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Snoopy
03-23-2010, 09:40 PM
Years ago my MIL bought a book and tape kit called "History Songs" for my stepdaughters. They and their dad played it in the car all the time and they memorized all the songs. One of my SD, now 16, said that last year she sang the song to herself during an American History term exam to remember a certain date! Now I use it in my homeschooling. Noah and I have been trying to memorize the 1400 - 1565 song. It's actually quite catchy and we have fun with it. Yesterday Noah was ready book 4 of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and exclaimed that one of the character was being compared to Sacagewea. I asked if he knew who she was and he was able to tell me exactly who she was, which impressed me. I suspected that it was due to the Night at the Museum movies but no, he said it was because I put those History Songs on his MP3 player. That's it, we're memorizing all 11 songs now :)

The album consists of 11 songs, broken down by various periods (see the MP3 download link for the titles of the tracks) and samples. If you get the book/audio cassette kit, you'll get the lyrics but you might not be able to play the tape (no CD available). But if you get the MP3 downloads, you'll be on your own for the lyrics.

History Songs (http://www.amazon.com/History-Songs/dp/B0029S0XP8/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1269394043&sr=301-1)by Larry and Kathy Troxel (MP3 downloads)

or as a kit (Book with audio cassette) (http://www.amazon.com/History-Songs-Larry-Troxel/dp/1883028078/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269394145&sr=8-2)

dbmamaz
03-24-2010, 01:11 PM
We have 'The Story of US' by Joy Hakim on CDs to play in the car - I think the 13 yo and I are getting more out of it than the 6 yo, but i can always play them again for him in a few years

Snoopy
03-24-2010, 01:44 PM
I might need to check this out. Is this U.S. as in United States or "us"? I have SOTW1 on CDs and everyone seems to rave about the narrator but I find him incredibly boring so I can't listen to it. I put it on Noah's MP3 player but he'd rather play the History Songs!

hjdong
03-24-2010, 07:23 PM
You might want to check if your library has them for downloading. Mine says they do, but I can't access it. I keep meaning to ask about it, but it's not something I need right away and I always seem to be bothering the librarians so it hasn't come high on the list yet.

crstarlette
03-24-2010, 07:45 PM
I might need to check this out. Is this U.S. as in United States or "us"? I have SOTW1 on CDs and everyone seems to rave about the narrator but I find him incredibly boring so I can't listen to it. I put it on Noah's MP3 player but he'd rather play the History Songs!

It is a United States history series, but I assume the write the title as The Story of US instead of The Story of the U.S. so it can kind of be read both ways - 'us' or U.S.

Snoopy
03-24-2010, 10:36 PM
You might want to check if your library has them for downloading. Mine says they do, but I can't access it. I keep meaning to ask about it, but it's not something I need right away and I always seem to be bothering the librarians so it hasn't come high on the list yet.

Our library system has been hit with heavy cost cutting measures these past years so no downloadable anything for us. I think they were offering books via audible.com for a short while but that was a couple of years ago... I'm just hoping that they don't close our library altogether, since that idea has been floated around for a couple of months. YIKES.

hjdong
03-25-2010, 12:52 PM
Wow. Shut down your library! I can't even imagine. My worst nightmare.

Snoopy
03-25-2010, 12:54 PM
I think this whole "let's reduce the library budgets" across the country is brought to us by Amazon. lol.

dbmamaz
03-25-2010, 11:06 PM
I did download the Story of US from the library - if i go to my library's website, there's a link to either other websites or other databases. From there, you have to make a membership to one of the sights to get ebooks and adiobook downloads, but you have to use your library card and pin to create the membership.

LJean
03-31-2010, 12:14 PM
I wasn't sure where to post this..
I was looking for history coloring books and paper dolls and came across these movable type paper dolls. I think they will go over well with my daughter. She can play while she listens to me read. :)
Figures in motion.http://www.figuresinmotion.com/index.html

Snoopy
03-31-2010, 12:26 PM
I wasn't sure where to post this..
I was looking for history coloring books and paper dolls and came across these movable type paper dolls. I think they will go over well with my daughter. She can play while she listens to me read. :)
Figures in motion.http://www.figuresinmotion.com/index.html


Hey, that's really cool! Thanks for sharing! I really wish I had known about this last year because those would go great with SOTW1!

Snoopy
04-02-2010, 08:24 PM
If you're using Story of the World (SOTW), HomeschoolHelperOnline.com just posted new notebooking pages for SOTW1 Ancient Times at http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/notebooking.htm

A couple of years ago I had created notebooking pages for SOTW1 for Noah, but the lines were spaced for early elementary writers. I've uploaded them if you want to download them there (http://www.mediafire.com/?wwzwlmzmo2k). Nothing fancy, but it might help someone :)

For SOTW2, I had found notebooking pages at http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/fancy.htm#workbook (Unfortunately, the link for SOTW1 workbook is now dead, but you can download SOTW2 notebooks. Those are Word documents, scan them for viruses prior to opening them!). There are a lot of pages I wasn't going to use, and since I only wanted the notebooking pages themselves, I deleted the extra pages and resaved just the notebooking pages so it'd be easier for me to print. I've also uploaded them so you can download Part 1 here (http://www.mediafire.com/?yawtobjamm5)and Part 2 here (http://www.mediafire.com/?z1no3yzv3mw)if you wish.

I haven't started working on SOTW3 yet :)