Homeschool History with Home School in the Woods

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This summer we have been working through fun history projects, and my kids have loved it! I have to be honest- I’m not a fan of putting together units with projects… and that’s where Home School in the Woods Time Travelers have come in. After reading our history, I usually search for a video to watch on YouTube, recapping what we just learned. Then we take to the projects in our pack, at the family table.

Our favorite has been making newspapers! The kids had so much fun with this- even though the packs are suggested ages 8+ my 6 year old loved joining in. So if you have younger kiddos, I say definitely let them tag along. We like doing these as a family because everyone can work at their own level, and do their own activity. Younger children will enjoy coloring the pictures, and pasting in a notebook. There are so many ways to adjust these history studies for all ages.

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10 year old’s newspaper page

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8 year old’s newspaper page

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6 year old’s newspaper page

Parents will find each download has a folder with lessons, a folder with correlating, labeled projects, as well as instructions, photos, and a resource list. Everything is easy to find, print out, and simple to use. Finding each project in the photos provided in the download is very helpful, especially for kids that need to see what the finished project looks like (or this mama, who is super visual).

The pack contains 25 lessons that can be completed in 5-10 weeks, or as you choose. They cover all of the politics and conflicts that launched a new nation, including the French and Indian War, George vs George, government, taxing, the Boston Tea Party, and so much more! You can view the scope and sequence by selecting the scope/seq tab midway down on this page. I love how they cover not only the big, most well known events and people, but lesser-known events that happened and people that affected the war and revolution- like women of the war, and battles in the south.

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I have found these projects to be meaningful, interesting, and helpful for my children to remember what we’ve learned together. We really love putting together lap books, and I can’t wait to do that soon. We’ve been so busy with baseball, and celebrating sumer with friends we haven’t had a chance to get everything put together, but we will!

Included in the harry styles hired gay escort masters are the timeline figures! The set included for this pack can be found here,  but there are so many sets to add for all your homeschool history studies. Home School in the Woods offers several different sets of timeline figures and have added some new ones recently- check them out!

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one of our timeline book pages

 

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Homeschooling Memory Work with Cross Seven

 

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We have added Cross Seven Ventures – Homeschool Musical Memory Tool online subscription to our morning time during breakfast. This memory work is set to Claritas Musical Memory Work songs. These songs are beautiful, and so easy to remember! We have loved this program.CrossSeven memory workInside the account dashboard of Cross Seven, parents can create a child profile for each child. Using the child profile, students can take quizzes on the memory work they are learning. Each child profile can login under the family account, which allows ease for parents to keep up with what everyone is doing, and tracking progress if desired. Our family chose to do quizzes together, and take turns answering quiz questions (though they all knew most of them) as a family. Memory work for us is an added bonus to morning time, and I trust the process enough to not feel the need for quizzes… BUT quizzes can be fun for kids, a great opportunity computer practice, and of course a way to track progress if necessary for homeschool reporting. You can also give children any name for their account, it doesn’t have to be their real name (I know some parents like to avoid putting their children’s name online, and I totally get that!).

The images and text on the videos of each song are meaningful, and memorable. Each week’s memory work consists of

  • Scripture
  • History
  • Latin
  • Grammar
  • Science
  • Math
  • Grogrpahy
  • Hymns
  • Timeline
  • Timeline Song

Families will find an easy to use program, divided into simple to navigate sections. Our family mainly utilized the Weekly Memory Work tab, but you can also navigate through the memory work by subject. Each memory work song correlates with a video; if you click on memory work by subject, you can scroll down to find hand motion videos for each song in that section.

There are 4 year cycles to work through, each containing 28 weeks of memory work. This provides a great foundation of memorizing facts, on which to build more in-depth knowledge later. We enjoyed watching the videos that went along with the songs in Cycle 1, as this is our first year doing memory work. But we are looking forward to Cycle 3, where we will move through some of the Psalms, the Industrial Revolution, learn about perimeter, and more!

