Homeschool Printables {Homeschool Review Crew}

Homeschool Printables

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I love homeschooling.  It’s an amazing learning experience for both me and my children.  But it can also be challenging at times when I can’t find the resources I’m looking for to help substitute some topics.  Super Teacher Worksheets is the perfect answer!  I’m loving the individual membership we received for a year through the Homeschool Review Crew!!  Thousands of worksheets for grades kindergarten through fifth are available for a yearly membership of $19.95.

 

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Imagine a world where all the homeschool printables you can imagine exist?  I’ve found it!  Homeschool printables have never been easier.  There are literally thousands of prewritten ready for me to print pages and even a way for me to design and print out my own!  Every subject under the sun is there as well as ones that I hadn’t even though to look for.

Some highlights!  I love that there is a literature section.  I have a hard time coming up with questions for my kids over the books they read.  Instead of me just letting them tell me about the book they’ve read we’ve been able to assign books that are already available with homeschool printables of the study guides.  Some fun ones that we’ve read before and that I had some of my second to third grade readers read and do the corresponding study guides are The Boxcar Children and The Magic Treehouse Series #1.  I can’t wait to explore that selection more for my older kids as well.  

 

Homeschool Printables

 

Another fun area for us is geography.  I’ve really been wanting to work with my kids on memorizing the names of the states and their capitals with the hope that someday we can start travelling and visiting some.  I was super excited to find a printable worksheet that gives all of the state names, their capital city, and their abbreviation.  My children each got a copy of this to read and study and then they can quiz each other with it.  Tons of fun and then they test their knowledge on car rides by reading license plates.  One child says the name of the state, the next child makes a tally mark by that state abbreviation, and a third child calls out the capital.  The only time we’ve been stumped was with a Canadian license plate! 

 

Homeschool Printables

 

Because we’re in the midwest and near a refuge that really draws Monarch butterflies we decided to grab the science homeschool printables about butterflies.  A super fun one we printed off to read and learn is about the difference between a butterfly and a moth.  Lots of good information there!  They also have homeschool printables about the life cycle of butterflies which is pretty neat to study too.

 

homeschool printables

 

I don’t know where to begin on the fun pages to print for your preschool and kindergarten learners.  You really would never need to buy them a curriculum because of all the great games and pages that are available.  We printed off some trace and write worksheets for the alphabet for my four year old.  She loves that she can work on school with the big kids!

 

Homeschool Printables

 

I’m personally so excited for all the fun games that you can print off and play too!  It’s going to be raining all week her this week so we’re planning on checking some out!  Normally I have to resort to letting the kids watch some educational programs but not this time!

 Super Teacher Worksheets

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Bringing Henty Back {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bringing Henty Back

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I’ve long been a fan of the G. A. Henty Books and love that the Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back in the form of audio dramas.  Their latest release is in our home and already well loved!  We’ve been listening to Captain Bayley’s Heir and can’t get enough!!

We received a physical CD in the mail.  With our CD we also received online access to the digital components.  This is a study guide and Live The Adventure site.  You can receive access to all these fun digital bonuses by being a member of the Live the Adventure club.  The CD can still be purchased without a membership but the bonuses won’t be accessible.  Along with the study guide and discussion starter you will also find online quizzes and even a way to listen to the audio from your account.  

The online version of the audio drama also comes with a script that you can read and follow along with.  This is very neat and would be amazing if you have a child who learns best by reading or more than one learning style.  An ebook copy of the original book can also be downloaded and read from the Live The Adventure Club.  Other extra include the soundtrack, cast poster, inspirational poster, and desktop wallpaper.  Lots of great items to be had from their online account!

Being out in the middle of nowhere(at least away from big cities) is amazing at times.  Other times it’s not the best.  Like when you have an hour trip to get to a big grocery store or dance etc etc.  That’s our story!  We love audio dramas for this reason.  They make our journey shorter or at least seem that way.  When that CD starts playing we all become engrossed in the story and boom here we are and no one wants to turn it off!

About the Story

Bringing Henty Back

 

G. A. Henty wrote Captain Bayley’s Heir in 1889.  I love that old books can still be relevant today and I love that Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back for a new generation to enjoy in a new form.  While I still try to find the books in hard format so we can read them as well having them on a CD to listen to is amazing.

This story follows Frank as he leaves England to come to America during the gold rush.  Not only does he sail across the Atlantic Ocean but he also crosses the continent of America to get to California for the gold rush.  His story is woven through great writing on G A Henty’s part but also by great voice acting from the cast.  They’re amazing and really make you feel like you’re there with Frank as he faces great challenges.  There are also “flashback” type scenes where you get to go and see what is happening in England while he is away.

