Videos, Printables, Books, Links & More :: Supplementary Sonlight Core A Resource

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I routinely look up videos, printables, additional books, and other material to enrich our studies as we work through Core A. I will continue to update this list with links, as well my notes on the supplemental material, so you can enjoy it too!

Additional links, printables, books, videos and more | Supplementary Resources for homeschooling with Sonlight Core A | LIST WILL BE UPDATED WEEKLY

WEEKS 1-36 | MUSIC
We enjoy Songs for Saplings: ABCs and Songs for Saplings: 123s, which are free streaming (and more ear-pleasing) alternatives to the assigned Sing the Word: From A – Z CD.

WEEKS 1-36 + beyond, to additional cores | COLORING PAGES & TIMELINE FIGURES
Your already know your Core from Sonlight comes with a sticker pack of selected timeline figures. But did you know the figures in the Sonlight sticker pack were chosen by Sonlight from a larger set of figures created by Homeschool in the Woods? That’s why, as you may have noticed, sometimes your Sonlight Instructor’s Guide suggests placing a  timeline figure, but the figure is not included in the Sonlight sticker pack.  If you want these extra figures that don’t come in the pack, you might want to consider purchasing the complete 2-CD set of figures either directly from Homeschool in the Woods, or at a discount from a third-party seller like eBay. These CDs contain PDFs and GIF files of over 1,260 timeline figures, from the beginning of time to today. And here’s the best part. Because of the way the discs are set up, you have the option to print the figures at any time, at notebook-timeline size, slightly large wall-timeline size, or — yes! — at full-size. The full-size option is one of my absolute favorite features.  This means you’re able to print any timeline figure at any time onto 8.5 x11 paper, and use it as a coloring page. It’s really a wonderful option well worth the money, as you can print out a coloring page of the person/event/civilization you’re about to study. This is great, especially for hands-on children who need to be active while listening to the parent read aloud. (And if you’re printing the smaller sticker versions? No need for sticker paper. Just use regular paper and a glue stick.)

Week 1 | Days 2-4 | The First People
ADAM & EVE, THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS
Resources: SONGS “18. Who Were Our First Parents?”, “19. How Did God Make Adam & Eve?” from Songs for Saplings: Volume 1, God & Creation

Week 1 | Day 5 | The Story About Ping
CORMORANT FISHERMEN, CHINA, YANGTZE RIVER
Resources: VIDEO of cormorant fisherman in China (2 min)

PHOTO of cormorant fishermen in China

Week 2 | Day 2 | The First Farmers
ADAM & EVE, THE FIRST PEOPLE, THE FIRST FARMERS
Repeated Resources: SONGS “18. Who Were Our First Parents?”, “19. How Did God Make Adam & Eve?” from Songs for Saplings: Volume 1, God & Creation
Notes:
 The first people, Adam and Eve and their children, were farmers & shepherds. Genesis 2:15: “The Lord God took man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 4:2b: “Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain was a worker of the ground.”

Week 2 | Day 3 | Ancient Egypt
EGYPTIAN CIVILIZATION
Resources: VIDEO of Kids’ Animated History with Pipo, Ancient Egypt, Part 1 (11 min)
Notes:  At -2:31, the afterlife is mentioned, explaining why Pharaoh’s tombs are full of treasure. The afterlife, both from an Ancient Egyptian and a Christian perspective, is covered in the Instructor’s Guide for this Core.  Depending on your child/ren, you may wish to stop the video with -:56 left when the narrator introduces, with spooky sounds, Episode 2: The Curse of Tutankhamen.

Week 2 | Day 4 | Ancient Egypt
MUD BRICKS
Resources: VIDEO from RFE/RL of Tajik children making mud bricks. (2 min)
Additional Discussion Points: The realities of life for children in other countries; the privileges of our own life.
Questions to Ask: Would you like to make bricks from breakfast to bedtime with no toys, no books, no television and no snacks? Do you think the Israelites liked to make bricks for the Egyptians?

Week 2 | Day 4 | Ancient Egypt
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN GAMES

Resources: PRINTABLE Seega and Mehen, two ancient Egyptian board games.
How to access:
1. Click on >Ancient Egypt
2. Click on >Printable Activities
3. Choose a board game to view the printable PDF

Week 3 | Day 2 | Ancient Greece
ANCIENT GREEKS, OLYMPIC GAMES
Resources:
INTERACTIVE Visit the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece
How to access:
1. Scroll down the page until you reach the “Activities” section
2. Click on “The Olympics: Visit the Olympic Games!”
3. This will launch the interactive — an illustrated dialogue box will appear.
4.  Hover your mouse over the different areas, read the captions, and click on the highlighted areas. It works like an interactive Usborne book :)
Note: For younger children, you may want to have control of the mouse, and either have your child read aloud, or read aloud to your child, as you progress through the interactive.

Week 3 | Day 2 | Ancient Greece
ANCIENT GREEKS, OLYMPIC GAMES
Resources:
VIDEO The Origins of the Olympics Games (3 min)
Notes: Animation style is very clever, modeled after the art of Ancient Greece. At the 2:00 mark in the video, the narrator explains how ancient Olympians competed sans loincloth. We did not omit this section, but if you wish to avoid, skip forward to 2:20.

Week 3 | Day 4 | Ancient Rome
IMPERIAL ROME
Resources: VIDEO Kids’ Animated History with Pipo: Imperial Rome, Part 1 (11 min)
Notes: This episode is a bit more violent than the Egyptian one; there are animated blows to the head, sword fighting, etc which result in death. Historically accurate, and animated rather than dramatized, but may frighten a particularly sensitive child.

Week 4 | Day 1 | Ancient Rome
ROMAN CLOTHING
Resources: PRINTABLE template for an Imperial Roman Soldier Helmet Paper Craft
Note: The helmet project requires piecing together a multi-part template. If you want something simpler, here’s a PRINTABLE Roman Brooch you can attach to cardboard and a safety pin and use to accessorize a tunic, stola, or toga (made from a simple sheet, of course!)

Week 4 | Day 1 | Ancient Rome
ROMAN HOMES, MOSAICS
Resources: INTERACTIVE Create a simple mosaic online
Notes: This is a great game to practice beginning computer mouse skills! The child/ren do/es not need to have the coordination to drag and drop, since this interactive lets you create a colorful mosaic by just moving the mouse and clicking.

