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A helpful read: metric & customary systems (Math: Weeks 13-15)

8 Feb

I found this little treasure at my local library. I was looking for a book to give my sons a gentle, younger-elementary age explanation of the Metric System. With the Math grammar particularly in weeks 13-15, my boys have glazed eyes and blank stares as we go over millimeters, centimeters and kilometers. If you haven’t noticed by now, I love to find quality literature to introduce or provide a springboard for new material to my sons. After a quick card catalog search, I found How Tall, How Short, How Far Away? by David Adler. I checked it out, headed home and crossed my fingers that it would help my boys understand a little more about the Metric System.

Ding, ding! We have a winner! This book is an excellent choice for a fun yet gentle introduction to both the Metric and Customary Systems of measurements! It starts off explaining measurements used by Ancient Egyptians, which was a fun connection for us with all of the Ancient Egyptian study that we’ve done this year in conjunction with Cycle 1 of Classical Conversations. Ancient Egyptians used cubits and spans (and a few other units of measure), and they are also used in the Bible. While reading these units of measure, i shift into “skim-read” mode. I have skipped over these units of measure because I have no idea what they mean. However, while reading in Judges 3  yesterday, I read about Ehud making a sword for himself that was a cubit in length. I was so excited to be able to visualize the sword’s length, thanks to How Tall, How Short, How Far Away?

The book quickly moves to the Ancient Romans, who we’ve always studied extensively this year with Cycle 1. They are the ones who take credit for the origins of the Customary System that we use in the United States. Did you know that? I didn’t either. 🙂 This was a fun moment with my boys, too, as they made that connection. The book then introduces the Metric System and explains its origin. It shows the connections between milli-, centi-, kilo- and others in relation to a meter. The final section of the book has different objects of different sizes and asks the reader to indicate which Customary System unit and Metric System unit would be used to measure it. This activity really helped remove the glazed eyes and blank stares from my boys. 🙂 It really was a fun read! I loved watching the Math grammar that my boys previously memorized come to life as we read this book! Even if you’re long past Weeks 13-15 with the Metric grammar (like we are), I would recommend reading this book anyway.

Just a bit of transparency, honesty and encouragement for my CC readers on this glorious Friday morning. 🙂 Yes, you’re reading it correctly–I don’t always do my “extra” reading and activities during the week it corresponds to with CC. Shocker?!?! See, I told you I’m not perfect and don’t have it all together! 🙂 We’re on Week 17, and I’ve had this book for 3 weeks to go along with previous weeks, but we were just able to read it yesterday. No sweat! It was a helpful review of our previous Math grammar, and they loved it! It made no matter to them that we were reading it “late.” So, if you’re stressing out because your CC reading and activities don’t perfectly fall with the corresponding week, don’t! If there was an activity that you wanted to do from Week 7  that you never got around to, go for it now!  It’s okay! Take lots of deep breaths, know that you’re not alone, know that no one is judging you, know that no one else is the perfect homeschool mom either and just simply enjoy learning with your kids. 🙂 Why do we (and yes, I’m including myself in this!!), as homeschool moms put so much pressure on ourselves?!?! Let’s make a pact to stop. What do you think?!?! Happy Friday, readers!

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Cycle 1 Week 5 & 6 Resources: Ancient Rome

8 Oct

My boys have LOVED going back through the Ancient Civilizations with CC this fall. We LOVED studying this last year with Sonlight, and it’s great to have a review this year and to go further in depth with Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Here are some resources for Week 5. Our family is going to take Weeks 5 and 6 to focus on Ancient Rome. What we don’t get to this week, we’ll try to tackle next week. 🙂

Ancient Rome resources:

Illustrate the History Statement-I’m continuing to have the boys illustrate the History Statement. If you’re on CC Connected, we’re using:” C1 History Sentences to Illustrate copy” by loriberlie. On the blog, CCing It One Day at a Time, she’s got some great resources including this one, which gives you a document to illustrate the Week 5 History Statement, including a fill-in-the-blank version with the illustration. Great stuff!