I love the voice of Brian Blessed as Henty.  He adds so much depth to the story just with his voice.  It’s amazing.  As he narrates the story and helps bring the characters to life we learn lessons that we won’t soon forget.

I love the story line. How many of us can say we’ve never been accused of doing something wrong?  Poor Frank can’t.  He was accused of stealing money.  Rather than face the accusations and humiliation, because yes we can all agree this would be so utterly humiliating, he runs off to America.  That alone is a great place to talk with my kids about what to do when someone accuses us falsely of something.  

Frank is foolish to run off and not tell his Uncle or friends where he is off to.  I used this as a chatting point with my children of how worried I would be if they ever did this and how people would definitely be sad and distraught.  We talked about how Uncle(Captain Bayley) must have felt and how Alice probably felt betrayed.  

Frank is a kind hearted boy who is very willing to help others.  Even though he makes mistakes he tries his best to do what is right and just.  After helping a fellow Englishman and his son Frank sends them with a message for his Uncle and Alice.  Although it takes them a long time to receive the message they are overjoyed and off quickly to find Frank.  They of course arrive just in the nick of time as Frank was wounded in a fight(yes there is violence).

Plot twist!  Captain Bayley has an heir.  Of course you knew that right from the title?  His heir is his daughter who married a man he didn’t approve of and all contact was lost.  Realizing that he was wrong to forbid her having her love and that he wants to make amends Captain Bayley sets off to find her with the help of Alice.  This is why it took so long for them to get Frank’s message.  It’s too late for Captain Bayley to make amends with his daughter as she has passed away but she had a son who he can now connect with.  

Happy endings all around.  Well.  Not fairy tale happy but real life stuff happens and life is messy type endings.  

Our Thoughts

As always we loved the cast!  One reason of course is that my whole family are suckers for a good accent!  We love them!  When my cousins come over from England my kids are all talking like little British kiddos for about a month after they leave.  It’s easy to pick up.  So of course we love hearing the accents on the audio dramas as Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back into circulation.

I have always loved the Henty books and am so glad that Heirloom Audio Productions is bringing Henty back for my children to enjoy.  Not all of children love reading old classics like I do.  The material is a little harder to get into than modern day fiction.  I understand this but really want them to know and love the classics.  So we use them as read alouds.  But there is something so much more magical about listening to them on an audio drama versus mom reading them. 

I highly recommend this audio drama as well as all of the others from Heirloom Audio Productions.  Other audio dramas that we’ve reviewed and that you should check out are The Dragon and the Raven, With Lee in Virginia, The Cat of Bubastes, and Beric the Briton

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Travel The World {Homeschool Review Crew}

Travel the World

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I have always wanted to travel the world.  But, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to.  A goal for my parenting is to help my children see and experience as much as I can.  We’re doing just that by using Let’s Go Geography as part of our homeschool.  As we get online and login we get to travel to different places every week.  Much fun is being had in our geography travels!

 

Let's Go Geography
 

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?  That is a question I asked my kids when we started with this geography course.  Geography hasn’t been a huge part of our homeschool until this year.  I was interested in what countries or states or continents interested my kids so we could make sure and do those first.

About the Program

Travel the world in style.  Your own style that is!  Let’s Go Geography is a three year course that allows you to travel through a few states in the United States as well as some countries each year.  You can plan on two regions of the United States plus roughly 26 countries each year.  With the curriculum access or download you get access for one year for one teacher or mom to use with her children or a coop class.  

Each week an email comes to my inbox telling me what the destination of our travels will be.  It is a 36 week course but does allow a few break weeks as well as some review weeks.  There are two reviews per semester plus a review at the end of the year.

Because everything you need is set out for you this is a very easy program to follow.  You can use it a bit every day or make one day a geography day and do it all then.

This program is designed for grades kindergarten through fourth.  I have also been using it with my fifth and sixth graders and my preschooler.  It is very easily adaptable. 

 

Let's Go Geography

 

What’s it Like?

