Read a Book, Watch a Movie, and Engage Multiple Learning Senses

Written by Debi Polen As a parent, you probably take several moments in your child’s day to turn any experience into a teachable moment. For example, going grocery shopping offers the teachable moments of counting money, menu planning, and waiting in line. If you’ve decided to home school, taking advantage of these teachable moments becomes [Read More…]

Today in History: The War of 1812 Begins

This day (June 18) in 1812 marks the beginning of the War of 1812 after the U.S., under the presidency of James Madison, declared war on Great Britain. There were three major reasons for this declaration: Britain’s economic blockade of France, the capturing of American seaman and forcing them to serve in the British Royal [Read More…]

Magic Tree House Adventures Make Great Foundations for Unit Studies

Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House We’ve just taken a trip down our homeschooling memory lane by adding to our online catalog several titles in Mary Pope Osborne’s The Magic Tree House book series from Random House. These books, which we used for literature-based unit studies, are written for children ages 6 to 8 and [Read More…]

Today in History: D-Day

Today (June 6) in 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower directed history’s largest invasion force to land on the beaches of Normandy in France. Although the invasion didn’t go exactly as planned, it was still a major victory in the effort to free Europe from the Nazis. Products in Our Catalog about World War II Below [Read More…]

Create Hands-On Anatomy Lessons by Building Models by Skilcraft and Lindberg

by Debi Polen When Dissection Is Not an Option I admit that there were some things that I was just not able to teach when I was my son’s homeschooling supervisor. Just because I was in charge of my son’s home education didn’t mean that I was a jack of all trades when it came [Read More…]

Studying Shakespeare Tragedy-Free

Written by Debi Polen (Originally published May 31, 2012) Republished in Honor of Shakespeare’s Birthday This article has been republished in honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, which tradition places on April 23, 1564. This date is based on the tradition that parents would wait three days before baptizing their newborn and records show that William [Read More…]

Today in History: The United States Enters World War I

Today (April 6) in 1917, the United States entered World War I. The war itself had already begun in 1914, but President , along with the vast majority of Americans, wished to remain neutral. After a series of attacks and several American deaths at sea, however, the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 6 to declare [Read More…]

Today in History: ‘Ben-Hur’ Wins 11 Academy Awards

This day (April 4) in 1960, the epic movie Ben-Hur collects 11 Oscars at the 32nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony! Based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ, written by Lew Wallace and published in 1880, this lengthy film of three hours and 32 minutes was the most expensive made up to that [Read More…]

Today in History: Patrick Henry’s Famous “Liberty or Death” Speech

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! — Patrick Henry, Second Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775 These words were the [Read More…]

Today in History: ‘The Scarlet Letter’ Is Published

March 16, 1850, was the day that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s now-classic novel The Scarlet Letter, a story about adultery and betrayal in colonial America, was published. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804, Hawthorne was influenced by the town’s witchcraft past, which he included in a few of his other works: “Young Goodman Brown” (1835) and The [Read More…]

New Consignor Store Features Collectibles

We’ve got a new consignor who has placed several collectible items into our catalog, prompting us to create a new category to house them! To visit the new Collectibles catalog category, you can use the Special Department link in the Shop by Department menu item at the top of each page of the website. You’ll [Read More…]

Today in History: President Kennedy Establishes the Peace Corps

Throughout the world the people of the newly developing nations are struggling for economic and social progress which reflects their deepest desires. Our own freedom, and the future of freedom around the world, depend, in a very real sense, on their ability to build growing and independent nations where men can live in dignity, liberated [Read More…]