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Teaching History Through Nursery
E-books written and reviewed by Beverly
(Recently we sent you an e-mail from
Preston Speed which included information on
the innovative books reviewed below. --
I have been repeatedly asked why my daughters
know history so well. One of the factors has
been teaching them history at a very young
age using an old technique with a modern
twist. That’s where the Teaching History
Through Nursery Rhymes
series came about.
Nursery rhymes quickly and succinctly
summarize certain people, events, and
history. They are easy to memorize, repeat,
and share. Children love their rhythmic
sounds. Many today do not know the history
behind these rhymes. I have put together a
series of e-books dealing with specific
nursery rhymes and, more importantly, how to
use them to teach history.
The first section
of each book deals
with younger scholars and includes crafts,
foods from the time, stories to enhance the
history, and puzzles (maze, word search,
crossword puzzle). Coloring opportunities
are available throughout and were designed
for young hands.
The middle section
recommendations, ideas for costume closets
(which frequently includes art appreciation),
and suggestions of movies to watch specific
to the era in history of that particular
The last section
is for older scholars
explaining what was occurring at this time in
history--all in bite sized chunks. No need to
feel overwhelmed! This section also includes
a piece of original documentation from that
time that has been transformed into a
worksheet. Geography, vocabulary, and people
are color coded within the source work
document making answers to questions easier
to find. Discussion questions and tons of
activities are throughout the book.
Examples from Humpty Dumpty
Let me give you a couple of examples from the
many teaching suggestions for Humpty
Since children are so concrete, I helped them
make the connection between the time on the
clock, 12:15 P.M., with the year the Great
Charter was signed (1215). My daughters and I
would dutifully recite the rhyme precisely at
12:15 p.m., then run to the clock in our
kitchen like Teddy Roosevelt taking San Juan
Hill with the right arm extended in bayonet
fashion yelling: “1215, Magna Carta,
Runneymeade, King John.”
After this, my daughters and I made a
pavilion in our front room (a tent) where we
watched Errol Flynn’s movie Robin Hood. At
the mention of King John, I taught my
daughters to boo.
History comes alive and memorization of
detail from the time period is made simple
when taught this way. My daughters learned,
from a young age, dates, names, issues,
political concerns and more very easily.
Presently, Humpty Dumpty
Around the Rosey
are available in the
Teaching History Through Nursery
e-book series. Other nursery
rhymes are already prepared and will be
available shortly at www.prestonspeed.com
( Rock A Bye Baby, Three Blind Mice,
Hector Protector, Pussy Cat Pussy Cat,
You, too can teach history easily and at the
same time create wonderful family memories
that will be cherished and passed on from one
generation to the next!
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In This Issue
Daylight Saving Time
Who Was William Wilberforce?
Wilberforce's Call To Political Action
The days have been growing noticeable longer,
and now we will be able to enjoy an
additional hour of daylight with the start of
daylight saving time! In this issue we've
included information for you to use for this
The movie, "Amazing Grace," now playing in
theaters, and the inspiring story of William
Wilberforce furnishes another great teaching
opportunity that will challenge your whole
May the Lord bless your family for His glory.
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business operated in our home since 1980.
Daylight Saving Time
New Beginning and Ending Dates
Give Us Four More Weeks of Extra Sun
This year, daylight saving time (also simply
called daylight time) begins in the United
States on the second Sunday in March and ends
on the first Sunday in November.
On the second Sunday in March, clocks are set
ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. local standard
time, which becomes 3:00 a.m. local daylight
On the first Sunday in November, clocks are
set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. local daylight
time, which becomes 1:00 a.m. local standard
The U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed by
Congress in July 2005, extended daylight
saving time in the U.S. by approximately four
weeks. This arrangement cuts electricity
usage in the evening and helps reduce traffic
History of Standard and Daylight Time in
The concept behind daylight saving time was
first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in a
1784 essay titled, "An Economical Project."
Although standard time in time zones was
instituted in the U.S. and Canada by the
railroads in 1883, it was not established in
U.S. law until the Act of March 19, 1918,
sometimes called the Standard Time Act. The
act also established daylight saving time, a
contentious idea then.
Information from U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical
Applications Department and Snopes.com.
No Daylight Time in Arizona and Hawaii
Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo
Nation), Hawaii, and the territories of
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and
American Samoa are the only places in the
U.S. that do not observe DST. Instead they
stay on standard time all year long.
If you are asking why, you've never spent a
summer sweltering in the sun in those regions
that don't need another hour of sunlight!
Daylight Saving Time Around the World
Many other countries observe some form of
"summer time," but they do not necessarily
change their clocks on the same dates as the U.S.
information for Canada, Mexico, European
Union, Australia, China, Japan, and other
Time and Date
on this large website includes a world clock
showing the current time in all parts of the
world, a fascinating day and night world map,
list of all time zones, free website clock,
and much more.
a free daylight saving time e-card reminder
to a friend.
Your Computer and Daylight Saving Time
Most people have nothing to worry about,
although your computer could have the
incorrect date to switch to the new daylight
time this year. If you’re not sure, visit
Saving Time Help and Support Center.
Atommate: The Chemistry Card Game
That Makes Learning Easy & Fun!
49 cards with 32 elements include atomic
symbols and facts about the element.
Instructions for seven games.
Suitable for beginners through advanced
students ages 10 and up.
Designed by a Ph.D. Chemist.
Who Was William Wilberforce?
