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Book Review: Our America…The King Philip’s War

Susan KIlbride’s second book in her Our America series is titled, The King Philip’s War.

Our America....The King Philip's War Adventure (Volume 2)

Summary: Finn & Ginny’s parents are lost back in time, and the two young twins have decided to take a second trip back to early America to find them. In The Pilgrim Adventure they had found themselves living on the Mayflower, but this time they get caught up in the horrors of King Philip’s War.

I am not going to say much more about the story itself because I don’t want to spoil it for you. What I can tell you is that Sue has written another wonderful living history book. This is one war I wasn’t familiar with at all, so I was glad to read about it. Due to the nature of the book, the horrors of war, the book is recommended for ages 10+. Kilbride doesn’t go into graphic detail about the useless killing, but it is mentioned several times to properly tell the story. If your child is very sensitive, I suggest you read the story first, then decide if you think your child can handle it.

Sue waves great historical detail into the story in such a realistic way. Finn and Ginny meet many ancestors who are actually real ancestors of Kilbride. I think her sense of writing sort of her own personal history made the book even more interesting for this reader. It caused me to think about my ancestors. This would be a great way to introduce genealogy to your child.

The back of the book includes a timeline from July 1662 through August 1676. There are also several pages of really interesting historical notes, but that’s not all, Sue offers neat  hands-on activities that match this history study at her website Funtastic Unit Studies. The activity page is completely free. I highly suggest you check the page before reading the book so you will have the necessary materials on hand when you get to those particular activities.

I look forward to following Finn and Ginny on their next adventure as they continue the search for their parents. I know wherever Sue takes us, we will be sure to learn something we didn’t already know.

This wonderful living history book is on sale at Amazon.com. Please take a moment to read the reviews on her past two books, Our America…The Pilgrim Adventure and Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers.

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Free Kindle Download of The Pilgrim Adventure

This is just a reminder about the free Kindle download of The Pilgrim Adventure on July 25 & 26 (this Wednesday and Thursday). The Pilgrim Adventure is the first book in the Our America series of chapter books designed to teach American History while reading a fun story. The free book download is to celebrate the publication of the second book in the series, The King Philip’s War Adventure. A review of the new book will follow soon. 
 For folks who don’t own a Kindle, Amazon has free apps so that you can read Kindle books on your computer or other readers. You can find the link to the free Kindle version of The Pilgrim Adventure, the free Amazon apps, and the free activities to go with both of the above books on this page of Susan’s website:
 Below is the trailer for The Pilgrim Adventure:

 Finn & Ginny’s parents are lost back in time, and the two young twins have decided to go back to early America to find them. Their search takes the twins to the Mayflower where they discover that the Pilgrims had far more adventures than they had ever realized.

This first book in the Our America series is designed to teach the real story of the Pilgrims in such a fun way that the reader won’t even realize that it’s educational.The Pilgrim Adventure is based on actual accounts written by the Pilgrims themselves, and kids who read this book will find that by the end of the story they may know more about the Pilgrim’s adventures than their parents do. Ages 10 and up.
 

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Latest Freebie Finds

Science Unit Studies by Susan Kilbride is on sale at Amazon right now for almost 1/3 off.  It’s the most they’ve ever put it on sale, so it’s a really good deal. Sometime back I did a review of this book. It’s a great one to  have on hand.

Dog Kindergarten and Toddler Pack at royal baloo features 60 packed pages: Color-by-Addition, Mazes, skip counting, telling time, a dog poem, writing practice, puzzles and more! The Toddler pack has prewriting, cutting, coloring, shapes, and more!

 

World Explorers Unit Study is free through June 19th. Use the code moneysavingjune

Part one is a structured, knowledge-based section focused on important European explorers from the Vikings to Columbus to Hudson. Students read about each of these explorers and complete a related assignment.

Part two focuses on explorers relevant to Canada. Part three has a series of optional activities and part four has a collection of seven diagrams depicting each of the explorers.

