kansas history civil war

We want a good background for our study of the Civil War in Kansas.  When Raven and I decided on this topic, we were at the Homeschool Conference and had purchased a set of historical comic books.  We bought all the titles that had anything to do with Kansas and the West.

The first theme in our Blood on the Border study is the Western Expansion.

The only two purchased items for this theme were:

western expansion history comic book

Indian history buffalo unit study

I broke this theme up into four separate topics.  Each topic could be an entire unit study itself!  When I make our history studies, I don’t plan specifically for time.  You can spend 1 week or 1 year on a topic, depending on how interested your kids are and how much material you can find on the subject.

Since we are trying to get into the main meat of our studies, the Civil War, we covered each of these topics for only a few days each.

Topic #1 – The Oregon Trail

homeschooling history western expansion

Reading and Researching

A quick note – One of the resources I will be recommending over and over again is the Read Kansas! cards available from the Kansas Historical Society.

history kansas curriuculum

We purchased a set of these at the Kansas Museum of History.

Kansas history Civil War Western Expansion

However, they can be downloaded for free and printed off. Simpy click on the card pictures to download the pdf file.

They make an excellent addition to your notebook and can be used over and over again!

Notebooking and Lapbooking

history timeline Western Expansion

Topic #2 – Gold Rush

Reading and Researching

Notebooking and Lapbooking

Topic #3 – Transcontinental Railroad

Reading and Researching

Notebooking and Lapbooking

Topic #4 – The Last of the Sioux

Plains Indians unit study homeschool history

We studied the Plains Indians last year

Reading and Researching

Notebooking and Lapbooking

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3 Responses to Western Expansion [Blood On The Border]

  1. Jimmie says:

    And we thought unschoolers just played video games or climbed trees all day. What a great unit study, Aadel. I love taking living books and then branching out from them. You have gathered so many valuable resources here. Thank you!

  2. Dee says:

    LOVE IT!

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