I love history. All the history!
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|Book of Kells, Gospel of John|
We just wrapped up a wonderful Time Travelers: Explorers lapbook study from one of my very favorite homeschool companies, Home School in the Woods. Amy Pak is the author of this delightful series, and as usual, she knocks it out of the park. The kids enjoyed putting together a lapbook that detailed the study of 12 explorers, geography mapwork for their journeys, various nautical navigation equipment, identified the parts of a ship, five reasons for exploration, and so many other things. It was great fun.
What blows me away is that the explorers, for all their faults and mistakes, were astonishingly brave. This was the way the world looked to them. (Click to enlarge.)
|Ptolemy's Map, 1482|
It is these facts that astonish me. What do we not know today? What are we missing in our world?
BiblioPlan text. He was one of the bravest Reformation heroes you will ever study! What a stand he made for God's truth, and for God's word! If you don't know who John Hus is, click through to our church's newsletter, and scroll to page three, and read about this astonishing man. You might find yourself wondering as I did, would you stand as firm as he did, and suffer his agonizing death for your faith?
It is humbling, isn't it? This is one of the reasons I feel it is so terribly important NOT to skip out on studying history. History is the lifeblood of the present, for what happened in the past paves the way for the future.
I can't wait to dive into this! We will be using the Artists Activity Pak and combining it with the Project Passport: Renaissance and Reformation study in addition to BiblioPlan. We are also currently reading, The Shakespeare Stealer, out loud. Up next on our historical fiction read-alouds is Danika Cooley's new book, When Lightening Struck! The Story of Martin Luther. The kids will be creating their own art too.
I asked them this week if making lapbooks was something they enjoyed, and all of them responded with a, "Yes!" These lapbooks help make history live for the kids. They bring small bits of it into focus for them. Diving into the past with the kids of the present - it is a real honest joy for me.
What is a joy for you?
Today's post is in part, for fun, part for the love of history, and in part to join up with my friends over at Through the Calm and Through the Storm and Adventures with Jude.
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