Happy Monday and Happy Summer Vacation (or Happy Homeschooling)!
According to Special Days in August the 25th is the birthday of Joshua Lionel Cowen, one of the best known toy train manufacturers of all time. A couple of years ago, we made Cowen and toy trains a Special Day study. Below are the web links we followed as we learned.
Biography of Inventor Joshua Lionel Cowen http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/cowen.htm#ON%20THE%20WEB:
Vintage films on Youtube
Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 1
Inside Lionel’s Train Factory Part 2
Showroom Layouts, Part 1 –
Showroom Layouts, Part 2 –
Play Interactive Train Games http://www.trainarcade.com/
Read Train Stories, Play Train Games and Watch Train Videos http://trc.trains.com/Trains%204%20Kids.aspx
Classic railroad songs playlist from the Smithsonian https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUSRfoOcUe4bjeu8QIfbrejTyT0hYVncE
And we couldn’t build an electric train, but had fun making a toy train out of recyclables! This ended up as a bank. Perhaps Z will start saving for a Lionel of his own?
Do you keep a timeline for your studies? This “Timeline Add-on : Toys” is currently on sale for only $ 0.22! http://www.currclick.com/product/36820/Timeline-AddOns-Toys?term=toys+timeline&test_epoch=0&it=1
This was one of several history studies that the kids deemed “Not Boring”!