• How we teach history without a curriculum in our homeschool and our favorite homeschool history books and resources
    history,  resources,  unschooling

    TEACHING HISTORY WITHOUT A CURRICULUM: and some of our favorite history homeschool resources

    Today I’m continuing the homeschool without a curriculum series and we’re chatting history! I thought history was incredibly boring as a student but now I love history. I have some fun history resources to share that we really enjoy. You can see the entire homeschooling without a curriculum series here.       HISTORY RESOURCES WE LOVE           HISTORY VIDEOS & CHANNELS WE LIKE           Homeschool Pop History videos:     A Kid Explains History Simple History

  • Great Picture Book Biographies - a great way for kids to learn history
    book lists,  elementary,  history,  picture books

    19 Picture Book Biography Stories

    It’s never too early to introduce kids to biographies. I love the increase of the number of biographical picture books in the last number of years. It’s not even just the number, it’s the quality as well. Even I have learned a lot about history thanks to some well written picture books. In this list I’ve included mostly books we have read but there are also a few I’ve heard really good things about that I want to check out. I’m sure there will be a part two to this list because I can already guarantee I’ve forgotten some really good ones. If I’ve missed a great biographical picture book you…

  • history,  lesson in a post

    Guy Fawkes Day Resources

    Tomorrow, November 5th, is Guy Fawkes Day (also known as Bonfire Night and Gunpowder Treason Day). It is a remembrance of when Guy Fawkes was caught with 36 barrels of gunpowder under parliament in London. He was a part of a group of men who intended to blow up the king and other members of parliament. I was introduced to Guy Fawkes and the day when I was an au pair in England back when I was 18 (a lifetime ago) and I spent that evening watching fireworks and bonfires. Today I thought I would give my kids a little history of the day and tomorrow (the actual day) we…

  • Free Pirate Unit Study Resources - great for talk like a pirate day
    history,  unit studies

    Pirate Mini Unit Study Resources

    One of the units I had on my list to study this year was pirates. And since September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day I thought we would learn about them leading up to that day. We’ve only done a few unit studies so far this year but this one was our favorite one yet. Pirates are a fun topic to study but it does involve a fair amount of weeding through fact and fiction. The kids totally got into pirate mode and dressed up in some old Halloween costumes.     There are so many great books, videos and resources for a pirate study, we could have studied the…

  • Famous Canadians Free Notebooking Pages - great for learning Canadian history
    free printables,  geography,  history,  notebooking,  relaxed notebooking,  resources

    Free Notebooking Pages – Famous Canadians

    One of the things I love about homeschooling is following the interests of my kids. I am really looking forward to the day when they “know what they want to be when they grow up” (or you know, at least an idea. I’m not even sure if I know what I want to be when I grow up) and we can take those interests and run with them. Raeca has been wanting to create some printables/books with me and so the other evening we sat on the couch and did some brainstorming. We both came up with ten ideas and she narrowed it down to her favorite. The next day…

  • Middle grade books set during World War II
    book lists,  history,  middle grades

    16 Gripping World War II Books for the Middle Years (Grades 4-8)

    I have been on a big World War II reading kick in my own life lately. History never interested me when I was younger but these days it seems like I can’t get enough! I’ve found that I really enjoy reading about history through historical fiction books (and some really good non-fiction ones too). While am also reading some grown up books about WWII, a number of the books I’m reading have been in the middle years range. Some of the WWII books I’ve been reading lately (mid-grade and otherwise):   The following list includes about 50% of books I have read and the other 50% is on my to-read…