Week 4 | Day 2 | Ancient Rome
ROMAN FOOD
Resources: PHOTO of the manuscript of The Art of Cooking by Apicius

Week 4 | Days 1-2 | Ancient Rome
ROMAN HOMES, ROMAN FOOD
Resources:
VIDEO BBC Bitesize K-2 What did the Romans eat? (2 min)
Notes: BBC Bitesize/BBC Education produces many excellent short dramatized and documentary-style videos for students. These videos cover a wealth of topics. For instance, in the Roman History category, you’ll find videos like How did Romans go to the toilet? , How did Romans keep clean?How Roman baths worked, A Tour of a Roman Villa [note: shows a topless fresco], and more. And it’s not just for history! You’ll find interactive resources and videos for Science, Geography, the Arts, Foreign Language, and more on the BBC Education page. One caveat is that these clips usually don’t play properly if you’re located outside of the United Kingdom.  However, if you’re using Chrome (or an iPad/iPhone/Android), you can simply add this “Tunnel Bear” extension to Chrome (or to your iPad/iPhone/Android). Then, click on the extension’s icon in your browser toolbar (or use the app), select “United Kingdom” from the list, and return to the links on this page to view the videos in their entirety! After using up the data provided in the free trial, you may wish to subscribe to the service at $6.99/month. We find it’s an excellent addition to our studies.

Week 4 | Day 3 | Roman Travel
ROMAN CHARIOT RACES
Resources: PHOTO of a Roman chariot race reenactor, and VIDEO of kids playing chariot race games at St. Ignatius School (2 min)
Notes: If you wish to show your child/ren the possible dangers of chariot racing, without showing the Ben Hur clip in which a man is trampled, this video is a humorous alternative. In this video, kids and teachers pull other each other in various wheeled contraptions. My daughter was laughing hysterically as they ran, crashed, and cheered.
Questions to Ask: These children are pretending to be horses as they pull pretend chariots. Do you think chariot races were safe? Since the Ancient Romans did not have entertainment like television, what are some things they may have watched?

Week 4 | Day 4 | St. Thomas
SAINT THOMAS, INDIA, FIRST MISSIONARIES
Resources: COLORING PAGE of St. Thomas from the Homeschool in the Woods Complete Timeline Figure Collection on CD (separate purchase; see note at top of page)

Week 4 | Day 5 | John Mark
WRITING THE BIBLE , SAINT MARK, JOHN MARK
Resources: COLORING PAGE of an apostle writing the Bible

Week 5 | Day 1 | The Vikings
VIKING WARRIORS
Resources: VIDEO of Kids’ Animated History with Pipo: The Vikings (10 min, shorter if you edit for young ages according to notes below)
Notes: The video opens with the Ice Age, and with the presumption that early peoples weren’t too smart. If you wish to jump directly to the section about the Vikings, just start the video playing at the -9;47 remaining mark, (about 1:13 into the film). Also, if you have a sensitive child and wish to omit the rather scary section about the Vikings’ afterlife beliefs, stop the video when the word “Ragnarök” appears, (-3:39 left, about 7:29 into the film) and then skip forward to about 9:22 into the film. For what it’s worth, I think this video — even with the editing needed for young and/or sensitive children — is much better than the rather silly and disrespectful one recommended in the latest QR code-enabled version of the Children’s Encylopedia.
Additional note: The episode opens with the monastery at Lindesfarne — see day 5!

Week 5 | Day 2 | The Vikings
SHEEP SHEARING, MAKING CLOTH, VIKING CLOTHING
Resources: VIDEO from Artists and Farmers: Jess Brown’s Dollmaking Process (2 min)
Notes: No narration, but just simple scenes of sheep shearing interspersed with sewing by hand, to help kids make the connection between sheep’s wool and fabric.

Week 5 | Day 4 | The Vikings
LONGSHIPS, VIKING TRAVEL
Resources: COLORING PAGE of Viking Longship

Week 5 | Day 4 | The Vikings
LONGSHIPS, VIKING TRAVEL
Resources: VIDEO The Vikings in a Nutshell (2 min)
Notes: Excellent overview!

Week 5 | Day 5 | Lindisfarne and the Viking Attack
THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS; ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS
Resources: PHOTOGRAPHS of pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels via the British Library
Additional discussion points to read aloud to your child/ren:
During the time the Vikings and the people of Lindisfarne lived, there were no printers. There were no bookstores, and there were very few books. Imagine if you had a book, and your friend wanted one too. You’d have to write every single word in the entire book! And you wouldn’t write it onto paper, but you’d have to write it onto a special material called vellum, which would not tear easily like paper.  Vellum was not easy to make. Also in the time that the Vikings and the people of Lindisfarne lived, there weren’t any crayons or markers. But the scribes — that’s someone who copies writing — wanted to make their books colorful. Do you remember how the first people made colorful paint and dye out of berries and plants? The monks and scribes did, too!  In these pictures, you’ll see photographs of the exact pages the scribes of Lindisfarne wrote and painted. It was not an easy process, and took them a long time. No wonder the Lindisfarne Gospels were such a treasure!
Additional Notes:  I HIGHLY recommend reading The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane to your child/ren. You can see a brief review below.

Week 5 | Day 5 | Lindisfarne and the Viking Attack
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS
Resources: PHOTOGRAPHS of illuminated manuscript pages via the J. Paul Getty Museum (zoom detail)

Notes: This is one of my favorite resources for viewing illuminated manuscript pages, because you can click with your mouse and keep zooming in to see incredible detail!

Week 5 | Day 5 | Lindisfarne and the Viking Attack
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS

Resources: BOOK called The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane
Notes:must-read! This vibrant, rhyming book is a treasure. It’s all about the Irish monasteries of medieval times, where the famous “illuminated manuscripts” were copied, and tells the story of those Irish monks who created incredible pigments from materials found in nature. Each page is illustrated in the style of the illuminated manuscripts themselves. If you choose just one additional resource on this topic,  this is the one.

Week 5 | Day 5 | Lindisfarne and the Viking Attack
ILLUMINATED LETTERS, SCRIBES & COPYISTS

Resources: PRINTABLE COLORING PAGES of illuminated letters from A-Z and PRINTABLE COLORING PAGE of a scribe in a scriptorium copying a book
and a beautiful woodcut-style PRINTABLE COLORING PAGE of one of the Lindisfarne monks (page 33 only)
Notes: While you read aloud, your child/ren can paint their own illuminated letter/s with a brush and watercolors.

