We finally finished our advertising unit study and have started a new topic – the big bang. We also had a chance to go to the big main library, so I picked up some cool books. So, we actually had a couple of new books we used in homeschooling this week.
Every once in a while, we do an artist study. I picked up Monet (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia. We’ve used the series in the past, so it’s just a question of which artist to pick. Monet sounded good. As a bonus, we should be able to see one of Monet’s paintings in real life this summer when we go to Boston.
To start our study of the Big Bang, we read a picture book overview called Older than The Stars by Karen C. Fox. The text of the book is repetitious, similar to the poem “This Is the House That Jack Built.” On each page, when the next phrase is added, there’s also a bit more detailed information so it works for many different ages. It even has a timeline at the end, starting from the instant of the Big Bang until the present. It was a nice overview of the major events of the creation of the universe, and then we can get more details from other books.
One final book to add this week is The People’s Almanac Presents the Twentieth Century: The Definitive Compendium of Astonishing Events, Amazing People, and Strange-But-True Facts by David Wallechinsky. This is a very thick book full of all kinds of fascinating tidbits. Perfect for the kid or adult who just wants a bit of information, without having to read a whole novel to get it. Mr. Curiosity is loving it, just flipping through it and reading bits and pieces here and there.
Some good books to add this week. This post is part of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up post.
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