“Liberty’s Kids” History Videos!

February 28th, 2013 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 28, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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Liberty’s Kids

Age Range: 7-14 (approximately, with parental supervision)  

History comes alive with these free, animated, educational videos about the experiences of two young teens during the American Revolution and the political, social, and cultural forces that resulted in the birth of a nation. Liberty’s Kids was an Emmy-winning television series (40 episodes, about 23 minutes in length each) that was originally broadcast on PBS to teach kids about the origins of the United States of America.

At this website, you can watch 10-minute clips from the various episodes that feature animated characters experiencing the major events in the Revolutionary War and Colonial America. The two main characters, Sarah and James, are from different backgrounds and have different opinions as they contend with issues like slavery, taxation without representation, loyalty, and independence. The presentation is educational as well as entertaining with the use of celebrity voices such as  Sylvester Stallone (as Paul Revere), Ben Stiller (as Thomas Jefferson), Billy Crystal (as John Adams), and Dustin Hoffman (as Benedict Arnold).

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured video clips. Use the menu tab at the top of the page and click on “Browse Videos” to see all of the episode-clips that are available including:

  • Boston Tea Party
  • Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Common Sense
  • The First Continental Congress
  • Benedict Arnold
  • And More!

These free, 10-minute clips contain a good deal of information. The entire series is available on DVD for purchase, but you don’t have to buy a thing to enjoy these terrific video clips that may springboard your kids to want to learn more.

Bonus: PBS created a companion website to the Liberty’s Kids show with free games and activities to extend learning. You’ll find it here: http://libertyskids.com/

Note: This is a YouTube site with random ads and comments from viewers. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise Internet access.

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