We finished up the Civil War study by having a strawberry party (they were popular during the 1860's). Since they are out of season here now (the prices are high), I limited our strawberry selections to whatever we could make with 4 pints of strawberries! We were able to make strawberry pie, strawberry shortcake, strawberry scones, and we still had some strawberry sorbet that I made last year when we went strawberry picking. I'd like to have this strawberry party again during late spring when we are able to pick fresh berries.
While we were waiting for all these delicious strawberry items to bake, we tried to extract the DNA in a few strawberries. This was fairly easy to do! This is the site we used here and it has an explaination on what is happening. Once we had the DNA strand floating the kids looked at it under the microscope!
Well we have been trekking away on TOG on weeks 21-22 and we are starting week 23 this week. We watched several movies the past couple of weeks! We watched Florence Nightingale which was very good. A few graphic scenes that we skipped through. Week 21 was concentrated on the Underground Railroad so we watched Odyssey Race to Freedom and Race to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad. Both were very good, one is an animated version and other is not. We also watched the Disney version movie of Treasure Island since Speedy finished up the book.
Goosey made cornbread from the Addy's Cookbook (American Girl Doll) which came out pretty good!
And then the kids played an online Underground Railroad game here.
This past week and for the next few weeks we will be concentrating on President Lincoln and the Civil War. The kids started out building this paper model of Lincoln's house but then lost patiences so I finished it up. It came out pretty good considering it was a little difficult to get the roof on! We watched Lincoln which was also pretty good and with research from Speedy, we found out that they did a pretty good job at portraying Lincoln with his calm demeanor and his story telling.
We started out this week by making hard tack which is 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup of water, and a few pinches of salt. We mixed everything together and rolled it out to 1/2 inch thickness. Baked for 30 minutes at 350. Then we pulled it out, cut it into squares, and poked holes in it. We then put it back into the oven for another 30 mins. We let it cool once it was done baking and then tried some! Very plain and hard but the kids thought it was good!
Today we also created and solved secret encrypted messages as they would have in the Civil War. I had some workbook pages on hand from awhile ago so we used those but I found some sites online where you can create your own Cipher Disc which are similar to what we did. Sliding scale/cryptograph and Confederate Cipher Disc. We all had fun with this project!
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Curriculum we are Using...
Rosey-17 year old
-Sonlight British Literature
-Math U See Pre-Calc
Goosey-14 year old
-Tapestry of Grace Year 1
-Math U See Geometry
-Bible Road Trip Year 2