Week 6 | Day 1 | Saint Patrick
SAINT PATRICK; IRELAND
Resource:
BOOK by Tomie dePaola called 
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland 
Note: You may wish skip the assigned reading and read this book aloud to your child/ren instead. This book is simple yet rich, easy for children to follow, and is illustrated in a style that is bright, modern and somehow still entirely appropriate to the time period. The first three-quarters of the book tells the real life story of Patrick; the last section of the book addresses several legends about his life. Many libraries have a copy!

Week 6 | Day 1 | Saint Patrick
SAINT PATRICK; IRELAND
Resource: Beautiful woodcut-style PRINTABLE COLORING PAGE of Saint Patrick
(page 87) and PRINTABLE 1-PAGE MAP of Saint Patrick’s Travels (page 91)
Note
:
The printable map also includes Lindisfarne!

Week 6 DAYS 2-4 | COMING SOON (I have books on hold at the library to review for this section)

Week 6 | Day 5 | Margaret, Queen of Scotland
SCOTLAND
Resource: BOOK called The Story of Scotland 
Notes:
 This book is not specifically about Margaret but it provides a fun and colorful supplement if you wish to study Scotland further.
Additional note: Saint Margaret lived in the 1000s and was an exiled Hungarian-born English princess who married Malcom III, King of Scotland. When looking up other material on her, be careful not to confuse her with a very different member of Scottish royalty, Margaret, Queen of Scots. The latter Margaret lived in the 1500s, can also be referred to as Margaret Tudor, and was the grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Week 6 | Day 5 | Margaret, Queen of Scotland
SAINT/QUEEN MARGARET; SCOTLAND
Resource
: ILLUSTRATION of Margaret of Scotland with the poor (you may wish to print my edited black-and-white PRINTABLE COLORING PAGE version, which is not as high quality but is more printer-friendly).
Additional discussion points to read aloud to your child/ren: Margaret was a princess who married the king of Scotland. In some churches, people remember men and women who loved God, and call them by the special name, “saint”.  Do you remember learning about Patrick, Columba, Boniface and Augustus? People call them “saints”. Some people call Queen Margaret, “Saint Margaret”, too.  During the time the saints lived, people didn’t necessarily think they were very important. Saints didn’t always have a lot of things or a lot of friends or fancy houses, and they weren’t always very popular.  But they loved God very much. But Queen Margaret was actually very important during her time in history.  She was royalty! In this pretty painting, an artist imagines what she might have looked like. We don’t know for sure, because there were no cameras — just like there were no printers! But just because Queen Margaret was popular and important and her husband was a king, she didn’t let that stop her from being kind. People today still remember Queen Margaret for her kindness to the poor, and to people who were in prison. She was very generous and helped people in Scotland who needed food and a place to live.
Questions to Ask:  What is more important to God, the fact Margaret was a princess,  or the fact that she was kind?  Margaret had lots of things and lots of food. She shared what she had with other people. But God tells us it’s important to share even if we don’t have a lot of extra. What are some ways you can share and be kind today, just like Queen Margaret?

Before starting Week 7 | Middle Ages
MEDIEVAL ENGLAND; KING ALFRED
Resources: Veritas Press BOOK called Alfred the King
Notes: This is just such an excellent reader for this point in Core A. It’s the perfect segue from the Vikings to Medieval England, as it talks about the men from the North (Vikings) who attack the Anglo-Saxons, and the Anglo-Saxons’ response. It’s written at a fun, tongue-twisting first grade reading level, or you can read aloud to your child/ren. Like the Sonlight Instructor’s Guides, this book is written from a strongly Christian perspective. Although it might be hard to find at your local library, it usually can be find for $2-3 (see link above).

Week 7 | Days 1-4 | Middle Ages
MEDIEVAL TIMES
Resources: PRINTABLE COLORING PAGES of castles, kings, lord and ladies, medieval banquets, and more
Notes:
 Very detailed! Great for your child/ren to color in while you read this week. In addition to the coloring pages, there are also some more complicated cut, fold and glue models for older children, as well as simple earl and lady cut-and-color face masks for younger kids.

Week 7 | Day 1 | Middle Ages
KNIGHTS, MEDIEVAL JOUSTING

Resources: VIDEO of Medieval Jousting Re-enactment (4 min)
Notes: No narration; fan footage from a re-enactment.

Week 7 | Day 2 | Middle Ages
KNIGHTS’ ARMOR, MEDIEVAL CLOTHING

Resources: VIDEO from Museum Replicas: Arming of a Knight (2-3 min)
Notes: Set to a cinematic score, shows an actor getting dressed as a knight with armor, piece by piece. Short, but very dramatic and exciting!

Week 7 | Day 4 | Middle Ages
MEDIEVAL CLOTHING, MEDIEVAL HOMES, MEDIEVAL FOOD
Resources: VIDEO from Good Reads for Kids: Life in the Middle Ages
(4 min)
Notes: Narrated rather than dramatized, this short video offers children an excellent overview on utensil use, baths, clothing and more in the Middle Ages.

Week 8 | Day 1 | Travel in Medieval Europe
MEDIEVAL PEDDLERS
Resource: Old ILLUSTRATION of a peddler selling turnips 
and Old ILLUSTRATION “A” of a traveling seller of olive oil and Old ILLUSTRATION “B” of a traveling seller of olive oil
Notes:
Point out to your child/ren the basket the peddler is wearing on his back. Remind  them that there were no cars in the middle ages! Point out that the olive oil seller is pouring from his large jug into the buyer’s smaller jug, and explain that the seller would have carried  jugs in baskets on a pole across his shoulders and back. Talk about how shopping for groceries would have been different in the middle ages.

Week 8 | Day 2 | Inca Cities
PERU, MODERN DAY PERU
Resources: AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO from New Dimension Media: Peru, Justina and her Llama (15 min)
Notes:
At the time of this posting, this title was available for free for Amazon Prime members. If you don’t have Prime, you can sign up here for a 30-day free trial.
Additional Notes: Before viewing, explain to your child/ren that while the video may seem like it happened it long time ago, it shows the way some — some, but not all — people in rural Peru live today.  About 2:48 into the video, a wizard/medicine man appears and talks about gods. If you wish to skip this part, click forward to about 3:50.

