“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.” – George Santayana Even when people are there, they tend to view things differently. Teach kids to compare accounts and not just accept that something happened a certain way because someone said it did. Look for the reasoning […]

“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” – John W. Gardner Seventy-four years ago today, my parents got married in a little English village, in the midst of WW II. For them, and my oldest brother (born the following year), WW II wasn’t history, just something that happened in their lives. […]

August’s history based or bygone era TV and/or movie suggestions: The Count Of Monte Cristo (1975) (19th Century France) The Devil At Four O’Clock (1961) (Mid-20th Century) The Horse With The Flying Tail (Disney, 1960) (Mid-20th-Century America)

August’s history based or bygone era book suggestions. Ages 3-7 The Baby In The Hat by Allan Ahlberg (19th Century) Magic Tree House # 1:Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne (Prehistoric) The McElderry Book Of Greek Myths by Eric A. Kimmel (Greek Mythology)   Ages 7-9 Alec Flint Mysteries # 1: Nina, The Pinta, […]

Some sites where kids can learn more about the origins of the Olympics. http://www.historyforkids.net/ancient-greek-olympics.html http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/athens_games/history.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MthUbt6p1cg This one has some craft activities, too. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/all-about-the-olympic-games

After the demise of Julius Caesar, his nephew and heir, Augustus, decided that if dear old uncle could have a month named after him, he could do likewise. (Vain lot, weren’t they?)  

Or, for Canadians who live in other provinces, Happy Whatever-Your Provincial-Government-Has-Decreed-That-This-Particular-Public -Holiday-Commemorates Day.

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