Making History Fun with Fabulous Books

I love this month’s theme of History!

I’ve already told you that my favorite history program is the Mystery of History. And Misty recently shared some great history television shows with you.

So today I want to focus on another one of my favorite ways to study history – with living books! There are way too many great living history and historical fiction books to name them all, so I’m just going to focus on a few of our favorites:

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American Girl books

These books are fantastic for teaching girls about different time-periods in American History.

There’s Kirsten Larson who sails to America from Sweden in 1854 and has to learn a new language and new culture once she arrives.

Then there’s Felicity Merriman, a spirited horse-lover during the Revolutionary time period. Feeling torn between her best friend (a loyalist) and her father (a patriot), Felicity has some very difficult decisions to make.

My personal favorite American Girl is Kit Kittredge – She’s a writer from my home state, so I immediately connected with her (she even looks a little bit like me!). Kit grew up during the Great Depression and she really brought life into the realities of hardships people faced during that time period.

There are 12 different historical book sets in all, and you can read about all of them here.

A word of caution: American Girl has changed out their books to a new BeForever line. They’ve modernized the historical characters for this new line so I recommend either visiting your library or purchasing the older historical versions off eBay.

Caddie Woodlawn and the Little House books

I honestly didn’t know if my outdoorsy, adventurous child would like the Little House books, but she LOVES them! Make sure to check out this tip about how to listen to the Little House books for free.

Caddie Woodlawn is also based on a true story, and she’s considered the more adventurous version of the Little House books. Fun and spirited, Caddie will be read and treasured for many years.

Abbie Against the Storm

My girls absolutely love this book about lighthouses and a brave girl who needed to take care of the lights while her father was away.

In Grandma’s Attic

The author shares stories her own grandmother had told her, and each chapter is filled with adventure and good morals. Even my husband gets a chuckle out of some of these stories!

What are some of your favorite fabulous history books?

Davonne (11 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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George Washington’s Secret Six: Review, Interview and Giveaway!

Washington Spy Ring

Last November, I was given an amazing opportunity to review a newly released book about George Washington, and interview one of the authors, Brian Kilmeade. To say that I was excited would have been an understatement. We watch Mr. Kilmeade on Fox & Friends in the morning. For me, it was like being asked to interview a celebrity! His book, George Washington’s Secret Six, was one of the few books on my want list; I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

The Interview with Brian Kilmeade

I am not an interviewer, at all. I have great appreciation for Mr. Kilmeade and his ability to suffer through it with grace and enthusiasm. I am not going to post the full audio from the phone interview in this post, but will provide a link for our subscribers.
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Where to Find Mr. Kilmeade

You can find Mr. Kilmeade weekday mornings from 6-9am on Fox and Friends. From 9-noon, you can catch his radio show “Kilmeade and Friends” with the Fox Radio News App and on over 90 stations. More details can be found at the Kilmeade and Friends website. When he isn’t working, he enjoys writing books, coaching soccer and raising his three kids (with is wife, of course).

Kilmeade and Writing

Mr. Kilmeade has always been interested in history and social studies, and recalls anxiously awaiting television specials as a child. It was no surprise that he is a fan of The History Channel. He saw writing this book as an opportunity to share a little bit of the mystery and a little bit of the history. After reading that the research and writing took over 20 years, I asked Mr. Kilmeade how he stayed motivated to see it through. He said, he thought the story should be a movie. Many movies, such as The Patriot, are loosely based on facts. This story is based on facts, facts he and Don Yeager can back up.

In your research, what fact did you find most surprising?

How brutal the British were, and how dismissive they were over the possibility of us winning, how resourceful Washington was

If you were to assemble your own spy ring, which of the six would be your first recruit?

Robert Townsend  he was the guy who had to live in the city in the midle of the british officers, run his grocery store, yet he held his cover in the middle of the enemy knowing he’d be hanged that day if discovered.

Everyone Will Love This Book

The introduction to this book, a mere two pages, left me with goose bumps. I asked Mr. Kilmeade if I could expect the rest of the book to be as exciting and he replied, “yes. A lot of kids, high school kids, are reading it. It moves people. It reads like a novel.” I shared with him that many homeschoolers appreciate history books that bring the facts to life, rather than blandly listing them out like a textbook. I asked him if the book would be appropriate for reading to elementary aged students. “Absolutely,” he said, “The book talks about the families and their background. It’s a spy story with everyday people in it. Imagine if your neighbors were asked to risk their lives to win a war. Could they? Would they? ”

Why I Am Loving This Book

I love an good unsung hero story. I love it when the quiet ones, who did amazing things, finally get a little recognition. In many cases, their stories never can be told. Not this time. This time the secret can come out, and six devoted Americans can take their rightful place in history.

I don’t care for traditional history books. Boring facts, piled on top of more facts, but never really put into a context that I can relate to is what made me dislike learning history. It wasn’t until a friend showed me books that presented history in a living, real fashion. This book, does an amazing job of putting names to faces, and emotions with historical facts. I felt scared. I felt excited. I was engaged and learning. It is a book I look forward to reading with my children when we being studying American History.

The Giveaway

Mr. Kilmeade’s goal in wriitng the book was to share this story, located on Long Island, with the entire country. He wanted historians to give these people, this spy ring, the same acknowledgment that history gives to Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton and the like. What those men risked in battle, these six risked in espionage; each knowing that at any moment, they could be hanged for their actions. He hopes to one day see teachers putting this book in their curricula, making Washington’s Secret Six recognized by name.

Helping to share the story, the publisher has shared with us FOUR copies of George Washington’s Secret Six to give to four lucky readers! Use the widget below to enter! Ends January 31st, 11:59pm.

Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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Giveaways and Freebies for October 5, 2013

Giveaways and Freebies @hsbapost

 

Our team is comprised of 18-20 homeschool bloggers, many of whom host giveaways on their blogs or offer freebies. In our continual effort to bless our readers, we would like to start sharing with you a list of giveaways and freebies we are currently sharing through our personal blogs.

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Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit

Sprittibee’s Giveaway

 

Looking for refreshement, Texas style? Sprittibee is giving away a dream homeschool mom retreat weekend vacation to San Marcos, Texas on her blog. It includes a conference ticket to the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit and a hotel stay for this coming January 2014. But be quick, it ends Friday, October 11th.

 

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Math U See Giveaway

Liz’s Giveaaway

If you haven’t heard about Math-U-See’s homeschool curriculum, you might be living under a rock!  Nearly everyone who uses it, has nothing but rave reviews for it!  Liz is a former elementary school teacher as well and she said “man oh man…if only I had Math U See back then!”  It’s really a unique and easy to use curriculum!  She has teamed up with the folks at Math U See with an awesome giveaway on her blog,  The Hesitant Housewife. Ends Friday October 11th.
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Rufus and Ryan

Sara’s Giveaway

Sara has a great “Rufus and Ryan Go to Church!” preschool board book review and giveaway. Adorably illustrated board book shows preschoolers what to expect at church.  Features a little boy and his toy monkey as they learn about appropriate behavior and routine in the church setting.  Great for ages 2-5, it also works well as a social story for those with autism or other special needs. Ends October 12th at midnight.
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Make sure you don’t miss our next list of Giveaways & Freebies by subscribing to The Homeschool Post! Nominations for the 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards begin October 7th, you won’t want to miss those. It’s your chance to let us know who your favorite blogger is this year.
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Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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