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    Australian Pictorial Social Studies

    This term we’re studying Australian explorers,  specifically our Inland explorers.  When gathering  resources I recalled this set of books with great fondness.  The series is titled ‘Pictorial Social Studies’  with a little logo labelled  ‘Australian Visual Education’. Published in 1958, with 55 books in the set, covering not only Australian history but social studies worldwide.  My favourite however are the Australian history books, covering the Settlement and expansion, exploration, Gold and more. Written in comic form they are chock full of information without overloading and the visual presentation totally engages the children, ‘whetting the appetite’ for more information. Australian history buffs, I suggest you check out ebay and gumtree. One reason I know they…

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    Living History

    “Imagination does not stir at the suggestion of the feeble, much diluted stuff that is too often put into children’s hands.”  “The fatal mistake is in the notion that he must learn ‘outlines,’ of the whole history…of the world. Let him, on the contrary, linger pleasantly over the history of a single man, a short period, until he thinks the thoughts of that man, is at home in the ways of that period. Though he is reading and thinking of the life time of a single man, he is really getting intimately acquainted with the history of a whole nation for a whole age.”  Charlotte Mason  Charlotte Mason’s principles of…

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    Studying The Russian Revolution

    On the weekend I was updating our previous First World War plans to suit our 11th grader and I realised anew that one of the rewarding results of maintaining a blog is to be able to search your own blog for ‘those plans I wrote before’.  Our 9th and 7th graders are studying The Russian Revolution this term therefore sharing our Russian Revolution plans in the desire to help someone else also searching but also to help myself in another year or two;) The books suggested below reflect what is available at our local library (alas) I’m certain there are other wonderful titles available. Websites http://www.skwirk.com.au/p-u_s-56_u-427/the-russian-revolution/qld/sose-history http://www.angelfire.com/biz5/romanovs/links.html http://www.oocities.org/athens/bridge/1230/Tsar.html http://randomnetstuff.com/page/anastasia/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Romanov An online…

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    Viking Lapbook

    This term Princess chose to study Vikings and was keen to make a lapbook.  Searching around we discovered Homeschool Share’s Viking Unit and Lapbook The lapbook was based on Clyde Robert Bulla’s Viking Adventure and a couple of Usborne titles.  We didn’t have the non-fiction titles but managed with library books and the internet for extra information. The lapbook wasn’t too overwhelming yet covered a lot of material, totally perfect for a nine year old.

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    The Big Day Has Arrived!!

    Today is the day! Mary MacKillop is to be cannonised today.  Searching through the 4Real forum  I found a summary I shared five years ago. (I’ve altered slightly)  Do read the conversation as some great links are shared. I realise many outside of Australia may not have heard of Mary MacKillop, but it is a special day for us here. She will be the first canonised saint of Australia. I have a particular love of her as I was taught by the ‘brown Joey’s’ (the order of nuns she started). Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne. Her family fell on tough times financially so they were moved around amongst relatives.…

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    Countdown – Three Days!

      This coming Sunday Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop will be cannonised! I have long had a love for Mary MacKillop, a love nurtured as a child by the St Josephites nuns who taught me.  Yep I’m proud to be a Brown Joey kid, I loved the Joey nuns, in particular I loved St Mary H.  My grandmother and her siblings, my mother and her siblings and in turn my brother, cousin and I were taught by the Joey nuns.  We had a solid education both spiritually and academically.  The direct result of Mother Mary MacKillop’s vision to provide Catholic education for all Catholic children of Australia. In my late…

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    On a History Quest

    We’re on a ‘rabbit trail’ at present. We were contacted by a priest friend asking for help with research on a local tragedy that occurred 70 years ago. In our quest for further information we visited our local historical society yesterday. So fascinating and they had the information we were searching for! The children were thrilled to discover the ‘Card Index’ records the society keeps. Information is recorded on every family who appears in the local paper, we found birth notices and pictures of our family. Considering we have only been here for 15 years we were rather impresssed to find ourselves in records. Yesterday Koala and I visited an…

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    Studying World War 1

    This coming term we will be studying World War 1. I have been compiling lists of books to read and planning research questions and activities. I thought I would share here as they may be of use to others, obviously the questions are of an Australian nature. Movies * Dad to preview suitability for Koala (15) Gallipoli Cooking Make Anzac Biscuits Activity Create a Soldiers or Nurses Uniform, or Dig a Trench. Research and Writing Each of the following should be at least 1 paragraph long, many lend themselves to longer.Create a personal timeline of important dates, also add dates to the Family Timeline book. Include maps where relevant to…