The 1700’s Week 3: Australia, the French Revolution, & Lord Byron

In this post: Join us for Week 3 of the 1700’s as we learn about Australia and the French Revolution. We’ve got crafts, food, and fun!

Hello dear ones! So I’m almost caught up with posts. We’re already on Week 3 of the 1800’s in real time. Yes, I’ve got to get my butt out of a rut (pardon my slang). This was an interesting week. I have an embarrassing story to tell but I’ll get to that in a minute. Here’s how we learned:

  • We read about Australia in Story of the World Book 3 and Book 2. We skipped Australia when we were learning about the Middle Ages.
  • We began two short lapbooks: a lapbook on kangaroos and koalas; a lapbook on Australia.
  • We read books on koalas and kangaroos. We also read a book on Australia and Oceania.
  • We watched a video about a dream time story of how the Koala lost it’s tail.
  • We watched a video on how to make Koala noises and we tried.  We also watched several videos about the Outback & dangerous Australian animals.
  • We made aboriginal dot paintings and glued them to our paper towel roll didgeridoo.  We also watched a video of someone playing a didgeridoo.
  • Michael colored a wombat mask.
  • We played a game with animal dice. We had to act like whichever animal it landed on.
  • Michael drew animals and the barrier reef from his Draw Through History book. He also tried drawing tutorials for a koala, a kangaroo, and a kookaburra. We listened to a kookaburra sing/laugh online.
  • Michael and I ate at the Outback Steakhouse for free as a Mother-Son date night. A generous lady paid for our meal. We had fun looking at all the boomerangs and aboriginal art. We split a bloomin’ onion. There’s a picture of Michael in front of an Australian map.
  • At the restaurant, we read Australian facts and about how to speak Australian slang, as we waited for our meal. What’s funny is that we were sitting near Australians the whole time and didn’t know it until we overheard their waiter. I bet we looked the fool over there trying to sound Australian!

The French Revolution etc…

  • We read books about the French Revolution and we had a Marie Antoinette party. We dressed up for a masquerade, danced, ate, and watched the 1930’s Marie Antoinette movie. The way the people persecuted that woman is just horrible. She was a scapegoat for sure. They accused her of the most ridiculous things.

Our Marie Antoinette party: http://amberdover.com/2014/05/18/marie-antoinette-party/

  • We read about Princess Catherine of Russia in Story of the World Book 3. Michael made a fake faberge egg. We used a plastic easter egg and fake gems.
  • We did a composer study on Joseph Haydn.
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds meets Lord Byron shadow box art~  Remember last week I told you to remember the 3D woman from Sir Joshua Reynolds painting? Well, here’s why. I wanted to use her for our Lord Byron poem tree. We used Lord Byron’s poem “She Walks in Beauty”. I saw a poetry tree sketch on Pinterest and it inspired me. So Michael and I both did one. I modge podged Michael’s to a cardboard box and added moss. Then I glued paper butterflies on both of ours for a 3D look. I added Reynold’s lady to the shadow box. She just looks perfect for that poem. I like how the words form the branches. Pictures don’t do it justice. Michael’s picture is shiny because of the modge podge.

I hope you are inspired! Links after the picture…

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Pinterest links:

The 1700’s etc…

Music

More blog posts:

The 1700’s Week 2: http://amberdover.com/2014/05/17/the-1700s-week-2-the-revolutionary-war/

The 1800’s Week 1: 

The 1800’s Week 1: Sacagawea & Claude Monet

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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