Studying current events helps to bring families together and helps parents know what is going on in their children's hearts and minds. That's why each week in our newsletter, we equip homeschool families to discuss the issues of the day with our Hot Chocolate and Current Events spotlight.
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This week, we take you to Paris, France to the Champs-Elysees (shahn-zay-lee-ZAY) for another seasonal Hot Chocolate and Current Events. We take a look at European Christmas markets, staples of cities and villages across the continent, where people can buy hot drinks, handmade crafts, and delicious confections.
Read this article and consider the following questions for discussion:
This week, we have a holiday-themed current event: the globalization of the cranberry. Read this article from Wisconsin Public Radio. Easier yet, you can just play the accompanying audio clip. For further information, click on the links in the article—they are pretty interesting as well.
With Hot Chocolate and Current Events, we encourage families to kick back with a warm drink and discuss the important issues of the day. With the temperatures dropping, it is a great time of year to start this family ritual. Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is important for merchants across the world. But does Black Friday even matter anymore? Read this article about Black Friday. Answer the following questions:
Know someone who loves history? We here at Silverdale Press love history too. So we wanted to pass along some of our favorite gifts for the history buff on your Christmas shopping list.
History buffs love books. Check out some of these titles, new this year:
Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas
Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte
Grant by Ron Chernow
Who doesn't love to give and receive ornaments? The White House Historical Association puts out a nice one every year. This year's honors FDR. For the Civil War buff, who knew a cannon ornament could be so adorable?
The History Channel Family DVD Game. This trivia game is fun and learning for the whole family.
Chrononauts: A very cool time travel card game.
4. John Adams DVD
Based on David McCullough's bestselling biography, this critically acclaimed series will fill many family movie nights.
5. Founding Neckties
The founders are always popular. For your early American history buff dad, try a silk necktie printed with the Constitution.
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The U.K.’s National Health Service is planning to ban survey for patients who smoke or are obese. Make some hot chocolate, kick back with your homeschool family, and read this article from the Guardian. Use the questions to help get the conversation started. To get the latest in Hot Chocolate and Current Events, sign up for our newsletter.
Silverdale Press is thrilled to announce the release of the White House Holidays: Christmas Unit Study!
Designed for students in grades K-12, this unit study is a great way to create memorable experiences this Christmas. The unit study is brimming with vivid illustrations, rich stories, and creative and meaningful activities.
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Amazon is in the news all the time. The retailer is one of the world’s biggest companies. It has completely changed the way people shop.
Kids of all ages should be familiar with Amazon, as it has left a huge imprint on our culture.
Read this article from the Seattle Times about Amazon’s latest innovation. Use the questions that follow to spark your discussion.
We here at Silverdale Press love presidential libraries. We also love the holidays. We also love primary sources. Combine all three, and we're over the moon!
That's why this week, we wanted to share a fantastic resource as you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving in your homeschools. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library has a great collection of documents online about the 1939 Thanksgiving debacle. This was the year Americans celebrated two Thanksgivings. Check out the link to learn more.
After you've examined one or more of the primary sources, apply these helpful document analysis worksheets from the National Archives.
Want to learn more? The 1939 Thanksgiving debacle is just one slice of America's Thanksgiving history. For a more comprehensive study, including presidents and primary sources, check out our White House Holidays: Thanksgiving Unit Study.