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Updated August 29, 2012
Help your children learn about the Fourth of July with these free unit studies:
- Simple Schooling Fourth of July Freebies -Two printable unit studies. A 25 page unit for younger children consisting of the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, patriotic songs, the Declaration of Independence, and an explanation of the Great Seal plus a 17 page unit packed full of details that the older kids need to think critically about the subject. Available until Sunday July 4th, 2010. This offer has expired.
- Independence Day: Holiday Study Series -A brief, but informative study about Independence Day. Included in this unit: information and fact page about Independence Day, illustration/coloring page, questions worksheet, facts copywork, basic blank copywork page with photo/illustration, suggested vocabulary words including definitions, blank vocabulary cards, vocabulary word search, and suggested websites. Grades 1-5. Please note: This offer is no longer free, but can be purchased for $1.00.
- 4th of July Montessori Unit Study -Links for a complete unit study on the 4th of July. These PreK and K-10 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified reading cards, grammar, creative writing, art, social studies and other extensive lesson plans.
More Free Resources For Learning About The Fourth Of July
- Fireworks Minibook: We Love the USA! Add-On -Free project pack to make a dazzling paper firework, complete with a fun descriptive poem. Grades PreK-4.
- Connect The Thoughts Your Weekly Journal: June 28-July 4 -A FREE week’s worth of fun for students ages 9-adult. Each day the student learns about interesting things that are happening on that day, or that have happened on that day in history. This offer has expired.
- Independence Day Web Hunt -A lesson plan to show students how and why we celebrate Independence Day -the history of Independence Day and how different people celebrate Independence Day in the United States. Grades 2-4
- Fourth of July Activity Fun eWorksheets Set 1 and Set 2 -24 pages of coloring and puzzle fun from SchoolExpress.
- 4th of July Activities and Games for Kids -Independence Day themed coloring pages, puzzle pages, worksheets, online jigsaw puzzles, crafts, recipes, poems and more.
- 4th of July Worksheets -4 patriotic themed worksheets for PreK-2 grade include writing practice, patterns activity, magic squares and a scissors skills activity.
- The 4th of July Printables -PreK printables pack includes 26 worksheets and activity pages
- The American Revolution and It’s Era -Library of Congress collection of 1750-1789 maps and charts of North America, Fort William Henry, the Virginia Colony and the eastern coast of North America
- Women of the Revolutionary War -brief information about women in the War of Independence, the roles they played, vocabulary lists and activities, for grades 5-8.
Happy Independence Day,
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What happened today in America’s past?
Get a daily slice of America’s history at William J Federer’s “American Minute”:
American Minute -Notable events of American significance remembered on the date they occurred.
American Minute for June 3rd
The Dutch sent Henry Hudson to find a water route across America to the Pacific. Though unsuccessful, Hudson claimed the land along the “Hudson” River, and there the Dutch West India Company founded New Netherlands, receiving its charter JUNE 3, 1621. Franklin Roosevelt told the Detroit Jewish Chronicle, March 7, 1935: “All I know about the origin of the Roosevelt family in this country is that all branches bearing the name are apparently descended from Claes Martenssen Van Roosevelt, who came from Holland sometime before 1648.” The Chamber of Amsterdam wrote in articles for the Dutch Colony, 1624: “They shall within their territory practice no other form of divine worship than that of the Reformed religion…and thus by their Christian life and conduct seek to draw the Indians and other blind people to the knowledge of God and His word, without, however, persecuting any on account of his faith, but leaving each one the use of his conscience.” The Charter of Freedoms, June 7, 1629, gave land to wealthy “Patroons” who helped 50 families emigrate, stating: “Colonists shall…in the speediest manner…find out ways and means whereby they may support a Minister and Schoolmaster, that thus the service of God and zeal for religion may not grow cool.” In 1664, the Dutch Colony of New Netherlands was taken over by the English and renamed New York.
You can read the “American Minute” online, in your feed reader or subscribe by email.
Today’s resources from Homeschool Freebie of the Day are about the famous ride of Paul Revere -which happened 235 years ago this Sunday, April 18th:
Listen My Children -A great half hour audio story about Revere’s life and influence, including the events of that fateful night, as originally dramatized on the radio program “Cavalcade of America”, in December, 1952. Also included is a PDF “Listening & Discussion Guide” that accompanies the audio program plus an audio reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s classic poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” as performed by the great actor, Frederic March.
(These free resources are hosted at Homeschool Radio Shows, so they should be available through next Monday.)
Learn More About Paul Revere
The Paul Revere House -Website of the Paul Revere Memorial Association. Site includes a brief biography of Paul Revere, information and images of his home, activity pages and articles for children, a “Virtual Midnight Ride” and much more.
Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution -Multimedia presentation about Paul Revere’s ride
Paul Revere’s Ride – April 18, 1775 -Full text of the Longfellow’s poem and audio reading (listen online or download mp3 file)
Paul Revere’s Other Ride -Story about Paul Revere’s ride to Portsmouth, New Hampshire on December 13th, 1774
Paul Revere Listening/Comprehension Lesson -This lesson introduces students to Paul Revere with a short listening/reading passage and worksheet activity. Printable pdf, for grades 3-6.
Apples For The Teacher Paul Revere Coloring Sheet -Interactive, may be colored online before printing or print and then color
Paul Revere Coloring Page from Crayola -May also be colored online or print and then colorBlessings,
For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.
Homeschool/Education Freebies: Presidents Day Links, Unit Studies, Ebooks, Lessons, Coloring Pages And More!
Free Resources For Presidents Day
First, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day:
Great Resources for President’s Day! –Want some really, really neat resources to find out more about George Washington & Abraham Lincoln? How about a free PDF teacher’s guide… timelines… dozens of stories and articles… a virtual tour of Mount Vernon and Washington’s personal papers… poetry by and about Lincoln… and LOTS more? Then check out today’s collection of some of the best links you’ll ever find about these two founding fathers of the US of A.
Childhood Stories of Washington & Lincoln (PDF ebook) –A nice collection of short stories about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when they were boys, digitized by Ann Tatum. Great for read-aloud and discussion!
EasyFunSchool has a collection of mini-unit studies:
United States Presidents Unit Studies –Individual mini-units on 40 of our U.S. presidents. Brief biographies, trivia questions and links to online resources, lessons, crafts and activities.
Free Presidents Day printables and craft ideas from Homeschool Helper:
President’s Day Ideas for Homeschoolers –Links to a George Washington Lapbook, Abe Lincoln Unit Study, The American President Unit Study, worksheets, coloring pages and crafts.
Simple Homeschool has a free unit study on George Washington:
George Washington: Leader of the Revolution –Printable unit study with interactive questions and activities.
Free worksheets and coloring pages are available at TLSBooks.com:
President’s Day Worksheets and Coloring Pages –Presidents coloring book, 2 George Washington coloring pages and Presidents Day stationary.
Lesson plan links can be found at The Lesson Plans Page:
Presidents Day Lessons and Teacher Resources –Links to lesson plans for all grade levels.
HomeschoolPatriot.com has some free printables:
HomeschoolPatriot: Freebies –Includes a free ebook of George Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior, a Presidents Day quiz, a George Washington word find and more American History printables.
If that’s not enough, check out some of my previous posts for more Presidents Day freebies:
- Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
- More Free "Presidents" Historical Audios
- Mount Rushmore Free Resources and Links
- Presidents Day Educational Freebies
- Remembering Abraham Lincoln On His Birthday
- Homeschool/Education Freebies: Raising Successful Children Ebook, Classic Audio, Presidents Day And Valentines Day Resources
- Homeschool/Education Resource: Free And Low-Cost Old Time Radio Shows For Presidents Day
Happy Presidents Day
“Mr. President” was an old time radio show that aired in the 40’s and 50’s about events in the every day life of American presidents. To challenge listeners, the identity of the President in each episode was not made known until the end of the show.
The Internet Archive has quite a few episodes of “Mr. President” available as free MP3 downloads:
Old Time Radio Programs, Mister President –Download individual episodes of approximately 7mb each, or the whole collection of 29 episodes, which is 54mb.
(If you have slow internet service, a download manager is very helpful. I use the free Orbit Downloader to schedule large and multiple files for downloading overnight.)
Don’t have time to download all those shows? Would you like more episodes? Check out OTRCat.com:
Old Time Radio Catalog: Mr. President –CD of 75 episodes of “Mr. President” in MP3 format, only $5 plus shipping. Must be played in a computer or special MP3 player device.
These would make wonderful supplements to your American History studies –and a great resource for your “audio learners”.
I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809 in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He became the 16th President of the United States on March 4th, 1861 and was re-elected in 1864. On April 14th, 1865, President Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. He died the next day –April 15th, 1865.
Did you know:
- Abraham Lincoln had less than a year of formal schooling.
- By the time Lincoln was 17, he knew he wanted to be a lawyer and would walk 17 miles so he could watch the lawyers work at the county courthouse.
- In addition to becoming a lawyer, he also worked on a farm, and was a shopkeeper, postmaster and surveyor.
- Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president to have received a U.S. patent.
Want to learn more about President Lincoln?
Websites And Free Educational Resources About Abraham Lincoln
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
- Abraham Lincoln Research Site –By a former American history teacher who enjoys researching Abraham Lincoln’s life and accomplishments. Be sure and check out the Abraham Lincoln links page –includes sites for kids and lesson plans.
