Saturday, August 20, 2011

Study America Saturday ~ The Beginning {Linky}

We started our first lessons in our American History study. It's going to be an exciting year!!

First we watched Episode 1 of America: The Story of Us entitled "Rebels". This video covered the journey to the new world by the earliest settlers, followed by the Puritans. It dug deep into the ensuing conflicts with the British, including the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, "The Shot Heard Around the World", and Paul Revere's Ride.

We did the Discussion Questions from the Episode 1 Guide (a pdf file that can be downloaded and printed, found on the left hand side of the link) and Dawson completed the vocabulary words from Episode 1.

For Lesson 1 from the Institute for Excellence in Writing: U.S. History Based Writing Lessons, Vol. 1 (IEW), Dawson used adjectives and alliteration to write a poem entitled "America". Here is his poignant masterpiece:

We only had two days of school this week, and the majority of it was spent watching the video and writing the poem. Next week we will dig deeper.

Brynne watched some of the video with us and then watched her own video, Jamestown (by Schlessinger Media). While she was watching it she started on a coloring page of the settlers on their way to the New World.

Did you have an American History lesson this week? If so, link up! Here are the rules:
  1. Write a separate post about your lesson, and include photos if you have them!
  2. Link back to this post.
  3. Copy my button from the right side bar, or from below, and put it somewhere in your post.
  4. Add your link below (PLEASE put the URL that links directly to your American History post, NOT just to your blog). You might put in your title what you studied so others can find ideas easily, i.e. Blogname {Paul Revere}
  5. Come back and browse other linked ideas and leave some comment love on those posts!
I am truly hoping that this will become a place where we can share ideas about our studies of American History. I love getting fun ideas from others to share with my kids.

Okay, now write your post and link up!!! (Please!!)


  1. This is such a great idea Nicole. I just submitted my first link :) I look forward to continue participating and really hope it catches on!

  2. We aren't doing American history this year, but I will say that we LOVED that History of US dvd!!

  3. oops posted on wrong post:

    good studies you guys are doing!!! they are going to be US history experts :)

    linked up!!!

  4. LOVE his poem!!! tell him great job!!!

  5. How fun!

    We're not starting back to school until 9/6, but we are doing American History this year (with the younger kids).

    We'll be using some of the America: History of Us videos to go along with our studies.

  6. Have you ever looked into Homeschool in the Woods? They have awesome in-depth activities for different history periods. I'm sure your daughter (and probably son too) would love it.


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