OUR AWARDS Illustration Awards

Disguised as notes from students, teachers, and parents,   
here are some of our favorite rewards!

From Teachers

Dear Donns,
I just wanted to let you know that along with Ask Eric, yours is the best lesson plan site I've found, and I've looked at many. Thanks for all your hard work. Sincerely,
Edmund Sass, Ed.D.; Professor of Education; College of St. Benedict/St. John's University.  A Collection of Educational Websites!

Dear Lin & Don,
I am writing to let you know how much I have enjoyed your ancient civilization pages. I often direct my students to them who are preparing to become teachers. Keep up the fine work! Best Wishes, Patricia (Professor of Education; University of Richmond)

I just had to tell you how much I appreciate your hard work. Every time I need an idea for an activity or lesson plan, I go to your web site. I always find something wonderful.  I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for teachers and students.  Dianne B. Marshall;  Instructional Support Team;  Prince William County Schools

I just want you to know that your site is the best for finding anything I need. I am a H.S. teacher in New Jersey. Your site has given me an unbelievable wealth of materials and resources. I just want to thank you both so much and let you know how much you are appreciated.  Sincerely yours,  Ann

You've written some wonderful material and put together a great site. You've given me and many other teachers some great ideas and helped countless students. Richard Katz; Middle School Social Studies; Baker Demonstration School; Evanston, IL

I've spent hours just exploring your lessons and information. I wish I could sit in your class and observe the work that you do. I am currently teaching American and World History (from the ancient time period to the Renaissance) at Ransom Everglades Middle School in Miami, Florida. I have just begun my eighth year teaching. Thank you for sharing your creative work. I will put it to good use!

I wanted to tell you, your website is absolutely wonderful! I am an instructional specialist in an elementary school and we are constantly looking for good social studies lessons that are child - centered and integrated whenever possible. I have found lessons and activities on your site that cover almost all of our state mandates! Super resource! Thanks,
Christina Cassity; Slack Elementary; Lufkin, TX

Just a quick note to thank you for your great history website. It is an incredible help to me. I homeschool two children (6th and 8th grade), and we love to explore various cultures and time periods. Your materials are practical and realistic and help the kids understand how people actually lived and what kinds of situations they faced. I know it must have taken you a huge amount of work to put the site together and to include so many additional links. I really appreciate your effort and your generosity in sharing the information with people like us. Thanks again!

From Kids

"Remember me? You probably don't but I found your webpage and I wanted to tell you that I still like history best because of you! I wish you had not moved away so far but I hope you like it there with the bears (ha ha!). Severnth grade history was hard because 6th grade history was so much fun in your class but I know that 8th grade History coming next will be good because I found your page on United State history just now! Now Iknow I can do my homework right! I hope if I e-mail you sometime you will answer me if you remember me. See ya someday I hope!"

"I did not copy your page. I did my own work but I used your page for many ideas and I got an A+ on my paper. It is my first A+ in history in my hole life so I am very excited and greateful. I am writing to say thank you to you for being a  very good teacher! Even of people you don't even know!"

"I stayed up amost all night but I got an A on my paper! I thought I would not get an A or even a b or even a c because I could not find anything about anceint inventions but I did finally on your page and I used it and I got A! I know you will be very excited for me because you are a teacher of kids like me and you know how much it means! So I am telling you about it!"

"Hello there - My name is Gina. I am 15 and am from Michigan. I just want to compliment you on your WONDERFUL website. I have to do a report on ancient Rome and the daily lives of its citizens according to classes. I spent forever online looking for information, and your website was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put forth to make such a wonderful and helpful website. I greatly appreciate it. Thanks again! - Gina"

"My Teacher used your lesson plan for our tenth grade class Greek Olympics. It was a very fun lesson."

  From Parents

Dear "Mr Donn"
Just found your website on Ancient China - especially love the "cheats" section. It's just what my 13 year old needs to answer lots of general questions in his HUGE assignment. There is so much info on the web and I find my kids get overwhelmed with the indepth adult stuff. So THANK YOU. The links were fantastic too, and I personally loved the comparison between Taoism and Pooh. Very true.  

No need to reply. People don't take enough time today to say the good things.

Janet Hoddinett
sunny Sydney, Australia!

Awards from Other Websites

  Awesome Library Star Rating  This was our first formal award!

We are deeply honored to be selected for inclusion in the Awesome Library.
This extensive site offers previewed and carefully selected links
to top quality educational sites with sections for kids, parents and teachers.
Well organized, comprehensive,




This was such fun to receive! (Is that a great face, or what!)
Created by an extremely talented teacher in the USA, from
the Tomb of the Chihuahua Pharaoh's

This teacher is also an author with 2 books so far to his credit,
published by Putnam Penguin! At this site, you'll find
FREE original clip art for ancient Egypt, and much more!


We encourage you to explore the Education Index, home of Weasel's World!
This is a marvelous resource, constantly updated.
We find new and interesting links each time we check back.


This one certainly needs no explanation! 
We are thrilled that our site was selected 
for inclusion in both  and Yahoo Yahooligans! 



The Maxie A+ Award for Education Excellence
presented by Maxie the Magnificent, World Citizen

If you have a site you'd like to recommend, please let us know. 

We know Maxie very well (after all, he is our dog!)
We have no control over him, but we will make sure he gets the word.


The Forum not only has useful information about the classical world,
this site also has an extensive art/photo/drawings section for
ancient Rome to dress up worksheets & homework assignments!



As this high school teacher says: "You are nowhere without geography!"
Certainly, there is no better place to look for anything you need
in the geography world. 
This site is obviously a labor of love.


Here's our write up in the BBC Educational Web Guide!
(We loved it!)  

"This is an excellent resource for students and teachers of ancient history.
 The site covers the civilisations of 
Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and others. 
Amongst a wealth of information there are lesson plans, 
links to related sites and to more history sites by the same author. 
Though a little Americanised, this site has a lot of educational value
 if you are prepared to adapt it to your curriculum needs
  (and if you can ignore the jovial Americanisms!)." 

  The British Broadcasting Corporation
"The best learning resources on the Net are only a click away!"


"For a Teacher Who Made A Difference" from the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
This was especially wonderful
 as Don was one of the first teachers ever to receive this award. 


We were delighted to be selected as a recommended site,
or as site of the week or month by the fine sites above.


To all those who have honored us,

Navy Ball many many years ago

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