Friday, January 11, 2008

Week 19 Report - Beginning 'Russia'

This week we began our "Russia" home-designed unit study. Unlike studies done in younger years, this unit is high on reading/writing and lower on crafty activities. We are using Russia by Eyewitness Books as a spine - and the book is gorgeous!

Here is what Miss M completed in her thematic studies this week:

Cultural Studies

Eyewitness Russia
- selections

□ “Early Russia” □ “A varied land” □ “Peoples of Russia” □ “Wealth of a nation” □ “A life of serfdom” □ “Orthodox religion”

  • VIDEO: "Russia Land of the Tsars" - Disc 1
  • Russian Fairy Book by Dover - finished
  • Peter the Great by Diane Stanley - finished
  • Catherine: The Great Journey, Russia, 1743 (The Royal Diaries) - 1/3 of the way through

  • researched and gave an oral mini-report on the gray wolf of Siberia

  • Wrote a narrative story about "a day in my life" as a peasant (serf) in old Russia
  • Copywork from Eyewitness Russia
  • Using Eyewitness Russia's photographs as a resource, sketched a portrait of herself dressed as a peasant in Old Russia

Additionally, she completed daily lessons in Language Arts, Typing and Math.

We plan to take a field trip to a local Russian market in the next weeks, so I'll post about that when and if we go! We will likely be studying Russia for the next 3-4 weeks before resuming our usual, non-thematic "CM" studies. It was a fun week, and a very simple unit to implement.

Blessings to you!


Tina said...

YEAH! You are encouraging me to do more Russia studying. :o)

Looks like you guys had a fun filled week.


Michele said...

That sounds wonderful! You have developed a well-rounded unit. I look forward to seeing more. Is there a Russian Orthodox church in your area? Even if you did not want to attend the service, it might be a nice tour.


Michele said...

P.S. I cannot wait to see all the yummy food!

LisaWA said...

Now thats a great study! We also read Peter the great and Catherine last year in TOG year 2. I love all of Diane Stanley’s books. The illustration is wonderful too!