Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Very Early Rome

Today, we learned about "The City of Rome" (that is, the start of it) in Lesson 43 of our history book, The Mystery of History (Volume I).  We talked about the Europeans who were entering Italy at that time and the use of Latin.  We also talked about the legend of Romulus and Remus and the Etruscan influence on Rome.  (Did you know that it was the Etruscans who we get the Thanksgiving tradition of wishing on a wishbone from?)
To help us in our study, we used our Usborne Romans book, specifically, pages 4-5, entitled, "The
Founding of Rome."
In it, we were able to see the different people groups that entered that area at that time.
 We also read more about Romulus and Remus.
Then, we watched this great cartoon on YouTube about the legend of Romulus and Remus.
Finally, we did the suggested activity in the book and talked about how Latin is no longer spoken anywhere, but is still used.  She was surprised that we see Latin every single day on our coins.  She found the Latin phrase on some change from her coin purse.
Also this week, we will study Judah's prophets and Assyrian rule in history.  We love MOH!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Milton Hershey

Today, in honor of National Candy Day (November 4th), we studied the life of Milton Hershey.

To start, we read Who Was Milton Hershey? by James Buckley, Jr.
Then, we watched this great YouTube video about Hershey that was broadcast this past September on CBS Sunday Morning.
Next, we watched a fun one about Hershey Park!
After the videos, it was time to do some investigating.  We got Maggie's Halloween bucket and dug into all its contents to find candies that were made from the Hershey Company.
 All of these goodies are Hershey-made!
It was time to taste some of this Hershey's goodness.  We ate a few kisses and I handed her a sheet I created on the computer, asking her to list a few adjectives to describe the candy.  (It was fun to learn that kisses got their name from the small, smacking sound they made as they hit the conveyor belt in the Hershey factory!)
 Our research material!
 Testing ...
 Sweet goodness!
 I got these great chocolate candy stickers free with my Scholastic order through our homeschooling group, so I decided to use these to reward today's work!  (She loves stickers on her completed pages!)
 Great adjectives, Mags!
Inspired by the art I saw at http://thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-03-27T20:33:00-07:00&max-results=9&reverse-paginate=true, I made a little writing prompt on my computer for her to write a few sentences about kisses.  I told her to use at least three of the adjectives she listed in her writing.  (The prompt I made is below.)
Here are her sentences.
Then, using the materials needed to make the cute kisses from that site (cardboard cut into the shape of a kiss, tin foil, googly eyes, markers, white paper, scissors, and glue), we put one together and glued it to some cardstock above our writing prompt.
 Folding the foil over our cardboard kiss template ...
 We added a tag with her name, googly eyes, and a marker smile.
 Our cute kiss!
After that, it was time for math!  I found a great free printable at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/FreeDownload/Hershey-Fraction-Worksheet, which uses a Hershey's milk chocolate bar to understand fractions.
 We got right to work!
 What sweeter reward for a job well done than to eat the math manipulatives?!
Later, we made the "Hershey Kiss Playdough Recipe" found at http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2013/10/playdough-recipe-hershey-kiss-chocolate.html?m=1.  Here is Maggie, unwrapping kisses for melting.
 On medium heat!
 To this, we added 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1.5 cups boiling water, like the recipe called for.  HOWEVER ... as you can see, our dough was way too wet.  We needed a lot more flour than that to get a consistency that matched play dough.
 Here it is after another cup of flour, about perfect!  It looked to us like chocolate ice cream.
 It smelled quite good!
Maggie immediately started making kisses, saying she was an assembly line.
 We kept some tissue flags from the opened kisses and cut out squares of tin foil to wrap around our dough kisses.
 Ready to wrap!
Maggie's kisses!
This was a fun study!  Happy National Candy Day, everyone!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Like most American households, it is our annual tradition to watch this gem every Halloween, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.  We love it.
Because Maggie doesn't get the advantage of having holiday class parties like Al and I remember so fondly, we decided to make some fun treats to surprise her with while we watched ol' Charlie this year.  Beforehand, I had purchased these awesome little plates and napkins from Oriental Trading.
 Then, I made some Halloween snack mix with white cheddar popcorn, pretzel sticks, candy corn, and Reese's Pieces.
I found a great idea for another snack at http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2014/10/pumpkin-patch-pudding-cups-easy-halloween-snack.html, called "Full Moon Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups."  I made them and redubbed them "The Great Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups."  They were so easy to make with chocolate pudding cups, Oreos (both crushed and halves with the icing intact), candy pumpkins, and a green gel writer.  They turned out so cute!
 For drinks, I bought Fanta orange soda in the mini bottles and removed their labels, then added green curling ribbon for "vines."
I laid out a couple of Sharpies so we could each draw out own Jack-o-lanterns onto the bottles!
To be silly, my husband put a rock on Maggie's plate to remind her that Charlie "got a rock" instead of treats.
But we filled her up after that little laugh!
Then, it was time for the show!
See you soon!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Olympic Games

Today we covered Lesson 41 in our history curriculum, The Mystery of History, Volume I, entitled, "The Olympic Games."
After reading about the Olympic Games from our text, we looked in The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History to see what it had to offer.
It always gives great pictures that our text doesn't.
Next, we looked at the different depictions of athletes on the vases and plates in this If I Were a Kid in Ancient Greece book (by Cricket Books).
We also looked through The Usborne Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece, specifically, at pages 90-91, entitled, "The Games."
We made special note of this section that mentioned laurel wreaths, because that was one of the projects we had planned (see below).
In our Evan-Moor History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations workbook (Grades 1-3), we got instructions on making a paper laurel wreath of our own (page 66).
First, we cut leaves from green paper.
Then we cut the curved, outer edge off of a paper plate, and cut out the middle to shape it like the ring you see below.
To this, we added our paper leaves with glue.
Once done, here is what our laurel wreath looked like!
Fit for a champion!
To complete one more project for this lesson, we used this Crafts From the Past: The Greeks book from Chick-Fil-A to make an "Olympic Plate" (pages 6-7).
First, we painted a paper plate orange.
Once the orange had dried, we went back and painted stripes along the edge of the plate in alternating colors, brown and black, to simulate the art from that time.
Once that was done, we painted a cardboard circle that would fit in the center, the same orange color as the rest of the plate.  Next, Maggie added to it a picture depicting herself in her sport of choice, swimming.  
We glued the circle to the plate and her craft was complete.  
Here is Mags, holding her champion's awards -- her laurel wreath crown and her Olympic plate for swimming!  Way to go, Mags!
There's no mystery why we love history!