October Podcasts

WEMH #024 Lessons from Spain and Don Quixote

WEMH #024 Lessons from Spain and Don Quixote
00:00 / 13:34

For all you dreamers and wanna-be dreamers.

Stories of Don Quixote Written Anew for Children
by James Baldwin

Several Don Quixote versions are available online through Internet Archive, including the Wishbone version

Don Quixote Hallmark presentation starring John Lithgow

Man of La Mancha--musical

Lyrics to The Impossible Dream

WEMH #025 Lessons from William Bradford and the Pilgrims

WEMH #025 Lessons from William Bradford and the Pilgrims
00:00 / 31:03

Of Plimouth Plantation by William Bradford

An abbreviated reader of Of Plymouth Plantation

Stories of the Pilgrims

Audio version of Roland Usher book

Poem: The Landing of The Pilgrim Fathers

Did your ancestor come over on the Mayflower? How to find out:

*Note: In the recording, I said there were 35 million descendents in America. That figure is worldwide. There are an estimated 10 million descendents living in America.

WEMH #026 Lessons from Brave Little Holland

WEMH #026 Lessons from Brave Little Holland
00:00 / 24:57

Brave Little Holland by William Griffis

Young People's History of Holland by William Griffis

Youtube: Holland vs. Netherlands

Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge

The Land of Pluck by Mary Mapes Dodge

The Awakening of Europe by M.B. Synge

A Leak in the Dyke by Phoebe Cary

WEMH #097 Why the Colonists Came

WEMH #097 Why the Colonists Came
00:00 / 07:59

Daily Sampler -- Why the Colonists Came

WEMH #098 Sir Henry Vane

WEMH #098 Sir Henry Vane
00:00 / 15:13

Are you tired of corruption at high levels? Come spend a little time over the next 3 podcasts with 3 of the leaders who helped established colonies--and secure freedoms!-- in our early days and rub shoulders with true greatness.

Illustration: Sir Henry Vane takes leave of his wife.

Stories of Early American History, Volume 3 of the Freedom Series, p. 45

The Life of Sir Henry Vane the Younger by John Willcock

The Life of Sir Henry Vane by William Ireland

WEMH #099 The Life of William Penn

WEMH #099 The Life of William Penn
00:00 / 17:44

"If the people want of me anything that would make them happier, I should readily grant it."

WEMH #100 James Oglethorpe

WEMH #100 James Oglethorpe
00:00 / 18:11

'Non Sibi Sed Aliis'
Not for himself, but for others.

WEMH #101 Charles Morris and His Historical Tales

WEMH #101 Charles Morris and His Historical Tales
00:00 / 16:48

A few days ago, I posted that I had just acquired a set of Historical Tales that I would tell you more about. That's one of the purposes of today's podcast.

But I also share the author's thoughts on why learning history is so important and he expresses so beautifully why I focus so much on history here at the Well-Educated Heart. It's not just a subject to check off the list. It truly is one of the best ways to form the characters of your children and influence their lives for good.

When he talks about a systematic way of learning, having a purpose for what you are reading and 'digesting' what you are learning, I hope you recognize that the rotation schedule, looking for lessons for living and notebooking the 'gems' you find fulfill his suggestions.

WEMH #102 The Alhambra

WEMH #102 The Alhambra
00:00 / 20:02

Why did I never learn this in school??

WEMH #103The Decline of Spain

WEMH #103The Decline of Spain
00:00 / 18:50

We'll take another look at compulsion vs. freedom of thought. Spain managed to rid itself of all non-Christians--and 'killed' its country in the process.

Art credit: The Moorish Proselytes of Archbishop Ximenes, Granada by Edwin Long

WEMH #104 El Cid

WEMH #104 El Cid
00:00 / 10:17

Art credit: The Oath of Santa Gadea, El Cid Campeor

WEMH #105 Rembrandt

WEMH #105 Rembrandt
00:00 / 23:19

Today's sampler is a simple story of Rembrandt you can share with elementary age children.

​Art credit: Portrait of Saskia, Rembrandt's wife

WEMH #107 The Story of Edward Bok

WEMH #107 The Story of Edward Bok
00:00 / 23:38

An adventurer for beauty.

The Americanization of Edward Bok: The Autobiography of a Dutch Boy Fifty Years After

High Adventurers by Mary Parkman
Stories of Great Writers, p. 97

Going to the Theatre With Longfellow

WEMH #108 Mary Mapes Dodge

WEMH #108 Mary Mapes Dodge
00:00 / 11:22

A woman "...so triumphantly alive and joyous, so in love with life and raptured with the world--a woman of singular radiance and cheer."