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Let’s Take a Ride

January 20, 2014

I had planned on having a regular school day today, but since Daddy was home I could just see it wasn’t going to happen!  Three boys are coughing horribly anyway, so we slept in, had a nice breakfast, did scripture study with Dad, and spent the rest of the morning discussing American history together.  While we rotated through taking showers, a little bit of math and Latin got squeezed in before lunch as well.  Then after lunch, we set up movies for everyone to watch on the tv or the laptop while DH took me to the dollar movie to see The Saratov Approach.  Not our ideal day, but it worked!

What I really wanted to write about (and keep forgetting) is one of our favorite shows that we’re incorporating into our history studies.  It’s called American Ride and every episode of the five seasons can be watched free online at  It’s hosted by Stan Ellsworth, a former football player, coach, and highschool history teacher here in Salt Lake City.  As he says, “This ain’t your highschool history class.”  He rides his Harley through American history and the boys are loving it!   There are 65 episodes and he’s up to the stock market crash in 1929.  We began watching the series a few years ago, but we’ve begun watching it again from the beginning as it corresponds to where we are in history.  I think this will be one of our good companions for the next two years!

Today was especially fun as the boys recognized many of the different places in Boston that we visited on our epic trip back in 2011.

If you’re studying American history this year, “Let’s take a ride!”

American Ride on byutv

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