The last of the months the Romans named numerically was December, from decem, the Latin word for ten, and like September, October, and November, it kept its old name.    

Today’s travellers can be transported across the world in under twenty-four hours, but it wasn’t always like that. After your kids have made their list of historic travellers, get them to compile one for how those people travelled. And how long each method took.

When modern kids think of a travel writer, the name Rick Steves is probably the first that comes to mind, but people have been travelling, and writing about it, for centuries. Many, many centuries. It didn’t just start with Marco Polo, who may, or may not, have visited the places he said he did. Fan […]

November’s history based or bygone era book suggestions. Ages 3-7 The Travels of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff (Early 20th  Century) The Firekeeper’s Son by Linda Sue Park (Early 19th Century Korea) The Most Magnificent Mosque by Ann Jungman (13th Century Spain)   Ages 7-9 Magic Tree House # 27: Thanksgving On Thursday by Mary […]

An American Tail (Animated 1986) (Early 20th Century) The Innocents Abroad (1971) Kidnapped (Disney, 1960) (19th Century)  

November was yet another numeric month, getting its name from novem, the Latin word for nine. The Roman emperor Tiberius was born in November but apparently wasn’t as egotistical as certain other emperors, so when it was suggested that what was now the eleventh month should be named after him, he refused, and November went […]

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