Week 8 | Day 2 | Inca Cities
PERU, MODERN DAY PERU
Resources:
Stunning PHOTOS of life in Peru by author/photographer Peter Menzel
Notes: Two more great resources by Peter Menzel are his extremely well done books entitled Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Country and What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. I recommend keeping them on hand for not just this Core, but many Cores to come. We love to look up a country in the book whenever we encounter it in our studies. (You can see an abbreviated online version of Material World here, which shows portraits of families from around the world, with everything they own.)

Week 8 | Day 3 | China
CHINA, CHINESE TEA, TEA HARVESTING,
Resources: VIDEO called Tea Time in China (3 min)
Notes: Tea bags are really only part of the story! This short clip contains really interesting footage and explanation of tea harvest and brewing in China.

Week 8 | Day 3 | China
THE FORBIDDEN CITY, CHINA
Resources: MOVIE called The Karate Kid
(2010, w/ Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith)
Notes:  Parents of sensitive children, this film does contain fight scenes.
Additional Notes: A real favorite here, with a good message!  Contains beautiful footage of the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, Wudang Mountain, a shadow puppet show, and a somewhat typical peek into upper class city life in Beijing. P.S. Why we teach and learn traditional Mandarin Chinese as our foreign language. 

Week 8 | Day 4 | China
CHINESE WAYS, THE SILK ROAD
Resources: VIDEO of Kids’ Animated History with Pipo: Ancient China, Part 2
(11 min)
Notes: A terrific and beautiful overview of the history of Chinese culture, including the the Silk Road, famous Chinese discoveries, and more.  If you wish to avoid the part about energy imbalances and a discussion of needles and acupuncture, simply begin playing this at 2:40 into the video.
Additional Notes: Part 2, which I have linked to here, is gentle, non-violent, and much more interesting for young children than Part 1.  Part 1 is a separate video not linked here and isn’t essential to understanding the content of Part 2.

Week 9 | Day 1 | Hudson Taylor
J. HUDSON TAYLOR, CHINA
Resources:
BOOK called Heroes for Young Readers: J. Hudson Taylor by Renee Meloche/YWAM (also available via Amazon)
Notes: I was about the age of a typical Core A student when I first learned about Hudson Taylor, and he quickly became one of my favorite people to read about. But, the way he’s presented — the way anyone’s presented  in “I Heard Good News Today” ! — doesn’t making him the most thrilling person, does it? It’s too bad, because his life story is full of so much adventure. Thankfully, this Renee Meloche book tells kids about Hudson Taylor in a much more exciting way. Fully illustrated, and the rhyming verse makes this series particularly engaging.

Week 9 | Day 1 | Hudson Taylor
J. HUDSON TAYLOR, CHINA
Resources: BOOK called Little Lights Series, Hudson Taylor: Could Somebody Pass the Salt by Catherine Mackenzie
(also available via Amazon)
Notes: Rather than provide an overarching biography, each book in the Little Lights Series tells the story of some true event in the main character’s childhood, then ties that event in with the main character’s life work as an adult.  Geared for perhaps an even younger audience than the Heroes for Young Readers series above, the titles in the Little Lights series are perfect this Core, or for younger siblings tagging along during read-aloud time.

Week 9 | Day 1 | Hudson Taylor
J. HUDSON TAYLOR, CHINA
Resources: VIDEO called A True Story of Missionaries in China: Hudson Taylor (7 min)
Notes: Delightfully animated with English subtitles, this Chinese video is a great introduction to Hudson Taylor. My daughter watched it twice in a row! I also love that this animation includes the powerful moment in his life where he makes the decision to dress in a Chinese, not English, manner — this part is excluded from assigned Hudson Taylor chapter in I Heard Good News Today.

Week 9 | Day 2 | China
ANCIENT CHINA, CHINESE DYNASTIES
Resources: Ancient China SONG by Mr. Nicky on YouTube (4 min)
Notes: This is a factual parody called “Cracked Lines” set to the tune of “Blurred Lines”. Catchy, funny, and full of facts about China, it’s perfect to round out the China segment before moving on to the next assigned subject.

Week 9 | Day 3 | Tudor England
TUDOR ENGLAND, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Resources:  “The Wind and the Rain” SONG from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (1 min) and “Soul Cake” SONG (1 min)
Notes: Listen to other Shakespeare-era songs from the website Kids Love Shakespeare. I also completely love Sting’s version of “Soul Cake“, from his winter/Christmas-themed album.

Week 10 | Days 1-2 | Spice Trade & Sea Exploration
SPICE TRADE ROUTE, INDIA, SEA EXPLORATION
Resources:  VIDEO from the BBC, “The Story of India, Episode 3: Spice Routes and Silk Roads (first 9 minutes)
Notes: Incredible documentary footage of Indian ports along the spice route; modern, yet frozen in time.  Shows traditional boat builders using ancient Roman techniques, talks about monsoon currents as sailing and exploration aids, shows spice (pepper, ginger) warehouses, and introduces the idea of spices as food preservation.  The first nine minutes of this episode perfectly tie in to the assigned reading!

Week 10 | Day 4 | Living in Colonial America
PLYMOUTH PLANTATION, COLONIAL AMERICA
Resources: VIDEO from Bob Vila of a replica Plimoth/Plymouth Plantation village
 (5 min)
Notes: Includes appearances from in-character historical re-enactors; shows construction of houses and typical home interior.

Week 11 | Day 1 | North American Indian Clothes & Homes
NATIVE AMERICANS, EARLY AMERICAN CLOTHING
Resources: COLORING PAGE of a Native American woman and COLORING PAGE of a Wampanoag dwelling

Week 11 | Day 1 | Food in the New World
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING
Resources: VIDEO from The Guardian Food: Thanksgiving Food, What Did the Pilgrims Eat? (2 min)
Notes: Mentions alcohol — or the lack thereof — at the first Thanksgiving.

Week 11 | Day 1 | Food in the New World
CHOCOLATE, FOOD FROM THE NEW WORLD
Resources: VIDEO from SNA Kids about the history of chocolate and how chocolate is made (4 min)
Notes: This video, filmed in Costa Rica, is hosted and narrated by an elementary age boy. He shows us cacao pods on the tree, as well as the process of making ancient hot chocolate, beginning with the process of harvesting and roasting the cocoa beans by hand. Discusses how chocolate was brought to Europe from the New World — just like today’s assigned reading says!
Additional Notes: Today’s assigned reading also talks about tea being imported from China to Europe. I have linked to a short tea harvesting video in Week 8, Day 3 above.

