Monthly Archives: October 2013

MAKING A GAME OF HISTORY # 4: TRIVIA TRAIL

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”  – Michael Crichton As those who live in the northern hemisphere have no doubt noticed, leaves have started to turn colour, and children everywhere are gathering them up for autumn projects. As […]

HISTORIC RUNNERS

“He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.” The above saying has proven advantageous for several historical figures. You can introduce kids to this wise old adage by telling them about England’s merry monarch, Charles II, whose life wasn’t always merry. In 1646, civil war forced the teen-age heir to the English […]

HISTORY’S CAT HATERS & CAT LOVERS

The world is made up of ailurophobes and ailurophiles. Ailurophobes hate and/or fear cats. The list of cat-hating historical figures includes Pope Gregory IX, Queen Elizabeth I, Johannes Brahms, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ailurophiles love cats. The list of cat-loving historical figures includes Muhammad, Nostradamus, Marie Antoinette, Robert E. Lee, Florence Nightingale, Albert […]

HISTORY LURE # 1: MAKE HISTORY SPARKLE

Kids with little interest in history can sometimes be drawn to it through something they are interested in. For girls who like jewellery, and boys who like rocks, a starting point might be birthstones. October’s is the opal, with a history that ranges from the opal mines of ancient Europe to the 1915 ‘Opal Rush’ […]

TWO CAUSES FOR CELEBRATION

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada, and a Happy & Joyous Eid to all those celebrating the Festival of Sacrifice. It was in 1957 that the second Monday of October officially became Thanksgiving Day in Canada, but  feasts and celebrations were held in abundance before that, and not just after the harvest. There were also thanksgiving celebrations for […]

More On Orphan Trains

If Penny Estelle’s post for her new book, Riches To Rags, sparked an interest in Orphan Trains, accounts of actual Orphan Train riders can be found at: http://orphantraindepot.org/orphan-train-rider-stories/. You might also be interested to know that sold out performances of “Orphan Train, The Musical” were put on this weekend as part of New York’s Grand […]

GUEST POST BY PENNY ESTELLE

When my book, The Disappearing Rose, came out, my first guest appearance was on Penny Estelle’s blog, “Penny’s Tales”. It is therefore only fitting that the first guest on my blog should be – Penny Estelle! She’s here today to promote her latest Wickware Sagas book, Riches To Rags.  Having enjoyed Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare, […]

Historical Debate Society for Girls and Boys

The Historical Debate Society for girls and boys is a society where kids can put their ideas about the latest historical debate and put their own debate. Join in!

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