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Early American History ~ Lesson Plans and Printables (Introduction and Index)

Introduction It’s time for a new school year, and we are busy making plans for our homeschool coop classes starting at the end of August!  This Fall I am team-teaching with another mom who will be offering art and craft projects to complement my lessons in early American history (covering …

The Great Smoky Mountains ~ The Ogle Homestead and Roaring Fork Auto Tour

If you are planning a visit to the Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg areas, how would you like to incorporate some outdoor experiences and history into your vacation?  The beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers both in abundance! Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am an affiliate …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 24 ~ Israel (Easter Lesson)

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 24 This week …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 22 ~ Ireland (St. Patrick’s Day Lesson)

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 22 This week …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 18 ~ United States (Abraham Lincoln)

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 18 This week …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 14 ~ United States (Ohio)

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 14 This week …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 7 – Spain

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 7 This week …

Sail the Seas! Free Ocean-Related Printables For Kids

Sail Away! I hope you and your kids enjoy these pages!  You will find printables for Christopher Columbus, Sailing Ships and More, Under the Sea, and Pirates. I’ll add all the ocean-themed pages that I create to this post in the future, as well. Please comment on this post if …

Six Reasons to Go To Dollywood, Plus Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Visit

Family-Friendly Fun Amusement park experiences can vary depending on the park and how old you are: fun for the kids, but not Mommy and Daddy, who have to chase them around!  Or, fun for the whole family – unless you need a stroller or wheelchair. My family has visited Dollywood in …

Inspirational Quotes For Children From Sir Winston Churchill (Free Printable)

I have loved reading and studying history since I was in elementary school, and it is a subject I look forward to teaching when my daughter is older. (Now we read preschool-age-appropriate books and visit children’s museums so that she can get a sense of the past.)  I enjoy inspirational …

My Story: Noah and My Story: Daniel ~ Childrens’ Books Reviews

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was given two books at no cost to review.  I only recommend products and companies that I will be of benefit to my readers. Just in case you didn’t see my post with the announcement last month, I wanted to share …

Inspirational Quotes For Children From Abraham Lincoln (Free Printables)

Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and I thought it would be appropriate to post a few quotes from one of our greatest presidents. Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Amazon.com, and will receive a small commission if the links on this page are used to make a purchase. Self-educated, Abraham Lincoln …

Fun & Educational In Tennessee: Oak Ridge Children’s Museum

Hands-On Learning & Play If you are traveling on I-40/I-75 near Knoxville, Tennessee, consider a side trip to the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum!  From exit 376 it is about 13 miles to the museum – about 25 to 35 minutes (click here for directions).  We hadn’t planned ahead, but found …

Launching the liberty ship SS George Washington Carver; Actress, singer Lena Horne (1943)

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

  While researching an article on Martha Washington, I came across the digital archives of the New York Public Library.  What a find!  I’m sure I will be returning to the site often.  An invaluable resource for researching historical figures and events, the image database encompasses a wide range of …

Martha Washington

The First Ladies of the United States: Martha Washington

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” – Martha Washington This is the first in a series of  articles …

Alexander Smith 1830-1867

I go into my library and all history unrolls before me. – Alexander Smith

  “I go into my library and all history unrolls before me.” – Alexander Smith, 1830-1867 Alexander Smith was a Scottish poet from humble roots who later became labeled as one of the Spasmodic poets.  Read more about him on Wikipedia. (Image from Gerald-Massey.org.uk) Related articles Make a ‘Play Library’ …