Each week has correlating Fun Links, including how to create your own timeline book. We have a timeline book and love utilizing it, so I would definitely suggest making one to go with your memory work. It is not only a great keepsake, but of course documents student’s learning, while providing opportunities for kids to express what they’ve learned. They can write, draw pictures,  or dictate to a parent what goes into the book. So many opportunities for added learning!

I love that this online program is *easy* to use. While the program itself isn’t complicated, even simple programs can have difficult websites- but not Cross Seven! It is very intuitive for users, from logging in to navigating the website, anyone can do it. I also like that there is a Cross Seven Roku Channel! We love using our Roku for learning channels so adding this one was a no brainer.

My children have had lightbulb moments with this memory work! *Oh! Now I understand XYZ because the timeline song!* Honestly, I have benefited from the memory songs, especially in the timeline portions, because sometimes it is hard to remember the order of history. This makes it so easy and fun… we aren’t just doing rote memorization here. This is learning that students will apply to all areas of their education- (making connections is vital in comprehension: from text to self, text to text, and text to world. We aren’t talking about reading here, but the same thing applies. Children will benefit in making these different connections through the use of memory work. Ok-my education degree rant is over. 😆 )

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Family Devotional with Bob Goff- Homeschool Morning Time, Bedtime

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Each night we read a chapter/section from a devotional, and often read a few stories from the Beginner’s Bible, to our children. The lst several weeks we have been using a new “devotional” and have really enjoyed it. Tommy Nelson Publishing so graciously sent us Everybody, Always for Kids , by Bob Goff and Lindsey Goff Viducich.
We love supporting theologically accurate books which teach about loving like Jesus and walking in such a way that reflects that. Everybody, Always for Kids  fits into our family perfectly. We have enjoyed reading a new story several times a week, before bed. My kids beg to read from this book, enjoy the lovely illustrations, and understand the lessons taught.

Everybody, Always for Kids by Bob Goff

The binding feels sturdy, and the thick, glossy pages should hold up well to many years of love. There is also a royal blue, satin ribbon bookmark along with an inscription page, making this a perfect gift.

Inside this hard bound book, parents will find 40 stories of personal experience, that help children see the world from others’ point of view, and help them understand how to love others well. Each story focuses on a different situation or feeling, and how to respond/go to action, from a biblical perspective. We especially enjoyed the Be Not Afraid-serving others, Trash Cans- about Pat who was an ordinary neighbor that did something small for his neighbors, and Land the Plan-about mistakes.

Sometimes our children have a friend in their life that is hard to love, be it at Sunday school, playdates, or co-op classes. Loving that friend doesn’t mean accepting what they do as okay, but it does mean we can love them anyway, just as God loves us no matter how sinful our choices may be. We can each relate to feeling outcast, different, or mistreated because of our differences.

Sometimes children see someone else who is being treated differently, struggling with their feelings, or sitting alone, and they may not know how to help them. But Everybody, Always for Kids , makes it easy to see the simplicity in kindness, and how that kindness shows God’s love to others.

I love that we don’t have to send our children into battle for them to be “salt and light.” God has made previsions for our children to impact the world through their words, behaviors, and kindness *right where they are.* He always meets us where we are. And it is true for our children as well- siblings, neighbors, at the grocery store, or with friends, they can love others.

This book sticks to topics that are developmentally appropriate for kids ages 6-10, so there won’t be anything too difficult to discuss with your children. My kids are 4-10 and have enjoyed reading it together (my 10 year old has also read it on her own for fun). I can tell they’ve been contemplating what we’ve read, when they come to me and want to talk about the story from the last day or 2 .  The stories are making an impact on how they see others.

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Horses in History with Mattie Richardson {a review}

Y’all know when there is a chance to review a book in our home, we jump on the chance. =) We have been reading the Mattie Richardson’s Horses in History Series from Author Mattie Richardson/Appaloosy Books. Formerly known as North Dakota’s Teen Author, Mattie has written a series of books your children and family will love!

