Ten Great Picture Books for Introducing Children to World War I

These excellent books make it easy to introduce even young children to the difficult topic of World War I. I learned a lot from reading them too!

Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 2: Addy’s Food

Addy’s Food Slaves were given a weekly ration of food which typically included a few pounds of corn meal and a few pounds of fatty pork, which wasn’t much for an entire week. Slaves who worked on plantations like Addy did were almost always hungry. Some slave masters were more generous and provided some additionalContinue reading “Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 2: Addy’s Food”

How to Teach Your Child to Read the Fun and Easy Way Part 3: Sounding Out

Once your child knows the consonant and short-vowel sounds, and understands that these sounds make words (which I discuss in part 1 and part 2 of this series), you can begin to help your child learn to sound out words. Now, this skill will come when your child is developmentally ready, so if he doesn’tContinue reading “How to Teach Your Child to Read the Fun and Easy Way Part 3: Sounding Out”

Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 1: Plantation Work

Addy’s story is part of one of the saddest chapters in American history. She grew up as a slave in North Carolina before and during the Civil War. While the atrocities and hardships of slavery are unimaginable to most of us, we can get a little insight into what life was like for African AmericanContinue reading “Learning History with American Girl Addy Part 1: Plantation Work”

How to Teach Your Child to Read the Fun and Easy Way Part 2: Letters Make Words

In part 1 of this series, we talked about how to teach your child the consonant and short vowel sounds. Once your child starts to catch on and can tell you the sounds some of letters make, you can start to help her mentally connect the letters to words. I like to use a simpleContinue reading “How to Teach Your Child to Read the Fun and Easy Way Part 2: Letters Make Words”

14 Inspiring Children’s Books About the Civil Rights Movement

This is a list of living books that tell the stories of the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement. While these are picture books, they are stories that all ages can appreciate. Some of my very favorite children’s books are on this list because they tell such inspiring stories of courage and determination.Continue reading “14 Inspiring Children’s Books About the Civil Rights Movement”

Learning About Pioneers with American Girl Kirsten, Part 4: The Dakota Native Americans

An important part of the story of the pioneers is the story of the Native Americans that lived in the land before them. In this lesson we will learn about the Dakota natives that lived in the Minnesota Territory before Kirsten and her family arrived.

Learn About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 4: Work, Fashion, Trade, and the Sante Fe Trail

Life on a rancho in New Mexico was full of work! Josefina would have started her chores in the early morning and continued working until the evening time, doing things like washing clothes, fetching water, cooking, weaving, gardening, and sewing. Josefina’s family raised sheep, and she helped take care of them. She also helped inContinue reading “Learn About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 4: Work, Fashion, Trade, and the Sante Fe Trail”

Learning About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 3: Cooking and Food in New Mexico

New Mexican Food Like most parts of her culture, Josefina’s food combined traditions from the Spanish, Mexicans, and Native Americans. Families like Josefina’s who lived on ranchos (or farms) in northern New Mexico grew most of their own food. Their staple foods were corn, beans, and squash (including pumpkins), which they learned about from theContinue reading “Learning About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 3: Cooking and Food in New Mexico”