Free Literature Based History Lesson about Johnny Appleseed

free Johnny Appleseed lesson

I grew up learning about Johnny Appleseed. We lived in the heart of Ohio where he planted many trees. Yes, Johnny Appleseed was a real man that really planted trees! Your children can learn all about him with this free literature based history lesson about Johnny Appleseed, and you get to go along on the journey with them.

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Incorporate Every Subject with this Election Day Unit Study!

election day unit study

With the general election right around the corner, it is the perfect time to gear up for a day of learning based upon the events of the day.  Election Day is full of learning opportunities for the whole family. But, did you know that you can study the election through every subject? Let me walk you down some fun, hands on activities to make this a day to remember for your kiddos with this Election Day Unit Study!

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Is Kindergarten too young to add an American History curriculum to your homeschool?

Is Kindergarten too young to use an American History Curriculum in your homeschool? Not when you use something as great as Sonlight's new Exploring American History! #kindergartencurriculum #kindergartenhistory #Sonlight

I absolutely love homeschooling in Kindergarten! It may be one of my favorite ages. Kids are so eager to start school, there are so many opportunities to instill a love of learning in the simplest of ways, and the possibilities of what you can include to make school fun are endless. The question I hear floating around sometimes in relaxed homeschooling circles is, “Is Kindergarten too young to add an American History curiculum to your homeschool?” My simple answer is, no. You can never be too young to start learning about our nation’s history! However, I do have certain ways that we like to do it, and it all starts with using great books.

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Double-Dipping… How to Incorporate History With Other Subjects

Double Dipping... How to incorporate history into other subjects in your homeschool

If you know me and the business we’ve created over the last nearly twenty years, you’d think I would’ve had a love affair with history all my life… well, nothing is further from the truth! I flat-out couldn’t stand history in school, and I actually bargained with my high school teacher to just pass me with a “D,” because I was going to become an artist and would never touch the subject again with a ten-foot pole. Fast forward a decade or two, and there I was, a homeschool mom, petrified to have to teach my children history—the topic I had loathed in my earlier years. After gathering my nerve, I made a game plan to use a history text for my spine and timelines and mapping to grasp an understanding of when and where we were learning about. I filled the topics with all kinds of good reading and hands-on projects. Before you knew it,  I found myself excited each day to learn the stories of the past right along with the children and hungered to absorb everything I could. (And for the record, I came to find that I definitely DID need to utilize history through my art career!)

What I didn’t realize was exactly how much you can incorporate history with other subjects! 

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Ignite wonder in your homeschool by using literature to teach geography

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Using literature to teach geography may not be the first idea that most come up with when they think of a geography curriculum. When I think of geography, I think of maps, facts about different states and countries, and really…just plain old boring studies that I have no interest in (and my kids would have no interest in, either.) But, what if I told you that literature may be the very best tool in learning about geography in your homeschool?

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My Favorite Thanksgiving Lessons for your Homeschool

My favorite Thanksgiving Lessons for your Homeschool! Here is a list of my favorite Thanksgiving lessons- unit studies, picture books, poetry tea time, music lessons, and more! #thanksgivinglessons #homeschooling #unitstudy

Thanksgiving is a fun time to learn about our country’s history! Adding in some Thanksgiving lessons into our homeschool is something I strive to do every year. It’s fun, it breaks up what we’ve been doing for something new and fresh, and there are always a lot of resources to choose from so we never do the same thing. I’m going to share some of my very favorite Thanksgiving lessons for homeschoolers so you can do them along with us.

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The Underground Railroad Unit Study

underground railroad unit study

The Underground Railroad is a topic in history I was excited to cover with my kids in our homeschool. It’s such an important subject to discuss so that children can truly understand slavery and a period in our country that still effects us today. I took this topic and made it into a unity study that we worked on over a few weeks. Here is my Underground Railroad Unit Study!

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Super Easy Geography Lessons for Littles

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Super Easy Geography Lesson for Littles. This simple geography lesson is beautiful and perfect for our homeschooling geography curriuculum! It has everything ready for you, which makes it easy to add to your homeschool day. This can be used for preschool, kindergarten, and well into elementary for homeschoolers. A fun and easy, hands on geography! #homeschool #geography #preschool #kindergarten #homeschooling #homeschoolers #handson
We’ve been starting to focus on geography in our homeschool, and so has my friend Allie over at Raising Pink Arrows. Allie is homeschooling two little girls- Pre-K and Kindergarten. I love the approach she took with her geography lessons, so I wanted to share them with you! She was kind enough to share this post with me so you can see what she has been up to with her girls.
The products she chose to use for geography are absolutely beautiful! I didn’t know I wanted to add to our geography curriculum, but now that I’ve seen what she’s been using, I totally do. Here’s her list of must haves for studying the states.

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