May Dates in History

May Dates in History

May is a month rich with opportunities to incorporate history into everyday living and learning. Take a look at some of the significant May dates in history and grab free printables to help you commemorate each one.

On May 2, 1611, the First King James Version of the Bible was published. Practice handwriting skills with this copywork passage from John 1:1-14.

On May 5, 1961, Freedom 7, launched by a Redstone rocket, carried the first American, Alan Shepard, into space. Let’s celebrate with a free fill-in all about the history of rockets and a geography-themed decoding puzzle.

On May 8, 1945, America and Britain celebrated V-E Day, the day commemorating the end of World War II in Europe. See if you can locate key cities from the war in Europe on this printable map.

On May 15, 1919, the Winnipeg General Strike in Manitoba, Canada, began. While the strike in Manitoba did not deal with the issue of child labor, we’re going to take this opportunity to talk about the problem of child labor we face today. *This worksheet is designed for older children only; parents or teachers are encouraged to preview the worksheet first before sharing it with children.

On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards were given in Hollywood, California. Have fun awarding your own awards to the movies you, your family, and your friends choose and practice taking a survey. A printable for younger kids and older kids are both provided.

On May 20, 1570, cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the first modern atlas. See how well you do recognizing old place names with our Maps Then and Now fill in.

On May 23, 1873, the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was established by the Canadian Parliament. In this worksheet, you’ll get to meet Renee. She has wanted to ride a horse on patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for her entire life! It’s all she’s ever wanted to do. But, she has a problem. She just discovered that she’s allergic to horses! How will she ever join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police now? What Renee is about to discover is that there are lots of ways you can be a part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) without being a policewoman on horseback. Learn more about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with today’s worksheet.

On May 27, 1999, the first Canadian to board the International Space Station, Julie Payette, joined the shuttle mission. We’re going to practice math and geography skills, along with a little history, as we explore other historic long journeys and compare them to the journey of Julie Payette.

On May 27, 1961, President Kennedy announced the goal of the United States to reach the moon. To celebrate, we’re going to play Race to Space! This fun printable game can be played by two players. Just print, play, and enjoy!

On May 28, 585 BC, a nearly total solar eclipse happened during the Battle of Eclipse between the armies of Lydia and Media. Can you imagine what the men fighting must have thought when the sky suddenly darkened? This moment was recorded and became a key date in predicting eclipses. Try this science-themed writing prompt to help expand your knowledge of what happened.

On May 31, 1859, Big Ben rang out in London, England, for the first time. See how much you know about British history by matching the British monarch to the events of his/her reign.

On May 31, 1911, the hull of the RMS Titanic was launched. This writing printable will help you write a Titanic acrostic, brainstorm a list of words, and write a story about the Titanic.

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Bonnie Rose Hudson works with both SchoolhouseTeachers.com and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as a curriculum creator and as the Executive Editor of SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.

Bring History to Life with March Dates in History

Bring History to Life with March Dates in History

I hope you’ve been enjoying our monthly roundups of teaching resources that bring history to life. It’s time for a roundup of teaching resources for March dates in history, and I hope you’ll like what we’ve found. These worksheets will take you from Dr. Seuss’ birthday to Madagascar, from the founding of Chicago to the discovery of Uranus, and beyond!

On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel, a/k/a Dr. Seuss, was born. Celebrate his birthday with some fun circus birthday party placemats and a fish matching game.

March 6, 1806, is the birthday of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Enjoy a free poem fill-in from one of her most famous sonnets.

On March 12, 1773, Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded the settlement now known as Chicago. See if you can put these fourteen historic facts about Chicago in their proper order with this Chicago history timeline quiz.

On March 13, 1781, William Herschel discovered Uranus and became the first astronomer to discover a planet by using a telescope. Test your knowledge of the seventh planet and the year it was discovered with this fun combo pack of worksheets.

James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, was born March 16, 1751. Celebrate his birthday with Presidential Copywork from his inaugural address.

Why is March 25, 1751, called Old New Year’s Day? See what you and your students can learn about the Gregorian calendar and when it was adopted by Great Britain and her colonies. Then come have fun with a Free Calendar Scramble.

March 26, 1971, celebrates Bangladesh Independence Day. Try your hand at matching the flags with the nations who held influence over Bangladesh prior to its independence. For more great resources on Bangladesh, check out my book Asia: Its People and History and the free bonus content you’ll find here.

March 27, 1945, is known as Myanmar (Burma) Resistance Day and celebrates the day Burma joined the Allies in World War II. Learn a little bit more about the land and its people with this Burma drawing and writing activity.

