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Ancient Egypt History for Kids

Free World History Curriculum

Part 2:  Ancient Egypt

Welcome back to the latest post on Free World History !
This section will cover many of the Pharaohs, the geography of ancient Egypt, the Great Pyramids, Moses, more about Joseph in Egypt, the Midianites, and of course, MUMMIES !  And lots more 🙂
For an introduction to this curriculum and how you can adapt it to all your needs, start
below with my first post in this series-  “Free Chronological World History Plan” .
World History Plan (Teach all ages at once !)
After that you can check out
Free World History Curriculum Part 1: Ancient Civilizations and the Old Testament .
Chronological World History Curriculum Free
If you have ANY QUESTIONS  at all, I’d love to hear from you !
You can either comment at the bottom of this post or you can email me at
chenoah@fieldsofdaisies.com
Enjoy !

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Chronological World History Curriculum Free

 

Free World History Curriculum

Part 1:  Ancient Civilizations/Old Testament

Hi !  I’m so glad you’re here 🙂
For an introduction to this curriculum and how you can adapt it to your needs, start
below with my first post in this series-  “Free Chronological World History Plan” .
If you have ANY QUESTIONS  at all, I’d love to hear from you !
You can either comment at the bottom of this post or you can email me at
chenoah@fieldsofdaisies.com
Enjoy !
Continue reading free world history curriculum (Part 1)

World History Plan (Teach all ages at once !)
Homeschool World History Plan

A Chronological Study

(Teach all ages at once !)

Are you planning to study World History this year ?
Do you want to be able to use the same curriculum for ALL your kids?
Don’t know where to start ?

If you are writing your own curriculum or units, the task can be a bit overwhelming.
There are just so many topics to “cover”, and if you’re like me, they’re all so
interesting (and important!), it’s hard to narrow it all down and decide what to include !

THE WHAT:

I thought it might be fun and helpful to share our Chronological World History Outline (The Ancients through the Middle Ages).   My goal when I wrote this out was to see how all of the events and civilizations studied have fit into God’s sovereign plan to extend His Kingdom and purpose.  We therefore started in the book of Genesis and went through the history of “The Middle Ages”.  It was amazing as we studied through these major points to see how all the stories from the Bible that often seem disjointed, fit together with the history most of us learned in school !

Initially, it might seem like a lot of work to put together a year’s worth of history study at once, but the goal is to go through this same general outline 3 times by the end of high school, just with more attention to detail and in greater depth….AND you can use the same outline for ALL ages at one time!  Just tailor the reading materials and objectives a bit and VOILA !  Being able to teach ALL your kids at once is definitely worth the time !  It is quite easy to also incorporate corresponding  literature, science, art, geography, etc if you use this outline as a spine.   It actually made planning out all the other subject areas a piece of cake !  I will be posting details of how I did that and what resources I used.

THE HOW:

As we studied, we each kept a 3-ring binder-  our ‘all in one place’  time line.
We filled it with notes, coloring pages, drawings, print outs, etc… each page with a date on the bottom (or at least stuck in the appropriate “period” of history).  😀   In planning out our year, I also included biographies of important leaders, great artists, musicians, authors, scientists, etc. as applicable, and added them into the binder as well.
Scroll all the way to the bottom for some pictures from one of my children’s binder.

Under each heading, I included my objectives for each “section”.   Everyone will have different expectations for their kiddos, but I hope it is helpful at least to get the creativity flowing  !

You can find Daily Lessons for the first part of this series
here –>  Ancient Civilizations/Old Testament
Chronological World History Curriculum Free

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Sign Language for Kids

“Learning another language is not only learning
different words for the same things,
but learning another way to think about things.”
~Flora Lewis

American Sign Language Mini- Unit

This unit is designed to be self led.  You may choose to do all of the ideas or just a few.  Creativity is key!
The goal is to learn all you can and then show what you know!  We made a notebook and added all kinds of pages (biographies, print out ASL alphabet, some of the activities we did, etc…) like a scrapbook.
I hope you have fun learning a little bit of sign language,  how to communicate in a new way, and about some amazing people in the deaf community !

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10 Great Ideas for Summer Learning Fun

 

Summer school ?
Already ?   Nooooooo !
But really …Summer School can be FUN !!

Plan now and let the living be EASY !

I’m already dreaming of lazy mornings, grilling hamburgers, and enjoying big slices of juicy watermelon !

No matter if you school year round  or not, after several weeks of vacation from the daily routine, it’s good to have a little plan for the week.
See how little the plan is ?!

COME BACK !!   Don’t run away!  
I promise these FUN ideas won’t take much (if any) real planning, and will only add to the easy, carefree days that we all look forward to.

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American Girl Kirsten-
Pioneer Unit Study

Kirsten Pioneer Unit Study

Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854:
Growing up on America’s Frontier

 


* Core Reading-


*Week 1: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854
Kristen’s Journey to America

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 1-3, 40-41                     (Meet Kirsten in Sweden)
2.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 4-7                                   (Journey to America )
3.   “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 8-11                               (Go West ! )
4. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 12-13                               (Home on the Prairie)
Pioneers
5.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 14-15, 24-25                (Home on the Prairie )
Native Americans

*Week 2: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854
A Day With Kirsten

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 22-23, 26-27                 (Daily Life)
2.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 16-17; 32-35                (Fun & Games for Everyone! ) 3.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 18-21                              (Love & Marriage )
4.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 36-39                              (Fashion)
5. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 30-31; 49 (inset)          (Medicine )

*Week 3: “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854
Friends and Foes on the Prairie

1.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 44-45                                     (Around Town)
2. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 42-43; 46-47                        (Kirsten’s Neighbors)
3.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 48-55                                    (The Dakota Conflict)
4.  “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 48-55                                    (Conflicts Continue)
5. “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854″- p. 56-58                                     (The Great Land Rush)

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spring science activities friday favorites from Fields of Daisies
~Spring Science~
         Friday Favorites !

