"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Our Field Trip to Holland

For our very first read-aloud, I chose this book........

It's not as graphic as Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place, but my children still learned more about World War II and the unbelievable cruelty that the Jews suffered than any History textbook could teach them.

After we finished reading the book, I was online trying to  find photos of the "Angel's Den" (the room where Corrie and her family hid the Jews) to show the children. I found much more than photos...I found a virtual tour of the ten Boom house, now the ten Boom Museum!  The children and I sat transfixed to computer as we "toured" the house, room by room, with a lady's voice in the background narrating everything.  It brought everything to life for the children - and me! -  to actually see the rooms where the watches and clocks were repaired; the kitchen where the ten Booms shared their meals; and finally, Corrie's room, where the Angel's Den was located.  It was almost as wonderful as actually being in the real museum. The children talked about the tour for weeks afterward, and asked me to read the book to them - again!

For those of you who are interested,  here's the link for the virtual museum tour...


Scroll down and click the photo in the middle and then click "virtual tour".

Enjoy your stay in Holland.  :)

Have a blessed day,


  1. We love these books! We have quite a few and use them in our homeschooling. Corrie Ten Boom is an amazing women! Thank you for sharing this today!

  2. My older children read the hiding place as part of their home ed. I don't know if I have the book that you are talking about but I know I have another in my book shelf. I will be pulling it out and reading it as my next read aloud. I have looked back into starting a nature journal, and I will be trying to do this with my kiddo's too. You have inspired me to re look at CM with new eyes. Thank you for your posts.
    Blessings Nell.

  3. What a lovely trip you had! Thanks for visiting me and your kind comments:-)

  4. I really enjoy all of Geoff and Janet Benge books. Such a lovely idea to make the book real to them.

  5. Thanks for the link and the book suggestion.

  6. Love these books. Thanks for visiting Townsend Cottage. Blessings.

  7. Wow Lisa!I think I may have that book.I never thought of looking on line for a tour of the museum.Thanks for sharing that.~Nikki from Our Little Haven

  8. Thank you for the virtual tour link! I enjoyed both books -- the one pictured & Hiding Place. Priceless. The Hiding Place is so powerful.

  9. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving encouragement!

    My older children are 8 and almost 10. Would this book be appropriate for them, I am wondering? Thank you!


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