Audio, History

A Tooth for a Tooth (ow!)

Ever have a toothache? Be glad you didn’t have one 400 years ago. The poor soul in this picture can give you an idea of what it was like getting your teeth fixed way back when.

Even better, listen to today’s great audio story, “A Tooth For A Tooth”, where you will encounter strange things like travelling dentist-executioners, barbershop tooth extractions, tooth traders, and a crazy, laugh out loud “cure” suggested by the ancient Romans. It is a fun – and painful – tale, that will make you glad you have a nice, clean Dentist’s office to go to when needed. Your kids will be amazed at this delightful “living history” story — and will likey want to go brush their teeth after hearing it! (12 minutes, mp3 audio)

Click here to listen!

Audio, History, Inventions

The Slate that Didn’t Break

Here’s an excellent audio story about an almost forgotten pioneer American Inventor, Thomas Blanchard, whose inventions revolutionized modern manufacturing. Blanchard was a real handful as a boy. He was thrown out of school for rowdiness, and burned down his family’s kitchen trying to “invent” his own blacksmith’s kiln. His punishment for these offenses… to be apprenticed to his brother, hammering out tacks twelve hours a day in his factory. But what Thomas did next changed the course of the industrial revolution forever, as you will hear in this great 15 minute audio dramatization!

To download this MP3 Audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save the file to your mac.

Bonus Audio Resource: For more info on Blanchard, click here for another short audio program about his inventions.

History

The Underground History of American Education

Here’s a free edition of John Taylor Gotto’s classic book, The Underground History of American Education, as posted on the Lew Rockwell website. It is terrific.

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, 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!