You are going to go online into your back “office” location.  There you click on the schedule week you wish to do.  It will then have you click to download or access the PDF which you can print off.  Each destination has six chapters for you to work through.  These are:

  • Chapter 1: Map it!  Here you learn where you are going in your travel the world course and pin or mark it on a map.  Plus you’ll learn a few basic facts.
  • Chapter 2: The Flag!  Learn about the country flag and what it means/symbolizes.  You’re going to color/cut and have lots of fun learning about and doing some hands on fun with the flag.
  • Chapter 3: The Music!  Listen to music from the country and learn about their culture. There are also videos to watch.  These are safe to view videos.  Nothing questionable to have to worry about like simply looking stuff up on YouTube.
  • Chapter 4: Let’s Explore!  Go sighseeing!  See what the country has to offer.  Check into some different areas of the country and get to know the people.  Plus some fun facts.
  • Chapter 5: Create!  Hands on activities with step by step directions.  Much fun to be had.
  • Chapter 6: Printables! Here you’ll find notebooking pages, fun classroom activities and much more.

Our Thoughts

I love that it isn’t a set in stone journey.  We can travel the world as we want to and are not locked into going to this destination then this one in a set order.  I could jump around and choose where we would visit based on my kids interests or what we were studying in other areas of our homeschool.   It’s very easy to supplement other reading books to where we travel each week as well.  Those get stuck in our morning book basket and the kids can read on them during free reading time.  Sometimes finding board book or toddler/preschool level reading books about where we travel can be hard though.

 

Travel the World

 

I do feel I should mention that it is made to be a set in stone journey.  We chose not to use it that way and it worked really well for us.  We also used this four days a week.  Because the whole week is laid out we still got all of the information covered.

Some of the countries we decided to visit include Canada, Greenland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.  This week we’re finishing up visiting Iceland.  As you can tell other than Canada we are staying in a central location.  Because there are reviews we did decide to do countries only within semester 1.  All of these are in that semester so they do tend to stay centralized somewhat.  I like that we can have the flexibility to jump around as we want.

I personally am learning and enjoying this program.  My kids are loving it.  I can see us continuing to use this and most likely purchasing years 2 and 3 as well so we can continue our exploration.

 

Travel the World

 

Let’s talk about the Break weeks just a little bit. It’s basically a week where there are no lessons.  Week 9 is the first break week.  For us we just will be skipping over that break week and “saving” it for later.  We tend to take a week break off of all school during slow times in my husbands business(he’s self employed) and during the off season for doing some amazing field trips.  So break weeks are just not being done here currently.  

Now review weeks.  I love this idea!  The first review week is week 12.  If you follow the schedule there would be 10 countries visited to review.  We’ve already done 6 countries but only two of them are in that section.  I am planning on skipping that week as a review and just doing another lesson.  We will then finish visiting all semester one spots and do two review weeks back to back after we’ve done all the countries.  

You will need some kind of a notebook or binder to keep all your activities and pages in.  They call it a travel journal.  Neat idea!  So we grabbed a package of writing paper for each child plus a three ring binder that I will hole punch and put all the papers in.  We then put dividers in it to divide out each week.

 

Let's Go Geography

 

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History Story Books {Homeschool Review Crew}

History Story Books 

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We love history in our home.  Not just in our homeschool, but in our everyday reading material as well.  That’s why we were so excited to be offered some history story books from Carole P. Roman to review as part of the Homeschool Review Crew.  We received three titles in the mail to read and love.  Our package contained If You Were Me and Lived In. . .The American West: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time, If You Were Me and Lived In . . . Viking Europe: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time, and If You Were Me and Lived In. . . Ancient China: The Han Dynasty- An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time.

 

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If you can’t tell, there is a bit of a theme throughout these three books.  We have three different places and periods of history to read and visit.  A big factor for us in choosing books is to hold them up against the standards of Charlotte Mason.  Are these books teaching us?  Or are they merely telling us something made up and entertaining us?  I feel that these history story books are what we would call “living books” and help to teach history as well as culture.

How to Use History Story Books

For us we like to read the books for pleasure first.  Something in the book will normally stick out as interesting or exciting and garner their attention.  That’s when mom takes over.  We then delve deeper into whatever that is.  What caught their interest?  Why do they love a certain time period or practice or custom or culture?  Take their interest and make it into a learning experience.

The If You Were Me and Lived In series from Carole P. Roman definitely fits the history story books theme as they are full of information about the cultures and time periods.  They give you information that just a history book might not.  And of course, it’s not dry reading but fun and interactive.  These books work best for ages 4-9.  They’re a longer reading book but not so long as to be a history book.  Each book contains a glossary in the back to help with any words that might not be familiar.  The drawings in the book are amazing and I love the attention to fashion detail.  I’m a bit of a fashion of old times lover so I took particular interest in those.

