Be they real or fictitious, pirates are among kids’ favourite historical figures, and today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, an annual happening that has blossomed from a bit of fun between friends to a world-wide observance for those who love pirates. For more information, visit: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/talk-like-pirate-day

My Aunt Hilda turns ninety today, and this blog turns one. Yes, it was a whole year ago that Time Travelling With Kids first appeared. Its ongoing mission: to help adults help kids connect to History, a subject some hate or are indifferent to. This blog seeks to change that, and if it happens to […]

Question: What happens on Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day) in the Netherlands? Answer: The opening of the Dutch Parliament. Every year, on the third Tuesday in September, children are freed from school so that they can watch the Gouden Koets (Golden Coach) carry the King from Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights), where he reads […]

Unless they live in British Columbia, Canada (where the government is currently disinclined to provide them with an education), most kids in the Northern Hemisphere are now back in school. Schools cover many subjects, one of them being history, but schools don’t just teach history, some of them are, themselves, historic. Though schools have been […]

Here are this month’s book suggestions. Ages 3-7 Jeremiah Learns To Read by Jo Ellen Bogart (Pioneer Days) Noddy Goes To School by Enid Blyton (Being the same age as me makes this one historic.) Ages 7-9 Historical Stories: The Story Of The Great Fire Of London by Jill Atkins (1666) Hopscotch Histories: Toby & […]

A day late, but still worth knowing about. Every September 10th, the Central American country of Belize celebrates the Battle of St. George’s Caye with parades and other festivities. Despite the Armada fiasco of the sixteenth century, the Spanish were unable to accept that Britannia ruled the waves. Spain and England went on warring with […]

It’s Grandparents Day, so here are mine. I never met my father’s parents as they immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand before I was born. My second brother claims they took one look at him and left the country, but having had eleven children, nine of whom survived to adulthood, they had about thirty grandchildren, and […]

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