Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Pearl Harbour Scrapbook

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook is a wonderful collection of images, detailed information and a fabulous commemoration of such an important historical event in both the U.S and the World.

A Nostalgic Collection of Memories unravels the momentous event of one of America s greatest tragedies, the attack on Pearl Harbor from its early Japanese inception, through the attack and its devastating aftermath.

With the "look and feel" of a WWII period scrapbook, each two-page spread illuminates a specific aspect of the Pearl Harbor story with the use of hundreds of original photographs, maps, telegrams, newspaper articles, hand-typed notes and letters.

The use of captivating design elements engage the reader in what life was like at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii before, during and after December 7, 1941. Told in "bite-sized" pieces this history book is easy and fun to read for all audiences. Treasured collections from the 1940's of ephemera, pins, buttons, watches and medals illustrate each page and stirs the imagination. My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook, 1941: A Nostalgic Collection of Memories is an "adventure in learning" about the many essential details of the Pearl Harbor account.

Author Bio
Bess Taubman, author of My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook 1941, combines her unique talents as writer, designer and publisher creating dynamic, educational products about historical subjects. She has been writing about the Pearl Harbor story for over twenty years. Presenting the reader a unique way to learn about complex subjects, Ms. Taubman is helping to reshape the way historical information is introduced with colorful vivid story lines. This is her first book. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and daughter.

Ernest Arroyo is a former president of the Pearl Harbor History Associates. He is the author of Pearl Harbor, a photographic history of "a date which will live in infamy" as well as contributor to more than a dozen books on naval and maritime history, including East Wind Rain, an acclaimed account of the Pearl Harbor attack. He lives and writes in Stratford, Connecticut.

The pages truly appear as though you are flicking through someone's scrapbook album, it includes spreads from front page newspapers, details of Roosevelt's Infamy Speech, pages dedicated to both U.S and Japanese Leaders of War.

It also includes a detailed Timeline, many amazing images, including details of battleships and fighter planes. This is one war time book that will keep your children coming back. Each time they flick through the pages there is something new to find and read about. This is a wonderful addition to our bookshelves.

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook 1941
A Nostalgic Collection of Memories
By Bess Taubman & Ernest Arroyo
Published by MapMania Publishing Co
Hardcover: 98 pages
January 14, 2014; $24.95 US/ $32.50 CAN; 9781883443078

For more information please visit, and follow the author on Facebook

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book to review. I have enjoyed sharing it with my children and I know it will help to round out our learning on WWII as we delve deeper into the topic in 2015.

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Week That Was - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

This was the week where we wrapped up most of what we've been working on this term. Technically the last week of school for us, we are officially on summer holidays, although we do have a couple of things to attend next week. Book work at home is done, we had our last small group co-op meet and our last Christmas Around The World meet for the year.

We completed our Biomes Unit last week, which left some space during co-op day this week for us to take a closer look at a couple of famous people. First up, Neil Armstrong and secondly Louis Braille. Here the kids tried their hand at creating their own Braille Alphabet and then worked on writing their names in Braille.

Our unit on Simple machines was also completed, the kids explored Pulleys and Gears, here they are looking at gear Ratio.

We've had an amazing year with this group of families and have almost finished planning out our year for 2015. If you haven't tried this style of learning I urge you to give it a go. Flexibility, team work and an open mind is key, but if you can keep those things in check I am certain you will have a blast. Go grab a family or two and plan some fun learning adventures to have together next year.

We hit the shops this week, admiring all the beautiful Christmas decorations. Yes sure you could take plenty home, but where on earth do people store all of these things throughout the year??

In the end we did bring home a couple of new items and have been busy all week displaying them around the house. We enjoy admiring our, "Dreaming of a White Christmas" area, since we would need to travel a great distance to experience such a thing. Here in Australia we can only dream of all that snow, whilst we are sweltering in our heat!

