Did you see my last post about planning my summer homeschool block? Well, here is a bit more information about what we are doing, along with some of the additional tools and resources we are using.
Mystery of History
For History, I’m highly adapting The Mystery of History. I lined up the number of lessons we would need to do with our science lessons to stay on track for the two timelines to work together. For this block, we will work on 7 lessons in Mystery of History Vol 1 and 12 lessons in our science. I usually read these lessons ahead and then use felts or just tell the stories to the kids. I find the actual text is a bit too textbook for them, but we still love using it as a spine. We also sometimes combine or skip lessons depending on what’s appropriate for the boys.
When I plan little unit studies, my goal is to plan enough to get my kids really interested, but not to plan so much that we can’t dig in deep and follow their own questions and curiosities as we study.
Lesson 1: Creation – make a creation mobile with the days of creation
Lesson 2: Adam and Eve and the garden of Eden – talk about what the garden of Eden might have looked like. Use play doh to make new animals and name them.
Lesson 3: Jubal and Tubal-Cain – Read Genesis 4:21-22 and talk about how God made people with creative and thinking brains. God must be even more amazing. Watch two YouTube videos about how to make things with iron: here and here. Make musical instruments and make music with some of the instruments we have.
Lesson 4: Noah’s Ark – Play animal concentration or other animal games.
Lesson 5: Ice Age – UNIT STUDY
- Field trip to skating rink
- Dress up game – what would we wear for an ice age
- Ice excavation – dig for mammoth in a block of ice.
- Do ice art with watercolors
- Read Altamira in Archeology Detectives
- Read Uncovering the Mysterious Wooly Mammoth
- Check books out of the library including:
Lesson 6: Dinosaurs – UNIT STUDY
- Write a story: If I had a dinosaur . . .
- Play with toy dinosaurs
- Watch I Dig Dinosaurs
- Do the Dinosaur Dig Kit
- Do the Triceratops Casting Kit
- Read Dinosaurs Where Did They Come From and Where Did They Go?
- Read What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs
- Check out dinosaur books from the library
To see a review of some of these products and what we did with them, check out this video: https://youtu.be/qvgAj-RKfcU
Lesson 7: The Sumerians – Make a cuneiform tablet, and read various books from the library – look at some ziggurat pictures
Science in the Beginning
We are working out of the Science in the Beginning book, which I love. We are mostly doing the units just as they are listed, but we will spend more time on the lessons the boys are really interested in. We will be doing day 3 of creation (it matches with the garden unit study the boys really want to do).
Gardening Unit Study
This is something the boys really want to do. They are not only interested in the process of growing plants, but also about all the critters in the garden. I’m using the book Wildlife Gardening as my guide and will be pulling ideas and activities from there as we go along. Basically, I have come up with several lesson ideas. We don’t have to do them all and I will let the boys pick what we do each time we finish with one lesson. I will use the library as a great source and really follow the boy’s leads on this one.
Lesson 1 – What a plant needs to grow
Lesson 2 – Pick what you want to grow in your garden
Lesson 3 – Prep the beds and plant our seeds/plants
Lesson 4 – Talk about bugs and garden critters
Lesson 5 – Start a compost pile – decide what kind we want to do
Lesson 6 – Make a butterfly house (maybe order caterpillars and watch them grow into butterflies). Pull out all our butterfly books.
Lesson 7 – Learn about Bees
- Watch City of the Bees
- Get out bee books and check some out from the library – be sure to get The Bee Tree!
Lesson 8 – Learn about Ladybugs – make a ladybug sanctuary from Wildlife Gardening.
Lesson 9 – Learn about spiders and make a spiderweb catcher from Wildlife Gardening.
Lesson 10 – Learn about frogs and toads and make a toad home from Wildlife Gardening.
Lesson 11 – Learn about worms and find some.
Lesson 12 – Learn about birds and make a bird feeder and a bird bath.
Lesson 13 – Learn about animal tracks and animals at night.
- Make a night visitor tracker from Wildlife Gardening.
- Go through activities in Science on a Tracking Expedition.
So, that’s pretty much it for now. The boys have already been enjoying some of these lessons. They are also very excited about some of the ones that are coming up too. If you want to see some of the tools and resources we are using up close, check out the video below. I’d love to hear about any unit studies or activities you have planned for the summer!
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