Weeks 9 and 10 of school we learned about Carolingian Art using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 6.
We copied scriptures and poems and then illustrated them like monks and scribes did.
We made religious art.
We looked at architecture and identified what had carolingian influence.
We watched a video showing examples of Carolingian architecture.
We talked about epic poems and made up one of our own.
We learned about kennings and came up with some (for example, tiger: savannah pirhanna; whale: water beast).
Weeks 9 and 10 of school we learned about France using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 6.
We had a breakfast of brie, camembert, and boursin cheese, Nut Thins, and purple grape juice.
We made French flags.
We learned about some impressionist artists.
We made a model of the Eiffel Tower.
We drew the outline of France and wrote facts about the country around it.
We made postcards of landmarks in France.
We played a game of Boule.
Weeks 9 and 10 of school we learned about Charlemagne using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 6.
We did map work.
We added to our timeline. Some of the pages are getting filled up.
We watched a video about Charlemagne.
We measured our feet to find out who has the closest to a one-foot foot (answer: Cameron, barely – his is just 1/2″ longer than Fritz’s).
We made of poster of Charlemagne’s contributions to society.
We compared how much space something written in all capitals or all small letters takes up and talked about why the addition of lowercase letters helped the monks.
We made a paper bag puppet of Clovis and then cut his hair. Once his hair was cut he was forbidden from being king ever again.
The boys each picked a famous person from Charlemagne’s time and reported on them to their brothers. Cameron picked Hildegard, Fritz chose Alcuin, and Adrian reported on Pope Leo III.
We made a video recreating the Battle of Roncevaux Pass.
We looked at a picture of Charlemagne’s sword, Joyeuse.
We watched a video about Roland.
We learned about Trial by Ordeal vs. Trial Pleading Your Case and did a role play of each.
Week 8 of school we learned about wild weather using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 5.
We made thundermade thunder by popping paper lunch bags.
We made static electricity.
We demonstrated how water comes out of a bottle faster when it’s swirling like a tornado.
We made a tornado in a bottle and watched the video from several years ago when the little guys made one for the first time.
The boys each picked a wild weather event to learn about and report to their brothers (Cameron: 2004 tsunami, Fritz: 1934 dust storm, Adrian: year without a summer).
We learned about different types of floods and the boys drew pictures to show how they happen.
We made a tornado in a jar.
Week 8 of school we learned about the Britain using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 5.
We found cities, rivers, lakes, and districts on the map of the United Kingdom.
We drew the Union Jack.
Each boy picked a different famous British person (Cameron: William Shakespeare, Fritz: Margaret Thatcher, Adrian: Winston Churchill) and told his brothers about them.
We watched several YouTube videos. We watched one on the changing of the guard at the palace, one of clips from William and Kate’s wedding, one about Big Ben, and one about the Tower of London.
We had an afternoon tea. Cameron made us crumpets, scones, and mint tea.
Week 8 of school we learned about the Anglo Saxons using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 5.
We did map work.
The boys each wrote their names in Old English. We were amazed at how similar Fritz’s name looks.
The boys designed a brooch together.
We asked my Facebook friends if they have a lucky charm. The majority said no.
Weeks 6 and 7 of school we learned about Vikings using Layers of Learning, year 2 unit 4.
We added to our timeline.
We looked at the page on Dublinia in our Ireland trip book and talked about what we saw there.
We did some map work.
We learned about longhouses.
We made a Viking ship.
We had a Viking feast. We ate meat soup, honey glazed vegetables, apple bacon, and bread and drank non-alcoholic mead.
After the feast, we provided each other with live entertainment.
We looked at a map of how the settlement of Vinland was laid out.
We held a Viking funeral. It didn’t quite go how we expected it to. It took a lot longer to get the paper boat to ignite, required the addition of rubbing alcohol, and ended with Cameron juggling flaming cotton balls.
We talked about inflation and compared the cost of things in 1938 versus today.
The boys each picked a different famous Viking to teach his brothers about. Cameron picked Harald Bluetooth and finished his report with a youtube video about why we call it bluetooth today.
Cameron created a PowerPoint of Norse beings and presented it to his brothers.