We are having so much fun with this curriculum, and I find myself adding more and more to it because the kids are so interested. We are learning about the West, and we added some books on California because I thought this would be a good time to get in some state history. We had to backtrack a little time-wise, but the kids did not seem to mine. We reviewed the early history of California (the native peoples and the missions), and we read about the Gold Rush. Books I added are:
I am a film nut, so I am taking advantage of this great time period by having the kids watch as many Westerns as they want. The kids love hearing about the O.K. Corral, so of course we watched My Darling Clementine. We also watched Red River and parts of one of my favorite films, The Searchers. I could write pages on why that film is one of the greatest of all times, but I’ll save that for my film blog. Needless to say it is a beautiful film that I think everyone should see. However the topics are a little mature, so the kids and I just watched a few scenes together. I am hoping to add in a few other films this week before we finish our study of the west. We have to finish the documentary The West, and we are going to read Annie Oakley (DK Biography) this week too.
The ending of My Darling Clementine – the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: