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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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Virtual Homeschool Book Release & Giveaway

Are your children tired of reading popular books with a public school setting? HomeschoolLiterature.com maintains lists of books and stories about and by homeschoolers, along with book reviews, study guides, and other fun related material!

On Wednesday, November 16, HomeschoolLiterature.com will host its first ever virtual book release event! This event will highlight two new books being released by publisher Do Life Right, Inc., which focuses on books written by and for homeschoolers. The first 50 visitors to the online event page will also receive a free Kindle eBook from the publisher!

Visit HomeschoolLiterature.com on November 16 to read reviews of “The Howling Vowels” and “Fractured Fate”, meet the authors via online video, play online games, and participate in free giveaways throughout the day!

 

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Blueberries for Sal–Free

Do you remember reading Bluseberries for Sal when you were little? Robert McCloskey’s book is a favorite of many. If you use Before Five in a Row, then this free printable package is perfect for you, if you don’t use BFIR, it is still an awesome freebie to go along with the book.

Homeschool Creations, the site offering this sweet deal, says the package includes fun activities to tie in with the story, such as vocabulary words, blueberry addition, a number/word matching game, word tracer cards, find the difference game, puzzles and more.  This might be a good time for a little kitchen math. I think blueberry muffins or blueberry pancakes are in order this week.

Leave me a comment if you use the printables this week in conjunction with cooking up some tasty blueberry creations.

 

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Island of the Blue Dolphins–FREE

Since Dolphin Tale is currently playing at the theatre, thought this super freebie might be fun to conquer right now.

Curr Click is offering a FREE Literature Study Project Pack for Island of the Blue Dolphins. It is geared for grades 4-8. The listed value for the item is $16.99.

Here is what the site says:

Teachers and Homeschool parents love our high-interest, hands-on curriculum including Lapbook Project Packs, Notebooking Packs and Thematic Unit Study Packs. With this unit study you will be able to teach your 4th-8th grade classroom about the story, “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. Make your lesson planning easy with the 93-page Island of the Blue Dolphins: A Literature Study Based on the Book by Scott O’Dell Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child. This pack includes a 10-day Planning Guide, Related Reading and Bibliography, 28 hands-on activities PLUS 4 Fun Extension Activities, a 21-page Research Guide complete with chapter summaries, discussion questions, and brief introductions to dolphins, the Lost Woman of San Nicolas, and survival skills; and an Answer Key.

The reviews looked good, and the price is awesome! I am not sure how long this will be available for free, so grab it quickly.

You  might want to use some of the following as supplements to the Project Pack:

Explore Island of the Blue Dolphins

Glencoe Literature Library

Score 

Lifestream Center

And be sure to check out You Tube for videos.

 

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Chronicles of Narnia Audio Download (FREE)

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient Faith Radio  is offering a fantastic free audio series for the complete Chronicles of Narnia (all 7 books). You won’t want to try to download these all at one time. It is my understanding that they will be listed for a good long time. You may want to download as you go. The stories are read by Chrissi Hart, so you will enjoy a British accent as you listen.  Tip: If you have ITunes, search for the Ancient Faith Radio podcasts and from there you can download all these programs with one click.

You can learn more about C.S. Lewis here and here. You might also enjoy reading C.S. Lewis quotes here.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Olly Olly Oxen Free

Ollly olly oxen free is a catchphrase used in some children’s games such as hide and seek. The silly sounding words are a sign that players who are hiding can come into the open without losing the game. I think it’s time talented homeschooled authors come into the open–no losers here!

Ever thought about looking for books written by or about homeschooled children?  It’s not an easy task to find them. Are they hiding? Are there none in the marketplace? Well, I’m excited to have my fellow homeschooling mom, Kerry, guest post on my blog today. She will discuss this issue. After reading this interesting article, I hope you take time to post comments. I will pass them along to Kerry. Please make her feel welcome!

Where Are the Books About Homeschoolers?

by Kerry Jones

When I was growing up I knew maybe two people who were homeschoolers.  When we first started homeschooling ten years ago, there was already a homeschool support group in our local area with 200 families in it.  Today? There are at least five local homeschool support groups, and if I throw a rock in any direction from my house, I can probably hit the house of someone who homeschools.  It is estimated that homeschooling is growing anywhere from 5-12% annually, and is now bordering on being considered a “mainstream” style of education.

When my sons and I head to our local library during the school day, it isn’t unusual to see at least four or five other homeschooled kids reading and doing school work or research there.  As I watch them poring over the books, I begin to feel a question forming in the back of my mind: Where are the books about homeschoolers?   Upon researching the answer to this question, I’m sad to report that the world of books has not nearly caught up with the reality of the growing world of homeschooling.

If you peruse just one shelf of your local library or bookstore’s children’s fiction section, you will find multiple books about school hi-jinks, school frustrations, school humor, and even school science fiction.  But almost nothing about the adventures of your friendly, neighborhood homeschooler!

Why is that??

I don’t know how often you attend your local homeschool support group activities, but if you frequent them even a little you can probably agree with me that homeschoolers are interesting folks.  In one single field trip, I can be picking pumpkins between a Rastafarian who raises Shetland ponies and a former missionary from Kenya.  No, the lack of homeschool protagonists can’t possibly be from a lack of fascinating characters.

So what then? No talented writers among the homeschooled?  Pshaw, I say!  I don’t have to read very far into any newspaper to find some mention of an academic contest with a homeschooler as the victor.  My guess is that some of our most talented writers of the next generation will have gotten most of their writing education at home.

That leaves me with a couple possible scenarios, then, for why more books aren’t written about homeschoolers and homeschooling.  Either book publishers are rejecting homeschool-friendly submissions or homeschoolers aren’t making enough noise about wanting them.  My guess is that it is a little of both.  If homeschoolers don’t let publishers know that they are interested in more books that represent them, then publishers will just assume there is no real market for homeschool-centric reading material.

If that is the case, then there ought to be an easy fix for it, right??  We just need to make ourselves heard!  And thankfully, there is even a remarkably easy way to do just that.  HomeschoolLiterature.com, a website featuring books about homeschoolers and homeschooled authors, has a whole page of contact links for the most popular publishers of children’s books.  They even have a sample letter that you can use as a guideline when contacting each publisher.

My children and yours deserve to have more books with characters they can relate to on a real basis.  Let’s make our voice heard so that no more people have to walk through the aisles of their local library and ask the question, “Where are the books about homeschoolers?”

Kerry Jones is a freelance writer and online marketing consultant in North Carolina. She has two sons, and has been homeschooling since 1999.  She writes extensively about homeschooling and technology, especially the integration of assisted technology for homeschoolers with special needs.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Kids

 

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