Wow! We are moving into Unit 2 of All American History already!! I can't believe how fast we are making it through these lessons, all the while having fun!
We have moved through the Civil War and the end has come. We are now moving into the Reconstruction. We needed to get the country back in order after the war. It is not always a fun time, but it has to be done. A lot has changed during the war and the country just doesn't know what to do, or how to act. We get to spend two lessons working on this before moving forward.
Unit 2 starts with the Gilded Age or the Age of Optimism. We are busy working on making Americans hopeful for their futures. We are building a new business and industrial revolution and we are trying to cover up the bad with the little bit of good that is happening.
During Unit 2, we will be looking at the presidents of the Gilded Age, The Spanish-American War, The Last Western Frontier, The Second Industrial Revolution, The Progressive Movement, and The Arts, Society, Religion, Recreation and Family Life of The Gilded Age. This is when we get excited! We have learned about the Civil War previously, but this new era is new to us.
Along with a new Unit, comes new fun! We are going to be working on two biographies this time around. Last unit we worked on a power point presentation of Abraham Lincoln. We found that this was a fun way to "write" a biography without actually writing it. This time I plan on letting Moe Man have just as much fun. We will be working on a biography lapbook of Teddy Roosevelt and after that we are going to work on a biography trailer of "Wild Bill" Hickok. I found this fun idea right here!
We will also continue to memorize the presidents as we learn them. It is fun re-memorizing them with Moe Man! I remember when I could tell you every president, and slowly I am getting back there while making sure he remembers them! Not only that, but we are starting in on the states and their capitals as we learn them. I printed up a map from WonderMaps that we are keeping as a running map of all the states as they are added to the union. This has been a wonderful visual way for us to remember what we are learning without it being too big.
Of course, a new unit also means new books! We are loving the book list that is included with the teacher's guide. It makes it super simple to find the living history books that fit well with each unit. Both Moe Man and I sat down together and looked at the list. We decided on four books for this unit. We have Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Jack London's The Call of the Wild, Zachary Kent's The Story of the Rough Riders and Elizabeth Enright's Gone-Away Lake. We will split the work of reading these books up over the next 8 weeks, giving us two weeks for each book.
Both Moe Man and I are super excited to keep going on this history adventure with All American History Vol 2. This curriculum has been fun and full of information. We have enjoyed the hands on fun and look forward to the new fun that lies ahead! We hope you will join us!
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