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African American Heroes for Children

Ben Carson Spotlight

This post is sponsored by my favorite homeschool convention, Great Homeschool Conventions. This post also contains an affiliate link.

African American Heroes for Kids

My favorite series of biographies for children is The Childhood of Famous Americans books. One reason I like this series so much is because they include men and women of all colors as the heroes of the tales. My children have enjoyed dozens of these wonderful books.

Here are some of the people found in the Childhood of Famous Americans biographies:

​Another famous African American hero will be at Great Homeschool Conventions in Cincinnati and Greenville this year, Dr. Ben Carson. Don't miss your chance to go and hear from Dr. Carson.

Dr. Ben Carson

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper, and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream until his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered and today is a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century. He became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in May, 2008. He is now the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

As a tribute to all African American heroes, past and present, your student can create a mini-book of African American Heroes. This mini-book is unique and fun–it is a window book. Assemble the book first and then help your student choose three famous men or women to research. The list at the top of the post can help give you some ideas; you could even choose Ben Carson! Write the text on the lines on the left side, and add a picture under the window on the right side. 

African American Heroes Mini-Book Printable

{FREE!} Constitution Unit Study

This post is sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions.

Understanding the Constitution eBook


I believe The United States Constitution is an important document.

I believe we need to study it with our students.

But, I have to admit, sometimes I don't know how to do that. Where do I start?

Great Homeschool Conventions has teamed up with The National Center for Life and Liberty and is offering you a free Ebook, Understanding the Constitution: Ten Things Every Citizen Should Know About the Supreme Law of the Land. You will also receive a free study guide to go with the book! 

You can download both right here when you sign up for the GHC mailing list. 

LEGO Unit & Lapbook ~ Revised!

I'm bumping this back to the top of my blog. I finally heard your pleas and took the time to revise all the dead links! 

This LEGO unit study is written to the student and each day includes four components:

  • Copywork
  • Word of the Day
  • Explore & Learn
  • Building Challenge

Download Learning with LEGOs

I hope your student enjoys this as much as Elijah did!