5 Beautiful Children’s Books
for a Simple Advent
“Who can add to Christmas?
The perfect motive is that God so loved the world.
The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son.
The only requirement is to believe in Him.
The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”
-Corrie Ten Boom
I want to keep it that way this month.
Don’t laugh. It’s worth a try.
If we get still for a few moments, there’s something about Christmas that draws
us to Peace . Open pastures and still waters, where we can rest and listen to the Shepherd’s song.
And that’s kind of what advent is all about.
The word itself means “coming”.
So as we set aside some quiet time to imagine and wonder and hope
in the coming of Christ, we are celebrating the advent.
While there are many wonderful family advent celebrations packed full of activities and fun, I just wanted this one to be more like a natural part of your family’s life. A gentle reminder during these holy days of a Gift so great that the angels came down to man to sing about it.
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An American Girl Christmas
*Homeschooling Through the Holidays*
Christmas School is the perfect answer to how to Homeschool during the holidays !
The holidays are coming ! The holidays are coming !
Cooking, cleaning, preparing for company, shopping, parties, children’s plays,
church events, cooking some more, oh, yeah….and homeschooling !
Phew! I’m tired just from typing all of that !
How DO you homeschool through the holidays ?
Do you dream every year about decorating cookies with your kids, curling up by a fire and reading Christmas stories, making handmade gifts and cards, and spending time as a family focusing on the real heart of the holiday ?
Do you find it impossible to balance the long list of “to-do’s” with all the
“want to do’s” ?
Something always falls short … school doesn’t happen, the fun stuff doesn’t happen, or the sleep doesn’t happen. Sure you can clean the house at 1am when company is arriving in the morning…. zzzzzz. Yep me too. I’ve tried juggling all those plates. Just not my forte.
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~Turn of the Century~
Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904:
Growing Up During America’s New Century
Welcome to the world of Samantha Parkington, and the 6th unit
in the series of American Girl/American History Unit Studies !
In this Unit, we will learn what daily life was like at the Turn of the Century- imagine…the etiquette of high tea, ballroom dancing, or strolling through Central Park…or working grueling hours in a shirtwaist factory and living in a tenement. We will delve into the Industrial Revolution and we will walk down the avenues of the World’s Fair re-discovering the amazing inventions that were changing the world! We will imagine life through the eyes of children seeing the shores of America for the very first time, and settling in a new country. We will get to know the President, known for his connection to the “teddy bear”- can you guess who it is? And we will also get to know some of his friends who called our attention to America’s great natural beauty.
What an EXCITING time to have lived !
What an exciting time to re-live !
Hope you enjoy this unit.
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* Turn of the Century Core Reading:
*Week 1: “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-
1. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Meet Samantha (p. 1 )
2. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- A Growing Country (p. 2-5 )
3. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Factories & Invention (p. 6-7; 26-27; 46-49)
4. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Immigration (p. 42-45; 50-51 )
5. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- City Life, Country Life (p. 10-13; 8-9)
*Week 2: “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″-
A Day with Samantha
1. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- A Girl’s Life (p. 36-37 )
2. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Ettiquette & Society (p. 32-35 )
3. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Fun & Entertainment (p. 14-17; 28-29)
4. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Fashion (p. 18-19; 30-31 )
5. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Health & Beauty (p. 20-23 )
*Week 3: “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904”-
The Turn of a Century
1. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- The President (p. 24-25 )
2. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- The Reformers (p. 52-53 )
3. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Changes for Women (p. 38-39; 56-57 )
4. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- Philanthropy (p. 40-41 )
5. “Welcome to Samantha’s World 1904″- The Naturalists (p. p. 54-55 )
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~An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving~
Thanksgiving Unit Study
Stories to read aloud together, recipes, games to play, crafts, history, family devotional ideas, and lots more fun!
* “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” by Louisa May Alcott
(google reader, book format)
Read/print it out here
Listen to “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” Audiobook (free)
*Watch the Hallmark movie version of “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” online
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Ancient World History Book List –
Part 5 (Middle Ages & the Renaissance)
If you’ve been following this series, thanks!
This is the last section in the Ancient World History Curriculum.
The Middle Ages & the Renaissance have SO many amazing people and places and events that it is really difficult to narrow it all down… but I’ve done my best, and here are my favorite books for the Middle Ages & the Renaissance Unit.
If you’ve just joined in, you may like to check out the first post for these units
–> Free Ancient World History Curriculum and the supplemental book lists for the previous sections as well. These books are NOT required for the studies… they’re just my favorite resources (most I’ve personally used). You will find the few required books for the curriculum included on each unit’s curriculum page.
Section 1: Ancient Civilizations & the Old Testament & Book List
Section 2: Ancient Egypt (includes Ancient China) & Book List
Section 3: Ancient Greece & Book List
Section 4: Ancient Rome & Book List
Section 5: Middle Ages & the Renaissance & Book List
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