Week 11 | Day 2 | Dutch merchants’ houses
THE NETHERLANDS, HOLLAND, DUTCH TOWNS
Resources:  PHOTO of people sitting at restaurant table and chairs on a frozen canal in Leiden, the Netherlands,
a PHOTO of classic Dutch windmills, a gorgeous, huge PHOTO of people skating on a frozen canal in the rural Netherlands, and a PHOTO of grachtenpand, canal houses, and this incredible PINTEREST board (not mine) about the Dutch Golden Age for Kids. Includes a canal house COLORING PAGE, maps, book recommendations, paintings of the Dutch masters, craft ideas and more.
Notes: The Instructor’s Guide mentions residents using hook and pulley systems to load furniture into the narrow canal houses. Current residents often use a cherry picker to hoist large items into the homes, as seen in this photo.

Week 11 | Day 3 | Better Food in Europe
TABLE MANNERS
Resources: VIDEO explaining table manners to kids (4 min)

Week 12 | Day 1 | David Livingstone
DAVID LIVINGSTON; THE EXLORATION OF AFRICA
Resources: BOOK called Heroes for Young Readers: David Livingston by Renee Meloche/YWAM (also available via Amazon)
Notes:
  Fully illustrated, and the rhyming verse makes this series particularly engaging.

Week 12 | Day 1 | David Livingstone
DAVID LIVINGSTON; THE EXLORATION OF AFRICA
Resources: BOOK called Little Lights Series, David Livingstone: Who is the Bravest? by Catherine Mackenzie
(also available via Amazon)
Notes: Rather than provide an overarching biography, each book in the Little Lights Series tells the story of some true event in the main character’s childhood, then ties that event in with the main character’s life work as an adult.  Geared for perhaps an even younger audience than the Heroes for Young Readers series above, the titles in the Little Lights series are perfect this Core, or for younger siblings tagging along during read-aloud time.

Week 12 | Day 2 | Adoniram Judson
ADONIRAM JUDSON; BURNA/MYANMAR
Resources: BOOK called Heroes for Young Readers: Adnoniram Judson by Renee Meloche/YWAM (also available via Amazon)
Notes:
Fully illustrated, and the rhyming verse makes this series particularly engaging.

Week 12 | Day 2 | Adoniram Judson
ADONIRAM JUDSON; BURMA/MYANMAR
Resources: VIDEO of Village life in Burma / Myanmar (1 min)
Notes: Really wonderful!

Week 12 | Day 3-4 | 1700s France
THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES
Resources: VIDEO of the History of the Palace of Versailles (7 min)
Notes:
 I played this while we worked on the four-poster bed craft suggested in today’s Living Long Ago reading. Despite this video not being aimed at children,  when it ended, my daughter very enthusiastically shouted, “That was great! It told us when everything happened!”
Additional Notes: The narration focuses on changes to the estate’s architecture and grounds, so there’s no death or revolution in this account.

Week 13 | Day 1, 3, 4 | American West
THE PONY EXPRESS; WESTWARD EXPANSION
Resources: BOOK called Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express (a Level 3 I Can Read Book)

Week 13 | Day 2 | Louis Braille
BRAILLE; BRAILLE PRINTERS
Resources: VIDEO from How Stuff Works about the history of braille
(2 min) and VIDEO showing the braille printer a middle-schooler made out of LEGO bricks (1 min) VIDEO interviewing the same young braille printer inventor (3 min)

Week 13 | Day 2 | Louis Braille
BRAILLE ALPHABET
Resources: COLORING PAGE of boy reading braille book

Week 13 | Day 2 | Louis Braille
EVERYDAY LIFE WITH BLINDNESS; HOW BLIND PEOPLE…
Resources: VIDEO on How Blind People Write Braille (3 min) and How Blind People Use a White Cane (4 min)

Week 13 | Day 2 | Louis Braille

VISION IMPAIRMENT
Resources: VIDEO uses camera tricks to show levels of vision impairment (watch from 4:18 to 6:42)

Week 13 | Day 4 | Homes in the American West
SOD HOUSES
Resources: VIDEO briefly explaining the construction of sod houses (2 min)
Notes: Shows how it was possible for sod houses to have actual wooden doors and windows. Include historical photographs.

Week 14 | Day 1 | The Cheyenne Nation
CHEYENNE; NATIVE AMERICANS
Resources: SHORT SUMMARY of Cheyenne culture for kids
Notes:  Unlike other Native American nations which used bead work on their clothing, the Cheyenne instead used dyed and woven porcupine quills. Originally, the Cheyenne lived all across the Great Plains — but the U.S. Government restricted  their lands to Oklahoma. Today, the majority of the Cheyenne Nation live in Oklahoma and Montana.

Week 14 | Day 1 | The Cheyenne Nation
CHEYENNE; NATIVE AMERICANS
Resources:
VIDEO explaining the significance of each piece of Northern Cheyenne clothing (4 min)
Notes: From 1:45 to to 1:57, the narrator does point out the hair locks on the warrior’s clothing were taken from human scalp; he mentions it more than once during those 12 seconds, so it’s pretty obvious. Historical, yes, but you may want to skip for a kindergartener. You can just stop at 1:45 and click forward to 1:57 to omit it.
Additional notes on the assigned reading: If you choose to use the assigned reading, you’ll see the terms “Sotai” and “Sisistas” referring to the two tribes of the Cheyenne nation.  For whatever reason,  throughout this book, the author uses odd transliterations not really used elsewhere. While even more complex transliterations for the tribes do exist, you’ll have better luck finding additional resources if you search using the standard spelling variants Sutai / Suhtai / Sutaio and Tsitsistas (listen to pronunciation). Your child/ren may find it interesting that the word tsitsistas means “people” in the Cheyenne language.

