave them as a page.

Lil Sis enjoyed making the wigwam.

We started read aloud this week.

The younger girls love this book. Big Bro already read this upteen times. He said "Squanto? We are reading it? But it's such a sad story!" =)


We started Spelling this week for the two older ones. They tested on Level H (Big Sis) and Level J (Big Bro). Lil Sis started Spelling by Sound and Structure from Week 1 and she is doing really well!

We continued with Mandarin Chinese.


We did Lesson 6 on leaves. We went out on a leaf search and it was really fun!!
Compound whorled leaves

Interesting dentate margins

Alternate compound leaves

WHAT IS THIS?!?! Some kind of fungus I think. They are hard! They sure look like roasted marshmallows.

We saw a HUGE leaf and talked about how much transpiration will go on in this tree!

Opposite compound leaves

Then we pressed the leaves they got and put them in laminate. Then I asked them to describe the leaves.

We are using Artistic Pursuits K-3 (Book 2) this year.

This week we learnt about Giotto (JAH-toh) and did some "scratch" art like he did when he was young.

First color the pastels.

Use oil pastel black to go over the whole picture.

Scratch the art. This was Mom's

This was Big Bro's

Lil Sis

Big Sis.

They enjoyed the project.

Books we read for leisure


  1. I don't remember how I stumbled on your blog, but I will be following you this year! We are long time MFW users, and will be starting Exp to 1850 September 6. My kids in the guide will be 4th, 6th, and 8th. :)

    Love all you are sharing! Keep up the good work. :)

  2. Also, did you make those notebooking pages or find them online somewhere? I like the history ones!

    1. Mellyanne, glad we have friends of MFW with us. =) I made the pages. But I am sure it's not difficult to find them online.