next week in homeschooling (or rather, next weeks)

historical people of note–Susan B. Anthony & Benjamin Franklin (general topic); Indonesia (place of the week)

After that, we’ll continue with historical folks, sticking with the US but moving on to Albert Einstein & Martin Luther King, Jr. Plus North Carolina (place of the week). If you know of other historical figures–from any era or place–about whom there are great picture books, do tell.

This post is partly just to let friends & family know what we’re up to. But it’s also to solicit ideas: please share ideas for activities and art projects, links to videos and images, personal anecdotes, stuff we should look up, or whatever you’ve got!

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  1. Posted 7 January 2013 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

    The way that you organize your homeschooling activities makes me want to homeschool my kids. This is notable because I NEVER EVER thought it would be a good fit for me. (And it still probably wouldn’t be. Nonetheless, good on you, because it sounds like you’re doing some fabulous work.)

  2. Carolyn
    Posted 7 January 2013 at 10:30 PM | Permalink

    I can’t remember the titles of the best ones, but there are an abundance of good picture books about Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks.

  3. Lara
    Posted 8 January 2013 at 8:38 AM | Permalink

    SteveSongs has a new album out with an MLK anthem my kids and I really like. “We’re All in this Together,” on the album Orangutan Van. Could be a fun download from iTunes to complement the week’s study. My kids tend to memorize songs, and then understand the lyrics better as they get older, which is fun to watch.

    We’ve been lighting beeswax candles and sitting on the couch to watch them while we tell “the story of the day” for each person in our family, before my 5-year old goes to bed. Solstice-y — feels appropriate for a good long while around solstice, since it gets dark before his bedtime for months. Helps us all relax, and turn down the light of the day. My favorite summer solstice memory was the summer I spent in Latvia, right after independence, learning about the place where my father was born. We walked across an unlit field around 1 a.m., at the darkest point, to go to a neighbor’s bonfire. It was dark, but twilight-dark, not real darkness. And the whole summer leading up to it and afterwards slowly led to that all-night light. But you’re right, staying up all night is kind of the point. And it feels much more “right” when you’re somewhere that actually stays light.

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