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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

FREE Learning with LEGO Unit Study and Lapbook from Walking by the Way

in 2010 I created this LEGO Lapbook for Elijah when he was in 3rd grade. I fixed all the broken links and videos it in 2012, but it was due for another update so I fixed all the links again (8/19/15). The only way I know when things are broken is when you tell me. So, be the squeaky wheel! 

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

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

Learning with LEGO Lapbook Unit Study  from Walking by the Way

Download Your FREE Learning with LEGO Lapbook

You can view our study in action in this Learning with LEGO post.

Don't forget to get some bricks! This LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box is an excellent starter brick set for your builder! 

LEGO Classic Brick Set

If your student is interested in more about the LEGO story (after Day 1), you may want to watch this video with her. Please Note: The word d— is used once.

I hope your student enjoys a week of LEGO Learning as much as Elijah did.

If you are looking for more LEGO Learning Ideas, please visit my LEGO School Pinterest Board.

Follow Homeschool Share's board Lego School on Pinterest.