I’m so thankful to have more energy to devote to school and art projects after a long, exhausting pregnancy. We are studying the mid- 1800’s using Tapestry of Grace Year 3, and are currently focused on Victorian England.
We are reading In the Days of Queen Victoria, by Eva March Tappan, aloud. It reads like a novel and with Queen Victoria’s apparent wit, there are many amusing passages recounting the conversations and correspondence throughout her life. It may be more interesting for me than the children, but they particularly enjoyed learning about the young Victoria’s education, coronation, and marriage. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert also had a large family—nine children—so we can relate to that as well. (The book is available free as a kindle book…)
The account of Queen Victoria’s 19th birthday celebration mentions a hot air ballon, which prompted a fun departure from our curriculum to study the hot air balloon craze of the 1800’s. I found several picture books from our library about hot air balloons and have even been able to include the preschoolers in our little unit study.
As part of our hot air ballon study, I have also planned several hot air balloon art projects using the ideas from the book illustrations, as well as some hot air balloon art project ideas I have saved on a Pinterest board. With so many beautiful colors and patterns that the inspiration is endless. We will be sewing strips of fabric together, learning about patterns, making collages, using a white crayon and watercolor resist technique, and learning about gradient—all with simple hot air ballon shapes and patterns.
We are looking forward to sharing them!
Here’s a short list of books that we were able to read:
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride – Marjorie Priceman
The First Air Voyage in the United States: The Story of Jean Pierre Blanchard – Alexandra Wallner
The Amazing Air Balloon – Jean Van Leeweun (best illustrations and facts for a picture book)
The Big Balloon Race – Eleanor Coerr (an early reader)
The Mystery of the Hot Air Balloon (Boxcar Children) – Gertrude Chandler Warner
Lincoln’s Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps – Gail Jarrow (great reading for upper elementary boys!)
Art projects to follow soon…