Patty Reed's Doll
When people hear of the Donner Party, images of cannibalism instantly come to mind, but the story of what happened to the Donners and the other families that traveled with them actually has much more to it. It's the story of a group of pioneers on their way to California who are stranded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the heavy snows of 1846. They run short on supplies and must stay determined to realize their dream of reaching California while many die of disease and starvation. In this book, this true story is told through the eyes of Dolly, the beloved doll that belonged to Patty Reed (who was an 8-year-old who made it through the experience alive). The group Patty and her doll were with did not succumb to cannibalism, so there is no mention of it in this book. Follow the Donners and the Reeds as they begin their journey with such hope and promise, struggle and endure so much to reach California, and finally reach their destination completely changed. A fascinating book by Rachel Laurgaard. Several black and white illustrations are included, 144 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel
Introduce children to the fascinating and diverse world in which we live through delightful children’s books. Modeled after the Charlotte Mason philosophy of notebooking, this study focuses on the 4 R’s: reading, reasoning, relating and recording. Skills are age appropriate and gentle to engage and inspire children in the learning process. Geography, cultures, animals, folk tales and fables, music and art, are all covered, as are nature studies, poetry and recipes. Literature rich, the authors also provide additional literature and video resources to go deeper. Volumes are flexible for one semester (4 lessons/week) or one year (2 lessons/week). Beautifully illustrated with vibrant photographs and gorgeous art reproductions for the art studies. Black and white nature drawings are included and reproducible for individual families. Quality art supplies are recommended. Please note that a Japanese notebook, Tsubame, is recommended and sold by Beautiful Feet, but we currently do not offer it. ~ Deanne
Beautiful Feet curriculum takes a multi-level, living book approach to teaching history, geography and world cultures, using easy to use Guides for the teacher and engaging, well-written literature for the student. The Guides provide book lists, chapter readings, discussion and research questions, background information, website links, answer keys, and more. See our website for lists of literature resources to accompany each guide. Most guides provide content for one year of study, with the exception of Geography through Literature and Western Expansion. The latter two are recommended to be completed together for one year of study. Numbers of lessons vary, and are scheduled 1 to 4 days per week. Recommended Timelines are available individually or in a set of two. Timelines are cardstock and include the figures referenced in the study. Students will need to color, cut and assemble the timeline and figures. History and geography come alive with these well done literature guides. See our website for required books for each guide. Some guides and resources contain Christian content while others do not; contact us for additional information.