Victorian England

Our Life

We continue to find a routine, somewhat. We made the hard decision to go ahead with our annual test order, set the week for exams, knowing that we probably won’t be through the year’s material. Why would I do that? Simply because we have already had a nutty year involving 2 moves within 6 months. We can’t put everything on hold while we are living this military life. Also, I am not under any ‘umbrella’ group here in SC for this short time frame, so I am not under any state ‘eye’. I use the tests and results to let me know if my homeschool student is ‘getting it’ and ready to move on to the next grade. The annual testing is my check and balances. You can read my post concerning taking annual testing for more on this subject 🙂

We also lived through the great snow storm of South Carolina, January 2014. It’s not joke down here with the fluffy white stuff. But we made the best of it, as always. We just love snow!!

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Our Homeschool

Victorian England encompasses many aspects of history. We meet a very small queen who possesses a huge personality and see how the world embraced her ideals. We learn about the Industrial Revolution and its effects on all the continents. We learn about the Great Exhibition and the dreams it inspired. We read numerous books explaining this era and watched several videos that helped us to see how this era rolled. We also found a delightful Pinterest board that helped us to visualize aspects of this era. It was a delightful week of study, and I only wish I had thought to put forth the effort to contact a theatre company to have the kids try on outfits of the era 😉 All our resources were placed in our History Hunting: 1800’s page.

History:

~ There was a lot of animosity between Victoria’s family

~ Her uncle attended her christening just to assure she was given a name she would hate.

~ Victoria and Albert were cousins.

~ It took over 13 years for Victoria to come out of seclusion to run the country again after Albert died.

Books:

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~This book is excellent, short, concise for the older elementary reader, struggling readers will need help.
~Jr. High crew also enjoyed the easy read.
~The 96 page Kindle book has 4 easy chapters: Middle Class, Mistress of the house, Servanthood, Life Below Stairs.
~The Kindle version was $.99 for us.

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~Four chapters detailing the life of Victoria.
~The author writes in an easy style because she is gearing her book to young readers.
~I found this to be too detailed for my struggling reader, but my Jr. High crew loved it!
~We chose to split the 200 pages into a couple week’s worth of reading.

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~500 pages of short stories from the history of Britian
~short stories are easy to read
~geared towards the younger reader (elementary-jr. high)

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Videos:

 

I found a Pinterest board that was simply excellent for the Victorian Era. The pinner is Cindy Wimmer and you can choose any image below to view her great Victorian Era board!

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4 thoughts on “Victorian England

  1. Thank you for sharing “good for Jr. High readers” type of details. That is very helpful. I’m looking forward to using some of these resources when we get to Victorian England. My oldest girl is fascinated with that time period.

  2. Kay, I am SO thrilled to hear my Pinterest board helped you in some way. Your post here is fantastic – I am very interested in the Victorian era as you can see. This has been a really neat example of the power of Pinterest! I have the glass case reserved at our local library in the Fall to showcase my Victorian photograph album collection which will hopefully be interesting and helpful for homeschool and non-homeschool students and people of all ages. Thank you for leaving me the note on Pinterest! 🙂

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