One of the new-ish things we are doing is Story of the World (SOTW) together. Bug already did the first 2 volumes last year for 6th grade, but it was within the Sonlight history curriculum. She read the chapters and discussed with me, and also read historical literature that went with each time frame.
This year, I am reading the chapter aloud to both girls and asking questions afterwards. We are also doing mapwork, Lulu is making a lapbook, we are incorporating projects/field trips, and we are making a wall timeline. Oh and Bug is also getting official tests at the end of each chapter. I'm getting hard core yo.
So here is how our first chapter looked this week:
Chapter 1 was basically about how Charles wanted to rule all the things and threw a temper tantrum to the Pope and got his way, and then his son Philip wanted to own all the gold in South America and stole it from the Native South Americans, and forced them to work alongside African slaves. Delightful family!
Bug is reading "I, Juan de Pareja" as her literature to go with this time period. Olivia didn't read a fiction book to go with this history chapter. (But do not fret, next week we have some cool stuff!)
So - in each chapter, I will give the girls a map page like this one below, and have them circle, color, and mark various areas according to my directions. Like this (P on Philip's lands, F on Ferdinand's, etc.)
Our project this week was making gold doubloons from cardboard and gold foil:
We read an amazing story about a man (during the 1960s all the way through the 1980s, after much hard work and loss) who found treasure in the ocean from ships that were taken down by a hurricane while trying to get home to Spain from South America back in the 1600s.
And here is the first part of the lapbook that Lulu is making. Under each flap, she wrote a sentence with information about what she learned on that topic.
And, last but not least - here is our wall timeline that we started. We are doing this in an unconventional way, and we will see if it works. My vision is that those racks (this was previously a book display wall) will hold books and projects for each section of the timeline, like this -- our book (library tho, so not a permanent fixture), and our bag of treasure!
And here is the big empty wall, ready to be filled!!
Close-up of the super cool world history timeline poster I got on Amazon:
So there you have it! Chapter 1 done. Week 1 done. Yay!