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Andy Should Have Homeschooled Opie

History is taught best through stories! Indians, Red Coats, cannons, muskets, and guns, and stuff.

In this Andy Griffith Show classic, Andy Taylor mischievously gets Opie’s curiosity up with the Gun Shot Heard Around the World. Opie and his freinds learn to like history becasue of stories.

If you don’t have time fore all three videos watch #2 to see Andy captivating Opie and his friends with story of Paul Revere. ideo #3 shows the children telling what they learned to shocked Miss Crump.

The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Discovers America Part 1

Aunt Bee remarks, ” Since Dewy took Manila”? (a battle from the Spanish American War).

The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Discovers America Part 2

The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Discovers America Part 31

If Andy had the Internet I believe he would have followed up the story with a few YouTube videos.
The Midnight Ride

History is Fun with Stories

There is no need to suffer though boring history text books. Teach elementary children American History with engaging books like the Jean Fritz books.

No brain work required. Simply read the story aloud and combine with narration, copywork, activity or Internet research.

For example:

1. Read “George Washington’s Breakfast.”
2. Memorized some facts (year of birth, names of first 3 presidents, etc.).
3. Copy a section of the book for handwriting exercise.
4. Made and eat same breakfast George had (read the book to find out what it was).

Most of the time you can search Google a related worksheet and search YouTube to find a related video. Quick and easy!

Click here to read Google Search & YouTube Tips to Enhance Homeschool Lessons

Click here for the 12 Year Living Book Plan

Suggested American History Books

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  1. Kris Peterson

    That’s how my son got excited about America’s war’s. Not Andy’s show : ) but with war stories. He know’s more about war history then I do and has discovered it all on his own.

    Thanks for giving us some fantastic ideas!

    Kris Peterson

  2. Kathleen

    Robin, we actually own the Andy Griffith video with this episode. I love the way he gets those boys asking for more :-). It’s so sad that most folks think Miss Crump’s stiff classroom filled with bored, lethargic children is the way education should be accomplished. I’m thankful God led me to homeschool my own.

  3. As a Public Schooled mom who is homeschooling my own 4 children, I often find myself saying, “hey! I don’t have to do it the public school way!” I struggle with getting Miss Crump-type scenarios out of my head when we’re sitting down to do our school! I’m praying that God keeps me focusing on Him and what he wants for my family, and not the government mandated restrictions of a “typical school.”
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  4. Great post! I love Andy Griffith and he would have made a great homeschool dad!

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