It’s a new month, which means new topics. I decided it was time to set our sights for far away lands, and study some explorers. We started with So You Want to Be an Explorer? by Judith St. George and illustrated by David Small. The pair have done other books in the same style (Presidents and Inventors) that we’ve also enjoyed. The basic set-up for the book is the page starts with a characteristic of explorers (curiosity, or risk taking, or determination, for example) and then a quick story about an explorer who demonstrates that characteristic. The book spans everything from Vikings to astronauts, so it gives a good overview of some of the big explorers.
From there, I let Miss Curiosity choose which explorer she wanted to study further. She decided she wanted to learn about Amelia Earhart. I found her Vanished!: The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Monica Kulling. This is an early chapter book designed for grades 2-4 (which just shows what a good reader Miss Curiosity is since it was on the easy side for her). The book starts with her mysterious disappearance while trying to circumnavigate the world and then fills in the details of her life, ending with some of the theories as to what happened to her. It provides either actual photographs or illustrations on each page.
Mr. Curiosity is supplementing his explorers knowledge by reading Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny le Couteur. I knew when I read the book (I reviewed it here) that the first three chapters would be perfect for him and explorers.
Our other new topic for the month has to do with performance of the week. We’re doing classical music, specifically from the classical era (since we did baroque music last year). I don’t usually read a biography with performance of the week, but the classical composers we’ll be doing this month are so big and important, I’d like to at least touch on their lives as well as their music. We started with Mozart this week, and I found a fun book to introduce him to the kids: Mozart: Scenes from the Childhood of the Great Composer by Catherine Brighton. It’s told from the viewpoint of Mozart’s sister, Nannerl, who was an important clue in one of the 39 Clues books. I love being able to tie multiple elements together in one activity!
And those were the books we used this week. I’m linking up with the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers weekly wrap-up.