Denton True Young, remembered by baseball fans as Cy Young, was born March 29, 1867. Enjoy some baseball-themed writing prompts and notebooking pages to celebrate!

March 29, 1947, is Madagascar Commemoration Day and honors those who fell in a 1947 rebellion against the French. Try some notebooking questions about the baobab trees and leaping lemurs of Madagascar!

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Bonnie Rose Hudson works with both SchoolhouseTeachers.com and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as a curriculum creator and as the Executive Editor of SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.

January Dates in History

Bring History to Life with January Dates in History

I hope you enjoyed last month’s roundup of teaching resources for December dates in history. It’s time for a roundup of teaching resources for January dates in history, and I hope you’ll like what we’ve found. These worksheets will take you from the gold rush to the Russian ruble, oceanography to Edgar Allan Poe, and Charles Ingalls to President McKinley! So let’s get ready to have some fun with history!

On January 1, 1961, Russia introduced a new ruble. Try your hand at this world currency match-up and see which currency types you can match to the country that uses them.

On January 4, 1809, Louis Braille was born. Blinded as a child, he later became the inventor of the Braille alphabet which has enabled countless visually impaired children and adults to read. Try this worksheet about the Braille alphabet and see if you can decode the passage shared.

January 10, 1836, marks the birthday of Charles Ingalls, father of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Enjoy these two life on the prairie coloring sheets!

On January 14, 1806, Matthew Fontaine Maury was born. He became a pioneer in the science of oceanography. Try this science quiz and see if you can match the correct oceanography terms with their definitions.

On January 17, 1773, Captain James Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle. Let’s try to unscramble ten popular winter sports.

January 19, 1809, is the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe is born. Learn more about the author and his works with this notebooking page and timeline worksheet plus grab some free Edgar Allan Poe copywork.

On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California. Just how valuable was gold in 1848? How does that compare with how much it is worth in the present day? Try this fun math worksheet and find out!

On January 29, 1843, William McKinley, who would become the 25th President of the United States, is born in Niles, Ohio. Try this Presidential copywork of a famous quote by William McKinley. It is available in print, cursive, and manuscript styles.

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Bonnie Rose Hudson works as a curriculum creator and is the Executive Editor of SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.

Teaching Your Kids About Hispanic Culture with Picture Books

Teach About Hispanic Culture with Picture Books -- Huge Collection of Books and Unit Studies
Do you want to teach your kids about Hispanic culture? Not all of Latin America has the same customs. For example, a tortilla is made of flour in some countries whereas in other countries like Spain and Argentina, a tortilla is a potato omelette. Here in the United States we all know what tacos are, but in some countries in South America, tacos are not something you eat, but rather something you wear…high heel shoes! Just because Spanish-speaking countries all speak the same language doesn’t mean they share the same culture. One way to introduce your kids to different Hispanic cultures is through picture books and unit studies.  Here is a long list of books, unit studies, and lapbooks you can use to teach about the many Spanish-speaking cultures. All the unit studies and lapbooks can be found on Homeschool Share.

 

Argentina

Gauchada-The story of a necklace made by a gaucho {Argentine cowboy} that is given to several people.  While this book may be out of print it is not to be missed!!  As of the time of this posting it can still be found cheaply on the used market. Here is the HSS unit.

On the Pampas-This is an excellent book to teach various aspects of Argentine culture on the pampas {Argentine grasslands}.  Kids will learn about mate, the rhea {South American ostrich}, and gauchos. There is a HSS unit available for this book.

The Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina-A legend from the pampas about a carob tree.

Chile

A Pen Pal for Max-This book tells the story of Max from Chile and what happens when he slips a note into a box of grapes that his family has grown headed for the United States.

Mia’s Story: A Sketchbook of Hopes & Dreams-A girl from a village in Chile searches for her lost puppy.

My Name is Gabriela/Me llamo Gabriela (Bilingual): The Life of Gabriela Mistral/la vida de Gabriela Mistral -The story of Gabriela Mistral, Nobel-prizing winning poet.

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People-The life of another famous Chilean author

Peru

Up and Down the Andes-Highlights a Peruvian festival.  Cultural notes in the back of the book.

Tonight Is Carnaval-Another look at a festival. For more information and activities for this book, click here.

Moon Rope/Un lazo a la luna-An ancient Peruvian tale

The Llama’s Secret – A Peruvian Legend-A version of the Flood story

Colombia
At Homeschool Share there is a lapbook available for Colombia!

Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia-the story of a traveling library.  A great time to teach the word “biblioteca” to your kids if they are learning Spanish.

