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History – SOTW, Vol. 2: Chapter 35

Recognize these four names?

Recognize these four names?

In Chapter 35, we’re introduced to the Renaissance era.  I threw in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reference, because it was quite fitting.  This chapter also talks about the Gutenberg Printing Press.


Here’s the slide show:

CH35 A New Way of Thinking


History – SOTW, Vol. 2: Chapter 34

Divorced, Beheaded, Died Divorced, Beheaded, Survived!

Divorced, Beheaded, Died
Divorced, Beheaded, Survived!

Here we have Chapter 34’s slide show.  It covers Martin Luther and his 95 Theses, and how King Henry VIII took that idea and ran with it.


CH34 Martin Luthers New Ideas


History – SOTW, Vol. 2: Chapter 33

Schooled in Love:  Chapter 31 Slide Show

Make way for the conquistadores!

Here’s the slide show for Chapter 33.  I hope you get as much use out of these as I do.  They’re great for all that wonderful connective learning!

In this chapter, we discover the conquistadores, Cortes, and Montezuma.

CH33 Spain Portugal and the New World

History: Quetzalcoatl Scupltures


We had a special project for Chapter 32: The American Kingdoms.  I went out to Art in History and ordered 16 of the Aztec Quetzalcoatl sculptures.  The kids had a GREAT time painting these, and if you’re a homeschooler, or even if you have a classroom environment, like we do, I HIGHLY recommend this company!  Each sculpture comes with everything you need:  the sculpture, Styrofoam plates (for palettes), a NICE brush, a sponge, paint, and a great box to store it in.  Yes, even the packaging is nice!

I’d like to give a special shout-out to Brian Card.  He’s the regional manager, and he held my hand through the entire process.  I was even sent a free sample to try out before buying the 16 sculptures!  He’s the bomb-diggety.

The entire process took three class periods.  It’s important to emphasize that while the sculptures need two coats of paint, the paint dries fairly quickly.  However, you’ll still want to allow for enough time when painting them.

Here’s our process:

And here are the finished results!

History – SOTW, Vol. 2: Chapter 29

Mansa Musa

Mansa Musa

The kids enjoyed chapter 28 so much, that I decided to keep making slide shows for the different chapters we have left in the book.  It really helps them to remember everything when they have these slides to look at.  This particular chapter, about West Africa, specifically Ghana, Mali, and the Songhay empires, were a little on the confusing side because there was a lot going on in that area.

Here’s the slide show:  African Kingdoms

History – SOTW, Vol. 2: Chapter 28

Isabella of Spain

Isabella of Spain

We’re winding up our two-year adventure through Story of the World, Volume 2:  The Middle Ages.  I absolutely love this series (except vol. 4), and if you homeschool, it’s a wonderful curriculum!

You know how Papa gets a brand new bag?  Well, Mama got a brand new digital projector for Christmas, and guess who reaps the benefits of this fun technology.  My classes!

For history, I normally give an overview of the chapter first, and then we do an activity, coloring sheets, a map, and then a test.  When I give the overview, it’s usually a lecture, or I’ll put some notes up on the overhead projector.  This is fine and all, BUT… now we can have extreme visuals!  Yeah!

For Chapter 28, I made a slide show.  I put a slide up on our screen and talked about it.  Visual + auditory = learning!  I’ll most likely be taking this approach to the rest of the chapters in the book.

If you’d like to use it, you’re more than welcome to (I am by NO means a techie guru!, so it is what it is!).  Please note that the book does not cover the Spanish Inquisition, but I included it in the slide show.

CH28 The Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal Slides