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 Hudson3

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 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.

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