Today we celebrate a great man – Martin Luther King Jr. It has been over 50 years since his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, but his inspiring words live on today. It’s easy to think that the world has always been as it is now, but only a short time ago, there were still … Continue reading "Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day"
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – I love the fall colors, the cooler temperatures, and of course, all that delicious food! We’ve all heard the story – the Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock. After a rough start, they were saved by the Indians who then celebrated … Continue reading "Unit Study: The History of Thanksgiving"
For many years, Build Your Library had used the Story of the World series (SOTW) as history spines for BYL Level 1 – The Ancient World and BYL Level 2 – The Medieval World. At the time those levels were written, SOTW was one of the best comprehensive narrative history texts on the market for … Continue reading "Build Your Library’s “Quest” for a World History Spine"
I don’t know about you, but at some point all four of my children have gone through a dinosaur phase. For one, it was a passion that lasted for many years. Over the course of these obsessions, we have collected an obscene number of books about dinosaurs and prehistory. There are so many fantastic books … Continue reading "Unit Study: Prehistory"
Are you looking for a way to add hands-on activities to your Build Your Library curriculum (BYL)? Then you may want to check out History Unboxed (HU). I was sent one of their kits to review and I’m excited to share some information with you! Hands-on activities have always been a struggle in our homeschool. That’s … Continue reading "Unboxing “History Unboxed”"
This is the third article in the Educational Gift Ideas series – we’ve already talked about Language Arts and Science gift ideas. Today, I want to share some great History and Geography related gift ideas. Non-Book Related Typically, this is a rather bookish subject, but there are some great games and toys that can round … Continue reading "Educational Gift Ideas – History/Geography Edition"
For the last month or so, I’ve been on a book-collecting spree. I knew for a while that I was going to do World History for the Level 8 plans. Then, I got my hands on a copy of The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way at my local library. I fell in love. … Continue reading "A Hint of What’s to Come – Level 8"
Teaching World War II can be intense. There is an overwhelming amount of material to cover! From the European war, to the Pacific Theater to the American Home Front; the Holocaust and Japanese Internment camps, Axis and Allies, and D-Day, you could easily spend an entire year just covering this topic. There are literally hundreds … Continue reading "Unit Study: World War II"
One of the staples of Build Your Library curriculum are the Narration Cards. Narration is really the foundation of my program. Narration builds thinking skills, writing skills, vocabulary, listening skills – it is such an important part of your child’s learning. Build Your Library lesson plans assign narration after both the literature (read alouds) and … Continue reading "History and Science Based Narration Cards"
My twins do not like to read. They also despise history. There, I said it. This has been difficult for me to accept. I’m as enthusiastic as Buddy the Elf when it comes to history, pass the maple syrup! And books? I am what you may consider a book hoarder. I have loved reading since … Continue reading "Keeping it Real"