My children and I love to collect stamps. We learn a lot about history, science, and even language through this dynamic hobby – suitable for nearly all ages.
To celebrate our love of country and philately, I’ve thereby put together a gift basket to help you discover the hobby of stamp collecting.
America: A Patriotic Primer is a succinct history of the United States, an ABC of the principles on which this country was founded, and a book for children and families to pore over, discuss, and cherish. Though it is written by Lynne Cheney (author and wife of Vice President Richard Cheney), no political viewpoint is taken. Instead, she professes the greatness of our history and the profundity of our nation’s ideals. (Value $15)
The Early America Library CD from The Heritage History Classical Curriculum includes a specialized library that features stories about explorers, settlers, inventors, military heroes, writers, presidents, and Indian leaders, as well as political developments. (Value $19)
A set of seven beautiful notecards from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation featuring images from Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World.
The Civil War: 1863 commemorative collection from the United States Postal Service. A must for every collector and every Civil War enthusiast, this commemorative set includes narrative on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Vicksburg, two First Day Covers are the third pair to be issued as part of the ongoing five-year Civil War Sesquicentennial series, and a full souvenir sheet of 12 stamps. (Value $9)
A variety of additional philatelic ephemera to kickstart a new hobby of stamp collecting:
- American history learning activities with accompanying stamps to introduce stamp collecting from the Postal History Foundation
- A packet of United States stamps (mint and cancelled) commemorating various historical events
- Stamp Collector’s Stamp Booklet to aide a young collector in organizing their stamps and planning a philatelic exhibit
So there you have it! Everything you need to get started using stamps in your curriculum this year and a delightful collection of patriotic stories! Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
This gift basket was inspired by the chapter that I wrote for the new book Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. In my chapter, How to Use Postage Stamps for Learning, I share with readers ideas for using postage stamps for learning history, science, and art. My hope is that along with this philatelic and patriotic giveaway, you will discover an interest in the hobby of stamp collecting yourself.
Big Book of Homeschool Ideas
So do you want to know more about the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas? This is a massive (561 page) ebook written by 55 ladies of the iHomeschool Network. We cover 103 hmeschool topics to help and inspire you, no matter what stage of homeschooling you are at!
This book covers everything from academic topics, to fun learning ideas like using LEGOs and teaching handicrafts! I have contributed two chapters myself. One of which is a tutorial to stamp collecting – perfect for this of you interested in getting started in the hobby of philately! This is a book you will turn to time and time again. To learn more and see the full table of contents, check out the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas website.
What is neat is that when you purchase this book, you get three versions of it: pdf, mobi, and epub. That means that you can read it virtually anywhere! Pull it up on your computer, you iphone, table, or wherever!
But that is not all! My giveaway is one of several back-to-school giveaways taking place this week. Be sure to check out the other gift baskets from the bloggers at iHomeschool Network. Take a minute and go enter as many as you’d like.