The life story of Longfellow is full of drama, romance, and tragedy.
Carlson is available for Book Signings and Programs – live or via Zoom
The True Tale of the Pilgrims’ Adventures – For Our Children
Enjoy the true tale of the Pilgrims’ adventures in 1620-1621 based on Governor William Bradford’s Journal and told by the famous Mayflower Mouse. Meet some of the characters from the story in costume, examine primary documents, listen to colonial music, and read aloud a chapter from Carlson’s “The Adventures of Plimoth Plantation As Told by the Mayflower Mouse.” This program delights young and old with a fanciful, yet full-of-facts account of the Mayflower journey, the settlement of Plimoth, and the First Thanksgiving. Also included in Zoom performances: the accompanying Mayflower Mouse video.
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving! Things to know about the Pilgrims’ journey.
4th grade and up
Come aboard the Mayflower with the Pilgrims and ponder SIX ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: Who am I? What is my goal? When am I going on my journey? Where am I going? Why am I on this journey? How am I going to reach my goals? Compare your answers with the Pilgrims’ answers. With our Forefathers’ example, think about your true identity and values in a complex, ever-changing world. Enjoy a short video about the facsimile of William Bradford’s Journal, “Of Plimoth Plantation,” from the Massachusetts State House Library. Learn top tips and get started on your journal writing.
“What could not sustaine them but ye spirit of God and his grace?”
-Governor William Bradford
The Voice Heard ‘Round the World! The John and Abigail Adams Story
Ages 10 and up
Embark on an amazing adventure with one of our First Families, John and Abigail Adams. How did they help start the American Revolution, fight for the Declaration of Independence, establish the American Republic, and much more, while homeschooling four children? Why are John and Abigail relevant to students today? Discover how their qualities of perseverance, courage, faith, and love made them not only historic heroes, but shining examples worldwide today. Their personal letters will highlight the Adams’s fascinating tale. The story is brought to life with original music by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and narration by David McCullough in the History Through Music program.
“Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”
In Search of the Great Writers – A Reading and Writing Journey
Teachers and Parents
Dive into the Young Writers’ Club year-round with your scholars, grades 4 and up. Time travel with famous authors from “In Search of the Great American Writers” and “In Search of the Great English Writers.” Your students will think with greater imagination and write with new confidence while discovering 12 classic American and English authors, where they lived, what they wrote, and how to write in their styles. The entire family can discover the joy of writing. This popular time-tested program captures the imagination and already more than 50 middle grade students in the Young Writers’ Club are published in magazines and hundreds have developed lifelong writing skills.
“Chaucer in fourth grade – I love it!”
-Ted Sizer, former Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Parents, Our First and Lasting Teachers, A Conversation about
Building Strong Families
A conversation about building strong families, supporting the academics, making the most of free time and more. How can I ignite my child’s joy, creativity, success, and love of learning? How can all parents increase their own teaching ability with easy, fresh ways used by successful educators? Everyday mentors will discover practical, time-tested ideas with a focus on character development and essential academics. This conversation is based on Carlson’s new book, “Parents, Our First and Lasting Teachers,” and supports and broadens the great work they do.
“This program provides a blueprint for raising well-adjusted, engaged, and responsible children. The guidance is inspiring and energizing.”
-Mother of five