Waiting for the Biblioburro-Another story about the same concept

Guatemala

Abuela’s Weave-The story of a grandmother and granddaughter.  This story highlights Mayan culture, weaving and the idea of taking goods to a market.

 

Mexico

Hill Of Fire -A true story of how a volcano was formed in Mexico.

Cuckoo-A Mexican folktale

Under The Lemon Moon-A touching story of generosity.  With Spanish sprinkled throughout the story.

Diego-The story of the great Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera

Puerto Rico

There’s a Coqui in My Shoe-About the famous frog of the island

Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico-Juan Bobo is a well-known character from Puerto Rico

The Coqui and The Iguana-This story takes place in La Paguera, one of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays.

Venezuela

Roberto’s Trip to the Top-A boy takes a trip to the top of the mountain near his village

Cuba

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

 

Spain
A lapbook for Spain is available here.

The Story of Ferdinand-A classic, not-to-be-missed story about a bull named Ferdinand.  You can teach about bull fighting without the gore of it.  Here is a lapbook to go along with the story.

Don Quixote and the Windmills-Every child that studies Spanish should at least know who Don Quixote is. The Misadventures of Don Quixote is another picture book that introduces the character of Don Quixote.

 

Books from Various Countries

A Picture Book of Simon Bolivar-The life story of the liberator of parts of South America.  Simon Bolivar is sometimes known as the “George Washington of South America”.  The country of Bolivia was named after him.
The Gold Coin-Lovely fable set in South America
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred-A story of creating rice pudding, a typical Latin America dish.
Personajes del Mundo Hispanico-A series of books written in Spanish about several famous Hispanics {Gabriela Mistral, Miguel de Cervantes, Jose de San Martin, Simon Bolivar, Pablo Neruda}.

Other resources to teach about Spanish-speaking countries

Ecuador lapbook

Costa Rica lapbook

Debbie Palmer blogs about faith and homeschooling at The Architect and the Artist and about teaching Spanish at Debbie’s Spanish Learning.

10 Scriptures to Pray for Your Homeschool

Praying the Scriptures for Your Homeschool

The Word of God is alive, powerful, life changing, useful for teaching, correction, and challenging in every way. When the Lord began doing a work in my heart and teaching me to pray the Scriptures, praying for my children using the Word of God became one of my very favorite ways to pray for my family!

I wanted to share with you some of my very favorite Scriptures to pray for our family and verses, in particular, that you could apply to your homeschool!

I will be sharing the reference to the verse and my prayer taken from that passage. I encourage you to look up each verse and read it and pray through it yourself as well! Praying the Scriptures doesn’t need to be difficult or hard to grasp, read a verse, pray those very words back to God! Take a phrase and repeat it to the Lord, repeat it through your day as a prayer.

10 Scriptures to Pray for Your Homeschool

1. Deuteronomy 6:4-8. Lord, You are God! Help our family to love you with all our hearts, our souls and our strength. God, help us as parents to teach Your Word diligently to our children, to talk of You when we sit in our home, when we lie down at night, when we walk by the way. Lord, may Your Word and Your truths fill our home as we point our children to You.

2. Joshua 1:9. Father God, You have commanded us to be strong and courageous. As homeschooling families, we ask that You help us to let go of our fear and move in the direction that You would have us to teach and guide our children. May we not grow fearful of what other families or schools are doing, but look to You for Your perfect plan. Lord, because of You, we can live in this world and not be dismayed because You are with us wherever we go!

3. 1 Samuel 3:10. God, we are asking You to speak, for we are listening. Help us to teach our children to recognize Your voice. Help us to learn, more and more each day, what Your voice sounds like. Help us to live lives of obedience before our families so that when our children do hear Your voice, they will listen and obey.

4. Psalm 1. Lord, You have told us we are blessed when we do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, so we place our children in Your hands and ask You to guide them along Your path. Our delight is in You and Your Word, help us to fix our eyes on You and meditate on Your word day and night. May our family be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and may all we do prosper. For You and for Your glory alone.

5. Psalm 25:4-5. Show us Your ways, O Lord, teach us Your paths. Guide us in Your truth and teach us, for You are God our Savior and our hope is in You all day long. This is our prayer for our family and our homeschool. Teach us. Guide us. Our hope is in You!

6. Psalm 119:9-11. Lord God, help us to show our children that we can keep our way pure by taking heed according to Your Word. With our whole hearts we seek You, let us not wander from Your commandments. As a family, we commit to hiding Your word in our hearts that we might not sin against You.

