I didn't really know what to expect when I was chosen to review This Week In History, a daily resource provided by Thomas Jefferson Education. Let me just say, I was completely wowed! This is one of the best all-around resources that I have had access to in a long time.
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So, just why do I think it's one of the best all-around resources? I'll tell you! While I plan on utilizing as many lessons as possible in the future, I am currently focusing on the week of July 5-11. This one week alone was rich with content about Carlo Collodi and the classic Pinocchio, crickets, flowers, George W. Bush, a Japanese festival, the Liberty Bell, creating your own history, Nikola Tesla, Mary McLeod Bethune, Wyoming, E.B. White and John Quincy Adams. As if this wonderful educational smorgasbord weren't enough, there are links to videos, crafts, discussion questions, activities, photos, documents, books, and so much more. I can literally teach all 5 of my children, (ages 14, 12, 12, 4, and 2) from the same content.
Our current focus is on the classic story of Pinocchio and crickets. I am working on a lapbook with my 2 and 4 year old children. Thanks to one of the links included in the resources, I was able to download the Puffin Classic version of Pinocchio to my Kindle Fire. I, myself, had never read the story so I was just as intrigued as my 4 year old was and we read the entire book in one day!
|The lapbook we are still working on.|
|Waiting for Mr. Cricket to finish drying!|
I plan on posting more pictures once our lapbook is finished so check back later! Until then, chirp-chirp! :)
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