As much as I love the cozy days of winter, I’m kind of ready for a new season.
Ready for all the browns to be replaced with greens, for flowers to bloom, and the breezes to be warm.

Bring on the spring!
 

There’s just something about the change of seasons that always energizes me….and err….it seems to have been genetic.
My kids tend to get that same “energy”.


Yep.
 Spring Fever !

So, this week’s Friday Favorites are  some fun   Spring Science Activities
to change things up a bit and get the spring fever wiggles out.    🙂

* ‘Egg’cellent  Ideas*

Bouncy Eggs from Parenting Chaos
8 Fascinating Egg Science Activities  from   iGame Mom
8 Egg Launchers  (These are SO MUCH FUN!!)  from   Little Bins for Little Hands

* Dancing with the Daffodils & Other Flower Power Ideas *

Daffodil Disection (& other lovely related ideas) from Mama Scout
*I really love this mama’s reminder that real learning is the goal!
Seed Sprouting Activity from Housing A Forest
The Magic School Bus Gets Planted!

Flower Pigment Experiment from Coffee Cups and Crayons

* Butterflies, Birds, and Bugs *

Make a Butterfly Feeder and learn all about butterflies with this Butterfly Unit from Premeditated Leftovers
Birds of a Feather from The Scientific Mom
Ants ! from Gift of Curiosity

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Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers from the Book of Psalms Psalm 6 & 7

Daily Bread:  Thoughts and Prayers
from the Book of Psalms

 

~Psalm 6 & 7~

A prayer for a hard day.

LORD !
Be MERCIFUL to me
for I am faint and my soul is in anguish.

LORD!
HEAL me and DELIVER me.
I am worn out.
I am weak with sorrow.

LORD!
I know you hear my weeping.
You hear my cry for mercy.
You accept my prayer.

SAVE me BECAUSE of your
UNFAILING LOVE !

LORD!
ARISE !   AWAKE !   DECREE !  RULE  !   JUDGE  !

My SHIELD is 
GOD MOST HIGH !

God 
who searches minds and hearts.
who saves the upright in heart.
who judges with righteousness.

Oh LORD,
I will give thanks because of YOUR righteousness
and I will sing PRAISE to your name, 
the name of 
THE LORD MOST HIGH !


You can read (or listen) to Psalm 6 & 7   HERE  .


Praying Psalm 5

 

 

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Addy Unit Study Civil War

Welcome to Addy’s World 1854:
Growing Up During America’s Civil War

*This is such a deeply emotional topic of study that will surely create much discussion and perhaps some sadness, anger, and confusion for children.  I hope to convey some positive points (stories of courage, faith, hope against all hope, and the deepest expressions of love) that will help sort out what can be learned,  so that in our personal lives and in the life of our communities and our countries, we will never repeat a history such as this.    

  * Core Reading:

Welcome to Addy’s World 1864

*Week 1: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864”- Life in the South 

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Meet Addy                                                     (p. 1-3)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Intro to the Civil War & Slavery             (p. 26-29)
3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Addy’s Family                                              (p. 30-31; 34-35) 4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Addy’s Faith                                                 (p. 32-33)
5.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Songs to Freedom                                     (p. 36-37 )

*Week 2: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″- North to Freedom

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Underground Railroad                     (p. 38-39)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  New Beginnings in the North                 (p. 8-11; 20-21) 3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Children Still Played                                  (p. 14-15; 12-13) 4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  Fashion                                                            (p. 16-19)
5.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Church Family                                      (p. 22-23)

*Week 3: “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864”- America’s “Civil” War

1.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Nation at War                                       (p. 4-7)
2.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Homefront- South                              (p. 42-43)
3.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The Homefront- North                              (p. 44-45)
4.  “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-  The War Ends !                                             (p. 46-49)
5. “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864″-   Moving On! A New South                         (p. 50-58) Continue reading American Girl Addy Civil War Unit Study

American Girl
Josefina Unit Study

American Girl Josefina Unit Study

America’s Southwest  Frontier
1824

 

* Core Reading-

*Week 1: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824
Introduction to Josefina and America’s Southwest Frontier

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 1                                   (Meet Josefina)

2.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 2-5                              (Josefina’s World )

3.   “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 8-9; 32-33               (The Village)

4. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 10-11; 28-29            (Daily Life)

5.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 16-21                          ( Family)

Week 2: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824
A Day With Josefina

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 22-25                         ( Fashion & Beauty )

2.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 26-27                         (Medicine & Health )

3.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 13 (inset)                 (Art & Music )

4.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 12-15                         (Faith)

5. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 34-35                          (Food & Fiestas! )

Week 3: “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824
Life on the Trail

1.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 36-39                            (Friends & Neighbors)

2. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 40-45                             (El Camino Real)

3.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 48-49; 54-55              (The Santa Fe Trail )

4.  “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 50-53                              (Life on the Trail )

5. “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”- p. 56-58                               (Becoming “American”)

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