Explosions, ear-splitting roars, and death-defying speeds.  Rockets and boys have a lot in common. As we begin our study of the first moon landing, I am chuckling about the resemblance between the two!

In this post, I will focus on the historical aspect of the first moon landing.  Obviously, this topic stretches across both history and science.  So, it is a two-for-one day!

If you are a Classical Conversattions friend, then these resources goes along with the history sentence for Cycle 3, week 21.

The books:

//still looking for them as we speak!

The audio:

  • Listen to John F. Kennedy’s speech as he announces to the country that the U.S. will fly to the moon.

The video:

  • Watch the launching of the Apollo 11.
  • Watch the video of the moon landing.
  • This is an exercpt from the Discovery Channel- Landing on the Moon.  It is too long for my little guy, but my older boys said “No!” when it ended.  I might have to buy this one!

Interesting Information:

  • Read through a space history timeline.
  • Research the shuttle.
  • Research space food.
  • Research space suits.

Just for fun

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For the last two years, we have been studying American History.  Next year we will go back to Ancient History.  But, before we leave our precious country’s heritage, I want to make sure that I give my kids one more glimpse at the big picture of the history of the United States.  For this reason, we will spend the summer reviewing American History.  Although, since it is summer, my choices are all low-maintenance!  As we go through these resources, we will be singing our Cycle 3 CC memory songs for a refresher.  Here is my summer plan for reviewing American History:

America series by Peter Marshall

I  had great intentions of reading these books alongside our Classical Conversations Memory Work this year.  It didn’t happen!  But, these books are too wonderful to skip.  They are an easy read, yet are packed with information not found in most history books!  If you decide to look into them, make sure you get the ones written to children.  The adult series has the same title!

America:  the Story of Us 

From the History Channel, this twelve episode television series gives a broad overview of American History:  from Jamestown to World War II.  Before showing this to your kidlets, you may want to preview it.  There are a few parts that you might not want them to see.  (At Jamestown, they show a starving man that will be burned alive because he killed his pregnant wife so he could eat her.)  Lovely.  Personally, I am okay with my kids seeing it.   (They don’t actually show him killing her or him being burned, they just tell you what is happening.) While disgusting, it helped them understand the severe famine in Jamestown.  Just be cautious……don’t say I didn’t warn you!  This series is available on Netflix….if you have it!

American History Stories by Mara Pratt

Mara Pratt wrote these books a long time ago!  While they are old, they are treasures!  She weaves the story of our American heritage into a tale filled with true facts.  As we listen, I feel like we are sitting at the foot of her rocking chair while she draws us into the story!  You can get these in book form or in audio form.  Personally, I like the audio version.  We listen to it while we are eating lunch.  The first two volumes are free at Librivox:

American History Stories:  Volume 1

American History Stories:  Volume 2

The Short Version of Our Summer Plan

  1. Read the America series by Peter Marshall while reviewing history songs from Cycle 3 of Classical Conversations.
  2. Watch America:  the Story of Us on Netflix.
  3. Listen to the audio version of American History Stories by Mara Pratt while we eat lunch.

My Summer Disclaimer

Obviously, we may not get to all of this!  I always have great plans for the summer….in May!   By September, I may see things a little differently!  But, this is our “ideal-world” plan for our summer!

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I cannot claim any of the creative rights to this post.   A friend of mine, who I love very much, planned every detail of this lesson, brought everything to my house, and did it with my kids and her own.  I hope you have a friend like her!


To begin the lesson, she served Antarctica food: fish sticks and goldfish. (Penguins eat fish.) Later, she served them Lemon Ice. (Ice…Antarctica….get it?)


Next, she built a tent in my classroom to simulate the tents that the scientists would use. Our Antarctic Explorers read books about the continent in their research tent. After their research was complete, they went outside to build “tents” out of graham crackers and icing.


We read books about penguins and made our own penguin craft. How cute is that?

After teaching the kids about icebergs, she had them make this iceberg craft that illustrates that most of the iceberg is under the water.


In order to review all of the continents, she brought Swedish Fish. After she named the continent, the kids would point to it. If they got it right (or close to right!) then they got a fish to place on their continent.

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