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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Edwards Academy Happenings, part 3

We've gone to Africa for two weeks.
Well, not really.
"But we are traveling there in books!"

In our 27th week of Tapestry of Grace, Year 3, we are studying about Africa in the 1800s. We are traveling with Dr. David Livingstone as he explores and tries to stop the slave trade--and we are also going along with newspaperman Stanley has he hunts for the missing Livingstone. Meanwhile, we are learning about African geography, peoples and tribes, and animals. Next week the kids will be interviewing their grandparents, who lived in Africa for several years, about their experiences there as missionaries.

Meanwhile, they are busy making "Africa" lapbooks as they listen to the tales of Livingstone and Stanley. Tapestry suggests some wonderful books (such as Escape from Slave Traders) and we stumbled on a great out-of-print book, With Stanley in Africa by Olga Hall Quest, which I picked up from the Blooms' used book kiosk at last year's homeschool convention. We've just begun the book, but it is so exciting I imagine I'll start watching for books by Olga Hall Quest. (Why aren't kids given these sorts of books anymore? No wonder textbook-fed kids say history is boring!)

Separately, we recently started studying Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, an elementary zoology book from Apologia Science. Our little academics loved chanting "Kingdom-Phylum-Class-Order-Family-Genus-Species!" and will probably never forget it. So I was especially triumphant when our newspaper reported the discovery of a new frog species and the Edwards students practically clambered across the breakfast table to read the article. "The first in 22 years!"

Thanks to the Veritas Press literature lists, we are reading Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat, which complements our bird studies perfectly. In this lively tale, two Canadian boys catch and keep a couple of owls as pets. We are using some worksheets from Jim Cornish at Gander Academy that are available free online. We also found some fun owl resources (thank you Mrs. B) from which files these owl-themed ideas with their suggestions for studying the book Owl Moon, by Jan Yolen.

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