Back to Homeschool Traditions: Shopping!


This is a guest post from Debbi at Note-able Scraps.   Back-to-Homeschool can be such a wonderful time of year!  My four children claim to love the time off of school during summer break, but truth be told, once summer camp and all the fun trips are over, they are bored and ready to get […]

10 Reasons to Use Compass Classroom Curriculum!


  We’ve provided lots of free lessons and have a 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can feel confident in your curriculum purchases. But if you need more reasons to save, here you go: 10 Reasons to Use Compass Classroom Curriculum: LATIN aids in mastery of English and enhances SAT and ACT scores. (Plus, kids think it’s pretty fun.) […]

Hands-on History: American History Games

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Have you heard the myth that the game of baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday, a Union General during the Civil War who grew up in Cooperstown, New York? There is not a whole lot of evidence supporting this idea, but the fact that the Baseball Hall of Fame now resides in Cooperstown forever links […]

Hands-on History: 3 Simple Diorama Ideas


America’s history is replete with exciting stories of gallantry, courage, adventure, and sacrifice. Those who see history as a frustrating array of dates and dead people have never had their imaginations captured by history’s grandness and greatness. There are many tools to help capture a child’s imagination and fuel their love of learning history. The […]

Which Founding Fathers Died on the 4th of July 50 years after 1776?

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They were both intellectual founding fathers and dubbed the “North and South Poles” of the states by their mutual friend Benjamin Rush. They were both fathers of the Declaration of Independence — one in ideas and one in language. They were both ambassadors and together suffered the humiliation of George III turning his back upon […]

How do you make the greatest film romance?

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In 1927, one of the most famous German filmmakers was given a blank check to make any film he wanted in Hollywood. F.W. Murnau ended up creating a mysterious romance that may be one of the greatest films ever made – and there isn’t one word in it: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. The story is redemptively […]

Is the US really a free market?


What does that mean to me and you? Economics is one of the most important topics for any of us to understand, especially our children. Words like captialism, free market, socialism and fascism get thrown around a lot – but does anyone know what they really mean?  Here’s a quick explanation of basic economic concepts […]

Abigail Adams & The Art of Letter Writing


Abigail Adams was by no means unique to her time in that she practiced the art of letter writing, but because of her station in American history as First Lady, hers is one of the most easily accessible lives to examine when looking at the art of correspondence. There are at least three things we […]

Emancipation Proclamation: Why didn’t Lincoln free all the slaves?

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One of the surprising things about the Emancipation Proclamation is that it only applied to slaves in the 10 Confederate States, not to all the slaves in the United States. In fact, slavery would not be abolished until the 13th Amendment in 1865. This meant that the 500,000 men, women and children who were in […]

Beautiful War?

I received this question recently: In lesson 1 beautiful is translated as bellum. It is my understanding that this means war. Am I missing something? Thanks Here is my reply: Bellum is an annoying word in Latin.  It does mean war, you are right. Unfortunately, it also means beautiful.  So… does it mean beautiful war? […]