Over this last month while we’ve been on break, Joe and I read Knight at Dawn and did a unit study on knights and castles. Here are the books we read (remember to check my Shelfari for all we are reading, I update it regularly):
We both learned lots from reading the Magic Tree House Knights and Castles Research Guide. It always surprises me that Joe enjoys nonfiction books as much as fiction books. We located on a map Egypt, Africa and the Nile River. I had Joe trace the Nile River in blue crayon. (I was able to print this map from Hanna's history last year.) I plan to incorporate many more educational activities into our next unit study. I kept this one mainly crafts since we were on break.
During the course of reading our books we made several different things to go along with our study. I had Joe cut out assorted geometric shapes from construction paper and then glue them together to create a castle. He decorated it with art supplies of his choice.
He made a stained glass window out of construction paper, contact paper and tissue paper.
He made a shield. I cut a shield shape out of white poster board. He painted it and glued on rhinestones and sequins. (I let him choose whatever he wanted for decorating from the craft closet.) Jamie cut another matching shield shape out of a cardboard box. I then used spray adhesive to glue on the poster board shield. After it was dry Jamie attached a handle to the back. (You can see a how-to *here*.) Joe LOVES his shield!
Lastly, Jamie cut a gallon milk jug as described *here* to make a knight’s helmet to go with Joe’s shield. Joe covered it with tin foil, and I attached feathers to the top of the jug with a glue gun.
And as you can see, we have our own “Joe Mighty Knight”.
For a boy who loves knights and castles right now, this was a super fun study! He learned while he had fun, and got to make some cool stuff too.
I am not satisfied with our I Love America History curriculum I purchased. In my opinion, it’s just too dry. I have decided we are going to use The Value Tales series, Magic Tree House books and The Old Testament Discover the Scriptures for Joe’s History. I want to focus Joe's history on historical people, his own interests, and religion for the time being. I will elaborate on my plans for this (and why I chose these books) in our first back to school homeschool post next week. I can't wait to get started back to school this week. I love homeschool--the planning, teaching, learning together--I live it and breathe it--and am so very thankful for this blessing in our family.
Here’s one last picture of the king with his castle.