I have decided to do a post for each of our twelve unit studies here. Not only does this serve as a way to quickly and efficiently organize and record details of our unit studies and fun, it also helps to keep me accountable to myself. I am the one creating each of these unit studies and knowing I’m tracking the details ensures that I’m not slacking off. If you are curious about the 2017-2018 round up, click here.
Our first three week unit study this year is inspired by starting off the school year living in South Carolina. Over the years we have studied both the American Revolution and the United States Civil War in detail, but when you live in Columbia, what a better time to review both events and dig a little deeper.
We primarily focused on the Civil War and wanted to keep the unit theme of hope and new beginnings in mind as well as our overall yearly theme of standing up for what you believe in.
In addition to my kids’ book work, here were some of the fun details about our SC/Civil War unit.
- Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women (Krull)
- Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott (McDonough)
- The Emancipation Proclamation (Armentrout)
- The Gettysburg Address (Armentrout)
- The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery (Fradin)
- Causes and Effects of the Civil War (O’Muhr)
- Clara Barton Angel of the Battlefield (Hollingsworth)
- A Kids’ Life During the American Civil War (Machajewski)
- The Story of the H.L. Hunley & Queenie’s Coin (Hawk)
- John Brown: His Fight for Freedom (Hendrix)
- Underground (Evans)
- Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation (Sherman)
- My Uncle Martin’s Words for America (Watkins)
- Separate is Never Equal (Tonatiuh)
- The Plantation School (Albanese)
- How Lincoln Learned to Read (Wolff)
- World Conflict Series: American Wars
- “Liberty for All” (William L. Garrison)
- “On the Slavery Question” (John C. Calhoun)
- “A House Divided” (Abraham Lincoln)
- “Inaugural Address” (Jefferson Davis)
- “Gettysburg Address” (Abraham Lincoln)
- “The Emancipation Proclamation” (Abraham Lincoln)
- The Patriot
- Perfect Harmony
- Ken Burns’ Civil War (excerpts) “War is Hell” // episode 7 (Netflix)
- NFL Network 360: Ladanian Tomlinson special (Hall of Fame speech)
We have actually already done the SC State House tour in 2015 which can be seen here. However, we may go back to see it again later in the fall.
Kids’ Book Reviews:
Mae read Shades of Gray, which is not to be confused with another book with a similar title.
Kate read My Brother’s Keeper.
Thomas read The Boys War.
In summary, we all seemed to enjoy this unit study. A lot of facts and details were review, but there was also some new information and definitely some new experiences specific to the area we are living in that made the review particularly worth while.
Other highlights unrelated to our unit include:
The 2017 Solar Eclipse. Columbia was on the path of totality and while it did get dark here, it was very cloudy during the short window of the eclipse. The kids were able to see partial eclipses.
They made a lava lamp for their chapter one experiment on chemistry and physical matter.
As part of a complete Charlotte Mason education that seeks to educate the “whole child,” we encourage our children to participate in activities and opportunities that strengthen their personal development.
Kate started back her gymnastics.
Mae (and her friend Ella) became CPR/First Aid/Babysitter certified.
And Thomas started his dual enrollment class, Introduction to Public Speaking. He’s had to learn some computer skills (creating email and YouTube accounts, getting set up on Louisiana College’s virtual classroom) as well as organizational skills (time management, keeping his class materials in order, and prioritizing activities and assignments). This first week he had to make and upload a 1-2 minute “introduction video” for his instructor and classmates. You can find it on YouTube or watch it here.