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Product Review

Teaching History Through Nursery Rhymes
E-books written and reviewed by Beverly Schmitt,
PrestonSpeed Publications

    (Recently we sent you an e-mail from Preston Speed which included information on the innovative books reviewed below. -- Editor)

    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 offers book 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 nursery rhyme.

    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 Dumpty.

 •  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 and Ring Around the Rosey are available in the Teaching History Through Nursery Rhymes e-book series. Other nursery rhymes are already prepared and will be available shortly at ( Rock A Bye Baby, Three Blind Mice, Hector Protector, Pussy Cat Pussy Cat, etc.).

    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
     Wilberforce Resources


     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 teaching opportunity.

     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 family.

     May the Lord bless your family for His glory.

The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian

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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 time.

     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 time.

     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 accidents.

History of Standard and Daylight Time in the U.S.

     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

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. See information for Canada, Mexico, European Union, Australia, China, Japan, and other countries.

Time and Date
     Information 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.

     Send 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 Microsoft’s Daylight 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.
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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 abolition."

     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 slavery there.

Online Biographies
 •   British Abolitionists including William Wilberforce.
 •   Christian History and Biography 131 Christians Everyone Should Know including William Wilberforce.

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.

Online Article
     "Peculiar Doctrines, Public Morals, and the Political Welfare 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, England.

     The movie, "Amazing Grace," depicting William Wilberforce's life provides a challenge and encouragement for many involved in political action.

     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 public square."

     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 turned around."

     Read more about modern-day slavery—the burgeoning issue of human trafficking.

Online Article
     Read "What Would Wilberforce Do?" The 19th-century abolitionists have much to teach us about politics today.

"Lessons from William Wilberforce" Bible Study
     Order a download of this six-session course that looks at how a passion for social change can change the world in which we live.
     Download 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 significant impact.
     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.
     Concerned Women for America
     Focus on the Family's Citizen Link
     Family Research Council
     National Right to Life
     Eagle Forum
     American Family Association
     The Center for Reclaiming America
     Home School Legal Defense Association


Wilberforce Resources

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 language.

 •   Read reviews from a Christian worldview and detailed content at the following websites: Christian 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 Plugged in Online.

 •   See trailers, more information on the movie, and find a theater in your area.

 •   Download 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 Price $5.99)

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 Price $9.99)

Audio Drama
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 world forever.
     This audio drama is as compelling, if not more so, than the events portrayed on-screen. Buy online.


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