Week 14 | Day 2 | The Arapaho Nation
ARAPAHO; NATIVE AMERICANS

Resources: AUDIO FILE on YouTube of Jana Mashonee singing Silent Night in Arapaho

Week 14 | Day 3 | The Cheyenne Nation
THE CHEYENNE LANGUAGE; NATIVE AMERICANS
Resources:
AUDIO CLIPS of various Cheyenne language phrases

Week 14 | Day 4-5 | Wilfred Grenfell
DR. WILFRED GRENFELL; NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR; MEDICAL MISSIONS
Resources:
VIDEO containing archival footage and narration about arctic adventurer and missionary doctor Wilfred Grenfell
(3 min)
Additional information to read aloud to your child/ren:
Dr. Grenfell was a doctor and adventurer who traveled far away to a very cold group of islands in Canada, close to the Arctic Circle. This part of the world is called Newfoundland and Labrador. When he arrived to this place, he realized the people there had no doctor at all, not even a nurse to help them when they were sick! Dr. Grenfell stayed there for a long time, helping the people. Soon other doctors and nurses came too, and started a hospital for the people. Later, Dr. Grenfell became very famous because of his hard work helping others, and his picture was even put on a postage stamp.

Week 15 | Days 2-4 | Victorian Period
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION; VICTORIAN ERA
Resources: VIDEO of the song “Consider Yourself” from Oliver! The Musical  (9 min)
Notes:
This is a great time to incorporate a little bit of Charles Dickens! ;)

Week 15 |Days 2-4 | Victorian Period
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION; THE VICTORIAN ERA IN ENGLAND
Resources:
 VIDEOS about Victorian England from the BBC’s Bitesize Website
Notes:  These videos are designed for early elementary children, and include such clips as the excellent dramatized “The Typical Diet of a Workhouse Child” (3 min) from The Charles Dickens Show, featuring an actress portraying a workhouse cook, and The Industrial Revolution in Two Minutes (2 min). One caveat is that these clips usually don’t play properly if you’re located outside of the United Kingdom.  However, if you’re using Chrome (or an iPad/iPhone/Android), you can simply add this “Tunnel Bear” extension to Chrome (or to your iPad/iPhone/Android). Then, click on the extension’s icon in your browser toolbar (or use the app), select “United Kingdom” from the list, and return to the links on this page to view the videos in their entirety! After using up the data provided in the free trial, you may wish to subscribe to the service at $6.99/month. We find it’s an excellent addition to our studies.

Week 16 | Day 1 | Inventions
KITCHEN INVENTIONS
Resources:
VIDEO from BBC’s History of the Kitchen, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4 (approximately 1 hr. total)
Notes: Fascinating! Lots of interesting information I haven’t seen anywhere else.

Week 16 | Day 1 | Inventions
KITCHEN INVENTIONS
Resources: COLORING PAGE of plumbed sink area in an early kitchen
Notes: There are many more options for cooking and dining coloring pages, as well as household activities coloring pages. There are even technical drawings of early appliances which can be used as coloring pages!

Week 16 | Day 2 | Ida Scudder
IDA SCUDDER; MEDICAL MISSIONS; INDIA
Resources: BOOK called Heroes for Young Readers: Ida Scudder by Renee Meloche/YWAM  (also available via Amazon)
Notes: Fully illustrated, and the rhyming verse makes this series particularly engaging.

Week 18 | Day 1 | World War I
WWI, ENGLAND, RATIONING

Resources: BBC Bitesize INTERACTIVE demonstrates Shopping and Rationing in England During WWI
Notes: The BBC Bitesize website is created specifically for children. I recommending starting with the text on this page, under “The High Street” tab, and reading it aloud for a background on rationing and shopping during WWI. (Note that the tabs along the top allow you to delve more in depth, showing images of actual shops, ration cards, and more.) After you’ve read aloud and allowed/helped your child/ren to explore, continue on to the interactive itself. Sections 2 and 3 are clickable, with even more information!

Week 20 | Day 2 | World War II
WWII, INVENTIONS
Resources: VIDEO BBC Bitesize KS2 Woman Engineer Dame Caroline Haslett (1 min)
Notes:
This animated mini-biography of engineer Caroline Haslett ties in to Week 16’s inventions, and Week 18 and 20’s references to WWI and WWII.  One caveat? This clip probably won’t play properly if you’re located outside of the United Kingdom.  However, if you’re using Chrome (or an iPad/iPhone/Android), you can simply add this “Tunnel Bear” extension to Chrome (or to your iPad/iPhone/Android). Then, click on the extension’s icon in your browser toolbar (or use the app), select “United Kingdom” from the list, and return to the links on this page to view the videos in their entirety! After using up the data provided in the free trial, you may wish to subscribe to the service at $6.99/month. We find it’s an excellent addition to our studies.

Week 20 | Day 2 | World War II
WWII, CLOTHES RATIONING, MAKE DO & MEND
Resources: TEXT from BBC Bitesize What Was Make Do and Mend?  and PHOTO of a Make Do & Mend poster from WWII and WWII-era VIDEO showing examples of how to repurpose clothing (2 min) and PRINTABLE ACTIVITY of a Make Do & Mend paper doll who needs new clothing
Notes:
 To navigate to the correct section for the read-aloud text, clock on “What Was Make Do and Mend?” from the tabs along the left column. This is an ideal paragraph to read aloud to your child/ren before continuing on to the other resources.
Additional discussion points to read aloud to your child/ren:  During World War Two, soldiers needed a lot of uniforms. Many clothing factories were so busy making uniforms for soldiers, they weren’t able to make many clothes for boys, girls, and the people who were not soldiers.  This meant the stores didn’t have as many clothes as they used to. The people who lived during World War II couldn’t just go into a store and buy whatever clothes they wanted, partly because the stores didn’t have very many, and partly because people needed money and a special coupon in order to buy clothes. So what do you think the people did? They were very, very careful with the clothes they already had. If a pair of pants got a hole in the knee, the people carefully patched the hole.  And did did you know fabric from outgrown clothes can often be used to make new clothes?  Sometimes, people even made new clothes from lots and lots of little pieces of fabric sewn together.  People during World War Two did not throw away clothes or fabric. They were very clever and reused everything they could!
Questions to Ask:  What happens when you outgrow clothes? What happened during World War Two when a boy or girl outgrew clothes? Do you think that there are still lots and lots of families today who make new clothes out of outgrown clothes?

Week 20 | Days 3-4 | Gladys Aylward
GLADYS AYLWARD; CHINA
Resources: BOOK called Heroes for Young Readers: Gladys Aylward by Renee Meloche/YWAM (also available via Amazon)
Notes: Fully illustrated, and the rhyming verse makes this series particularly engaging.

