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Canadian History Through Literature

The best way to learn about the past is to live in it, and we can do that with well-written books.  For Canadian history we have always focused on reading novels, stories, and even poems and have used textbooks mainly as outlines and guides.  This literature-based approach to Canadian history leads to great learning and […]

Six Historical Thinking Skills and Your Homeschool

  There is a new movement sweeping history education that seeks to enhance critical historical literacy using six thinking skills.  These skills can benefit anyone who studies history and are especially relevant to homeschooled teens, but they are not without danger either. The following brief overview consists of notes taken when Donna Ward, the mother […]

Canadian History Celebration

Since 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, we aim to celebrate that in our homeschool.  Some say Canadian history is boring because it has no impressive royalty, revolutions, or invasions, although it does have its own version of each of these.  Indeed, its history is a whole lot less dramatic than that of many other countries […]

Review: Fly Boy by Eric Walters

At seventeen, Robbie McWilliams had enough of waiting to fight the Nazis.  His pilot father had been prisoner of war for a few years now, and it was time to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and help end the war.  With a great deal of ingenuity and with the support of his friend Chip, […]

Review: Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty

King John signed the Magna Carta 800 years ago. Many people, like my young teens, wonder, Who cares? Why would it matter to us? John Robson’s documentary, Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty answers this question with a whirlwind tour through history and a stirring call to action. From King Alfred’s neglected cakes and […]

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