Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A peek into our school room

We continue to greatly enjoy using "Galloping the Globe" for all subjects aside from Math and Language Studies. The book can be used either for one or two years, depending on whether a family wants to spend one or two weeks on each country. We have certainly been more on the slow side, due to a combination of studying each country in great detail and doing lots of related activities, and also adding other neighboring countries to our studies (such as studying North and South Korea, rather than just one of them as suggested in the book).

This week, we are learning about the Netherlands. Here is a brief overview of what we will be covering:

Geography: learning about polders

History/Biographies: Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Vermeer

General: non-fiction books about the Netherlands

Literature: children's and picture books that relate to the Netherlands or one of the subjects covered this week, such as "Boy Who Held Back the Sea", "Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates", "The Hole in the Dike", "Rembrand's Hat", etc.

Science: non-fiction books about flowers, particularly tulips

Art: learning how to draw various flowers and other plants

Some activities I hope to be doing this week include:

- color and label a map of Holland and the Dutch flag
- cook a Dutch meal
- taste Dutch cheeses such as Gouda or Edamer
- make, draw, or color windmills

The book suggests several other activities, such as making cheese or going bowling (which apparently has its origins in the Netherlands.

The "Bible" section of the book also gives references to verses that tie in with subjects and ideas covered in the books they suggested for this week. This is a wonderful resource and time saver.

Having a curriculum that our whole family is excited about has been such a blessing. The biggest benefit to using this type of unit study has been that we are all learning about the same subject, but on different levels according to everyone's abilities. Another plus is the fact that we get all the books from the library, at a rate of about 50-70 books per country we cover. I have learned more from teaching my own children than I did in all my years at school. Most importantly, perhaps, the children continue to be very excited and happy about learning, and I am just as excited about teaching them.


  1. Mrs. Anderson,
    I enjoy reading your posts on homeschooling! I am a home school graduate myself and am pretty sure that I'd like to home school my own babies once they are older, so your advice, insights, ideas, and curriculum reviews are quite helpful. Reading this positive post on home schooling--that didn't attempt to explain your education choice for your family or criticize those who have chosen differently--has made my day.

    In Christ,
    T. E.

  2. Wow! That book looks fun. I'll have to get that for Joseph when he starts doing more school work.


  3. Can I send my kids to your "school"?

    It looks like a great way to learn.



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