Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cycle 3 Week 11 Weekly Link-Up

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book of Virtues and U.S. History {Cycle 3 Reading}


As I prepared our reading plan for Cycle 3 (American History), it didn't occur to me that the price of William Bennett's Children's Treasury of Virtues might increase. Evidently, it's out of print, so the price didn't increase by just a little bit. It went up almost ten-fold! But, as is the nature with Amazon and supply-and-demand, the price has dropped once again.

However, if the price shoots through the roof again, there are other options. First, be sure to check the price-comparison site, BIG WORDS. It searches several websites and returns the lowest price with shipping. {You may also want to search ebay and etsy.}

The Children's Treasury of Virtues is a three-part book that includes Bennett's earlier individual works aimed at young children:  The Children's Book of VirtuesThe Children's Book of Heroes, and The Children's Book of America. Our reading plan calls mainly upon reading selections from The Children's Book of America. So, if the price skyrockets, search for each of the individual works (or just search for the Book of America to have the majority of the readings which correlate with U.S. History).



But... there comes another issue with Bennett's virtue books. There are multiple versions, and if you're not careful, you just might purchase one that does not correlate at all with the page numbers or reading selections listed in our reading plan. That's because there is another, much larger book of virtues that is not necessarily written for young children. It is William Bennett's The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories.




While some of the reading selections can be found in both The Children's Treasury of Virtues and The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories (as shown below)...



...most are not. And because I felt responsible when I discovered that someone had accidentally purchased the wrong version, I have created an entirely new reading correlation for those who are studying U.S. History and own the larger volume, The Book of Virtues.

But first, let me offer a concise comparison of these two books:


Treasury of Virtues Book of Virtues
335 pages 831 pages
Illustrated Not illustrated
Stories are suitable for young children A few stories are too heartbreaking for young children (and even for an emotional person like me). Also, a word or two from a few of the stories will likely need to be censored when reading aloud to children. (Well, at least they are words we do not say in our home.)
Almost 80 stories/poems Hundreds of stories and poems

Although the reading selections from The Children's Book of America are (for the most part) not included in the The Book of Virtues, it does include several stories and poems that relate to American History, as indicated in the reading correlation at the bottom of this post. Another advantage of the larger Book of Virtues volume is thBook of Virtue (BOV) Project, a 900-page printable from Shiver Academy which includes lesson plans with readings from The Book of Virtues, along with corresponding scripture memory verses, copywork, lapbooking, notebooking, and worksheets. (But don't let the fact that it is a 900-page resource intimidate you. You can pick and choose what you like - maybe a character journal page, discussion questions, copywork pages, and/or lapbook templates for each character unit study.)  You can download the BOV Project from Shiver Academy either as one download or in individual units according to virtue. {Click here.} Note: This download is not correlated with the American history reading correlations at the bottom of this post.


Book of Virtues Reading Correlations

In these correlations, I've referenced reading selections from the books of virtues for American History, although it is not intended that all of those selections be read each week. Also, not all of the reading selections necessarily correspond with the history topic but are instead loosely correlated based on a certain theme (e.g., geography topic, or another event of that time period, or a poem/virtue that can be tied into the history topic). Also, please note that you may want to edit some words when you come across them in your reading. In my own reading of this text, I came across about five words I would want to edit and then a few sentences I would likely skip when reading aloud to younger children. Some of the readings will not be interesting to primary-aged children, which is another reason for the multiple listings for each topic.

I do not fully endorse everything referenced in The Book of Virtues. While it is a great resource and contains many wonderful, virtuous stories and poems, I do not agree with absolutely everything within its pages.

Also note that our family is not currently reading these selections. I made this correlation specifically for those who have either accidentally purchased the Book of Virtues or who already own this book (or who wish to own it). If you find errors, please let me know. I am very much sleep deprived right now (but rest assured I am thankful for the reasons I'm sleep deprived - I treasure being a mom!).

The correlation for The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories:



The correlation for The Children's Treasury of Virtues (which is comprised of The Children's Book of VirtuesThe Children's Book of Heroes, and The Children's Book of America):



A reader of Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood who owns the three individual books that comprise the Children's Treasury of Virtues has also graciously shared a correlation for those three books that match with the above correlation!



And for those who are new to this website, here is our family's original reading plan with Treasury of Virtues, along with other books:


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Of God and Country: Hymns of America


Do you ever feel like you miss the boat on something?

That's me right now.

Last year our family embarked on hymn study for the first time, and now I realize how much we've missed it.

How could I forget something so obvious, especially when founding truths can be so simply etched upon our hearts in the midst of our study of America?

