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Social Studies Club – Holland

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This year, our homeschool group has started a couple of new things that we think are pretty cool. One is the teen social that I wrote about a few weeks ago, and the other is the Social Studies Club. Geared towards upper middle and high schoolers, but open to all ages within our group, it’s organized fairly loosely with a focus on both a project or visual aid and a presentation. Our turnout for this particular class was small, but we had a great afternoon and it was great seeing how much work the kids all put into their projects.

Our collective topic and location was Holland. The kids had pretty much free reign as far as what aspect of the country or how they wanted to develop their topic. I thought that was a great way to set it up, because there are so many different things to cover – it really leaves a lot of room for creativity and individual expression. In addition to their presentations, they also were supposed to come up with and create a visual aid, which could take whatever form they chose.

LBB chose ‘land use in Holland’ as his topic, and created a salt-dough topographical map of Holland. His presentation included an overview of how land is regulated and used, as well as touching on some of the economy and agricultural changes that have happened over the last few years.

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PeaGreen chose Vincent Van Gogh as his subject, and re-created ‘The Starry Night‘ for his visual aid. His presentation gave an overview of Van Gogh’s life, but focused mainly on the time period surrounding his stay at the Saint Paul Asylum in Saint Remy-de-Provence. He’s pretty proud of his first attempt at re-creating a work of art!

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Among other projects was a ‘newspaper’ filled with an overview of current events in Holland, and a couple of reports on tourism and energy, as well as a history of the Dutch East India Trading Company (VOC) and the integration of Indonesian culture with Dutch culture as a result of the VOC’s presence in Indonesia. I already knew a little bit about it, because the mom who suggested the Social Studies Club mentioned it previously, as it’s her heritage, but it was really neat to hear about in more detail.

To round out the event, each family was tasked with finding and creating country-specific foods for lunch. We brought Ertwensoep or ‘snert’, which is split-pea soup with sausage and potatoes. Our hosts made ‘Macaroni Met Ham En Kaas‘, which is a fancy way to say mac and cheese with ham. She also made *the best* cake… ‘spekkoek‘, which is Thousand Layer Spice Cake. It’s definitely something I want to try, even though it is rather time-consuming (and so very indulgent!!).

Overall, this has been one of the most interesting group projects we’ve done in a while, and we’re looking forward to next month’s class!

Warmly,
~h

 

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One response

  1. Reblogged this on Triangle Homeschoolers and commented:

    If you’re interested in joining us for next month’s Social Studies Club, be sure to find us on Facebook!

    September 20, 2015 at 1:23 am

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