Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Mystery of History



It has become a habit for us to listen to a chapter of The Mystery of History by Linda Lacour Hobar during breakfast. We went through Volume II: The Early Church and the Middle Ages and Volume III: The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations this way; it took us about 2 leisurely years! The fascinating historical figures provided us with plenty of good conversation at the breakfast table.

We memorized some key dates and built quite an elaborate "Wall of Fame" timeline with each important figure or event we studied. It's been such a constant on our wall that it's a little sad to take it all off.

The history lesson often led us to investigate more online and in books. Crash Course World History on YouTube is one of our favourites, and we've recently discovered an awesome book about Eleanor of Aquitaine called A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg.

Serena, what's your most memorable historical figure or event that we've studied?
Pentecost (A.D. 29) because it's the first date I memorized and it's such an important aspect in Christian life, and Good King Wenceslas (929) because he was an amazing king without the usual power hunger downfall of many kings in history.

If you could go back in time, which period in history would you visit?
The Renaissance!  Because it was such an artistic period of time, everything seemed to flourish during the Renaissance.

If you could meet one of the people you've studied, who would that be?
Nicholas Copernicus. I'd love to talk ideas with him because he's so smart. Also Eleanor of Aquitaine, just because she's such a great character, so outlandish and daring and fun loving!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Watership Down


Watership Down by Richard Adams is a great story about the endearing friendship and struggles of a group of rabbits. I really enjoyed the audiobook and the unique personalities of the different characters. I especially liked the character Bigwig.

I love bunnies and rabbits alike and know many friends who own them. Drawing rabbits and bunnies is very fun and I enjoyed drawing these pictures. I recommend Watership Down as it is such a great story and I know that anyone who reads it will love it!