I am loving learning our history this year with Beautiful Feet Books.
Last week, we learned about Marco Polo with Beautiful Feet Books . They are so committed to finding excellent living books, that they are not afraid to tell you when they can not find one. This was our first unit of them identifying that for us. However, they recommended some reading from National Geographic. I was able to locate these two sites from National Geographic: National Geographic: Marco Polo Part 1 , Marco Polo Part 3 and we read a book from a previous Curriculum called: Marco Polo
As we read through the book the children narrated back to me what they learned and then, they wrote their narration on a nice notebooking page from Notebookingpages.com
We traveled through Marco Polo’s life using this Interactive Map: Marco Polo’s Journey . I thought this was a great way to help the children understand how far he traveled and some of the lands he had to travel through!
I did find this map that I liked…and printed them for the children to include in their notebook. I decided not to have them trace this one (like they did previously for Lief the Lucky)…..because we were busy working on other things/
Once we finished our reading and writing…I found this movie on NetFlix. Now, some of this move is definitely not appropriate (LOVE that I can ff through scenes on NetFlix) so….be prepared to edit if you decide to watch it with your family.
Now, if your children are older….or you’re wanting to learn more about Marco Polo…some of the roads that he traveled…what they would be like today, you would enjoy this site that includes a video that was nominated for an Emmy: ‘In the Footsteps of Marco Polo’
Side note: This year, we are using the Original Blue Black Speller for our Spelling. So, there are days where I will write down a few words and have the children copy them. I also identify words in their papers that need to be corrected. However, I do not correct them on that paper. I make a list and go back later….again with copy work.
We have had so much fun this year….with reading, notebooking and finishing up our units with a movie when we have been able to find one! What fun things have you been learning?