History, Holidays, Living Books

The Christmas of 1776

The Christmas of 1776: A Young Maiden’s Story by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this delightful short story of a young girl’s Christmas experiences during the tumultuous time of the American Revolution, taken from the book “A Last Century Maiden” by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. Lots of fascinating history and details of old-time holiday celebrations make this story a great read-aloud for the whole family! Check it out!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

History, Holidays, Living Books

The First New England Christmas

“The First New England Christmas: A Story of Life in the Colonies” by Stone & Frickett (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this excellent short story of the first Christmas in New England, in the year 1620. If you’ve been curious as to how the early Pilgrims celebrated Christmas, read this – you may be surprised at what you discover!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

History, Nature Studies, Physics, Science

OLogy!

OLogy! is a science website for kids from the American Museum of Natural History. “OLogy” means “the study of”, and the site has a several extensive collections of resources, games, hands-on activites and videos covering Anthropology, Archaeology, Astronomy, Biodiversity, the Brain, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Physics, Zoology and more.

The “OLogy! For Educators” section also provides teacher resources to help you build lesson plans and unit studies around various topics of interest.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

History, Math

Free Subscription to American Heritage Magazine

One of our favorite history publications for the past 50+ years was American Heritage, “the distinguished magazine of history”. Their lavishly illustrated articles on all things American – history, values, ingenuity and culture – are just great.  After ceasing publication of the physical magazine in 2016, it has returned in an online format.  The magazine is currently offering free subscriptions to the new digital version of American Heritage. Subscribers receive free digital issues and newsletters as they are published, plus access to over 7,000 articles and essays in their archives.  The newsletters will be once-a-month emails with history news, reviews, and other items of interest.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

History, Holidays

The Thanksgiving Story

The Thanksgiving Story by Teri Ann Berg Olsen

Knowledge House is offering this free PDF history of the  holiday which includes lots of original Thanksgiving-related documents & stories, including:

The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving, The Mayflower Compact, The First Ever National Thanksgiving Proclamation, Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation, Washington‘s Thanksgiving Proclamation, Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, The First Thanksgiving (from “Stories of the Pilgrims”), Thanksgiving Picture Study, Pilgrim Timeline, Pilgrim Trivia, Thanksgiving Poems, Prayers, Quotations, Scriptures, Worksheets, Activities, and more. Whew!

Click here to go to their download page!

History

Adventures in Jamestown

Two fun interactive history sites for you today, about the settlement of Jamestown:

In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World. They settled in what is now the state of Virginia and called their colony first James Fort, and then James Towne, in honor of James I, the King of England. The early years of the colony were nearly a total disaster. Almost half of the settlers died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians.

What if you were the Captain of the Jamestown Colony? In this simple interactive online game, you can make your own decisions and see where they lead you. Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company’s Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice. Be careful, though, because some advice is better than others!

CLICK HERE to go to the site

ON THE TRAIL OF CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH, from the National Geographic for Kids website, follows Captain Smith and the other settlers as they journey to the new world and found Jamestown. There’s several mini-games and videos about the challenges they faced in this fun interactive adventure.

CLICK HERE to go to the site

History

Ancient Greece Unit Study for Kids

Here’s a creative and fun “hands on” unit study on Ancient Greek culture from adventuresinmommydom.org. In this set of studies for younger kids, she offers some great ideas for learning about Greek architecture, the ancient Olympics, Greek mythology, Greek artwork, small arms combat (using Legos) and more. Obviously put together by a mom who loves history, this study has lots of interesting ideas and would be great for primary ages.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

History, Living Books

Mary of Plymouth

Mary of Plymouth: A Story of the Pilgrim Settlement by James Otis (PDF ebook)

“My name is Mary, and I am setting down all these things about our people here in this new world, hoping some day to send my dear friend, Hannah, who lives in Scrooby, England, what may really come to be a story… even though the writer of it is only sixteen years old, having lived in Plymouth since the day our company landed from the Mayflower in 1620, more than eleven years ago…”

So begins this excellent book about the pilgrims and the colony of Plymouth, as told through the eyes of a young pilgrim girl named Mary. This classic “living book”, written by James Otis and originally published in 1910, is full of history, fascinating details about the daily lives of the pilgrims, along with plenty of action and adventure. Profusely illustrated and highly recommended. this is back by popular request! Another great story to share with your kids as we draw closer to our own Thanksgiving celebrations!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

History, Living Books

Richard of Jamestown

Richard of Jamestown by James Otis (PDF ebook) – A wonderful, highly readable chapter book by James Otis, chronicling the adventures of Richard, a young boy who sails to the new world with the colonists who founded Jamestown. His stories of the hardships and adventures faced by the Jamestown settlers, told from the viewpoint of a young boy, make this great reading for the Fall season. Don’t miss this!

from the foreword:

The purpose of this series of stories is to show the children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. To this end every effort has been made to avoid anything savoring of romance, and to deal only with facts, so far as that is possible, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience sake or for gain.

That the stories may appeal more directly to the children, they are told from the viewpoint of a child, and purport to have been related by a child. Should any criticism be made regarding the seeming neglect to mention important historical facts, the answer would be that these books are not sent out as histories—although it is believed that they will awaken a desire to learn more of the building of the nation—and only such incidents as would be particularly noted by a child are used.

Surely it is entertaining as well as instructive for young people to read of the toil and privations in the homes of those who came into a new world to build up a country for themselves, and such homely facts are not to be found in the real histories of our land.

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!