Story of the World-There is a section in Story of the World about the split of Rome. You can find the CC Weeks matched with Story of the World here.

Map Of The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire and the Bible-Again, shout out to Melody at And Here We GO! I love this resource that she shared. The author lists the succession of Roman rulers paralleling the New Testament. SO HELPFUL! Excited to share that with my kids NOW! Wishing that I had learned this in my earlier years as a new Christian. Matthew 2 and Luke 2 talk about the Roman leaders in place when Jesus was born. We’ll also read about Paul appearing before Caeasar in Acts 25-26. This would have been Emperor Nero. We’ll talk more about him related to the Christians he martyred. (see next item).

Christians Martyred under Roman rule–I’m going to take this opportunity to talk to my boys about Christians martyred under Roman rule. My boys remember Nero was a bad dude from our Sonlight studies last year, but this will give them specific examples.

    • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs-Did you know that NERO was the ruler of Rome during the time of Peter and Paul? Nero is famous for martyring many Christians; Matthew, Mark, Peter, Paul and many of the other disciples were martyred during his reign. You can read more about this in Foxes Book of Martyrs which is available to read free online here. Chapter 1 has specifics about when Matthew, Mark (killed by citizens of Alexandria, Egypt–great tie-in with Week 5 Geography), Peter, Paul and the others were killed.
    • Perpetua–I was privileged to travel to Tunisia in Northern Africa after college. I was able to see the ruins shown in the picture above. This is the location of where Perpetua was believed to be martyred by the Romans because she was a Christian. Read her story here. Perpetua was a Christian, wife and mother to a newly-born son. She was martyred shortly after her son’s birth by the Romans.

Books about Ancient Rome–We hope to read some of these over the next 2 weeks.

City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction(by David Macaulay)–We loved his book about The Great Pyramid that we read in Week 2. We’re excited to read this book about the amazing forethought and planning that was the city of Rome.

The Usborne Time Traveler-This journeys through many ancient civilizations including Rome. My boys loved this last year, so we’ll read through it again. I loved their explanation of the Roman roads, traffic, specific buildings that were used as well as the illustrations.

Detectives in Togas and Mystery of the Roman Ransom (by Henry Winterfield)-These would be good Read Alouds for Weeks 5 and 6. Detectives in Togas is the first book and Mystery of the Roman Ransom is the second book. These books are set in Ancient Rome an center around 7 school-age boys studying in a CLASSICAL SCHOOL. 🙂 The boys discover an unsolved mystery in both books and attempt to solve them. I probably enjoyed the books JUST as much as the boys! The end of each chapter leaves you hanging–in a HUGE WAY, so we could not put either of the books down.

Magic Tree House: Vacation Under the Volcano (by Mary Pope Osborne)-We love the Magic Tree House series as Jack and Annie travel back in time via their Magic Tree House. (I must confess that I covet their Tree House and wish that I could travel back in time with them!). I can’t believe I haven’t linked these books with Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. Those are great ones! “Vacation Under the Volcano” is set in Ancient Roman times and is specifically about the city of Pompeii, which was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius. This would be a fun Read Aloud or a great independent read for an elementary schooler.

Magic Tree House: Ancient Rome (a Nonfiction companion to “Vacation Under the Volcano”) –
This has a wealth of facts about life in Ancient Rome. It is the nonfiction book to be used in conjunction with “Vacation Under the Volcano.” Even if you don’t read it as a stand alone book it will be a great resource on Ancient Rome.

Romulus and Remus-This is a great easy-to-read story about the twin boys, Romulous and Remus, who founded Rome. Your kiddos will love this story if they’ve never heard it. The boys were raised by wolves! As you know this is a Timeline Card for Week 4, so I can’t wait to read this with my boys.

Roman Myths-My boys love Greek Myths so much that we will definitely check out this resource! From the looks of Amazon, it must be out of print. You may want to check your library; ours had it! yay!

Lots of great Week 5 Ancient Rome literature resources! I’ll included other resources for the other subjects for Week 5 in a separate post. Enjoy!