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

Short Movies about History

U.S. History: Crash Course https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtMwmepBjTSG593eG7ObzO7s 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 http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Category.aspx?CategoryID=116 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 http://www.amazon.com/This-America-Charlie-Brown-Complete/dp/B00I462XSY/ref=sr_1_6?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1460333366&sr=1-6&keywords=american+history+video&refinements=p_n_theme_browse-bin%3A2650365011 This series covers most major events in our history and is great fun to watch!

 Liberty’s Kids http://www.amazon.com/Libertys-Kids-Complete-Walter-Cronkite/dp/B00CMDPTTA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460302092&sr=8-1&keywords=libertys+kids This video does a great job of teaching children about Colonial America. Then, visit www.libertyskids.com for games and activities to reinforce that learning!

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? http://www.amazon.com/Where-World-Carmen-Sandiego-Classic/dp/B00002SANG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460302171&sr=8-1&keywords=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 https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/PrimDocsHome.html  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 http://www.songsforteaching.com/store/learning-american-history-by-song-pr-58495.html 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 http://www.amazon.com/Schoolhouse-Rock-Special-Anniversary-Edition/dp/B00005JKTY/ref=pd_bxgy_74_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1Z7RXYHW95K1HAAVSV9W Many parents will remember these catchy songs including “This is a Bill,” and “Mother Necessity!”

American History Crafts                                                                                                                         A Book in Time: http://www.abookintime.com/crafts/projectsmainamerica.html 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!

Embassy Kids Coloring Book

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.33.56 PMWe are excited to offer our newest resource for expat kids! Our coloring book helps children learn all about an embassy while completing activities and letting those artistic inclinations loose! The coloring book has forty pages that cover who you would meet at an embassy, what services you might find, and even a bit about expat life.

Click Here to Download for $4.99

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.34.22 PMYou will learn about the Ambassador, the Deputy Chief of Mission or DCM, services such as the commissary, health unit, and Community Liaison Office, or CLO. You can fill a shelf with your favorite American foods, decorate the Defense Attache’s desk, and create your own local artwork for the Public Affairs Office (PAO). Just don’t forget to memorize the phone number for Post One!

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.35.04 PMThis book is for children in pre-school through fifth grade. Parents can read the book to younger children but older children can read, learn, and color! Take it along on your plane ride or review a few pages a night as you prepare to leave for your first post. We’d love to hear feedback. Email us at afterschoolplans@gmail.com with any suggestions for improving this book.

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.35.48 PMHow do you order? It’s simple. In the next few days you will be able to purchase a copy from our publisher, CreateSpace.com, or order it from Amazon.com here for $6.99. In the meantime, you can download a PDF to print off at home and start reading, learning, and coloring right away! Please, one download per family!

You can also download your 41 page document here for $4.99.