So here we are, not even halfway through the school year and I'm making adjustments to our schedule. My hope is that our family will learn about and memorize a handful of hymns of American patriotism (even if that means we need to drop something else to do so). We'll plan to spend six weeks on each of the following songs over the course of this year.

If you'd like to join us as we connect a bit of history to a few hymnal songs of worship...

My Country, 'Tis of Thee
...proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof... Leviticus 25:10

As a student at Andover Seminary in 1831, 23-year-old Samuel Francis Smith found the inspiration for this hymn as he translated the German song "Gott segue Sachsenland," meaning "God Bless our Saxon Land." In the span of about half an hour, he penned the words to "America," as it was then known, on a scrap piece of paper.1  



My Country, 'Tis of Thee on Hymnary.org
My Country 'Tis of Thee Hymnal Version PDF
My Country 'Tis of Thee Tin Whistle Tablature
Free Sheet Music in Other Keys
My Country 'Tis of Thee Music MP3 (with or without Choir) and PDF

The Star-Spangled Banner (all verses)
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7

At the request of the President of the United States, attorney Francis Scott Key embarked on a mission to seek the release of a prominent physician who had been taken captive by the British during the War of 1812. While on that mission, he was detained by enemy troops and forced to watch a brutal assault on Fort McHenry. That morning after the 25-hour bombardment, Francis Scott Key scribbled a poem on the back of an envelope and later wrote out a more complete version which was then called, "In Defence of Fort McHenry." This hymn later became our beloved national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."2 



The Star-Spangled Banner on Hymnary.org
The Star-Spangled Banner Hymnal Version PDF
Star-Spangled Banner Tin Whistle Tablature
Free Sheet Music in Other Keys
Star-Spangled Banner Music MP3 (with or without Choir) and PDF

America the Beautiful
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all its fullness, You have founded them. Psalm 89:11

Upon her visit to the summit of Pike's Peak in 1893, Katherine Lee Bates gained the inspiration for the opening lines of the hymn now known as America the Beautiful.3 


America the Beautiful on Hymnary.org
America the Beautiful Hymnal Version PDF
America the Beautiful in Key of D (for Tin Whistle, but without finger code)
Free Sheet Music in Other Keys
America the Beautiful MP3 (with or without Choir), PDF, and ASL video

Battle Hymn of the Republic
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30

During the dark days of the Civil War, abolitionist Julia Ward Howe visited a Union Army Camp on the Potomac in Virginia, where she heard soldiers singing a tribute to a man who had been executed for leading an insurrection of slaves at Harper's Ferry. Improving upon the words, she scrawled the lines of the Battle Hymn of the Republic early the next morning.

After the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, some of America's most powerful leaders joined together in singing this anthem during the national service of prayer and remembrance at Washington's National Cathedral. 4 


Battle Hymn of the Republic on Hymnary.org
Battle Hymn of the Republic Hymnal Version PDF
Battle Hymn of the Republic Tin Whistle Tablature
Battle Hymn of the Republic with or without Choir MP3 and PDF

1 Morgan, Robert J. Then Sings My Soul. Nashville, TN:  Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2003. 105 
2 ibid. 89
3 ibid. 229
4 ibid. 143
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cycle 3 Week 10 Weekly Link-Up

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Studying the Early 1800s: Review & Giveaway


Howdy friends! We've been a-takin' a step back in time to the early 1800s during our itty bitty fall break. I reckon we oughtta tell ya a bit about it, so listen up, partner. Here's a glimpse of what we've been a-doin' in these here parts.


The name? The Early 19th Century Time Travelers study by Homeschool in the Woods.

{Turn off Chuck Wagon accent. Turn on my normal, everyday Okie-Aggie accent.}

As with all major history studies, this one started with a certain studious eleven-year-old...



...who enjoys all things history and geography. (Without him, I'm afraid I wouldn't have much to write about here.) Here he traces and labels trails of the U.S. with the above map overlays.

Sometimes, his enthusiasm is contagious and we have others join in on some projects...


... like this notebooking activity about slavery in America.


This was of special interest to David, since he recently played a part in a production about the Underground Railroad.

We completed a few other crafty projects...


...like this paper pioneer loghome...


...and this homemade cardboard loom, where we made a camouflage serape coaster.



{I'm afraid that this is as close to sewing as we get around here.}

We reviewed our U.S. Presidents song...



while making a pocketful of the first twelve Presidents.

Although Stephen completed the lapbook pieces to show everyone what it looks like, we have not yet completed started the writing within the lapbook (nor have we used the newspaper writing assignments or copywork; this gives us something to {maybe} come back to and review at a later date!)