 

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Viking Europe

This book is 76 pages long.  We were able to read this aloud in less than an hour.  I did read this aloud to my children as I have a few who cannot read on their own yet.  But, I also have some big kids that stole these books as soon as they were out of the package and read them through quickly.  Viking Europe is a time period we chose because my children love all things Medieval.  Boats and swords and vikings oh my!  It’s the stuff of little boys dreams!  My boys are 10, 9, and 9, well and a 15 month old as well but he’s more into tractors and trucks right now.

Now that we talked about what my boys expected, this book does cover the typical sea faring Viking but also talks about how they made villages and farmed as well.  Plus the class system that the Viking Norse people had in place during and around 870 AD.  I loved learning about the clothing of the period while my children were more interested in what they ate and of course those ships!  The distinction of not only owning two shirts but wearing two shirts at one time.  Oh my.  We’re quite far from that today.

My boys were the first to pick up this Viking book and took particular glee in telling my almost teenage daughters all the not so fun things that would have been their daily tasks.  Oh and the whole married at the age of 15 business to help prosper the father.  Not sure we’re going to be adopting that tradition anytime soon!  I did appreciate that the Vikings respected their women and that a wife could divorce her husband for abuse or cruelty.  

 

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American West

Let’s visit the American West!  54 pages long and full of wonderful information this book is going to keep your little cowboys and cowgirls entertained.  In this book we’re focusing on the mass immigration of 1843 to points out west.  Particularly this book has children being around 12 years old and moving to Willamette Valley, Oregon from Ohio.  Because we reenact the Civil war which was merely twenty years past this date we do know a lot about the clothing and customs of the time.  However, I’ve never even been to Oregon so reading about the land and lifestyle out there is informative.  Oh and to travel by wagon!  We have had the pleasure of riding in a covered wagon but only for a mile or so.  I can’t imagine travelling that way for miles upon miles all day long.  

The jumping off point for all the wagons travelling west was Independence, Missouri.  This is literally within two hours of us and we’ve been there multiple times for just visiting friends and also doing reenactments.  It’s a great way of making the history story books just a little more real for us.  Of course, my girls did take offense to the sister being called whiny and getting to ride in the wagon.  They assured me that they would have walked and are not whiny.

A large shock was had by all at the amount of acreage that one couple was granted.  Our main characters family was granted 640 free acres.  That’s a lot of land.  We live on a farm that is 63 acres and think it’s a good sized amount of land.  I cannot imagine having 640 acres to explore and build on.  My boys of course are now making their own little “house” in our timber using the instructions given in this book plus some more details that we found through our research.

 

Books by Carole P Roman

Ancient China

The book that we were sent as a surprise is about Ancient China.  We haven’t spent a lot of time studying the ancient civilizations except for Egypt so this was mostly new information to us.  This history story book is 76 pages long and full of all kinds of interesting information.  The time frame is 150 AD.  Some fun facts we learned were about the Silk Road and how the silk trade made a whole new class of people within the merchants due to silk being such a commodity.  The Han dynasty lasted four hundred years making it one of the longest lasting dynasties.  It was also a very important dynasty for Ancient China.  Because of the progress and government being formed it is often called the Golden Age of Ancient China.  Paper and porcelain both came from this era.

Because this book focuses on the children of a doctor they are fairly well to do.  It then delves a bit into the other ranks of class and how they would live as well.  Other take aways are fun things like chicken being the staple dish.  My girls found it interesting that colors had such significance and that they would have been married in a red dress versus white.  The lay out of the house is very unique and I for one can’t say that I would enjoy it.

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Make sure you go to the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog and check out all the history story books reviews.  There is a vast range of books that were reviewed so I’m sure you can find at least one or two that you’d like to learn more about and check out.  You can also find Carole P. Roman on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and good reads

 

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The 20th Century Lapbook {Homeschool Review Crew}

The 20th Century Lapbook

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Lapbooks.  Have you ever used them?  We don’t often but when we do we love to use A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks.  They have such fun and simple lapbooks.  Recently we’ve been working through the 20th Century Lapbook.  This lapbook titled An Overview of the 20th Century is geared towards grades second through seventh so it’s a perfect fit for my crew.

About the Curriculum

This curriculum is a lapbook.  Lapbooks are a fun hands on way of learning about a subject.  You do a lot of fine motor work with lapbooking so this is great for anyone needing that practice.  

 

20th Century Lapbook

 

The main focus of this lapbook is the 20th century in an overview.  It’s a run through of all the main key topics that went on during the 20th century.  It is a learning lapbook with a study guide included.  There are pages included of reading for teaching about the events.  Then you have the pieces to cut and color and glue to your folders.  There are also recipes that are fun to make as a family from the depression era.

