Kenneth C. Davis books: http://www.dontknowmuch.com/
- Absolutely recommend this book! This is an excellent picture book and shows families from all over the world with their "stuff" outside their homes. It really made an impact on me as to how much stuff we (and others) have and how little people in poor countries have. Good sociology book (if you want/need to categorize some of the things you learn/study).
- The Maine library lending system has it too: https://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71?/thungry+planet/thungry+planet/1%2C2%2C5%2CB/frameset&FF=thungry+planet+what+the+world+eats&1%2C%2C2
4. "What I Eat" - 80 individuals in different parts of the world and what food they eat in a single day including health related information.
"Loaves of Fun" - Bake breads from around the world. "The Homeschool Source Book" by Jean and Donn Reed states, "Exploring these recipes will keep you well fed in body and soul, and teach you history and geography as you travel the globe." http://minerva.maine.edu/search/t?loaves%20of%20fun&search_scope=50
The History Kitchen http://thehistorykitchen.com/
Oh my....another book with geography, history and food:
We purchased this from The Heart of Home bookstore in Hope, ME a few years ago.
Each book is a biography of a famous person, what their childhood was like, and how they grew up. Here's a link to some of the books so you can get an idea of what they look like and note the various title's and author's. The Maine library lending system has many of them. http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browser.php?k=childhood+of+famous+Americans&s_type=a&l=100
AN "A" IN LIFE: FAMOUS HOME SCHOOLERS - By Mac and Nancy Plent.
Mini biographies of some famous people who had minimal schooling.
Here is the "search" link for "Deary, Terry" on the Minerva library system so you can pick out whatever Terry Deary books you like and request them: https://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71/?searchtype=a&searcharg=deary+terry&searchscope=71&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=aa
To purchase Horrible History and other "Horrible" books:
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales - http://hazardoustales.blogspot.com/p/one-dead-spy.html (Start with One Dead Spy. After that, you can read the rest in any order.) Thank you Michele Henson for telling me about this interesting book!
"America's Funny But True History 1560s - 1740's, Cranky Colonials" by Elizabeth Levy
She wrote other interesting and entertaining books similar to this (including a Horrible History book) that you can search for if you or your child like this style of writing.
"Cartoon History of the United States " by Larry Gonick. He also has a few others available through the Maine library lending system (minerva).
"Victor Lopez at the Alamo" by James Rice (fiction)
Smart About History books such as The Wright Brothes Take Off by Jon Buller and Susan Schade (geared toward younger kids)
Click on "our books" and then scroll down to non-fiction to see the other titles they wrote together.
Story of the World and Jim Weiss
The Story of The World by Susan Wise Bauer (4 books in series) - The library has some of these books, audios, and activity guides.
http://www.susanwisebauer.com/books/ (scroll down to bottom)
Jim Weiss (famous storyteller) narrates the Story of the World audios:
Here's a youtube clip of Jim Weiss reading a chapter about the Romans so you can see if it might be something you or someone in your family might like to hear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00lEB6WiopM
Link to a review of The Story of The World Books:
Check out Jim's site out for more excellent storytelling audios:
The library system has Jim Weiss' audio about Egyptians:
You can search for them at your library or on various places online: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/american-girl-books/379003685/
"The Captain's Dog: My Journey With The Lewis and Clark Tribe" by Roland Smith
"Lewis and Clark for Kids" by Janis Herbert (activities in the book too):
"Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time" by Dava Sobel
Maps on the web (Thank you Sarah Thompson for sharing this link!):
"Animal Farm" by George Orwell (communism)
"Red Scarf Girl" by Ji-Li Jiang - communism - This is a true story to do with the Cultural Revolution under Mao Ze-dong, leader of China from 1949-1976.
The Cultural Revolution began in 1966. There is some violence in the book.
"The Pirate Lafitte and The Battle of New Orlearns" by Robert Tallant - When my daughter Katie was little, she loved this book - we all did!! She still rereads it as a teenager!
"The Courage of Sarah Noble" by Alice Dalgliesh
"My Brother Sam is Dead" by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
"The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson" by Ann McGovern
Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi
"Children Just Like Me" by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley
Like lighthouses and history? My husband is a very enthusiastic pharologist! He has a friend (Seamond Roberts) whose book he purchased. As he was reading it, he shared some of his favorite chapters aloud with some of our family. Some of the chapters reminded me of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books - you felt like you were there and could see it happening. You became endeared to the real life characters in the story. If you'd like to take a look at this book, it is called, "Everyday Heros: The True Story of a Lighthouse Family" by Seamond Ponsart Roberts with Jeremy D'Entremont.
