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!
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!
Sometimes it is good to take a little time out for reflections and dreams. We have created a “Me Box” to help your child review who they are, what they see, what they learn, and what they feel. You can have your child fill in the box with words, pictures cut from a magazine, or sketches. Then, fill out your “Dream Box” and talk about what your child would like to be like in 5, 10, or even 25 years. This is a great way to connect with where you are and how that fits in with where you want to go. It is a great way to understand what has meaning for your child now and what they hope for in the future. I also suggest that parents fill out the boxes and share their thoughts with their children.
We did this activity over two days. The first day, we filled out the “Me Box” and talked about how we have control over who we are. We made long lists of descriptive words, many of which we would never use! It was helpful to talk about the words that would not go in the box, as well as the words that would. I loved talking about the “feelings” box. It is easy to be surprised about what children say they feel on a regular basis, and very helpful to know these feelings as parents.
On the second day we filled out the “Dream Box.” We added five pictures cut from magazines and five descriptive words. I had several different types of travel magazines, a news and information magazine, a sports magazine, and a literary review magazine. We also drew some of our own pictures and found a few to print online. It was great to talk about possibilities, goals, and dreams.
You can also complete the boxes as a family, describing who you are now and who you hope to be, as a family, in the future.
In the daily grind of meals, school, homework, and activities, it is easy to forget to talk about who we are and who we hope to become. This activity will give your family a few minutes to slow down and dream together. Let me know how it goes!
Kids on the Move, A Relocation Workbook is a scrapbook, photo album, and activity book to help kids say goodbye, enjoy their move, and celebrate their new home. There is plenty of room for processing feelings, collecting memories, and anticipating the future. Great for kids ages 3 – 12 (younger children will need parental help).
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Embassy Kids Coloring Book is a 40-page book full of coloring pages that explain who you might find in an embassy, what the embassy does, and what resources might be available to help your family. Learn what some of those abbreviations mean and draw a few pictures of your own. This is great for kids and adults who like to color.
On Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Embassy-Kids-Coloring-Moorefield-Evans/dp/1507828489/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425144564&sr=8-2&keywords=leah+moorefield+evans
American-History-in-a-Box is a correspondence course for elementary children who want to learn the major concepts in American History as set forth in the Virginia Standards of Learning. Includes 10 – 14 award winning non-fiction and fiction, 4 -5 fun games and puzzles, and basic supplies. Reimbursable for some FS families, email email@example.com for your “Reimbursement Approval Request” form.
Do you often travel with small children? Going on your first trip? We have done several international flights with three small children and a baby. We’ve made plenty of mistakes but we have learned a lot (although we still don’t know it all and probably never will). It gets easier as they get bigger, but it is never fun. We hate the overnight trips and multiple plane changes. But, ultimately, the trip is usually worth it. This is our list of must-haves for any trip:
- Electronics – usually we are not a fan of kids and electronics. On a long trip, we quickly change our tune. Load up a kindle with educational apps or mind-numbing movies. Whatever it takes to get you where you want to go.
- Snacks – food options are often sketchy, late, or non-existent. Pack lots of snacks to get you through meals and moments of crankiness. We pack M&M’s and Starbursts because they can be handed out slowly and take time and concentration for the little ones.
- Change of clothes – this might seem obvious, but don’t forget a change of clothes for each adult. Nothing worse than getting thrown-up on, spit on, or spilled on at the beginning of a long trip.
- Sippy Cups – I suggest that you bring these for everyone, adults included. Well, a water bottle might be more appropriate for those over age 7, but bumps, elbows, and spills happen. Save yourself a headache and make sure everyone has a top on their beverage.
- Color Wonder, Mosaic Coloring Books, Mandela Books, etc. – Even I love a good Mandela to color! These books can be tossed at any time, won’t make a huge mess, and can entertain kids of all ages!
- Play dough – make plates, bowls, animals, machines, and cities. Another disposable craft that can entertain lots of kids for hours. Use the cutlery that comes with your meal to work on your shapes, stick everything to the pull-down tray, and toss in the trash when you are done.
- Bendi-stix – these are one of our favorites. Kids can play with them for hours and even adults sitting in near-by seats will ask for a stick to bend!
- Books (preferably on an electronic device so you don’t have to carry them!) – get older kids something entertaining and with a racing plot so they won’t be able to put the book down!
- Comic Books – our kids love Archie comic books, even the little ones love to look at the pictures. You can tear off and throw away the sections that are already consumed and toss everything in the trash on your way out the door.
- Travel chess and other travel games – any board game with magnets will entertain older kids. Take the opportunity of hours together to teach your kids chess! Bring along a book that explains strategies and then challenge your seat-mates!
Have you traveled a lot with children? What are your must-haves for a trip?
In our next post we’ll share our top five travel tips for flying long distances with children.