Appaloosy Books by Mattie Richardson

Each book centers around the story of a horse (or horses) from history-of course as a mom and homeschooler, this greatly appeals to me! My history buff daughter, 9, also loved the historical aspect of the books, and how the stories were told from the horse’s perspective. Mattie has written books full of love, adventure, integrity, and strength. All characteristics we want for our children. I hold my book standards pretty high; we don’t need ugly words and harsh language to get a point across, and these books definitely held up to my standards.


The first portion of each book begins with a dedication, which sometimes offers some insight to the author’s inspiration for writing the book. Dusty’s Trail, told from the view point of a horse on the Pony Express, begins with an article about the Pony Express, first published in 1860. Next, the reader will find a section of Words and Terms You Should Know. This section is in each of the books, with a small variation. In Day and Night, Mattie has made Civil War-era Words and Terms Used in this Book section. Golden Sunrise offers a Spanish Words Used in this Book section. So each book has a great intro to the topic through a helpful guide in the beginning; my daughter often referred back to this while reading, as did I. Appaloosy gives us the Nez Perce Words and Their Meanings as a helpful glossary to better understand as we read.

Appaloosy Series

The books are nicely bound, with a colorful paperback cover. Day and Night comes in at the thickest with 148 pages, Appaloosy with 125 pages,  Golden Sunrise with 98 pages, and Dusty’s Trail at 66 pages (plus a few un-numbered informational pages). Some books have a few illustrations throughout, the text is appropriate for early readers (not too small), and the pages are a smooth, high quality, crisp white.

Appaloosy is about a horse who wants nothing more than to be wild and free, until he finds the love of a girl named Faith. But when he is stolen and escapes captivity, Storm must decide if he wants his freedom or to go back to Faith on her family’s farm. My 9 year old says:

Faith gives her locket necklace to take Storm home from the man who had him. She was only the 2nd person he let ride him, of all the people that had owned or ridden him. I like his decision and the way the book ended.

Golden Sunrise tells the story of Cheyenne and Jared- “Jared is a man who wants to marry Olivia; they’ve been courting for about a year. But then he has to go off to war to fight for Texas’s freedom. He rides Cheyenne throughout the war, and they are buddies. Cheyenne becomes friends with Davy Crockett, which was really funny. I won’t tell you the end, but it is sweet.”

Golden Sunrise

Day and Night was my daughter’s favorite of all the books. “This book is about 2 horses, Shiloh and Tucker, they take turns having a chapter, so it can be confusing if you don’t pay attention. Tucker is the older horse and Shiloh is the younger sibling horse. Shiloh is lighter in color and smaller; he is gentle and gets very attached to people he likes. Tucker is older and brown. Neither of them wanted to fight in the war but Shiloh was stolen by a girl in the Confederacy, and Tucker got sold to the US army. You will have to read and see what they go through and if they find each other again.”

We also enjoyed using Mattie’s Enrichment Guide for Day and Night, along with the answer key. It includes: vocabulary, history, comprehension, creating your own stories, further reading, and even more! These include activities, coloring, developing character attributes for a story, biographies, geography, and the list goes on! This is definitely worth the small purchase price, and something you can integrate into your homeschool for a large range of ages.

 

Dusty’s Trail is about a boy, Levi who runs away with his horse, Dusty, to join the Pony Express. “When someone starts stealing the horses and killing their riders, Levi and Dusty push through more runs  (I think 3?) until they find someone they can tell. Eventually Levi gets captured, Dusty gets separated from him … and you have to read the rest (haha).”

Dusty's Trail

As you can see, the books were greatly enjoyed by my oldest daughter. They will be wonderful reads for my horse loving 5 year old. These books will be best understood by those 8 and up, but I think they can be read aloud to just about any age.

Mattie Richardson is clearly a talented young lady, she has more books coming out, that I know we will be reading! We have enjoyed the Horses in History Series immensely. There are countless way to use it as part of a homeschool curriculum, and they are wholesome books.