- A Collection of Abraham Lincoln Quotes
- Printable Short Stories About Abraham Lincoln
- Timeline of Abraham Lincoln
- Abraham Lincoln Biography and Free Printables -Word search, crossword puzzle, word scramble, etc.
- Homeschool/Educational Freebies:Abraham Lincoln –My post from last year with links to unit studies, notebooking pages and more.
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 2011 in Tampico Illinois and became America’s 40th president on January 20, 1981. He died on June 5, 2004 at the age of 93.
Did you know?
- In college, Ronald Reagan served tables and washed dishes in exchange for his meals.
- In addition to being an actor, he was also a construction worker, lifeguard and sports announcer.
- At age 69, Ronald Reagan was the oldest elected President.
- He was the first president to have been divorced.
- He was longest living president.
- He appointed the first woman to the Supreme Court -Sandra Day O’Connor.
Would you like to learn more about President Reagan?
Websites And Free Educational Resources About President Reagan
- The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library –Administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, the repository of presidential records for President Reagan’s administration.
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library –The 99th Birthday Celebration will be streamed live on Saturday, February 6th from 10:30am-12:30pm PST.
- Ronald Reagan Quotes
- The Heritage Foundation Remembers Ronald Reagan –A collection of thoughts, images and remembrances.
- Presidential Speech Archive –Free transcripts, audio and video of speeches by America’s Presidents.
- President Ronald Reagan Lesson –Students read about the life of President Ronald Reagan and his accomplishments. The reading is accompanied by multiple choice questions.
- 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Curriculum –4th grade and higher.
- Ronald Wilson Reagan: A Presidential Unit –Online mini-unit study.
- President Ronald Reagan Coloring Pages
- Ronald Reagan Interactive Word Find
1777 Continental Congress First National Proclamation of Thanksgiving
November 1, 1777
FORASMUCH as it is the indispensable Duty of all Men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with Gratitude their Obligation to him for Benefits received, and to implore such farther Blessings as they stand in Need of: And it having pleased him in his abundant Mercy, not only to continue to us the innumerable Bounties of his common Providence; but also to smile upon us in the Prosecution of a just and necessary War, for the Defense and Establishment of our unalienable Rights and Liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased, in so great a Measure, to prosper the Means used for the Support of our Troops, and to crown our Arms with most signal success:
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive Powers of these UNITED STATES to set apart THURSDAY, the eighteenth Day of December next, for SOLEMN THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That at one Time and with one Voice, the good People may express the grateful Feelings of their Hearts, and consecrate themselves to the Service of their Divine Benefactor; and that, together with their sincere Acknowledgments and Offerings, they may join the penitent Confession of their manifold Sins, whereby they had forfeited every Favor; and their humble and earnest Supplication that it may please GOD through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST, mercifully to forgive and blot them out of Remembrance; That it may please him graciously to afford his Blessing on the Governments of these States respectively, and prosper the public Council of the whole: To inspire our Commanders, both by Land and Sea, and all under them, with that Wisdom and Fortitude which may render them fit Instruments, under the Providence of Almighty GOD, to secure for these United States, the greatest of all human Blessings, INDEPENDENCE and PEACE: That it may please him, to prosper the Trade and Manufactures of the People, and the Labor of the Husbandman, that our Land may yield its Increase: To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth "in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost."
And it is further recommended, That servile Labor, and such Recreation, as, though at other Times innocent, may be unbecoming the Purpose of this Appointment, be omitted on so solemn an Occasion.
“Poems of Thanksgiving” and “Land of the Pilgrims Pride” are this week’s programs from Homeschool Radio Shows.
Music For Thanksgiving is a nice little collection of hymns and classic folk songs in midi format.
More Thanksgiving music can be found at The Holiday Spot’s Free Thanksgiving Music page (these are also midi files).
Some Thanksgiving History
Listen to America’s Thanksgiving Proclamations of the past and be thankful!
Go to FreeAudio.org’s Thanksgiving page, download the free mp3s and listen to “Governor William Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1623”, “President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789” and “President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863”.
One last thing…
If you have slow internet service, a download manager is very helpful. I use the free Orbit Downloader to schedule large and multiple files for downloading overnight.
Should Christians send their children to public schools?
“Learn about how the public school system began, and by whom. What was the original intent of this system? As a Christian parent, can you confidently make the decision to place your child in the public school environment day after day, year after year?
What is being taught there?
What is the national drop-out rate?
Is God being honored . . . respected . . . lifted up?
Become informed, forearmed, and forewarned about placing your child in the public school system when you read . . .
Are Public Schools an Option for Christian Kids? By d’Escoto, Harper, Marcum, and Suarez”
This ebook is free from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine but I don’t know how long it will be available, so download it while you can.
The Blumenfeld Education Letter –the basis of Samuel L. Blumenfeld’s book “The Whole Language/OBE Fraud”.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.