July Grand Giveaway — Asia: It’s People and History

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We have such a delightful giveaway for you this month! July Giveaway

Bonnie Rose Hudson

If you have not yet heard of Bonnie Rose Hudson and her wonderful new book, Asia: Its People and History, you are in for a treat today. Bonnie Rose is  the inspring author of two blogs: Write Bonnie Rose and Looking Out the 10/40 Window. She has a heart for the the lost, especially those living in the 10/40 Window comprised mostly of Asia. In her book, she sets out to introduce children to the people and culture of six of these countries, while leading them to learn about the needs of persecuted Christians living them, and most importantly, how to pray for them.

Asia: Its People and History

AsiaCover1b-smalldropshadowIs the land of Asia a mystery to your kids? Do they know who lives there? Do they know how to pray for them? Asia is home to more than fifty countries and territories and roughly three-fifths of the world’s population. Could you use some help introducing your family to this vast land? This sixteen-week course presents a brief picture of six nations. It is by no means all encompassing. Its purpose is to introduce your students to the people of Asia, share their stories, and spark curiosity. I am delighted that Bonnie Rose is offering us 2 print copies of her book for this giveaway. I hope you win!

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Biographies: A Glimpse into People and History

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Biographies
History has always fascinated me. I wasn’t ever good at it in school because I couldn’t memorize the dates well, but I sure could tell the stories! Now that I am teaching my own children, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to teach history without really “teaching” history. They are young, so knowing the dates and specifics of wars and battles aren’t a focus. But the people! Oh, to have heroes of character! What a joy it is to have discussions with my 6 year old son about the character traits, and character flaws, of real people!
Bible study is a large part of our homeschool. I am a Bible teacher and so I focus on the historical aspects of the scriptures quite a bit. But I also want to teach how history fits into the scriptures and how the Truth has changed people and cultures throughout the decades. And so we read a lot of Biographies. Here are some of my favorite children’s biography series. Some of these you can find at your local library, some you might need to find online or at your church library.

Biographies for younger children:

Little Lights Biographies
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Heroes for Young Readers
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ValueTales by Spencer Johnson
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A Picture Book of… by David Adler
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Biographies for older children:

Trailblazer Books
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Men/Women of Faith Series
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Video Biographies:

The Torchlighters: Heroes of the Faith with free student/teacher downloads
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Animated Hero Classics with activity books
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I hope you have found some wonderful resources to use in your homeschool. And be sure to look through Homeschool Share for unit helps and lapbooks, such as Women in History, that might correspond with a certain time in history, or a biography! Enjoy!!

What is the name of your favorite historical person?

businesscardheadshotAnne Marie is an Austenite and the author of the blog Future.Flying.Saucers. She is a southern belle who is married to her Mr. Darcy. They have three of the silliest children in South Carolina. Anne Marie has a passion for Bible study and teaching the Word to adults and children. On Wednesday nights you will find her teaching Biblical concepts to Awana clubs at her church. All of her Awana and Bible lessons can be found for FREE on her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

FREE Unit Studies Based on Classic Picture Books

25+ Free Unit Studies (and lapbooks) Based on Picture Book Classics! ~from Homeschool Share

As you probably know, Homeschool Share offers hundreds of free unit studies and hundreds of free lapbooks. Did you know many of these units are based on award-winning books and classics? Here is a list of some of the FREE unit studies we offer that are based on classic picture books.

As you plan your child’s unit study schedule for next year, make sure to include some of these timeless books.

The Adventures of Curious George

Bedtime for Frances

Billy and Blaze

Bread and Jam for Frances

Caps for Sale

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Corduroy

The Duchess Bakes a Cake

Ferdinand

The Giving Tree

Harry the Dirty Dog

Katy and the Big Snow

Lentil

The Little House

Little Toot

The Lorax

Madeline

Make Way for Ducklings

Maybelle the Cable Car

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Miss Twiggly’s Tree

Petunia

The Red Carpet

Stone Soup

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

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All Things Little House on the Prairie…

Learning with Little House on the Prairie @homeschoolshare.com

 

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

I think we can safely say that we all need a little more Little House in our world today, wouldn’t you agree? If you’re thinking of learning a little bit about the prairie life, specifically Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie, you’ve come to the right place!!