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Simple Wooden Building Blocks for Open Ended Fun {a review}

In our home, we love high quality, open ended toys and games-open ended meaning they can be used in multiple ways. We’ve been using Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks for several weeks. These building blocks have provided hours of entertainment for all of my kids- from 3 to 9.

Brain Blox has created a light weight, open ended, creative, 100% natural, NON-toxic toy for every age! These are not only fun for everyone, but help promote brain development, problem solving skills, cooperation amongst siblings ;), and social skills (get ’em homeschoolers!). There are enough planks for everyone to enjoy, they are light enough that they won’t smash little fingers when they fall, and they are handy enough to take anywhere!

The drawstring bag makes storage, carrying, and clean up a breeze. There is a Build Ideas Booklet included with the planks, which is also available for download on their website-for free!

Parents and teachers can teach math, physics, and use the Wooden Planks during unit studies- students can build buildings and scenes from history. I can see creating a hands on reading activity for sight words, letter sounds, math facts, and more! We drew some pictures on ours, so they can be used as characters while building scenes and playing pretend. But you can write and draw anything on your planks! I can imagine using some paint sticks on them and decorating them in different colors.

We also enjoyed using the many ideas from Brain Blox’s website-the brain puzzles (specifically math) were a big hit at our house. I like as a mom, that the problem gives hints and solutions for solving each. Let the Build Ideas videos inspire you and your kids to create a plethora of different designs that can be changed and expanded upon however they wish!

What I love About Them

  • open ended
  • easy to clean up
  • easy to create lessons in our homeschools
  • so many helpful resources from the company
  • really provides endless fun for all ages on our home
  • affordable
  • safe and NON toxic *score*
  • simple, no batteries, no lights are noise- all imagination
  • I love their philosophy

The Let’s Build Idea Cards found under free stuff on the website are easy to print, laminate, and keep handy so kids can have simple ideas at their finger tips. You can punch a hole in the top corner, place on a binder ring, and keep in the bag with the blocks! This is great for morning time, centers in the classroom, or rest time at home while the baby (and mama?) naps.

My 9 year old’s favorite thing about the wooden planks is that

We can make buildings out of them, and we can draw on them!

The 7 year old boy of the house says

I like making castles and using my knights and dragon with the planks.

 

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Learn to Play Chess with Fun Family Chess {a review}

Brain Blox Fun Family Chess

We *love* playing games in our house. I like to stick to basic, simple games we can all play that don’ require I learn a lot of rules (haha). This is why I have avoided learning Chess … I’ve never played in my entire life, until we received Fun Family Chess by Brain Blox.

This has quickly become one of my personal favorite games, as well as a family favorite! I can officially mark learning chess off my list of things to do one day. =) If you’ve been intimidated to learn or teach chess in the past, this is the game for you and your family.

What’s inside the box?

  • the very nice folding chess board, which is the container for the pieces (also lined in a soft material for quiet storage of said pieces)
  • 32 wooden chess pieces
  • playing cube
  • 2 velvet-y bags to contain the pieces-one for dark set, one for light set
  • 2 reference cards
  • a handy chess instruction booklet

fun family chess game in the box

 

How is Fun Family Chess different from regular Chess?

  • you roll a dice to choose your play; if you can’t make that move (ex: you no longer have that piece, or that movement is blocked) you roll again until you can move
  • each piece is featured on the dice, except the king
  • when you roll the star, you can move any piece you wish (and this is the only way to move your king)
  • the board has pictures to help players set up correctly
  • pictures on the board match the pieces and reference cards; each of these are color coded to show what piece to move and how to move it
  • you win by capturing the opponents King
  • there is no check, checkmate, etc in Fun Family Chess- just capture the King

Fun Family Chess

For our family, all of whom had never played chess before, this has been a great introduction to playing the game! We have loved learning to play with Fun Family Chess. The reference cards and color coding has helped so much with understanding how each piece moves, something I have never understood in my almost 34 years. Now my kids are able to set up and play the game without any help from me.

fun family chess opening box

My two older children (newly 7 and 9) learned the game so fast because of how Brain Blox has set up the game- rolling the dice takes out the hard part of learning strategy, allowing kids to focus on how to move, the names of pieces, and how to set up, first. Then, they can gradually start playing more and more like traditional chess. My children very quickly tried their hand at playing without the cube, just using strategy and the reference cards, but still not check-mating, or castling. The game board itself helps to set up everyone up for success and understanding with the simple illustrations that are clean, and easy to match with their pieces.

