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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.

Monday, August 11, 2008

TOG Year 4: Truth Treasure Hunters Kick-Off

This week families in the TOG Wichita Co-op, called Wichita Truth Treasure Hunters, are starting school. We're diving into week one of TOG Year 4: The 20th Century.

The first day and week of school sets an important tone for the year. In the Edwards Academy, we have some adjustments to get used to. For one thing, two-year-old Toby needs to learn some basic school-day protocols. I know that the first few weeks will often be interrupted as I teach him not to wander around pulling things off of others' desks, not to make sound effects in his play, and so on. Meanwhile, nearly six-year-old Lane will be discovering that he has more assignments and more "real work" than he did last year. Finally, Hope and Sydney will be adjusting to more independent reading assignments and some different routines. For starters, we are using Spelling Power this year and adding Latin to our subjects.

For Tapestry studies this week (history, geography, worldview, literature), we are looking at events of the first decade of the 1900s. Helen Keller published her life story in 1905 and we are reading about her. Theodore Roosevelt became president after McKinley's assassination. Christians in China were cruelly persecuted during the Boxer Rebellion. Oklahoma achieved statehood. The Wright brothers flew their Flyer at Kitty Hawk.

Over the next nine weeks, Truth Treasure Hunters will be meeting together for hands-on activities, opportunities to read written work, and field trips. For our first unit, we plan to build model Wright Flyers, make volcanoes (as we study Hawaii), make periscopes and submarine display boards (as we study WWI and U boats), and decorate eggs as Faberge eggs (as we learn about the Russian revolution). We'll celebrate the completion of Unit 1 with a dress-up night in which students dress as someone who lived in the first thirty years of the 20th century. We'll sample some Hawaiian treats and show off all our hard work to family and friends.

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