Category: History and World Cultures Units

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Native American Unit

Columbus Day was set aside as the second Monday in October as a federal holiday in 1934. Slowly celebrations of Native American culture has been gaining recognition as well.  For example, South Dakota renamed Columbus Day to Native American Day in 1990. This Columbus Day,  more cities are recognizing Native Americans (see this CBS article). According to CBS News, nine cities will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. Those cities include ...

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Causes of and Events Leading to the American Revolution (30-Page Packet)

Our most recent history unit was on the causes and events leading up to the American Revolution. We went into quite a bit of depth on the French and Indian War and how the colonies then became the focus of England’s attention in the post-(French and Indian)-War period as Parliament struggled to cover their expenses and tackle their massive debts. It’s been a fun unit — we’ve read a ton...

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Famous World Landmarks – Free Montessori 3-Part Cards

What are the top 20 World Landmarks?  I’ve selected a number of famous buildings from around the world and created a set of Montessori 3-Part Cards. When we start back to school, we will be jump back in with some important geography facts… the largest countries, the countries with the largest population, the world’s largest cities… and more.  We’ll also go over some of the impressive buildings of the world....

Ancient Greece Unit - Homeschool 2

Ancient Greece Unit for Kindergarten, Grade 1 or 2

Ancient Greece Unit Many homeschoolers start off with a unit on the  Ancient world. Our family was no different! 🙂 When LD was 6 (and the girls were 4 and 2), we started with units on Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece.  I thought I would share some of the activities and books we used for our Ancient Greece Unit.   You’ll see that the way we pull units together hasn’t changed...

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Free World Map Printables, World at Night Images, Outline Maps, etc.

Today I’m going to share some free printable world maps and other images (like the world at night, etc.). These are pages that we’ll be using when we start back up with school again.  The beautiful images are from NASA. I especially like the images of Earth and the USA at night.  Hope someone finds this useful! ~Liesl Free Printable World Map, Outline Maps You can use the images in the printable...

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World Facts Packet

When we start off the new school year, I want the kids to go over some basic world facts again.  Do they remember… What are the four largest countries? (Russia, Canada, the U.S.A., China) What countries have the most people? (China, India, the U.S.A.) What are the world’s largest cities? (Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul) Which countries have the longest life expectancy? (Monaco, Macau, Japan) What are the major religions? The packet...

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Homeschool History Checklist

Today I’m sharing the history checklist, not only of some of the basic units I hope we cover K-8, but also of some of the historical skills I want the kids to start to master and some of the activities that can make history really come alive for them. In the early years, it’s easy to make history fun with hands-on projects… We have grown the Nile River Valley and made...

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Middle Ages – Notebook Pages on England and France (800-1200)

Last week all we did for history was continue reading The Adventures of Robin Hood. (affiliate link).   The kids are really loving the book (and so am I!). Each chapter is a complete adventure unto itself. This week we’ll be going into a lot of detail about feudalism (and I created a simulation that I think the kids will really love!), but before we do that, I really wanted to review all...

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Middle Ages Projects and Books

As with a lot of our homeschool curriculum, we’re patching together our Middle Ages Unit.  I thought I’d share some of the books, projects, and resources we’ve been using recently as we continue through our studies of the Middle Ages. Yesterday, we got to such an exciting part of our current Middle Ages novel, that we couldn’t stop! We read aloud for nearly an hour and a half and finished...

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U.S. Civics and Government Unit (3 Branches of Government and More!)

  We are doing a Civics and Government Unit.  I made this packet for the kids because I couldn’t find a homeschool unit that covered everything I wanted to include. Not only are we covering the 3 branches of government, the Constitution and “basic facts” about the U.S., but we’re also going to cover some new material (for us)… how State and Local governments work, what the federal, state and local governments...

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Middle Ages: King Arthur, Charlemagne

The last week or so we have learned a lot about King Arthur and Charlemagne. Last week, I shared our monasteries worksheets. This week we finished reading a fabulous book about King Arthur.  I’ve read a lot of King Arthur stories/books over the years, but this one was absolutely perfect for our homeschool… with rich exciting tales that the kids and I all loved! I mentioned it last week, but it’s...

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Middle Ages Unit: The Medieval Church and Monasteries Worksheets

Middle Ages Unit: Worksheets on the Medieval Church & the Development of Monasteries This week we talked about Christianity in the early Middle Ages in our homeschool.  We read about how the Church was organized and how monasteries began. The history book we are using [primarily  Early Times : The Story of the Middle Ages (affiliate link) by Suzanne Strauss Art] went into detail about a couple of the historical figures that went...

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Viking Unit – Norse Myths, Woodburning Craft and More!

Last week, we combined our study of the Vikings with a new art project — woodburning!   We have just started a new unit on the Middle Ages. Last week, we focused on northern Europe and the Vikings/Norsemen.  We started by learning the location of the Scandinavian countries. We talked about the “barbarian” invasions of the Roman Empire and read that section in our history book. The spine for our...

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World Biomes Pin Map – Rain Forest, Desert, Savanna, Tundra and More

If you are studying about different animal habitats or the word biomes, you may be interested in this free download. I made this world biomes pin map for the kids years ago.  It includes a world biomes map and legend has pictures of the boreal and deciduous forests, rain forest, grasslands/savannas, chaparral, and tundra that the kids can stick onto the map. How to Make This: Print out all three pages on card...