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 – Bright Ideas Press

4 Don't Miss History Books

4 Don't Miss History Books

Are you looking for some quality picture books to add to your American History studies? I shared four of my favorites over on the Bright Ideas Press blog. 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 American History


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 »

Getting Acquainted with Dr. Ben Carson

Ben Carson

I confess I am probably one of the few people who has not read Gifted Hands, the autobiography of Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson is one of the featured speakers at the Great Homeschool Conventions this year and I know many people are very excited to hear him and perhaps meet him in person.

The conventions are too far away so we won’t have the pleasure of hearing Dr. Carson speak. But I decided to do some digging so I could learn more about him and also introduce Caroline to this gifted man.

In addition to Gifted … 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 »

Free Thanksgiving History Download from Michael Medved and Great Homeschool Conventions

Michael Medved has been added to all three Great Homeschool Conventions for 2014! If you are a subscriber to GHC, you can receive his popular Thanksgiving history audio for free. Just click the graphic below to claim you free copy.

Also, the early bird registration discount has been extended through the end of November. So if you were on the fence about attending, you still can get the early bird registration rate if you act soon. Just click the graphic below for registration info.

Homeschool Convention Discount Ticket Price Extended

Kit Kittredge Books and DVD – Learning from the Great Depression


Watching the Kit Kittredge: An American Girl DVD opened up the topic of the Great Depression for Caroline, my seven year old daughter. Although it offers a somewhat happy and sanitized view of the Great Depression, it does hit on a lot of the major topics in a way a small girl can understand.

Kit is living a lovely middle class life in Cincinnati during the Great Depression. She dreams of being a reporter. So far her parents have managed to avoid the worst of it even though their friends around them are beginning … Read more »

Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World – Sticker Books as Learning Tools

Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World

I purchased Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World probably almost a year ago. It sat on the shelf until it seemed like the “right” time to get it out and use it with Caroline. This fall was the right time and so we’ve been enjoying it!
One of the things we like to do as part of our learning is snuggle on the couch and do sticker books together. There are so many educational ones out there. They are a great starting point for discussing different topics. Sticker books also work great for children who have busy hands, busy … Read more »

Depression Era Cooking with Clara – Learning from the Great Depression


If you haven’t happened to see this collection of Clara videos on YouTube, you are in for a treat! Clara is 94 years old and shares stories about the Great Depression while demonstrating some of the very simple and frugal meals she made during that time.

In this video, she demonstrates making The Poorman’s Meal. (Embedding is disabled for this so you’ll have to go to YouTube.) Or you can check out this Depression Breakfast video.

Clara has also written a book Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression.

These videos … Read more »