Today we celebrate a great man – Martin Luther King Jr. It has been more than 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 people … 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 Natives who then celebrated with … Continue reading "Unit Study: The History of Thanksgiving"
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"
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. Typically, this is a rather bookish subject, but there are some great games and toys that can round out your … Continue reading "Educational Gift Ideas – History/Geography Edition"
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 out there on this … Continue reading "Unit Study: Prehistory"
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 "New – History and Science Based Narration Cards"
Since this week’s theme is Family, why not spend some time learning about your own family history? Learning about your family history, teaching your children about the past, their ancestors and family origins can be a rewarding adventure. While researching your family tree can be a very complicated and time consuming hobby there are plenty … Continue reading "Summer Read-a-thon Activity: Family Tree"
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"
One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling my children, by far, has been my self-education. I can honestly say that I’ve learned more in ten years of homeschooling than I ever learned in all my years in public schools. When you homeschool, inevitably, you will come across topics you never really studied before. This is … Continue reading "Self-Education, a happy side effect to homeschooling"