This Early 19th Century Study offers an in-depth, hands-on learning experience comprised of 25 lessons that can spread across 5-10 weeks (or more). The study covers the events and people during the major growth of our nation, including (but not limited to) The Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, the War of 1812, America's First Twelve Presidents, Statehoods up to 1850, Native Americans, Inventions and Innovators, The Alamo, The Mexican-American War, Mountain Men, Pioneers, The Westward Movement, The Gold Rush, and Slavery.


Projects and activities include (but are not limited to):
  • 10 Lap Book Projects, including pop-ups, layered books, and other activities for the Barbary Pirates, the Famous Duel, Innovations of the Early 19th Century, The War of 1812, Erie Canal, Pocketful of Presidents, White House History, Indian Story Bag, The Covered Wagon, and Growth of the Nation
  • 19th-Century Songbook (including songs like The Star-Spangled Banner, Buffalo Gals, and Follow the Drinking Gourd)
  • Notebooking activities, including Notebook Timeline, Learn Morse Code, Famous Mountain Men & the “Rendezvous," Remember the Alamo!, Cherokee Alphabet & Vocabulary, Slavery in America
  • Penmanship Pages “McGuffey Rules” & Factfile Vocabulary Cards
  • Map of the Growth of the Nation
  • Newspaper, Westward Weekly (Creative Writing)
  • Create a Field Book 
  • Daguerreotype Photo Album
  • Native Indian Cooking and Recipes of the Era
  • Authentic and 3-Dimensional Crafts, such as Corn Husk Dolls, Wheat Weaving, Pioneer Log Cabin, and Making a Coonskin Cap, a Jumping Jack, a Serape Poncho or a Serape Coaster
  • Piece a Quilt: “Clay’s Choice” or Paper Quilt: “Clay’s Choice”
  • Pan for Gold! 
  • Make a Balance 
  • Hide a Cache! 
  • Westward, Ho! File Folder Game 
  • And a final "Chuck Wagon Dinner!"
This study offers a great review of our memory work, as it connects with History Weeks 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10  (Louisiana Purchase through Manifest Destiny and events leading up to the Civil War) and ties in with several weeks of geography as it focuses on trails of the U.S. (Week 19) and timeline statehoods for over 20 states. We've also reviewed our Presidents song several times while playing the file folder review game. We LOVE the file folder games included in the Time Travelers studies because we are a major game-playing family.





We modified the rules of this game because we were too impatient to load our supplies first. We just wanted to start racing across the board. Unfortunately my wagon kept getting stuck in the mud. (Hence, I lost.) I kept saving all the U.S. Presidents questions for our five-year-old Levi, who answered every single one correctly. (Thank you, Classical Conversations!)

A few important notes about these studies:

We do not do all the projects in each unit study (especially the ones involving skills in cooking or sewing). A lesson is also not necessarily completed in a day. Sometimes we spend several days (or weeks) parked at a certain lesson; sometimes we skip around and complete projects out of order. The Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers Studies includes a variety of activities so that you can custom-fit the study to the needs and wishes of your family.

Each lesson contains readings (text provided) and projects (detailed instructions provided), many of which are completed and stored away to include in a lapbook at the end of the study.  The advantage of this set-up is that we slowly and steadily work through the projects over several weeks and eventually have an organized display (in lapbook format) of everything that has been completed.

While younger students need more assistance with the projects, upper elementary (through middle school) students are able to handle the majority of the unit study independently, which is the reason our family has been able to incorporate this into our school day. (Our eleven-year-old super-history-buff is almost always the reason we embark on history studies as a family; he completes much of these projects on his own.)

The only drawback to the Homeschool in the Woods studies are that they are only offered in digital format (via CD-ROM or download). It requires a time investment to follow detailed instructions on how to print on white paper, colored paper, white card stock, and colored card stock. I usually print everything up front, which might take... about an hour or two? (I keep forgetting to time how long it takes!) For this reason, I implore anyone reading this review to download and try the free sample(s) so you can determine if it is a good fit for you and your family. Click here to download the free Early 19th Century Sample, to view additional photos of completed projects, and to download the entire scope and sequence of this study! 



YES! YES! YES! We have one free digital download of The Early 19th Century Time Travelers Unit Study to give away here at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood!  Enter this giveaway (via the Rafflecopter form below) for a chance to win it!

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Thank you to everyone who shares or comments on this post, and thank you to the Pak family of Homeschool in the Woods for providing this giveaway!

To see other Homeschool in the Woods Studies we've completed:
American Revolution Study
Benjamin Franklin Unit Study (for grades K-2)
Renaissance & Reformation by Homeschool in the Woods

We received this product in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed herein are my own and have not been influenced by any outside source.