Week 20 | Days 3-4 | Gladys Aylward
GLADYS AYLWARD; CHINA
Resources: BOOK called Little Lights Series, Gladys Aylward: Are You Going to Stop? by Catherine Mackenzie (also available via Amazon)
Notes: Rather than provide an overarching biography, each book in the Little Lights Series tells the story of some true event in the main character’s childhood, then ties that event in with the main character’s life work as an adult. Geared for perhaps an even younger audience than the Heroes for Young Readers series above, the titles in the Little Lights series are perfect this Core, or for younger siblings tagging along during read-aloud time.

Week 22 | Day 1 | Christmas Care Packages
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Resources: Calendar of Year-Round Packing Ideas to Fill an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox #OCCItemOfTheMonth, via Samaritan’s Purse
Notes:
This is a great way to keep kids involved with thinking of others and giving all year long, not just during the Christmas season.

Week 22 | Days 2-3 | Inventions
HENRY FORD; ASSEMBLY LINES; THE FIRST CARS
Resources: VIDEO, silent archival footage showing the Model T assembly line (30 seconds)

Week 22 | Day 4 | People Around the World
WORLD CULTURES

Resources: BOOKS by Peter Menzel called Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Country and What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.
Notes: I recommend keeping these books on hand for not just this Core, but many Cores to come. We love to look up a country in the book whenever we encounter it in our studies. (You can see
an abbreviated online version of Material World here, which shows portraits of families from around the world, with everything they own.)

Week 23 | Day 1 | Houses and Homes
MONGOLIAN YURTS
Resources: VIDEO filmed in Mongolia of a ger [yurt] being set up (7 min)
Notes:  No narration, just footage set to music — but my Core A daughter asked nonstop questions; “Where do they go to the bathroom?” “What kind of door does it have?” “Is the living room everywhere?” “Why are there no windows?” “Where will they cook?” To answer these questions, we found the Mongolian Life for Kids website (particulary the  Daily Life on the Steppes, White Food and Salty Tea, and Mongolian Tent Homes pages) to be useful.

Week 23 | Day 2 | Modern Homes
MODERN HOMES
Resources: Episode 1 of Netflix Instant/Streaming “Extreme Homes Collection (43 min)
Notes: Fascinating look at unusual architecture, which my Core A daughter greatly enjoyed.

Week 23 | Day 3 | Cities and Towns
LOCAL GEOGRAPHY
Resources: Me on the Map printable lesson, teaching  location from Planet>Home
Notes: This activity can be as simple as labeling each sphere and having the child draw a picture on each (our choice ;)) — or as complex as doing research on each sphere, printing images to attach, and creating a full lapbook.

Week 23 | Day 4 | Voting and Government
VOTING PROCESS, CAMPAIGNING
Resources: ANIMATED AUDIO BOOK on YouTube called Duck for President (5 min) (also available in traditional book form via Amazon)
Notes: Duck is unhappy with his farm job, so he campaigns and runs for office throughout the various levels of government. But the grass is not always greener on the other side!

Week 24 | Day 1 | Food and Cooking
FOOD AROUND THE WORLD
Resources: The New York Times Magazine showing PHOTOS of “What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast and BOOK called “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets” by Peter Menzel

Week 24 | Day 2 | Food Changes Everywhere
RATIONING IN WWII
Resources: BBC Bitesize INTERACTIVE: Food and Shopping in World War II and shopping/rationing ACTIVITY SHEET
Notes:
This is also a great time to point out / remind that food scarcity is not just a historical fact, but is a reality for a large number of people today.

Week 24 | Days 3-4 | Clothing & Fashion
HISTORY OF CLOTHING
Resources: VIDEO from The British Museum called The Young Explorers Present a Brief History of Clothing (5 min)

Week 25 | Day 1 | Clothing Around the World
TRADITIONAL CLOTHING
Resources: COLORING PAGES from Education.com (requires free account) of traditional costumes from Germany, Nigeria, Peru, Czech Republic, India, Holland, Sweden, Inuit, Thailand, Russia, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Afghanistan, Mexico, Scotland, Spain AND this delightful website by Amy Perrotti shows cultural and traditional dress ILLUSTRATIONS from around the world, depicted as colorful matryoshka dolls!

WEEK 25 | Day 2 |  Jobs & Work
JOBS, WORK, and CAREERS 
Resources: Various short VIDEOS profiling dozens of different careers, from Kids.gov (length of videos vary) and VIDEO from RFE/RL of an elderly Pakistani man who carries 200 pounds of flour on his back every day in order to earn $3 (1 min)
Notes: This is a good time to remind your child/ren that what people do for work around the world may look very different than firefighter/doctor/teacher. And in some places, children also have to work and have hard jobs!( In Week 2, we looked at a VIDEO of Tajik children making mud bricks.)

WEEK 25 | Day 3 | Farming
WHERE DOES FOOD COME FROM?
Resources: VIDEO of harvesting rice by hand in Nepal (7 min) and VIDEO of traditional fishing in Nepal (3 min)
Notes:
These videos have no narration.

WEEK 25 | Day 4 | Going to School
SCHOOL LUNCHES & SCHOOL CLASSROOMS
Resources: VIDEO of school lunches around the world (1 min) and beautiful PHOTOS of school classrooms around the world, via The Guardian
Notes:
Keep your eyes out for the floating classroom, outdoor classrooms, and the classroom with no chairs!

WEEK 26 | Day 1 | Sports and Games
SPORTS AROUND THE WORLD
Resources: PHOTOS of a few sports children around the world enjoy playing
Notes:
Lots and lots of children around the world play soccer, or football as it’s called outside of the United States. Did you see the note in Week 22 about packing shoe boxes for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child? This would be a great week to purchase a soccer ball and a small hand-pump to include in a shoebox! (If you’re not currently packing a shoebox, you can still give a soccer ball.)

WEEK 26 | Day 2 | Communication
EMOTIONS, EXPRESSIONS, GREETINGS
Resources: PRINTABLE of blank faces for children to draw in expressions corresponding to the listed emotions and VIDEO of people around the world saying “hello” in different languages (1 min) and VIDEO of people around the world saying “goodbye” in different languages (1 min)

WEEK 26 | Day 3 | Art & Paintings
COLOR THEORY, FAMOUS PAINTINGS
Resources: LESSON PLAN and FAMOUS PAINTINGS from Mensa for Kids’ Introduction to Color
Notes:
This is quite in depth, but excellent even if you decide to just look at the famous paintings together with your child/ren, and discuss the questions printed below each painting. The color wheel video is also excellent!

