What Activities for War of 1812? Flag Study

Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” during the War of 1812.  So, our focus for this week is a flag study, the pledge, the national anthem and other symbols of patriotism. We grabbed a few books from the library.    My older children are familiar with the national anthem, but

Do you know important dates in American History?

Take this quiz to test your history knowledge!   Why Should We Bother to Learn Dates? Printable Date Cheat Sheet and Reasons why learning History dates and facts is worth the effort. Read More Take Another Quiz Test your knowledge with another quiz. Read More Other History Resources Timeline, History and Geography Connections Read More

Stages of Mastery: Moving Beyond Rote Memory

Too often rote memory is thought of negatively.  But knowledge first has to be learned [ie memorized] before it can be built upon and applied. We memorize our math facts, either through drills or by repetition over time.  Then, later, we can move into algebra and advanced applied mathematics.  If you don’t have the basics in