First things first, if you aren’t sure what all Homeschool Share has to offer on this topic, you’ll want to take a peek! Little House in the Big Woods lapbook,  Little House on the Prairie Story Study Lapbook, By the Shores of Silver Lake lap book, Farmer Boy Story Study LapbookLittle House in the Big Woods lapbook, Little Town on the Prairie Story Study Lapbook,  On the Banks of Plum Creek Story Study lapbook, The First Four Years Lapbook, The Long Winter Lapbook,  These Happy Golden Years  lap book. Also, not in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, but another one that would fit with your unit study is Prairie School, with a unit and lap book also!

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. ” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Would you like to add some cooking time to go along with your studies? I think that spending time in the kitchen should accompany every study, but especially when learning about prairie life. We probably will realize just how blessed we are when we see all the advantages we have in our kitchens!

“Home is the nicest word there is.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

In the book, On The Banks of Plum Creek, Laura tasted lemonade for the first time at Mrs. Olsen’s house! Try this recipe or this one from the Little House Treasury.  When we find Laura in By The Shores of Silver Lake, she is showing Mrs. Boast how to make Sour Dough Biscuits. Would you like to try them also? Making butter is a fun pioneer activity! If you have a garden, why not gather vegetables in your apron as the pioneers did also! In Farmer Boy, Almonzo and Laura discuss how no two popcorn kernels are the same…ask your children how they think the pioneers made their popcorn! Would they believe it is possible without a microwave? 🙂 And for dessert, maple candy might be a fun treat!

What about a Christmas meal like Laura’s family had together?

Ma was busy all day long, cooking good things for Christmas. She baked salt-rising bread and ‘Injun bread,’ Swedish crackers, and a huge pan of baked beans, with salt pork and molasses. She baked vinegar pies and dried-apple pies, and filled a big jar with cookies, and she let Laura and Mary lick the cake spoon.”
– Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Now that we have a bounty of prairie foods, let’s take a look at some fun activities to enjoy with our children!

The Crafty Crow shows this simple fabric activity of hanging the wash! I am sure our children would be amazed at how much work laundry was in Laura’s time! But before you can hang the clothes out to dry, you must introduce your children to the washboard! Word Play House has so many fun ideas to do with Little House books including laundry ideas, hand-dipped candles, cross stitch sampler and more! And this little house made of pretzel rods looks fantastic!!

Laura Ingalls: Ma, how long is all this learning going to take? 
Caroline Ingalls: We start learning the minute we’re born, Laura. And if we’re wise, we don’t stop until the Lord calls us home. 
Laura Ingalls: THAT long? 

What about school work? I listed the unit studies and lap books from Homeschool Share above, but there are also some great finds around the web also.  Here a is a covered wagon journaling page. A few word searches and word scrambles can be found here. This 3-dimensional model of the Little House is fabulous! This teacher turned her classroom tables into covered wagons! Love it!  These covered wagons (scroll down a bit) with tissues are creative. What about an edible covered wagon?? Some people are SO creative! Little House on the Prairie stamp coloring page and some fun Little House printables here, too.

How about setting up a mercantile for pretend play that will work in some math at the same time?? Thanks to Oh Amanda for this idea, she has lots of cute ideas from her daughter’s Little House party!

Little House Mercantile Store Table

Still need more ideas? Here is a board FULL of Little House on the Prairie Inspiration!

Well, I hope you have been inspired to jump into these fabulous books with your children!! And don’t forget to watch the shows with your kids too…they just don’t make tv shows like Little House on the Prairie anymore, do they??