American-History-in-a-Box coordinates with Twiga Tutors

We are thrilled to be coordinating with fellow EFM business owner Christianna Pangalos of Twiga Tutors in the upcoming year to expand our offerings. We have combined forces to provide a history box and tutoring package for all K – 8 students at post. U.S. certified teachers will guide your child as they learn about American history through the books, games, and activity book included in the American-History-Box. Each package includes the history box plus three months of email and online sessions designed to motivate and encourage your child’s learning.

When you order your tutoring and history box package, we connect you with your tutor and coordinate a schedule that works for everyone. Each package will include a mid-box review and a final test. After taking the exam, a final session will explore areas for improvement or additional exploration.

We are so excited to coordinate with a fellow EFM committed to education, interested in history, and working to improve the expat experience for all children. Together we hope to improve your experience and expand on the opportunities your child has while living and learning abroad.

For more information, you can email Leah at or Christianna at You can also request an invoice from either of us or pay through PayPal here.

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New: Add a tutoring package through Twiga Tutors to your American History in a Box! Each course will include nine email check-ins and three Skype sessions with a certified American teacher over a three month period. Your teacher will review the activities with your child, answer any questions they might have, and encourage learning and excitement about the topics in the box.

Click here to order: Any history box plus a 3 month tutoring package: $749 screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-9-18-25-pm

To order multiple boxes or tutoring packages click here and request an invoice.



Resources to use with your “American History in a Box”

Short Movies about History

U.S. History: Crash Course These short videos that take you through the major time periods in American History. This is a great way to start any history lesson. Let your child watch the video for background, then read the book in your box on that topic. Finally, complete the activity for that time period in your activity book.

Watch Know Learn You will find a variety of short videos about every topic in American history. After reading about a concept, explore this site for more information!

Video Series

This is America, Charlie Brown This series covers most major events in our history and is great fun to watch!

 Liberty’s Kids This video does a great job of teaching children about Colonial America. Then, visit for games and activities to reinforce that learning!

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? This fun video series helps children learn about geography and major sights around the world. Use the atlas in your history box to pinpoint where she is!

Primary Documents  The Library of Congress shares many important documents in our history. Explore their website and check out their book lists for adults and children!

American History Music                                                                                                                  Songs for Teaching You will find many wonderful songs from all time periods in history with this website. After learning about a time period, check out some of the songs that were being sung, played, or composed!

Schoolhouse Rock Many parents will remember these catchy songs including “This is a Bill,” and “Mother Necessity!”

American History Crafts                                                                                                                         A Book in Time: Search for crafts by time period. After completing your activity for the time period you are studying, see if you can find a fun craft to do with your family!

Summer Activities for Elementary Kids

Screen Shot 2015-05-30 at 10.50.06 AMSummer is coming and your kids will be home all day long! While summers quickly fill up with playdates, camps, and outdoor play, what can you do on rainy days and quiet moments? We would like to suggest a few of our favorite summer activity books for your consideration!

First, most schools will recommend that your child continue reading at home. Fifteen to thirty minutes of reading time before bed is great throughout the year. It calms kids down, gives them a quiet activity before bed, and promotes learning. Try to find books that connect with Common Core required knowledge for next year to give your kids a head start!

Second, it is proven that having a parent read out loud to a child benefits learning all the way through eighth grade. Children can typically understand books two to three levels above their current reading level when read by an adult. Challenge and select up, then talk about your reading and the content.

Third, use your daily activities to promote learning. Talk about science while gardening and cooking, talk about history when driving around town or visiting grandparents, discuss math while shopping or building a project.

Finally, here is a list of our favorite summer activity books:

1.) Summer Bridge Books. Just a couple of pages a day will keep your child on grade level!

2.) Unbored, The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, Elizabeth Foy Larson. This is a great book for down time when your child needs to find something to do.

3.) 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Child Do), Gever Tulley, Your kids will love looking through this book!

4.) The Art of Tinkering, Karen Wilkenson. Kids learn so much by exploring and experimenting!

5.) Brainquest Workbooks, Fun activities to do while sitting at home on a rainy day! Exercise that brain!

6.) The Nature Connection, an Outdoor Workbook, Steve Rich. Get your kids outside to do some learning!

To-Do List for Privileged Kids

1.) Work at a restaurant waitressing, hosting, and washing dishes. Learn about what makes a good employee, and what makes a good customer! Budget your earnings and figure out how they would support an individual, a small family, or a large family.

2.) Clean houses (for a full week!). Learn how hard it is to physically clean a house from top to bottom.

3.) Work in a car repair shop. Every kid should know how to change a tire, change your oil, and disable a car if necessary. A little working knowledge about the car will make it easier for you to buy, repair, and discuss cars with anyone.

4.) Work with a small businessman or woman. Spend time with an artist, carpenter, electrician, or local shopkeeper. Try to learn about all the parts of the business and how the person manages it. Talk about certifications, licenses, goals, and rewards.

5.) Regularly visit a nursing home. Talk to the people there about what advice they would give to a young person. Keep advice lists to look back on later. Share what you are learning about in history and ask for their perspective.

6.) Walk dogs or pet cats in an animal shelter. Your child should know about what happens when animals aren’t spayed, when they are left on the streets, and when there is no one to take care of them. Teach your kids that you don’t buy a pet unless you are committed to caring for it for a very long time.

7.) Work on a farm. Help your child learn where food comes from and how much work it is to produce it. I suggest a small, organic farm, not a large industrialized farm. It would be great if you child could learn about the process from planting to plate.

8.) Work at Walmart or Target as a regular employee. What is it like to work for minimum wage, what sort of person does it, and what is their life like? Are they really that different from someone in a privileged background?

9.) Regularly volunteer in a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Spend time talking to those who live there and learning their stories. Ask about their childhood, their hopes and dreams, and their plans for the future.

10.) Visit another (poor) country. Volunteer with an orphanage or a charity group. Spend time with the people who run the charity and those they help. Talk about how politics, culture, and history affect the chances of success for citizens.

11.) Attend churches, synagogues, mosques, and places of worship of as many different religions as possible. Discuss their genesis stories, their belief systems, and how they help their communities.

12.) Tutor other children in an inner-city school. Compare the resources and challenges that these children receive with those that you are accustomed to in your life.

13.) Volunteer for a local political campaign…for the party you do not usually support. Do not share your views but ask lots of questions and really listen to the answers. Research the party, the candidate, and the platform. Try to understand their positions. Talk to as many other volunteers as you can and try to understand why they support this candidate and party.

Do not tell anyone that you are a “privileged” kid. Dress for the job, act appropriately, and do not give advice or suggestions for improvement. In essence, go incognito and really connect on a personal level.

  • Do not Instagram, Facebook, blog, brag, share, or otherwise tell people what you are doing. Learn about others in the context of a personal experience, not creating a persona to share with your friends and classmates. Focus on your personal growth, not your social growth.
  • Keep a personal, hand-written, journal about all of these experiences. On the right side of the journal, write about your experiences. On the left side of the paper, keep a running list of “lessons learned.”
  • Before doing these activities (which could take years if you spend enough time on them) make a goals and dreams chart . What do you want to be when you grow up? What characteristics do you want to have? What words do you want people to use to describe you? Complete the activity again after completing as many of these tasks as possible and then compare notes.
  • The main goal is to get out of your bubble, your milieu, or your own mind-set. Ask your child to learn as much as they can about people in the world before they decide who they are or what kind of person they want to be.