Whilst we were out and about we spotted this guy so took the opportunity to have the annual snapshot taken. This is the second year in a row the B has said he won't go sit with Santa. Last year I was able to persuade him and this year I had the help of Santa, not quite sure what will happen next year. I just thought kids would sit on Santa's lap forever, don't they? Aren't they doing this even when they 30 something hehehehe ;-)

There was a good chunk of time spent handwriting Christmas Cards. C6, was most proud he diligently sat there (over the course of the week) and wrote out just as many cards as his brother and sister. Every now and then stopping to tell me that his hand was sore, but on he trudged. The beauty of truly finding something they desire to do!

Whilst we haven't officially been out to see the local Christmas lights as yet, we are lucky enough to have this pretty cool house just two doors down from us. As you can imagine we walk and drive buy this place several times in the lead up to Christmas.

We had another visit from Dr Joe (we are doing a 5 week Space themed Science Club). Here he discussed how liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen are used in space. Of course he had to start the show with a bang....block your ears everyone! Yes that was a balloon!

After discussing the relative size of the planets in relation to the sun....that's my son hiding behind the big white umbrella sun there. The group each made a scale model of the Solar System to take home and add to their collection of science related toys they have made over the past few weeks.

Finally we wrapped up our Christmas Around The World unit this week also, by visiting Italy and looking at all of the festivities they include in their celebrations during this time of the year.

After having visited all of those countries we simply had to end with a feast from around the world and that is exactly what we did! It was wonderful and the kids all tried dishes that they may not normally eat on a regular basis.

After lunch surprise gifts were waiting under the tree for everyone and they all got to take home their much loved hand made tree decorations. This was so much fun to explore with friends.

That was a very full but also very rewarding week for us all.

This post is linked up at Collage Friday and Weekly Wrap Up head over there to check out more week in review posts.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Week that Was: Halloween Chickens & Mexican Poinsettia's

After the ups and downs of the past couple of weeks I was pretty determined that we would do our best to have a regular and mostly normal week this time round.

We did pretty well with that, still didn't get to anywhere near as much as I would've liked to but there's always next week!

Co-op day saw us taking a closer look at the Taiga Biome, via discussion, documentary clips and slideshows. Everyone completed their flip book and got to work on their collages.

We also completed an activity on the Seven Ancient Wonders of The World and covered Inclined Planes in our Simple Machines unit.

For B, this week was all about finishing off Fractions with Math U See Epsilon, I have a feeling he's quite happy to have that behind him. Now time to knuckle down and complete the remainder of the Decimals lessons with Zeta.

Fix It grammar is going quite well. At this early stage it is all review for him, but so far this appears to be the one grammar program we have tried that seems to make the most sense to both of us. He is completing a full weeks worth of lessons in one sitting, at the moment. I really like that it includes vocabulary words and the use of a good old fashioned dictionary.

If you follow along on my Facebook page you would have noticed that I recently purchased the Logic Of English program. I spent a considerable amount of time reading reviews and watching video's before jumping in and purchasing this program. It's far too early to offer much in the way of thoughts on it just yet, but so far it has had K and I practicing phonograms and jumping head first into learning cursive handwriting.

We headed out to Art Lessons again this week, where the theme was Halloween inspired acrylics. This was quite an interesting activity, the idea was to paint a Halloween scene that also included chickens, sounds a little strange huh! Apparently next week at art the chickens will come into play again so everyone went along with's Halloween in the chicken coop!!

Venus! We visited Venus this week as part of our space explorations, although we did run out of time to complete our craftivity on that one so first up Monday morning it will have to be.

Friday afternoon saw us gathering for a visit to Mexico as part of our Christmas Around The World Unit. We tried our hand at singing a couple (listening to) of traditional carols, chatted about the Los Posadas festival, marked our maps and made sure we all knew where Mexico was on the world map.

We watched this retelling of the story, The Legend of the Poinsettia, made our very own poinsettia crafts and finished the afternoon off with putting together Mexican inspired Pinata's, which are currently hanging on the tree waiting for our end of term party!

And that is another week done and dusted.

This post is linked at Collage Friday and Weekly Wrap Up

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