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How about a wholesome, fun activity for multiple ages that dovetails perfectly with your history studies?

A few years ago Garrett Stowe, a homeschool graduate  whose family is a long time user of Epi Kardia/Train up a Child Publishing curricula, sent me a wonderfully professional instructional DVD he produced to teach others how to participate in the entertaining group activity: English Country Dancing.

I was so impressed!

I was thrilled to preview his English Country Dancing DVD and found it not only to be professionally recorded, but a solid historical resource suitable for all homeschoolers, no matter which homeschooling philosophy or curricula you use — or even if you don’t homeschool at all!  Anyone looking for a wholesome group activity that can be done by all ages would love this DVD.

The English Country Dancing DVD includes

Authentic period music, beautiful artwork and snippets of historical narrative describing the etiquette of the day are all included in this superb history resource. We recommend you try English Country Dancing with your history co-op, or use it as a wrap-up of the Civil War unit if you are using our Unit Programs or Daily Lesson Plans.  This is also a REALLY fun activity to do with a group of high school students studying American History I together, or who just want to socialize in a modest, wholesome way. (With this type of dancing, partners are constantly changing, so it doesn’t facilitate “couples.” )

But whether you are using our curriculum or not, if you would enjoy a really fun, active, multi-age activity that can be done by anyone who can walk, knows their right from their left and can count to eight, get or gift English Country Dancing!

Other ways to incorporate this DVD into your history studies:

1.  Just watch it!  This enjoyable and informative DVD is a delightful break from the normal routine.

2.  Use English Country Dancing to introduce studies of this time period. Have your student take notes on the historical portions of the DVD and use ideas from it for further research and writing on any of the following topics:

  • Queen Victoria
  • the Victorian Era (the time Queen Victoria reigned in England – from 1819 to 1901)
  • Victorian Morality
  • The American Civil War
  • Civil War past-times
  • More about Fan Language
  • The Language of Flowers

3.   Have your students study and practice the dances of the DVD as they complete their reading and writing on this time period. Have them use the DVD to help plan a celebratory unit-culminating event with a few other homeschooling families. Make costumes, check out some authentic music from your public library and recruit some other dancers. Serve ice cream to your guests after the dancing. (Ice cream was considered quite the delicacy at this time and was often enjoyed during outdoor activities.)





Learn what ladies told their suitors with their fan positions.



Weight .2 lbs
Dimensions 7.5 × 5.5 × .5 in


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