Category Archives: History and Geography

Celebrate Winston Churchill Day with Free Kindle Ebooks

Celebrate Winston Churchill Day

April 9 is Winston Churchill Day and Hillsdale College is celebrating by offering the entire 8 volume official biography of Winston Churchill for FREE for three days!

Simply follow the links below to download your free copies!
Winston S. Churchill: Youth, 1874-1900 (Volume I)

Winston S. Churchill: Young Statesman, 1901-1914 (Volume II) (Churchill Biography Book 2)

Winston S. Churchill: The Challenge of War, 1914-1916 (Volume III) (Churchill Biography Book 3)

Winston S. Churchill: World in Torment, 1916-1922 (Volume IV) (Churchill Biography Book 4)

Winston S. Churchill: The Prophet of Truth, 1922-1939 (Volume V) (Churchill Biography Book 5)

Winston S. Churchill: … Read more »

American History Picture Books

4 Don't Miss History Books

Are you looking for some quality picture books to add to your American History studies? Children of all ages can benefit from quality picture books that bring to life the stories of history. Oftentimes these stories will stay with them for life! I shared four of my favorites over on the Bright Ideas Press blog:

Potato:  A Tale from the Great Depression
Amber on the Mountain
When Jessie Came Across the Sea

Stop by to see which American History picture books will be a great part of your study of the Great Depression, immigration and more!

4 Don’t Miss Picture Books for … Read more »

Presidents’ Day Lapbook, Activities and Resources

Presidents’ Day Lapbook, Activities and Resources

Presidents’ Day is coming up and I wanted to help you get a jump on your planning! I’ve gathered up some great activities and resources that focus on the two American presidents we’re celebrating – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In fact, the combination of materials in this post is enough to put together a comprehensive Presidents’ Day unit. Enjoy!

First up is my Presidents’ Day Lapbook (or Interactive Notebook).

This is an easy to assemble lapbook and it looks great when it is done.

It is especially designed to work well with reluctant writers or children … Read more »

Sallie’s Miscellany (November 22)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Food For Thought

The Myth of the Reluctant Learner

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research

Isle of Sark: Europe’s Last Feudal State

Things to Do

8 Simple Water Tricks

Project Feeder Watch

Books to Read – Kindle ebooks for 99 cents!

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings

Children’s Book: Being Thankful!: Thanksgiving Stories for Children & Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids

Thanksgiving Stories for Kids & Children: Thanksgiving Jokes and Thanksgiving Coloring Book Included!

The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks


Watch and Enjoy

If you can deal with the edginess and a little … Read more »

Sallie’s Miscellany (November 13)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Children of Civil War Veterans Alive Today, Typewriters Return, and Live Like Mr. Darcy

Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War from National Geographic

Typewriters are back, and we have Edward Snowden to thank from The Washington Post

Live Like Mr. Darcy In The Massive Estate That Inspired Jane Austen’s “Pride And Prejudice” and Fiona Bruce’s Britain: Wentworth Woodhouse, South Yorkshire

Fun Science Things to Do with Kids

The Science of Sand

Ivory Soap Microwave Experiment

Books to Read

Do you read Little Golden Books with your children? … Read more »

Guest Blogging at Bright Ideas Press – Back to School Secrets for Homeschool Moms


This school year I have the pleasure of being one of the bloggers for Bright Ideas Press! David and I have known Bob, Maggie and Tyler Hogan for a number of years as we have done graphic design work for them. I’ve also discovered through Facebook that Maggie and Tyler are fun people with similar interests (books and off-the-wall humor, respectively).

I’ve had the products from Bright Ideas Press on my radar for a number of years, but Caroline wasn’t old enough to use them. This year we are starting with The Mystery of History Volume … Read more »

Learning Ideas for April Holidays, Units and Famous Birthdays

Simple Learning Ideas for April Holidays, Units and Famous Birthdays

April is full of fun learning opportunities such as National Poetry Month, Arbor Day, and John James Audubon’s birthday. Here are some simple and creative learning ideas for April.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a great time to introduce children to the world of poetry. By starting with engaging poems, there is the greatest chance of lighting an interest in poetry so choose poems carefully.

Keep a collection of age-appropriate poetry books for children to read during quiet reading time, indoor recess or when they finish their work early.
Highlight a different poet each day by reading aloud a poem. … Read more »

How I Teach History – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years

How I Teach History – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Series

So how do I teach history?

I don’t.


It’s rather ironic since my Elementary Education degree came with a Social Studies major and I love history. But so far I’ve done almost no history teaching because Caroline has been taking those classes at homeschool co-op.

We’re blessed with a really good Christian co-op. Caroline has been taking two classes there a semester since Kindergarten and she loves it. The vast majority of her classes have been history and geography related. She had a class about America, a World History class, Geography through Literature, and a couple of other literature classes … Read more »