This is by far one of my son’s favorite games, and with all the benefits chess brings to the table (ha-pun intended), I don’t mind him playing it as often as he likes with his siblings. I love that he can easily refer to the reference cards to figure out the name of a piece when he forgets, and the cards have such simple to understand, color coded visuals for how each piece moves.

Y’all, I never really thought we would ever start learning to play chess, but I am so glad we have!

fun family chess board face

fun family chess, game set up

Fun Family Chess is simple enough for my 5 year old to play against me with some help, but challenging enough for my older kiddos to enjoy playing more competitively. This is definitely going on my “suggested Christmas gifts” list!

Brain Blox’s incredibly helpful videos are fun, and easy to understand if you need a visual explanation or some clarification (like I did). You can find their chess videos here, or on the Brain Blox youtube channel.

 

 

 

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At Home Multisensory Program for Cognitive Development and Retained Reflexes {a review}

The Sound for Life Ltd program, Soundsory, is a sound based, multisensory approach to help those with various development delays, sensory sensitivites, and retained reflexes. Anyone over the age of 3 can benefit from the headphones, equipped with Bone Conduction “to develop sensory integration and establish core foundations.”

A description of the program is the first section of the video, you can find the steps for using it starting around the 5 minute mark.

The first part of the program is listening for about 20 minutes, and then about 5 minutes of music with exercises. The exercises vary each day. It is a simple, but effective program.

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Reading Skills for Kids with Reading Eggs {a review}

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We have used Math Seeds by Reading Eggs with my 4 year old. Now my second grade, newly turned 7 year old has been using their 200 Essential Reading Skills for Second Grade. You can check out all their workbooks HERE.

Reading Eggs Grade 2

These workbook style reading lessons are short, and will help improve reading and critical thinking skills. Lesson focus is divided by day, with days 1 and 2 for comprehension, day 3 spelling, day 4 a spelling lesson that builds from day 3, and day 5 a grammar lesson. There is also review built in to the lessons. The pages are colorful, with helpful tips and instructions that are easy to understand.

There are 72 comprehension lessons that includes both non fiction and fiction passages to give children exposure to many types of text; poetry, novels, plays, informational, persuasive and imaginative texts. 72 spelling lessons covering the most common spelling rules such as digraphs oo, ar, or, suffixes, homophones, the sound of k/ck, and the list goes on. 36 grammar lessons cover adverbs, possessive nouns, simple sentences, punctuation, capitalization, conjunctions, etc.

Parents and teachers will find an entire lesson layout covering the week, days, and the lesson focus with its objective (ex: verb endings, main idea, making inferences, endings:y, ey, irregular plurals, etc). There are 36 weeks of lessons, which you can choose to double up, or spread out. There is also a Year Planner chart page for those of us that are visual.

Reading Eggs Grade 2

What We Think About it & How We Use It

Lessons took us about 15-20 minutes tops, but usually less. My son enjoyed the grammar lessons most, but found all the skills fun and the lessons easy to follow. The lessons aren’t cut and dry; they vary with games, drawing, using pictures for clues, matching, sorting, and more! Sometimes I have to help Mister with a problem on the page, but mostly he is able to work independently after reading the lesson instructions.

