This week's photo challenge at The Canadian Homeschooler is focusing on my favorite subject - History! I'm not sure it is a favorite of my kids, but generally they do like it. This year we are combining history, geography, and social studies in a study of the Americas. We started with a look at South America, and so far have learned a bit about the history of each of the countries of South America. We have also done a unit about the Inca civilization, and are working on the Maya and Aztec civilizations now as our attention is starting to shift to central America. We are also studying the explorers and conquistadores, and are learning about the Latin American independence movements of the 1800s.
Along the way, we've also discussed the mysterious Easter Island statues and the traditional folk arts of South America.
We like to include hands-on projects wherever possible in our homeschool, and artwork is something that works well. In past years we've managed to include art projects during studies of the ancient cultures (Egypt, Greece, Rome, and more), the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the discovery of the New World, and lots more! This was a drawing done while we were studying knights and castles of Europe a couple years ago.
I love to go on field trips while vacationing and from our home base, and it's such fun to be able to see so many fascinating historical sites close to home. We live in a great location for field trips related to American history - near Washington DC, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and much more. Almost everywhere we go, even very close to home, we see historical buildings dating back to colonial America.
|Fort McHenry in Baltimore|
|Family field trip weekend near Historic St Mary's City, MD|
|C&O Canal near Washington DC|
|fun at home studying the Boston Tea Party|
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