Interesting news clip (article and video) about Sequin Light in Maine:
If you'd like to learn more about lighthouses across the country, Jim's lighthouse site is LighthouseGuy.com: http://www.lighthouseguy.com/
He publishes information each week about a new lighthouse on his facebook site https://www.facebook.com/pages/LighthouseGuycom/192658194096?fref=ts and on his webpage.
Jim's enjoys corresponding with people about lighthouses, answering questions and playing "stump the lighthouse guy" (when people send him a photo of a lighthouse and he tries to guess which one it is). He hasn't been stumped yet! You can send him a question, comment or message via his facebook page.
"Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up" by Sarah Albee
Note: This is by the same author who wrote "Bugged: How Insects Changed History" which is also available through the Maine lending library system. Here is the link to Bugged if you'd like to check that out as well: https://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71?/tbugged/tbugged/1%2C4%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=tbugged+how+insects+changed+history&1%2C1%2C)
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/ - National Geographic publishes magazines for various ages (they even have one for very young children now).
APPLESEEDS - social studies for ages 6 to 9 years
CALLIOPE - world history for ages 9 to 14 years
COBBLESTONE - American history for ages 9 to 14 years
DIG - archaeology for ages 9 to 14 years
FACES - world cultures and geography for ages 9 to 14 years
ODYSSEY - science for ages 9 to 14 years
CRICKET began offering top-quality children's literature over 30 years ago, and since then we've created a line of beautifully illustrated literary publications for children of all ages:
BABYBUG - for ages 6 months to 3 years
LADYBUG - for ages 3 to 6 years
SPIDER - for ages 6 to 9 years
Google Earth Historical Imagery (Sandra Dodd posted about this and I thought it might be of interest to some families):
The 1800s House
The Frontier House
American Girl movies:
Neat things to check out:
Watch the United States Grow Before Your Eyes:
Misc for unschooling families:
My son Li watched a youtube video called "Game Theory: Mario Is Communist?!?" and began to tell me about Stalin and communism and other things he picked up to do with history from the video. It sparked his interest...and who knows what that will lead to? It is something to connect to and build upon.
Shortly after he saw the video, I read a thread about communism on the "My Unschooler is Interested In" facebook page. Many interesting links to explore were posted. If you are a member of that group, you can click this link to view the thread:
Update: We are almost done reading Animal Farm. I borrowed Red Scarf Girl from the library, but so far I am the only one who read it - it was a good read!
This is the first book that got Rick Riordan into mythology.
We read them aloud at night before bed.
Rick Riordan's new book! (2014), "Percy Jackson's Greek Gods"
'A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.' So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. 'If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.' Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume--a must for home, library, and classroom shelves--as stunning as it is entertaining.
The Pig Scrolls by Paul Shipton
The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu
The Sea or Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Greek Mythology written as Graphic Novels
Last year it was open at these dates/times listed below. However, please check with them directly before going as it might have changed. -
Leonard's Mills Living History Days: http://www.leonardsmills.com/livinghist.html
Link to their event's page so you can find out when they have these Living History Days and other events: http://www.leonardsmills.com/events.html
Other Museums To Visit in Maine:
(link shows which lighthouses are open and what times and links to many of them)
Day Schedule - On the Parade Ground
10:00-11:00 Rapier Duels & Fencing Melees
11:00-12:00 Live Music & Dance Presentation
12:00–1:00 Pas d’Armes Tournament of Knightly Combat, opened by our youth fighters
1:00-1:30 Fashion Show on the Parade Grounds
1:30:-2:15 Rapier Duels & Fencing Melees
2:15-3:00 Live Music & Dance Presentation
3:00-4:00 Pas d’Armes Tournament of Knightly Combat, opened by our youth fighters
Around the Fort
10:00-4:00 Arts & Science Exhibits in the Gun Bays (Casemates), Ballista Firing, Camping Pavilions (in front of fort)
Battery A - times will be listed on site
Thrown weapons demonstrations
Combat archery demonstrations
Contact Angie by phone if you are interested: 207-489-9011
Saturday, June 28th 2014 10am-4pm
Civil War encampment at Camden Public Library/Harbor Park
Friday August 19th through Sunday August 21, 2016 featuring Company B of the 20th Maine Infantry Volunteers and the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment.
Free Walking History Tours of Camden, Maine - 4pm Friday's
The Camden Public Library and the Camden Area Business Group will again host free walking tours of downtown Camden every Friday at 4:00 pm, June 24 through September 9. The tours begin on Atlantic Avenue at the Children’s Garden of the library and end at the Opera House. The tours are free and last approximately an hour; donations are appreciated, and reservations are encouraged; please call the library at 236-3440 or stop by the Circulation Desk.