We're coming down the home stretch of another successful home school year! I can hardly believe how quickly this school year came and went.
One of the definite highlights of our year were the wonderful pieces of literature we read in our condensed year of American history put together by Sonlight. It was my intention upfront of buying this core and reselling it, which I still plan to do, however, I wasn't prepared for us to become attached to many of these books!
What a great way to learn about our US history through living books, where we laugh and cry along with the characters that seem to come to life, as opposed to reading a dry, boring history textbook!
Some of our top faves were Johnny Tremain, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, By the Great Horn Spoon, Cheaper By the Dozen (minus the language), Little Britches, and The Wright Brothers. I have promised Jared to keep our favorites and add them to our home library.
Another one of our favorites was In Search of the Source. If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it!
One of the most touching parts of this story for me was when they worked their way through the gospels, explaining the death and crucifixion of Jesus. As this had never been taught to the people, they really had no understanding of what took place. The concept of being crucified is something they were totally unfamiliar with.
After the translating of the book of Luke they decided to show them a film of the gospel story, to give them more of an understanding. As they watched the film they came to the part where Jesus was nailed to the cross. The Folopa women "erupted into excruciating wailing". They never understood that he was still alive while being nailed to the cross and, furthermore, how He could possibly say "Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do."
Get yourself a copy of this one! :)
Now, it's time to finish planning what curriculum to use for next year. I'm already looking forward to digging into the stack of reading books I've selected (Sonlight's Core G of World History).
I hope everyone had a great school year...