My son completed his 10 plagues book yesterday. He did a really good job on it. It took him forever and it about drove me crazy, but I was mostly successful at holding my tongue and letting him work at his own pace. That is a huge accomplishment for me. The pictures are hand-drawn, then scanned and resized to go with his text. Here is his book minus the cover because I just noticed it has his full name on it.
We have completed, well almost, week 3 of TOG Year 1. Rather than focus on Egyptian gods, we focused on the 10 plagues and passover. I assigned both of my bigger kids to make a booklet about the 10 plagues. My daughter chose to make a fan book.
It’s a little difficult to see, but you can get the basic idea. I was happy with the effort she put into it. I think she really learned the material.
I’m not super pleased with the way the fan book covers up some of the writing. We used the octagon shaped fan book (fat) available FREE from homeschool share. I did have the foresight to have her use the reverse orientation on the last 5 pages, but I think maybe I should draw a line to mark the end of the readable space. It may just be too many pages for a fan book. Probably a layered flip book would have been a better choice.
My son’s book is still not finished. He is drawing much more elaborate pictures and he paraphrased a lot more of the biblical account for the text of his book. It will be very nice, I just need to encourage him to finish it TODAY.
Yesterday we had our first Tapestry of Grace (TOG) co-op meeting. We went over weeks 1 and 2 of Year 1 Unit 1 which is Egypt. The day went extremely well considering all of us are new to TOG and co-ops of this kind. We started off with salt dough maps of either Egypt or an imaginary country.
Next, we made mud bricks. This seemed like a fun idea, but in hindsight it was really messy with not much reward. Hmm, maybe that’s how the Israelites felt.
Then, after cleaning everyone up, we divided into upper grammar and lower grammar groups, for vocabulary, geography, and literature review and discussion. Then another project. The upper grammer kids made mummies out of clay and put them in a sarcophagus folded from cardstock.
Then we went to the neighborhood park for lunch and came home. I was totally exhausted! I hope I can get used to this. I’m really glad this is just every 2 weeks!
I got my box with my Tapestry of Grace Year 1 in it last Friday. I am really excited. I love it! I am trying to go easy on it, but boy is it tough! I have only opened Unit 1 so far. I have looked through it trying to decide which books to buy. I already had made a list of which books we owned, and which ones the library had. It has been helpful for me to see exactly when and how the books are used.
Yesterday I rediscovered some resources on my hard drive that will fit nicely with our studies next year. First there is Great Ancient Egypt Projects, You Can Build Yourself which is available free at wowio.com. I also have Tools of the Ancient Greeks and Tools of the Ancient Romans. I’m thinking of not purchasing any of the activity books since I have these and my co-op leader has Old Testament Days and Classical Kids. I also found this Ancient History Copybook which has some great selections in it. I may use it for dictation as well.
On another topic, tomorrow is the first day of the NCHE conference. More importantly, it’s also my 15th wedding anniversary! My husband and I have decided to forego the first evening of the conference in order to go out to dinner and a movie. He is taking Friday off though so we will go and buy some books on Friday afternoon. I really love shopping for homeschool books. I look forward to it every year.
After I finish this I’ve got to go make a batch of strawberry freezer jam. We bought 2 gallons on Saturday. We had eaten/frozen all of those when my father-in-law brought me 4 more gallons today! So, I really should not be sitting here typing.
We decided several months ago to use Tapestry of Grace Year 1 next year. I am very excited about it. I am going to be involved in a small co-op (5 families) meeting every other week. We’ve never been in a co-op before so it will be a new experience for us. The kids are excited about the prospect. I hope to really have fun with TOG. I feel like we’ve just been going through the motions with Story of the World for the last 2 years. I have been busy studying booklists and trying to make decisions about which books to purchase. I still haven’t actually purchased my year plan. I hopefully will do that over the weekend. I know that I’ll really go nuts when I have it in hand, so it’s probably best for me to finish up this year!
I did find several books for our year plan at our homeschool group used book sale today. I got Usborne Beginners Egyptians, The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, Ancient Egypt Make it Work, and Black Ships Before Troy. I also found Miquon Red, Gizmos and Gadgets, and 7 paperback Thorton Burgess books. My grand total was $13.75.