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Daily Slices Of American History

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.

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Homeschool/Education Freebies: Titanic Ebook Plus Free Unit Studies On Bees, Photosynthesis, Spring And Flight

Today’s free resource from Homeschool Freebie of the Day is an ebook about the sinking of the Titanic and other great sea disasters:

The Sinking of the Titanic & Great Sea Disasters (PDF ebook) – Today is the 98th anniversary of the sinking of what was then the largest and finest steamship in the world – the Titanic. On her maiden voyage, loaded with a human freight of over 2,300 souls, the Titanic collided with a huge iceberg 600 miles southeast of Halifax, at 11.40 P.M. Sunday April 14, 1912. She sank two and a half hours later,  carrying over 1,600 of her passengers and crew with her. This is a GREAT collection of first-hand accounts and stories of what happened that fateful night.

Learn about Bees with this week’s free theme unit from SchoolExpress:

SchoolExpress Newsletter: Week of April 11, 2010 -Available through April 17th, 2010 is a free unit on Bees. Also available is a set of activity pages to go with the Bees unit plus new ending consonants worksheets were added to the free worksheets area .

Simple Schooling has a three free unit studies -one about Bees, one on Photosythesis and one on Spring:

Free Interactive Unit Studies -All About Bees is a fun and educational interactive unit that takes your students through insect anatomy, bee anatomy, hive life, lifecycle, pollination, and much more! Photosynthesis is for middle school and up and covers the molecular basis of photosynthesis.  Your students will learn the reaction, the reactants and products, the fate of each molecule, the difference between light and dark reactions, and much more!

Simple Schooling March Freebie -Printable unit study on Spring in PDF format. Note: This was March’s freebie but it is still available as of today.

The Golden Age of Flight is the newest mini-unit from Learning Through History:

The Golden Age of Flight Unit Study -In this online mini-unit, you can learn how planes fly, view planes from the golden age, see a timeline of historical aviation events, find an airshow to watch near your home, learn about two famous golden age aviators – Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart  – and write news stories about their adventures.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Paul Revere

Paul Revere's Ride

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 color



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Remembering Abraham Lincoln On His Birthday

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





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Remembering President Ronald Reagan On His Birthday


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.

President Reagan Swearing-in Ceremony 1985 

Would you like to learn more about President Reagan?

Websites And Free Educational Resources About President Reagan






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Free Online Genealogy Resource For Smoky Mountain Ancestry

Are you or your ancestors from the Smoky Mountains area?

Check out this neat website that lists the genealogy of over 100,000 Smoky Mountain Tennessee families:

Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest

(All you in-laws of mine need to visit this site, I got a little lost on it this morning and found out some interesting tidbits that I didn’t know before!)

Thanks go out to Mr. Doug on Mt LeConte for the link. :)



Homeschool/Education Freebie: Spanish Empire Mini-Unit Study

This month’s Hands-on Teaching Tips newsletter, from Homeschool In The Woods, is a mini-unit on the Spanish Empire. This unit includes printable maps, images, recipes and extra learning links.

Available through August.




Free Classic Audio Of The History Of The Postage Stamp

Updated August 25, 2012


Learn about the history of the postage stamp with this week’s free audio program from Homeschool Radio Shows.

Stamp of Approval: The Origin of the Postage Stamp -Listen to the story of  Rowland Hill, who stopped at an English Inn in 1836, and because of this stop came to create one of the most important tiny, simple inventions in the history of modern civilization – the postage stamp. This excellent “living history” program was originally broadcast as an episode of “Adventures in Research” in 1948. This offer has expired.*

*The Stamp of Approval: The Origin of the Postage Stamp may be found in the Internet Archive’s Adventures in Research collection (episode #626/#77 in the audio player). It can be listened to online or downloaded as an MP3 file at no cost.

Learn more about postage stamps:

A Brief History of Postage Stamps Through the Years –from the American Philatelic Society -Just For Kids.

United States Postage Stamps: A History –The first 100 years -1847 through 1947, detailed information on individual stamps, images. From Junior Philatelists on the Internet.

Note: Both of the above sites are excellent resources for learning about and getting started in stamp collecting.

Happy learning,