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Happy Birthday, Betsy Byars

“Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I’m never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books — something that happened to me.”

Columbus Set Sail on this day in 1492

This is the story of a wonderful, changing, reawakening world the world of the Renaissance and Reformation. Measured by the lifetime of Columbus and his sons, this book spans the years from 1451-1539. With Columbus as the central figure of this narrative, readers will also learn the fascinating stories of Prince Henry the Navigator, Ivan III of Russia, Gutenberg, Queen Isabella, Leonardo da Vinci, Mohammed II, the African ruler Nomi Mansa, Martin Luther, Erasmus, Albrecht Dürer, Copernicus, Michaelangelo and many others

Holling C. Holling

For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations for Seabird, Paddle-to-the-Sea, and Minn of the Mississippi.

From Sea to Shining Sea: Children’s Activity Book Ages 5-8

Five- to eight-year olds will experience history in the making as they travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific with circuit riding preachers, explorers Lewis and Clark, and Indian guide Sacagawea. Along the way, theyll feel the winds of revival, ride the currents on the wide Missouri, and jostle over troubled trails with covered wagon trains. Pencils, crayons, and active imaginations will turn these games, mazes, puzzles, and pictures into a window on Gods grand design for the land of the free.

Information on Speech and Debate

One credit that is required for High School is a semester credit of Speech. For UT-D, they require a Rhetoric credit, which appears to be a step above a Speech credit. As my son is not a confident public speaker, I have been researching options for completing this credit at home or through co-op. If you have a student that might excel in this area, you may be interested in Speech and Debate clubs.