Disclaimer: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Famous Figures of the American Revolution by Figures in Motion is an educational resource that will allow you to add more hands-on activities to your history curriculum. This is a consumable book printed on card stock. This is a great tool for your kinesthetic or visual learners. Each pair of cut-outs comes with a historical biography and key facts about each character. Included in the book is a list of read-alouds and books for students who can read independently. Once you are ready to create, all you need is a ⅛" hole punch to make a hole at the joints with mini brads that make the puppet move. These are available at most craft stores, the Figures in Motion website, and of course Amazon.

We used the Famous Figures of the American Revolution book. This book includes some of the important people from the American Revolution. After cutting them out, your child can use their imagination to make them come to life by creating a puppet show, adding to a lapbook, or any way you desire. The American Revolution figures in this book are:

  • Benjamin Franklin

  • Betsy Ross

  • Daniel Boone

  • George Washington

  • John Adams

  • Molly Pitcher

  • Patrick Henry

  • Paul Revere

  • Soldier of the Continental Army

  • Thomas Jefferson

Each figure comes in pairs. Once you have cut out the figure that is in color, the other figure can then be used to be colored and put together or saved for another activity. Because I am a mom of three boys, I appreciate that line art pages are set up to allow me to copy them for use with each one of my children. (When using for co-ops, between families or schools their are proper licenses required.)

Our family has enjoyed an in-depth study of the American Revolution and would love for Figures in Motions to add these prominent figures to this series:

Crispus Attucks - a symbol of American patriotism and sacrifice. He fought in the Boston Massacre. He was a sailor and a rope maker and played an active role in the start of the massacre. Of the five colonists killed, he is said to have been the first to fall. Phillis Wheatley - a revolutionary poet. Influential colonists read her poems and praised her talent. George Washington appreciated Wheatley’s support and invited her to come and meet him in a letter on February 28, 1776.

Peter Salem - Salem fought in one of the Revolutionary War fights, the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. Although the British defeated the Continental Army, he is credited with killing many Redcoats and killing a key officer of the British Army Major John Pitcairn. James Armistead Lafayette- he was a double agent to General Marquis de Lafayette. He pretended to be a runaway slave to the British, but really he was spying on them and would give information about their intentions to the Continental Army. The First Rhode Island Regiment - These soldiers were among the first racially integrated Continental Army unit. They were said to have fought fiercely and defiantly to protect their country and commander. They all died in battle. Our family and I'm sure countless other homeschool families would enjoy these additions to the Figures in Motion American Revolution book. I feel that this would make their current book more well-rounded and complete. I hope the publisher will consider adding these important men and women of the American Revolution. I would love to purchase such additions and write an add-on review for my readers! Other books that are a part of the Figures in Motion series are:

Famous Figures of Ancient Times

Famous Figures of the Middle Ages & Renaissance

Famous Figures of the Early Modern Era

Famous Figures of the Civil War

Some of the other members of the Homeschool Review Crew have written excellent reviews on this book and others. Click the image below to read them all! Enjoy!

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Often when children grow up in a Christian home, they can become accustomed to not having to deal with the “war,” that they must face outside the home, both now and in the future.

Prepare for The War Outside

1 John 2:16, says, “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world.

The world will always offer us a counterfeit, but God offers authentic joy and peace for a lifetime! A life lived in Christ is the only thing that will fulfill our lives and give glory to God. Giving glory to God is why we were all created. We don’t have to demonize or tone down the appeal of the world; the world will always have its tactics. Instead, we should focus on making sure that our children are rooted in truth.

Encourage your children and assure them that God’s Word gives us many promises to give us hope, especially in the tough times. Here are two such promises:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”-Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Prepare for The War Inside

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” -Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)

We not only have to contend with evil in the world but more importantly, there is a war that rages within us as well. We must remain inherently aware of this inward war. No matter how long we have been walking with God, we need to continue relying on God. We have to make a practice of asking God to shape our desires, mindsets, motives, and actions.

Share your personal testimonies to help prepare your children to live victoriously for Christ. Share the truth that living for Jesus is not easy. Becoming vulnerable and honest with your children actually helps to level the playing field. Although we are their parents, we are also in need of God’s help. Don’t worry about focusing on your shortcomings. Just explain how God made you stronger with every lesson you learned. Your children will love hearing that you were once just like them in many ways.

Always remember that, as parents, nothing we do to raise our children guarantees their success. But our obedience to train and teach our children guarantees that they have “incorruptible” seeds of truth planted in their hearts and minds. Our obedience to God should never be based on the outward response of our children. Believe the promises of God for your children, by faith! God has promised that they will not depart (or get away from) the truth that has been planted within them.

I encourage you to pray for and with your children. My prayer is that all of our children will lead victorious lives in Christ! God hears our prayers! He will be faithful to minister to our children’s hearts as we remain committed to lead them into God’s truth intentionally. Continue confessing the promises of God and anticipating a harvest!

It’s springtime, and it’s prime time for gardening. While recently planting flowers, I got some advice from a gardener about helping them grow. She advised that if I did not cut off the brown dead leaves, it would prevent the flower from reaching its full potential. Oftentimes, as the year progresses our priorities for our marriage, children, and family life, seem to become difficult to maintain. One reason is that we neglect to get rid of the things that are “dead weight.”

Pursuing Too Many Passions

God has given husbands, wives, and our children passions; special interests, and gifts. But there should be a vision for how much is too much. The main ingredient to a flourishing family is unity. Unity can become tremendously difficult to maintain if everyone is involved in too many activities. Especially when the kids are younger. I suggest no more than one activity per child, especially when they require practices and meetings, etc.

Heart Check-In

Make time for a "heart check-in” to talk about how you and your spouse are really feeling. Have a separate time for the kids as well. Misperceptions in relationships can sometimes kill the reality of what is intended. Your spouse may perceive that you don’t want to help with the laundry anymore, while in reality it just slipped his mind. Your children may perceive work is more important to you than spending time talking to them, while in reality there is nothing you want to do more than spend time with them. Carving out space for a “heart check-in” allows for both positive and negative things to be addressed together as a family in a relaxed setting.

Praying For Next Steps

No one knows the future but the Lord. We may have our plans for our family for the week, month, or year, but we always have to keep our plans open before the Lord. Allow God to direct your family’s steps. God loves family and He wants us to seek Him for how He wants to use our families to glorify Him. The world needs praying families right now more than ever. Let’s remember to ask God about every decision in our life. God is waiting, ready, and willing to guide us. He alone knows how to cause our families to flourish.