History with Postal Stamps


Katelyn emailed me last month in an effort to get the word out to homeschoolers about their educational resources. She sent me a copy of this year’s calendar which was huge and colorful with lots of interesting stamp info on it. She is very open to feedback about how to make their website more homeschool friendly. It is always nice when folks consider us in their efforts. Please feel free to pass this along wherever appropriate.

May 11th, 2011

Greetings! My name is Katelyn Lahr, and I represent an educational initiative founded by the US Postal Service called USPS Community Connection. We were conceived to help schools across the country, from private to public to in-home, in their quest for curriculum improvement and student achievement.

Our mission is to support your elementary-level social studies curriculum through the dynamic archive of Postage Stamp imagery. As colorful primary resources, stamps reflect the tone of the times and the attitudes of this nation across its history. They celebrate the people, places, icons and events that we as Americans value. We use stamp imagery and its connotations as a springboard in lessons on American history, geography, civics, and culture.

We admire the work that you do as a home educator, and we understand that you rely upon your community to supplement and support the tools necessary for student improvement. With the resources of 39,000 area post offices, the nation’s most extraordinary archive of American history and culture, and specially designed curriculum enhancements, we offer extensive and significant tools to benefit educators, their students and their students’ families. Within our portfolio you will find:
· School Days & American Ways: an oversized curriculum-connected calendar designed around monthly themes that have been researched, written and designed to correspond with early elementary social studies curricula; the calendar is accompanied by a 24-page coordinated Teaching Guide;
· Support for local fieldtrips and class speakers throughout North Carolina;
· New, complimentary educational material offered 24/7/365 on our website and social networking pages;
· Subject specific teaching tools, currently in development, in the instruction of space exploration and the Civil War

I invite you to explore what we have to offer by visiting our homepage, www.USPSConnection.com. Thank you, and I hope to see you in your classroom!


Katelyn Lahr
Coordinator, USPS Community Connection


Everything you ever wanted to know about Samuel Adams and more!

SamuelRead all about his early life and his involvement in key events of the American Revolution. There is a page for his famous quotes as well as his documents and speeches.If you like to use primary sources in your history study, this is a page to book mark. The photo section includes both historical portraits as well as current portrayals in movies and mini-series. Excellent, well organized site to include within early American history studies. Samuel Adams Heritage Society

The Pre-Production Phase in Music Recording

In Pre-production you create an overall plan for your album. In this phase you take all the song in an album and map out how to create the production.
It is an essential stage of your project. In case you start with no strategy, you might find youself in big trouble by the end of the project,

The most important part of Pre-production is the arrangements. You need to look at the structure of each songs. The lenght of the intro, the lenght of the bridge, the chorus, the tempo… It is possible to modify the instrumentation during the entire production process, however the fundamental structure is still same. You therefore need to get it right from the start.
First you must determine a tempo for each song and decide if you want to record to a click track. If you’re recording the whole base track in one take you can try to record to a click track. If the music is to stiff and lifeless, you can try to record without it.
If you’re recording with an overdub approach, it is truly beneficial to record all with a fixed tempo. With a fixed tempo you can use different takes for different parts of the song. With a fixed tempo you can also start your recording with a scratch tracks, and then change the arrangement. All DAW’s has a marker system, and you can copy, past, and insert different parts of the song in the pre-production phase. You can therefore try out different arrangements. Try to listen to them over the following days and determine if something should be changed in the arrangement. You can also try to upload you song to a Pro Audio Forum and get feed back from other people.
When you have the arrangement as you want it, you can start to record the real parts.

Bringing the historical works of Jacob Abbott to a new generation...

I love history. I didn't love history in school. My love of history came with the education of my own children. Through the years, I have discovered that history is best learned through stories. Dry textbooks that dissect history and reduce it to little more than bits and pieces of names and dates are the reason that most people find history tedious and boring and irrelevant. Living books about real people and real events make history come alive. Come share my delight in meeting the real people that populate our history books!

About Me:
Karen Indian Trail, North Carolina, United States
Hello! I'm a Texas born, Florida bred southern girl whose husband has moved us all around the eastern half of the US. We have lived and homeschooled in MD, WI, AR, DE, AL and NC. I love it here in the greater Charlotte area. Nice weather, nicer people and lots of great homeschool activities. We have four children, ages 8 to 21, whom we have always homeschooled.