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 afterschoolplans@gmail.com or Christianna at christianna@twigatutors.com. 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.

 

American History Videos to Complement your American-History-in-a-Box!

Our American History boxes include books, games, puzzles, and activities to learn the major concepts in our history. We recommend starting each topic with a quick video to learn background information before reading the books included in the box. We love the videos found at Have Fun with History because they are short, engaging, and full of great information.

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Another great option is to listen to the free Khan Academy lectures on each time period.

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Including a variety of resources when learning history helps kids to internalize the major concepts and ideas in our history. We recommend watching a short video for each topic, then read the books in your box, and finally complete the activities in the workbook. We encourage families to talk about the topics and to try to:

  1. Put the concept in the context of the time period. What else was happening in the U.S. at that time?
  2. Put the concept in the context of today. How do we look back on that person, event, or idea? How do we think about it now?
  3. Put the concept in the context of the country in which you are currently living (if possible). What was going on in your host country during this time period?

For additional materials or resources, write to us at afterschoolplans@gmail.com.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving really is my favorite holiday. I love the cooking, the eating, and the focus on family. There isn’t much pressure and you don’t have to spend a ton of money. The main point is to give thanks and to embrace family. Who wouldn’t love that?

We also celebrate the story of Squanto, the American Indian who helped the pilgrims with their first harvest in 1620. The settlers were struggling and many died before Squanto and his tribe, the Wampanoags, helped the Europeans learn to fish, hunt, and grow their own food. In 1621, to celebrate their harvest, the Pilgrims invited the tribe for a three day feast. While many president’s, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln recognized specific days for Thanksgiving, Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday in November as the official holiday that we celebrate today.

The Thanksgiving meal can vary across regions but often includes a turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. As one of the biggest holidays for travel, it is estimated that in the U.S. around 44 million people will travel by car or air to celebrate the day with family and friends.

We find it is a great time to reflect on the challenges faced by the Pilgrims, the lives of the Native Americans, and the positive and negative results of those interactions. For kids, we recommend these books:

  • The Story of the Pilgrims, Katherine Ross
  • The Very First Americans, Karen Ashrose
  • Squanto’s Journey, Joseph Brubac

For adults we recommend:

  • Book of Thanksgiving, Jessica Faust
  • The First Thanksgiving Feast, Joan Anderson
  • 162: A New Look at Thanksgiving, Catherine O’Neill Grace

For activities, we love to do a Thanksgiving tree and have everyone write what they are thankful for on leaves to add to the tree (usually a cut out on the wall).

Many families go around the table before the meal and everyone shares their thanks. It is also a fun time to read about the pilgrims, about Native Americans, and about life in early America. IMG_5041

Personalized History for your Family

Expansion packs are ready and I’ve already started sending them out! While our American-History-in-a-Box sets follow the U.S. Standards and help children learn the major concepts required in U.S. schools, our expansion packs go more in depth in a personalized way to capture the interest and excitement of our kids.

Write to us and we’ll create a personalized expansion pack. We can create a Native American pack focusing on tribes from your home state, a Women in History pack focusing on specific interests or specific people that are important to you, or a pack that focuses on any minority group in the United States. With so many inspiring, important, relevant, and personal events and people in our history, we can’t include them all into one course for all children. With these expansion packs, we focus on the same timeline but use specific people, events, and ideas that connect to your interests or connections.

You will get 5 – 7 books mailed directly to you (some may be gently used if your state or topic is more obscure and the books are currently out of print) and an emailed activity pack with 20 – 30 pages of activities and one larger activity designed to get your child active, moving, and making connections.

We also have Standard Expansion packs on major topics including:

  • Native American History
  • African American History
  • American Women in History

We loved putting these packs together but, as always, the hardest part was picking the people, events, books, and activities for the pack. If we had our way, there would be 100 books covering a multitude of people and events. It is so hard to pick and choose when there are so many influential and inspiring people out there. But, young children looking for an introduction to the beauty of history shouldn’t be overwhelmed. This is a drop of sand and an entry that will hopefully encourage children to dig deeper and further into history as they grow and learn. If they are inspired now, they will want to learn about more and more. That’s our goal.

Email us at afterschoolplans@gmail.com to let us know how we can personalize an expansion pack for you.

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