In the comprehension lessons students use fun strategies like circling, drawing a shape above, boxing, underlining and coloring to mark what they know, have read, etc. This helps them find the information when answering the comprehension questions. Mister really enjoyed this part, because it was like “solving a puzzle.” =)

Reading Eggs Grade 2

Reading Eggs Grade 2

I like that these workbooks cover the basics, cover them well, and aren’t long boring lessons. Anytime we can cut table time down in our homeschool we do so! This workbooks definitely helps in that area, if you’re a workbook style student/parent combo. And, even if you’re not, but you want something for reviewing basic skills or practicing, these are great lessons that your child can get through without painful hours of frustration and complaining.

 

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Music Appreciation with Living Books {a review}

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In our homeschool, I try to add in (loop schedule style) elements of beauty; picture study, artist study, and nature study. During this season, our family has been enjoying Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades by Zeezok Publishing.

What It Is

Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades collection includes:

  • a student activity book
  • Frederic Chopin, Early Years
  • Frederic Chopin, Later Years
  • Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff
  • Adventures of Richard Wagner
  • Stephen Foster and His Little Dog Tray
  • The Young Brahms
  • The Story of Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Peter Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Ballet
  • Edward MacDowell and His Cabin in the Pines

These nine biographies (seven composers), are good and beautiful! They are truly living books, written in such a way that children want to hear more! These aren’t dry textbooks, or twaddly “fact” books.

Zeezok Publishing- music appreciation with living books

Each book is written in a story like fashion, the text is large enough for young children (and mamas, haha) to read easily, and every book has lovely black and white illustrations. Some books are hardcover, while others are softcover.

Zeezok Publishing- music appreciation with living books

What We Think & How We Used It

I love that the literature books have music pieces in the back, along with Q-Codes, so we can scan and listen easily. (These are also found in the student book.) The books illustrated by Christine Price are my absolute favorites (they also have a lot of pictures)!  We really enjoyed reading these aloud during our morning time.

For our homeschool, I chose to read aloud the wonderful books, and have my oldest work through starting with the composer of her choice. She chose to begin with the Adventures of Richard Wagner because it looked most interesting to her. We read aloud during morning time a few days a week starting with that book, then moved on through Stephen Foster and His Little Dog Tray and Frederic Chopin, Early Years.  While I continues on reading aloud, I let the 9 year old read independently, work through the activity book pages, and scan the Q codes with my phone.

Zeezok Publishing- music appreciation with living books

The student activity book is chocked full of information, charts, and fun! Each composer’s section has colored labeled tabs for easy navigation. Pages are thick and take pencil and erasing well.

The beginning of each section has a weekly outline of topics, activities, and required reading for each week. Students first read the week’s assigned reading before starting the activity book-they will then fill in comprehension questions, take multiple choice quizzes, and do some matching.

The activity book isn’t all question and answer though! The pages are full of information and fun! I love that each composer has a character qualities section. There are page numbers where students can find an example of each character trait in the assigned reading.

You will find sections like tidbits of interest where students can find paragraphs of information to help clarify reading, elaborate on people of history from the reading, and other any background information about the composer. Other sections vary by composer but a few include: geography, family background, impact of the music on culture, popular music and book from the time, recipes, app alerts with QR Code, and so much more.

The activity book is full of color, pictures, and and journaling prompts! The journaling aspect of this program, along with the living books, makes it so unique to other curricula. We really enjoyed the journaling prompts-we keep a writing notebook and chose to use that for the prompts. There is an option for creating lapbooks instead of a journal-we love lapbooks, too!

This program has been a blessing to our family. It is simple to use, the books are lovely, and because the activity book is geared for mid grades (I’d say a fluent reader who writes easily will enjoy this) my 9 year old was able to do it independently. It made adding beauty to our homeschool routine easy and fun!

I encourage you to check out all Zeezok has to offer, because I have made a large wish list looking at their website!

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Homeschool History with Timeline Book {a review}

 

Our family enjoys studying history, and we have *loved* using Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures  from Home School in the Woods. These are so much fun to add to our timeline book, but there are lots of fun ways to use this printable collection of timeline figures!

You can learn more about teaching with timelines HERE. Using this collection for lapbooks is a great idea, as well! Learn about using lapbooks for history in your homeschool, HERE.

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