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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.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Edwards Academy Update

Shortly before Christmas break we held our second quarter school Unit Celebration with our Tapestry of Grace group, Truth Treasure Hunters. We are studying Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Unit 2, which covers the early part of the reign of Victoria as well as the antebellum years of the United States, including the Texas Revolution, the Mexican-American War, and the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails.

Here are some pictures of the kids and their displays.

Sydney prepared a display board on Early Nineteenth Century Fashion. She did some research and wrote about the fashion changes over three decades stretching from 1820-1850: the Restoration Period, the Romantic Period, and the Victorian Gothic Period. Notice she fixed her hair to imitate the popular style of a center part, spaniel curls framing the face, and hair pulled back into a bun.

Hope's display board is pictured above. She researched the family tree of Queen Victoria and created a genealogy chart tracing Victoria's family from her grandfather King George III to her descendants, noting those who were rulers of other European nations. She followed the British line to the present queen, Elizabeth II.

I didn't actually plan for our kindergartener to make a display board, but he felt very left out so we threw together a display of some of his work.

Lane put together a display featuring the Alamo. He wrote a paper about the battle of the Alamo, as well as a couple of additional Texas Revolutionary battles. He found some interesting photos and made some of his own drawings. Lane also made a salt dough facade of the Alamo mission (see it on the table, near the back left). You can see that he also made a fun paper model filled with miniature soldiers.

Several of the children in the group presented their papers at our Celebration. Hope and Sydney read portions from George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin to the audience and we talked a little about the things they learned from this book, which is a beautiful allegory of the Christian life.

As you can tell, the kids wore costumes to evoke something of the era.

Unit Three starts on Monday!

1 comment:

Laura said...

Great job, Teacher Mom! Your kids are learning so much and look at those beautiful displays. Rejoicing with you over your homeschool success.

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