Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor, Chapter 14 (BYFIAR)

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Back in March, Popstar finished Chapter 14 of her Beyond Five in a Row book, Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor.


(Please note: This post contains lessons from the Beyond Five in a Row Volume 1 Manual as well as activities by me and inspired by other homeschool moms.)

Chapter 14 is called “Tom’s Own Newspaper” and in this chapter, it is now fall of 1861 and Tom starts up his very own newspaper. He buys a used printing press and gets started. He calls his newspaper The Weekly Herald and is very successful. One day as Tom is getting up on the train, he hears a popping sound and ended up injuring something in his ear canal. From that day on, Tom remained partially deaf.

We spent 2 school days on this chapter.

Day One: Popstar read the chapter and worked on the Writing/Discussion Questions in her notebook. After that, we did the History/Geography Lesson on the history of the Printing Press. We learned about how the Printing Press began and learned that a German man actually invented it.

After that, we read over the History/Geography Lesson on Market Prices. This lesson was all about knowing what the cost of things are and how it changes from day to day and why.

Last, for day one we studied the Language lesson on Subscriptions. We talked about what it means to “Subscribe” to a newspaper or magazine. I found a magazine that had a subscription slip in it and showed her how it all works.


Day Two: Popstar read over the Bible lesson which was about battles and war.

Next, we looked at the Science lesson on the Human Ear. We got out one of our Human Anatomy books and read over the pages all about the ear and how it works.



After that, we went over the Human Relations lesson on communicating with the Deaf. I found a printable of the sign language alphabet and we used that to practice.



That was the end of Chapter 14 for us. Moving onto Chapter 15 next!









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