I came across a site a couple of days ago that I really liked. Most of you have probably already heard of it, but I'm blogging about it anyway just in case. It is a kid-friendly history site called "Time Warp Trio" that is based on a Discovery Kids Channel show. We don't have cable, so I had never heard of the show before. The show is based on a book series by John Scieszka, author of "Math Curse," one of our favorite living math books.
The website has information, interactive games, activities, lesson plans, book recommendations, and website links for the time periods of each of the adventures. I am especially impressed with the Lesson Plans, and Books and Links sections of the site. The lesson plans contain historical background information, a couple of activities, and the same book and link recommendations at the Books and Links page of the site. The activities also list the curriculum standards covered.
The books sound a bit like the Magic Tree House series. Apparently, there is a book that causes people to be able to travel back (or forward) in time. I assume that the book is "magic" in case that is a concern for any families. The books are for ages 7-11 and look especially boy-friendly. I just checked out "See You Later, Gladiator!" from the library. Maybe I can talk one of my sons into reviewing it.
The author, Jon Szieszka, also has a website called "Guys Read," which is basically a boy-friendly searchable book list. You can search by favorite book title, favorite author, or subject. I searched for books about the Romans and the search generated 154 titles, many of which were excellent, some of which I had never heard of, and others I wouldn't recommend. The site does look like it could be helpful for parents who are willing to do a little research on the recommendations.
That's all for now. I hope this is helpful to someone.