William Wilberforce (1759 - 1833) was a
Christian member of the British Parliament
for 45 years. He led the parliamentary
campaign to ban the slave trade, proposing
abolition a dozen times before it finally passed.
Although he was frail, afflicted with a
crooked spine and near-blindness, zeal for
the freedom of all people caused him to say,
"So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable
did the [slave] trade's wickedness appear
that my own mind was completely made up for
abolition. Let the consequences be what they
would: I from this time determined that I
would never rest until I had effected its
John Newton, former slave trader, who penned
the song, "Amazing Grace," after his
conversion, was a help and encouragement to
Wilberforce in his efforts.
The campaign to ban the slave trade was also
supported by other abolitionists and members
of the Clapham Sect who used pamphlets,
books, rallies and petitions to raise public
awareness of their cause.
In 1807, the slave trade was finally
abolished by a ban on the transport of slaves
by British subjects, but this did not free
those who were already slaves. It was not
until 1833 that an act was passed giving
freedom to all slaves in the British empire.
"Thank God," said Wilberforce, "that I have
lived to witness a day in which England is
willing to give twenty millions sterling
[compensation to planters] for the Abolition
of Slavery." Three days later, on July 29,
1833, he died.
Eventually Wilberforce's anti-slavery
influence extended to the abolition effort in
America that resulted in the ending of
British Abolitionists including William
Christian History and Biography
131 Christians Everyone Should Know including
Book by Wilberforce
A Practical View of Christianity
Wilberforce’s classic work is concerned with
convincing those who call themselves
Christians to pursue "the real nature and
principles of the religion which they
profess." Christianity is not a mere
morality, to be held in private. It is an
entire way of life that requires diligence
and study and that should affect every aspect
of the Christian’s public and private life.
This edition has been retypeset with an
index, explanatory notes, scripture
references, translations of Latin phrases,
bibliographic information, and other helps.
"Peculiar Doctrines, Public Morals, and the
Reflections on the Life and Labor of William
Wilberforce" by John Piper.
Listen to or read this article online.
Wilberforce's Call To Political Action
"If a principle of true Religion [i.e., true
Christianity] should gain ground, there is no
estimating the effects on public morals, and
the consequent influence on our political
welfare." – William Wilberforce
"No Englishman has ever done more to evoke
the conscience of the British people and to
elevate and ennoble British life.” –
Plaque from Wilberforce’s birthplace, Hull,
The movie, "Amazing Grace," depicting William
Wilberforce's life provides a challenge and
encouragement for many involved in political
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is calling on all
Americans to see "Amazing Grace." "It is a
fabulous film," he said. "It is a story of
commitment and grit and active faith in the
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., called the film
an “inspiration” to fight as long as it takes
for what is right. "It may take years, it
may even take decades,” he said. “This story
is a real inspiration, because we have those
kinds of issues today that really need to be
more about modern-day slavery—the
burgeoning issue of human trafficking.
"What Would Wilberforce Do?"
The 19th-century abolitionists have much to
teach us about politics today.
"Lessons from William Wilberforce" Bible
a download of this six-session course that
looks at how a passion for social change can
change the world in which we live.
First Lesson Free.
Political Action Opportunities
You may not have been called to full-time
work against the many evils of our society
today, but there are many fine organizations
that do just that. You can help with
relatively little effort by signing a
petition, giving a donation, and/or praying
for the Lord to work through these efforts
for His glory and man's good.
The following organizations can alert you to
time-sensitive situations by e-mail updates
and provide a way for you to make a
Check facts and come to your own conclusions
even if they occasionally differ from the
group — that's the exercise of
individual freedom that we defend.
on the Family's Citizen Link
Center for Reclaiming America
Legal Defense Association
Movie: Amazing Grace
A major motion picture in theaters now,
Amazing Grace, tells the dramatic story of
William Wilberforce. It is rated PG for
thematic material involving slavery and some
Read reviews from a Christian worldview and
detailed content at the following websites:
Answers, plus an interview
with the director who says that instead of
eliminating the religious or Christian aspect
of Wilberforce’s life, he fully acknowledges
it in the film, and
trailers, more information on the movie,
and find a theater in your area.
free 28-page, online Educator's Guide
Lesson plans, information, graphics,
timelines, 12 activities, questions.
The Slaves' Champion: The Life, Deeds, and
Historical Days of William Wilberforce
This accurate biography by Henry Wheeler
gives a thorough, spiritual perspective on
Wilberforce. (Reg. $11.99 / Sale
The Amazing Grace of Freedom: The
Inspiring Faith of William Wilberforce the
Slaves' Champion by Ted Baehr, Susan
Wales, & Ken Wales
This beautiful full-color book is more than
mere biography—it is a comprehensive
look at this remarkable era filled with
historic paintings, engravings, and
documents, plus essays and commentary on key
events and people from noted scholars and
ministry leaders. An exclusive look at the
film "Amazing Grace" is also included. (Reg.
$19.99 / Sale
Focus on the Family Radio Theatre
Amazing Grace, 6-CD Set
The Inspirational Stories of William
Wilberforce, John Newton (former slave
merchant and redeemed author of "Amazing
Grace"), and Olaudah Equiano (child slave who
bought his own freedom and became a vital
advocate of abolition). These three lives
converged at one point in history, stirring
the conscience of a nation and changing the
This audio drama is as compelling, if not
more so, than the events portrayed on-screen.