I have never been a history buff. However, my oldest son and my husband are big on history. They amaze me with their memory and recall of facts, dates, famous people, battles – all of it. My history knowledge is limited to the fact that I know what order the wars were fought; and only because they are numbered. Yep…it’s that bad.
However, while I cannot recall and remember specific dates and facts, I do know the importance each war played in the history and formation of the United States of America. It is also the reason I want my kids to know and remember more than I do. I don’t want it to be a fuzzy recall of information.
That’s why I find it so important to make history not only intriguing, but relative and connected. If they see how it fits with the world they live in now, they will be more likely to remember it. Rather than remaining as something in the past, it becomes part of their own history. Part of their story.
The beginning of the United States as we know it, starts with the 13 colonies. I have gathered some great FREEBIES for you to use in your homeschool. Many of these are specifically about the 13 colonies, but some of them go beyond and incorporate colonial life in general.
Easily combine these FREE printables with books, notebooking pages and more to create a wonderful history unit!
Name Game: 13 Original Colonies | Education.com
The First 13 States Coloring Page | Honking Donkey
Colonial Crossword Puzzle | Education.com
13 Colonies Map Quiz Printout | Enchanted Learning
Life in Colonial America 1608-1763 | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Come to the Colonies | Education.com
Chesapeake Colonies | Education.com
Middle Colonies | Education.com
The New England Colonies: Economy | Education.com
All About the Thirteen Colonies | Education.com
Southern Colonies | Education.com
Old School States | Education.com
Colonial Word Search | Education.com
Colonial Cities | Education.com
13 Original Colonies Lesson Plans | Clarendon Learning
Jamestown Lesson Plans | Clarendon Learning
Colonial Times Lesson Plans | Clarendon Learning
Plymouth Colony | Education.com
FREE 13 Colonies Powerpoint Presentations | Pete’s Powerpoint Station
13 Colonies Interactive Lesson | Brain Pop Jr.
Colonial Timeline | The History Place
Home School in the Woods has a wonderful, full, hands-on unit on Colonial life (not free, but highly recommended!). Carrie used this in her homeschool and surprised all her homeschool mom friends at display night, since she’s NOT a hands-on or crafty type of mom.
Cited for grades 3-8 this unit study will bring the colonial era to life for your whole family. There are 25 lessons in all that can be spread across 5-10 weeks of study. A variety of aspects of colonial life are covered with titles like “America’s Colonies Begin,” “The Colonial Home,” “Family Life,” “Faith in the Colonies,” “ Health & Medicine,” and a myriad of others.
Here are some books you might be interested in on Colonial Times:
Keep scrolling for Colonial times field trips and activities!
The Mystery at Jamestown: First Permanent English Colony in America!A History of US: Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740 A History of US Book TwoTeacher Created Materials – The Southern Colonies: First and Last of 13 – Grades 4-5You Wouldn’t Want to Be an American Colonist! If You Lived In Colonial TimesThe New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 (The American Story)The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New WorldBlood on the River: James Town, 1607Teacher Created Materials – Life in the Colonies – Grade 5Life in Jamestown Colony (What You Didn’t Know About History)Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay ColonyThe Scoop on Clothes, Homes, and Daily Life in Colonial AmericaMy Life in the American Colonies (My Place in History)A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth ColonyBefore 1776: Life in the American Colonies
Activities & Virtual Field Trips
Colonial Games & Activities for Middle School | Education Possible
Colonial Williamsburg Virtual Field Trip | Homework Spot
Find more homeschool resources on my Pinterest boards!
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.
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