7. Proverbs 1:7. Oh Lord, You tell us in Your Word that to fear You is the beginning of knowledge, that fools despise wisdom and instruction. May our family never be known as fools in Your sight! God, help us to cling to Your Word, may our children never despise wisdom and instruction. And if they do, help us, as parents, to gently guide them and point them to Jesus all the way.

8. John 3:30. In our home, Lord, we desire for You to increase and each of us to decrease. We desire Your glory above our own. We desire Your wisdom above the world’s. We desire to place one another before ourselves. We can only do this with the power of Christ in us. Thank You for the hope we have in You.

9. Romans 12. God, I ask You to help me give to You, each day, my body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to You. Daily I must lay down my cross and follow You. As a homeschool mom, I must put aside my own desires for the day and choose to joyfully serve my family as You have called me to do. It is only through You and because of You that we can even attempt this. God, through Your grace we ask that you help us not to think of ourselves more highly that we ought to think. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members don’t have the same function, we ask you, as parents to help us discern the gifts You have given our children and help us to guide them in those giftings as they grow and learn and become all that You have created them to be.

10. 1 Timothy 4:12. Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us the strength to daily build up our children in the faith. May our children be an example, even in their youth, to those around them, including our own family members. May they be an example in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Yes, Lord, may it be so!

I love praying the Scriptures. The Lord has used this tool as a huge means of comfort to me in my struggle with depression. The Lord has strengthened my prayer life as well as my hope and trust in Him. The Lord has provided words for me when I have no words. God has given me, time and time again, just what I needed to hear at just the right moment.

Dear homeschool moms, don’t neglect the powerful Word of God in your own heart and in the hearts of your children. This could be the most important thing you do with them all day!

I have several resources over on my blog for praying the Scriptures, if you are interested. 31 Scriptures to Pray for Your Family is one of my favorite resources. I have a brand new Advent prayer journal so that we can pray the Scriptures through Advent as well!! And here are all the posts on my blog pertaining to Praying the Scriptures. I pray that your heart is as blessed as mine has been through this journey in God’s Word. 

Bring History to Life with December Dates in History

Bring History to Life with December Dates in History

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I love history! I love seeing how things connect over the centuries. I confess I’ve owned more than one “on this day in history” resources, and it’s just possible I have several volumes of timelines sitting on my shelves right now. There is an extra benefit to looking at key calendar dates each month. How else can you incorporate Jane Austen, the history of frozen food, the American Revolution, World War II, Uzbekistan, Chile, and Solzhenitsyn into one month of study? I took a look at some of the anniversaries and birthdays coming up in December, and here is what I found:

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor. The following day on December 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested a declaration of war from the U.S. Congress on the Empire of Japan. From now through 12/31/14 you can get President Roosevelt’s speech as copywork for handwriting practice at 50% off for just $ .99. This offer is only available to Homeschool Share readers. Choose print copywork, cursive copywork, or manuscript copywork (these links will automatically apply the discount to your cart).

On December 8, 1991, Uzbekistan celebrated Constitution Day, just a few months after declaring its independence from the Soviet Union on August 31, 1991. Trace the Silk Road through six cities of Uzbekistan with this free printable.

December 9, 1886, marks the birthday of Clarence Birdseye who invented a new way to freeze food. You can have all kinds of fun with this free freezer fun printable.

December 10, 1787, is the birthday of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, the co-founder of the first public school for the deaf. Practice your fingerspelling with this free ASL printable that contains a hidden Christmas message!

December 11, 1918, is the birthday of Russian author and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Try this free Russian history timeline printable and see if you can match the right event with the right year.

December 12, 1851, is Poinsettia Day. It honors the death anniversary of Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the American diplomat who introduced the poinsettia to the United States. Try this free handwriting practice printable about Dr. Poinsett.

On December 15, 1989, an election ended the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile. Try this free printable quiz and see how much you know about this South American country.

December 16, 1775, is the birthday of the English author Jane Austen. We have a free Pride and Prejudice crossword puzzle in her honor!

December 19, 1777, George Washington and the Continental Army made camp at Valley Forge, PA. If you’d like 500+ pages of American History through Copywork, check out this Black Friday sale now! From 11/28-12/1, you can save 83% on this HUGE bundle with the coupon (see site for details). And don’t miss this free printable Paul Revere board game!

December 25, Christmas Day, is the day we pause to remember and celebrate the most precious Gift in all of history, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sadly, families in some parts of the world are not free to celebrate Christmas. A Martyr’s Christmas is a free unit study sensitively written to help elementary and middle school children understand the reality of Christian persecution today and find ways they can pray and help the persecuted.

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Bonnie Rose Hudson’s heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.