Sunday, November 4

We Were There with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea

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The Crimean Peninsula is surrounded by the Black Sea and has long been the subject of conflict.  Between 1853 and 1865, the Crimean War was fought here between several groups.  When Russia decided to expand its empire in the 1800s, they overtook this region, which led to the Ottomans declaring war in October 1853.

The reason we associate Florence Nightingale so strongly with this war is that disease was just as deadly as the battlefield in the Crimean War.  Germ theory was very new and many soldiers were dying of infection and disease in the hospitals, too.

Florence Nightingale was an English nurse who dedicated her life to the care of sick and wounded.  She was already working with hospitals in Alexandria and Germany when, in 1854, she organized a unit of women nurses to assist soldiers in the Crimean War.  Her attention to cleanliness and bedside manner both made her a legend among the soldiers.  She became known as "The Lady with the Lamp" because she believed that a nurse's job was 24 hours, night and day.  After the war, she helped establish hospitals for training nurses, such as the Nightingale School.

Our spine novel is We Were There with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea

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Includes THIRTY-SIX unit studies covering World & American History. Each unit addresses a new topic, spanning the the ancient world through post-WW2.  Each unit has introductory text, which will give the student basic background information about the topic at hand.

  • There are photographs and illustrations, and we have also included primary documents when available.
  • After this text, there are featured videos, which augment the background information and help make the topic more accessible for more visual students.
  • You will also find a short list of reading books, including a featured novel that the unit builds upon.
  • There are vocabulary words, places, and people to identify.
  • Reading comprehension, critical thinking questions, and writing assignments are included.
  • We add fun with hands-on activities and extra videos to watch that will bring the era to life.

These studies are directed toward upper grades students, but some have resources for younger students so that the whole family can work together. Our family has used unit studies as curriculum for many years, and we hope that your family will enjoy these, too!

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  1. She was a fascinating woman wasn't she?

  2. What a lovely person to study. I admire folks like her so much. The activity pack looks great! - Lori

  3. Wow this is amazing! Thank you for joining our Link Party! :)


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