This History lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of reading passages, activities, crossword, word search and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.

3 Dinosaurs is offering an Ocean Pack for ages 2-7.

Ocean Pack has over 60 pages:
3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Clip and Count Cards, Size Sorting, Color the Pattern, Shadow Matching, and more.

Tot Pack:
Basic Prewriting, 2 Part Puzzles, Matching, Coloring the Fish, Counting, Cutting Practice, 9 Piece Puzzle

 

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Review: Our America…The Pilgrim Adventure

Our America…The Pilgrim Adventure by Susan Kilbride

Susan Kilbride, homeschool mother and author, has done it again! Our America….The Pilgrim Adventure, is Susan’s first book in her new Our America series, and it is a wonderful way to involve kids of all ages in learning about early America.

If you are a homeschooler, this book is just for you. The storyline involves homeschooled twins, Finn and Ginny, in a search for their missing parents. This fantastic search lands the twins aboard the Mayflower and eventually the new land. Mystery and adventure keep your attention while historical facts are seamlessly woven into the story. The book is written in modern language so any reader will be able to easily read and understand, but this does not take away from the accurateness or historical feel of the story.

The back of the book includes wonderful historical notes, a bibliography, and few helpful websites if you want to expand your study. The back cover of the book includes a link to Susan’s website, Funtastic Unit Studies, which has a free companion unit study to this book.

I enjoyed the story very much, so much so that I finished it in one sitting! I can’t wait to see where Finn and Ginny look for their parents in the next book. You and your kids will love the addition of The Pilgrim Adventure in your Pilgrim unit studies, or just for reading enjoyment.

You can buy Susan’s book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

*This review is my opinion. I was not given any compensation other than a copy of the book.

 

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Free Egypt & Africa Notebooking Pages

Motherhood on a Dime is offering a set of 186 different ancient Egypt and Africa notebooking pages. The site says the pages are geared for ages 5-13, and goes on to say:

About the download:  “This set of 186 notebooking pages covers a variety of topics pertaining to Ancient Egyptian and African cultures. Each topic includes a variety of notebooking layouts as well as varying amounts of lines, frames, and graphics. Perfect for all ages and writing abilities.”

Please note:  Notebooking pages are plain pages designed for your child to fill with quotes, stories, and information about whatever you are studying.  These are not worksheets, but the author has given a great outline for study of these cultures with her topics and page designs.

 

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Educational Videos

Our family has been watching educational videos as part of our daughter’s history curriculum. We recently purchased  several history videos from Drive Through History via the Homeschool Buyers Co-op Program…great site.

The videos are not only educational, but they are funny, fresh, and have a Christian Worldview, I like that. I think I enjoy watching them the most since I am the history lover in our family. My father was a history teacher amongst many things. I guess I inherited his love of history. I am one course short of a minor in history. Why didn’t I go ahead and take one more course????  Oh, well.

I would love to watch educational videos online, but alas, we have satellite for Internet and are limited on our daily download allowance. You Tube or anything similar eats up download allowances in a heart beat. We can watch them if we are willing to stay up until 2:00 a.m. when the restrictions are lifted. You have free reign from 2:00 a.m. until 6:59 a.m. Yes, I have actually stayed up a few times to download videos and such. My body hates me the next day, but I do it because my visual spatial learner benefits from it.

What educational videos do you and your family watch? Are there any that are clearly outstanding? Any that are a total waste of time? Share your insight with everyone.

                           

 

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Constitution 101

 

Hillsdale College is offering a free course to anyone interested.

Here is the information:

About Constitution 101

“Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.

Featuring an expanded format from the “Introduction to the Constitution” lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students.

In this course, you can:

  • watch lectures from the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on campus;

  • study the same readings taught in the College course;

  • submit questions for weekly Q&A sessions with the faculty;

  • access a course study guide;

  • test your knowledge through weekly quizzes; and

  • upon completion of the course, receive a certificate from Hillsdale College.

 

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