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Timeline and Lapbook for WW2

23 Feb

Today we continued our study on WW2.  I found this amazing Unit Study to add to our studies.  We have been using Tapestry of Grace for 3 years, and I love it!  My oldest son is in Rhetoric, my middle son is in Dialectic, and my youngest son is in Upper Grammar.  I usually try to find something to add to the younger son’s work to make sure he is grasping all the concepts we cover.  He doesn’t like to read a lot, so this proves to be a challenge in TOG because it is literature driven.

However, we do a lot of read a louds and books on tape.  Luckily, we are in Y4, so a lot of his books can be found online.  They  have been interested in history this year because we have been discussing WW1 and WW2.

I came across a great product this week and decided to give it a try.  It is a product from Homeschool In The Woods-Time Travelers.  Here is the link to their website: History Through the Ages.  I printed off the timeline and the timeline figures and got that setup today.  A lot of what we did today was review (as we had already covered through Pearl Harbor in TOG), but I wanted to go back and get the timeline done.

I think the timeline is a great way for them to visualize when these events took place.  They can look at the timeline and see it!

I highly recommend this product!

We will also be doing additional projects over the next few weeks.  Here are just a few of those:

-Victory Garden

-Silly Putty

-Making Bombers

-Salt dough map of Europe


Be Blessed,
Kimberly 🙂


Thomas and Aaron holding their timeline

Timeline and Lapbook-all printables come on the DVD



Our Study on WW2

22 Feb

Today we were working on our WW2 study (we use Tapestry of Grace), and one of the interesting things we learned is that Silly Putty was discovered by accident.  “During World War II, Japan invaded numerous rubber-producing countries, cutting the United States off from the rubber supplies it needed to manufacture truck tires and boots.  So the War Production Board asked American companies to develop a synthetic rubber.  James Wright, a General Electric engineer, invented a gooey, bouncy substance when he combined boric acid and silicone oil in a test tube.  Wright didn’t see a use for it, but marketing whiz Peter Hodgson thought it would make a great toy.  He was right.  When Hodgson introduced it to American kids in 1949 it was an instant hit.  In 2000, Silly Putty celebrated its 50th year of popularity and it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.” Great World War II Projects

Our boys have loved learning about World War II and anytime we can do some hands on projects, it’s even better!  So, today we decided to make some Silly Putty.  It turned out pretty good-but take heart it is messy!

What You’ll Need

2 cups Elmer’s all-purpose glue

1 cup liquid starch

large ziplock bag (but I would use a bowl next time)

food coloring

1. Pour the glue and starch into the bowl and mix it well.

2. Once it’s mixed well, add the food coloring.  (This was enough to make two batches)

3. To keep it from drying out, put it in a ziplock bag when you’re not playing with it.

Getting Supplies

List of Supplies

Working Together

Liquid Starch

Beginning Stages

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