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Curiosity

“The important thing
is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity
has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe
when he contemplates the mysteries
of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough
if one tries merely to comprehend
a little of this mystery every day.
Never lose a holy curiosity.”

‒ Albert Einstein

 

 

Child swinging
photo by Jason Paluck

~American Girl Unit Studies ~

Here we go!
The first unit study coming up!
Need a fun and fresh way to study American history?
Or, just a break from the daily grind?
Do you love the idea of doing unit studies with your family, but find the cost to purchase one, or the time it takes to put a unit together overwhelming?
I hope these units will save you some time, give you some inspiration, help your family learn a ton, and make some super fun memories !!

Please comment!
I’d love to hear your suggestions & see what you’ve been working on!

Other than the six books listed below (available at most local libraries & of course for purchase), all other ideas & activities can be found online. I also have included a list of
resources you may like to purchase including the historical fiction series of American Girl Books, but these are not needed for the unit.

The units are organized by subject area and broken up into weekly lessons that correlate with the reading.   This is just my idea of organized. 🙂
Each unit is designed to last between 3-6 weeks, but of course, you may choose to skip some activities to shorten it up, or add lots of your own to study the topic more in depth. These units could serve as a fun mini study, or a complete year long history plan.
The sky is the limit!

Native America– “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”
Colonial America– “Welcome to Felicity’s World 1774”
Frontier America– “Welcome to Josefina’s World 1824”
Pioneer America– “Welcome to Kirsten’s World 1854”
Civil War America– “Welcome to Addy’s World 1864”
Turn of the Century America– “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904”

This is just a simple framework to get you started. However you may use this hodge podge of ideas, I hope you (oh yeah, and the kiddos too, of course) have FUN!!

Wishing you all the freeing joys of a good high swing on a lovely spring day!


 

It’s a fields of daisies kind of day. . .

 

daisy
photo by Rachel Kramer

It’s a fields of daisies kind of day!
It’s a fields of daisies kind of day.

Years ago, when I first started homeschooling my 3 children, my sister-in-law and I coined this term to describe one of those magnificent, living, learning, loving kind of days spent with our kiddos.  You know the kind of day.  The trip to the beach to collect & classify seashells… the afternoon hike in the fall to collect leaves…everyone sprawled out under a big shady tree “doing school”… strolling through an art museum on a Monday morning while the rest of the world is back to the grind.
And then all of a sudden you look up and you are struck with what a great blessing  it is to be right where you are in that moment.

And the days fly by!
My oldest children have moved out on their own, and my youngest child will graduate next year is a freshman in college ! These kind of days have morphed into new kinds of happy, but I always want to remember the beauty and simplicity of the daisy days.
As I went through the stacks & stacks of curriculum and unit studies our family has collected, they brought back memories of so many great times spent together.  I couldn’t bear to toss them all out.
And so I thought I’d share them with you!

As a very, very newbie blogger, I am learning as I go.
I will be posting a series of American Girl unit studies first, then adding other themes & topics and some random thoughts as I go.  I hope you’ll come back often to see what’s new!

Have you had a fields of daisies moment lately?
I’d love to hear about it!

Wishing you a lovely day!