We’re continuing to learn about state history and colonial times. American History Club is overlapping significantly with our topic of the month. Our next meeting of American History Club is presentations on topics of choice. Miss Adventure has decided to talk about the Jamestown glasshouse that was central to the plot of Shadows in the Glasshouse. Turns out that was a real location within the Jamestown colony. Mr. Curiosity is doing some research into more of the early settlements of North America (places besides Jamestown and Plymouth). We’ve found The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 by Betsy Maestro a helpful place to start.
I found a few more fun American history books. There’s Don’t Know Much About American History by Kenneth C. Davis. It’s laid out in chronological order and asks and answers history questions (like “Who were the robber barons, and whom did they rob? or How did a third-grade girl in Kansas change history?). The answers are presented in a conversationalist style and cover the time period from Europeans discovering American until the September 11th attacks.
Finally, there’s How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein. The book starts out with major territorial acquisitions (like from the French and Indian War or the Louisiana Purchase) and policies that impacted many state borders. Then, the author goes through each of the states alphabetically and describes how each of its borders were determined. There’s a fascinating amount of history in the shape of the states.
As for favorite books, the whole family was excited to receive Rick Riordan’s most recent book from the library. It’s the first book in his new series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer and it was a fight to over who would get to read it first. Mr. Curiosity won because he was the only one not already reading two books. We got it on Monday and three of us have finished it already. If you liked the Percy Jackson or Red Pyramid series, you’ll like this one as well. It’s got the excitement you’d expect, with Norse mythology as the underpinnings. Plus, Annabeth Chase has a cameo.
And those are the books we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
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