Time for the Sunday Sweep! Favorite resources that fueled our curiosity this past week.
Documentary of the Week: The Folklorist
Since half of our week was spent state-hopping, our school time was pretty minimal. Here's one of our favorite channels for "history nibbles". Watch the story of Deborah Samson, female fighter of the Revolutionary War, or Robert Smalls, runaway slave who commandeered a steamboat and delivered it to Union forces. Have you heard of the Year without a Summer when it snowed in Albany in June? or the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 that killed 21 people? To give you a taste, here's one of our favorites - the story of Hugh Glass (I was so inspired by the story that after watching this I agreed to watch The Revenant with the Engineer. Hollywood totally butchered the story. Don't make the same mistake I made! Stick with the Folklorist version!
Game of the Week: Bohnanza
We pulled this card game out on Saturday afternoon and enjoyed it for the I-don't-know-how-manyeth time. Planting bean fields, figuring out the best time to liquidate your crop, trading seeds with other players...there's nothing not to love. It's totally appropriate for non-readers, too. Oh, and the graphics are hilarious.
Bonus Awesomeness: Geography Songs
We LOVE Kathy Troxel's educational songs. My three-year-old still has the Presidents song stuck in his head (he sings "Polk and Taylor, Filmore..." over and over and over and...) Geography songs is just as great! Catchy tunes (no dumb raps...gosh, I hate those), short lists organized by region so that you can get in front of a map and learn to recognize nations a chunk at a time. This can be part of an organized "subject" or just a great CD to listen to in the car. It won't drive you crazy. I promise. I wouldn't do that to you.
Don't forget to peek at my Instagram to see what awesome books we enjoyed this week. Got a favorite resource that fueled your curiosity this week? Leave a comment and point me in the right direction!
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