WEEK 26 | Day 4 | Acting & Dancing
DANCING
Resources: I Can Dance Like a Dancer EPISODE of British television show Charlie and Lola (10 min)

WEEK 27 | Day 1 | Music
ORCHESTRA
Resources: VIDEO of Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra on America’s Got Talent (5 min)

WEEK 31 | Days 1-2 | Mountains
Traveling in the Mountains
Resources: VIDEO of Yaks with Bells Running Across a Bridge During an Everest Expedition (2 min) and VIDEO of Hikers Crossing a Suspension Bridge In Nepal (2 min)
Notes
: There’s some wind noise in the microphone in the first video, but it’s not every day you get to see footage of yaks on a suspension bridge!

WEEK 31 | Days 3-4 | Swiss Valley
PLANTS IN THE SWISS ALPS
Resources: VIDEO of the song Edelweiss from the movie The Sound of Music (2 min) and COLORING PAGE of Heidi and Grandfather near his mountain home

WEEK 32 | Day 1 | Mount Everest
MOUNT EVEREST
Resources: VIDEO from Dorling Kindersley Books called Geography for Kids: On Top of the World, Mount Everest (2 min) 

WEEK 32 | Day 2 | Volcanoes
VOLCANOES; HILL OF FIRE, POMPEII
Resources: We saved the BOOKS Pompeii: Buried Alive! (Week 17) and Hill of Fire (Week 26) from the Grade 2 Readers Schedule to read now

WEEK 32 | Day 3 | Glaciers
GLACIERS
Resources: VIDEO called What is a Glacier? (1 min) and BOOK published by Zonderkidz called Made by God: Polar Pals

WEEK 32 | Day 4 | Mountains
HOW MOUNTAINS ARE MEASURED
Resources: VIDEO from BBC Earth Unplugged called Is Everest the Highest Mountain(4 min)
Notes: Explains the difference between measuring a mountain from sea level, the ocean floor, or a plateau.

WEEK 33 | Days 1-2 | Jungles
HARVESTING CINNAMON (CASSIA)
Resources: VIDEO from Foodie called Cinnamon: Harvesting Cassia in the Jungles of Sumatra (2 min) and BOOK published by Zonderkidz called Made by God: Jungle Beasts
Notes: Gorgeous cinematography in the cassia harvesting video! Must watch.

WEEK 33 | Days 3-4 | Rain Forests
RAIN FOREST
Resources: Wild Kratts INTERACTIVE Indonesian Rain Forest  and COLORING PAGES of rainforest animals and birds and BOOK published by Zonderkidz called Made by God: Rainforest Friends and SLIDESHOW from National Geographic Kids about Rain Forest Animals

WEEK 34 | Day 1 | Strange Plants & Colorful Birds
RAFFLESIA PLANT, CORPSE PLANT, BEE HUMMINGBIRD
Resources: BOOK published by Zonderkidz called Made By God: Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants and IMAGES of the Cuban bee hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird

WEEK 34 | Day 2 | Living in the Rain Forests
Resources: Casabe/Cassava RECIPES from Indigenous Rainforest Keepers and the Dominican Cooking website
Notes:
Preparation for this cracker-like food has hardly changed at all over the years. These recipes are very much as described in the assigned reading for today!

WEEK 34 | Day 3 | Rain Forest Predators
PITCHER PLANTS
RESOURCES: BOOK [from Week 34, Day 1] published by Zonderkidz called Made By God: Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants

Week 35 | Day 4 | Jungle Facts
KAPOK TREE 
RESOURCES: COLORING PAGE from Education.com (requires free account) of a tall kapok tree
Additional discussion points to read aloud to your child/ren: The kapok tree can grow over 200 feet tall! Even though the blossoms are stinky (bats like the smell), the plant makes fluffy puffs so soft they’re sometimes used to stuff pillows. The tree grows extremely fast, so the wood is very light and can make great canoes. The seeds even have oil that can be turned into soap, and some people eat the leaves like cooked spinach — of course, you can’t eat leaves of the trees in your neighborhood. (Although, kapok trees don’t just grow in faraway jungles. There are some in Florida and the Bahamas, too!)
Notes: We didn’t choose to do this, but if you want to really take your time on this section, there’s an entire Unit Study/Lapbook centered around the Kapok tree.

Week 35 | Day 1 |  Deserts
WILDLIFE IN THE DESERT
Resources: VIDEO from the National Park Service: A Day in the Desert: Saguaro [Arizona] Wilderness (3 min) and Desert COLORING PAGES from Education.com (requires free account) and a detailed BOOK called One Small Square: Cactus Desert (includes many great suggestions for additional activities, projects, and outings.)

Week 35 | Days 2-3 |  Deserts and Water
RAIN IN THE DESERT
Resources: BOOK published by Zonderkidz called Thank you, God, for Rain: Desert Critters Series

Week 35 | Day 4 |  Desert Predators
POISONOUS ANIMALS
Resources: VIDEO from the BBC on lizards, snakes, scorpions, and other poisonous animals of the Australian desert (3 min)
Notes:
This video definitely shows the food chain in action. NeoK12 also has a nice selection of other kid-friendly desert videos.

Week 36 | Days 1 | Living in the Desert
LIVING IN THE DESERT
Resources: Short VIDEO clip of camels carrying supplies away from a desert camp (1 min) 


We’re done with Core A! (Well, it’s now called Sonlight A, or History / Bible Literature A). While we are no longer updating this weekly, we hope it continues to provides a resource for you in your family’s studies. Questions? Broken links? Feel free to email me at oaxacaborn (at) gmail (dot) com. I’d love to connect with you over on Instagram @oaxacaborn. Maybe I’ll see you under the #sonlightersofInstagram  hashtag?

Additional links, printables, books, videos and more | Supplementary Resources for homeschooling with Sonlight Core A | LIST WILL BE UPDATED WEEKLY

Can’t find a particular day in the list above?  Possibly, it’s a day in which Sonlight has not assigned any history or geography other than chapters of I Heard Good News Today.  I do not endorse I Heard Good News Today for a number of reasons, so I omit those assignments. Occasionally, however, if a reading assignment in I Heard Good News Today is about a well-known topic, then I’ll provide suggestions for alternative books/resources you can use to cover that topic.

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  1. Thank you so much you don’t know how much of a blessing this. I intend to slow the core down and do a few extra’s it is so nice to have this all in one place. :)

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