You can purchase the downloadable file for $8.00 currently while the print version is $18.00.  We received the download.  While I normally like print things this is a great way to do a lapbook.  For us it’s easier to print 9 pages of page 10 than it would be to try and make copies.  I did print out the entire lapbook so that I have it in a binder for quick reference.

Our Thoughts

I love these lapbooks.  They’re so fun and engaging plus lots of hands on fine motor skill practice.  Because this lapbook was the 20th Century Lapbook I feel it didn’t really focus on any one issue that we faced and merely glanced over them.  I’m an over-thinker and an over-teacher of things.  So, you might have already guessed this but we added a lot of information to our lapbooks.  Lots of extra reading and even some rabbit trails.  The original lapbook was to be 3 folders big.  Our is still going to be three folders big we’re just mushing a few extra facts in there.  Really and truly I have only printed about 5 extra things to stick in our folders.  The rest is just information that we’ve learned and read about to add to what is already mentioned.

My oldest son is 10 and he wants to do an entire lapbook on just World War II. I told him we could definitely do that but first he would have to do an entire lapbook on World War I.  So once we are finished with this lapbook look for a more indepth exploration of those events.  There is really no way to do them justice in this lapbook.  It hits the key points which is great but inquiring boy minds want to know about war!

This 20th Century lapbook is geared for grades 2-7.  So, approximately ages 8-13.  I used this with my older nine children.  The baby at almost 15 months did not participate much except for having to do some coloring and trying to eat all the tiny scraps of paper.  My age range for this was ages 4-12.  Now, my four year old is in preschool and probably didn’t understand and won’t remember all that we talked about but she really enjoyed the cutting and pasting part of this and it gave her practice while also imparting knowledge to her.

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Want to learn more about A Journey Through Learning and the lapbooks they offer?  You can check out all the reviews linked up on the main Homeschool Review Crew blog.  Also make sure to check them out on social media on facebook, twitter, google +, and instagram.  This round members of the crew reviewed two Classical Conversations lapbooks, different Apologia lapbooks, An Overview of the 20th Century, and The Greatest Inventors.  Make sure to read over all the different reviews as I’m sure you’ll find something that appeals to you.

 

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History through Living Books

History Through Living Books

5 Days of Homeschooling with Living Books 

A great way to learn history through living books is by reading biographies.  

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Biographies are boring.  They’re dry.  You can’t get interested in them.  Well we’ve got a fun new way of reading biographies for you then.  Try YWAM books.  

The series we use is Christian Heroes Then and Now.  These books focus on missionaries.  They’re a fun biography book that actually keeps you engaged and learning at the same time.  Also YWAM offers study guides to go with the books so that you can use them for a small unit study as well.  I love that my kids want to read these books and they love the books so it’s a win win.

 

Charlotte Mason History

And yes, my kids do love these books.  I recently attended a homeschool conference local to me and bought the WHOLE SET of YWAM Christian Heroes then and now.  All of them.  Every last one they have in print currently is now in our library.  I came home with these books.  Immediately my kids were unwrapping them and finding their favorite reading nooks to dig in.  History through living books.  We love it.  

Other great ways to use living books for your history is to find a book based history curriculum.  We enjoy using The Story of the World as a read aloud.  It’s a great history book that reads like a story and won’t bore your children.  They currently have four in the series.  

Another idea would be to find a curriculum that is book based that includes history.  Our favorite one to recommend would be My Father’s World.  We’re currently using this curriculum though we’re using Exploring Countries and Cultures so we’re adding in some extra history of our own.  I like that they use a book basket.  However, I do not approve or allow all of their book basket books into my home so it’s definitely something individual.  Make sure to go through and only get the ones you’re comfortable with.

Some other books we’ve enjoyed for not only learning about history but also about virtues and character traits are Profiles of Valor and Portraits of Integrity.  They’re great books that give verses to support character traits as well as a historical figure who exemplifies those traits.  I’ll do reviews on those books later on so look for those.

Other books we love to include for history and character training as well are those from Lamplighter Publishing.  Not all of their books are going to qualify as history but they do have some good ones.  Make sure and screen them to see what you think.

What do you use for history?  What do you love?  My kids are excited to start studying American History this year so I’m stockpiling books about the American Revolution for our first big read.  All the Pilgrims and Puritans as well.  Oh and got to get those Native American ones too.  My list keeps getting bigger!  Make sure to comment your suggestions for me!

American History Study {Homeschool Review Crew}

American History Study

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As we’re working through our school year I decided that we needed to add in more history.  Who can go wrong with history?  It’s a favorite subject of ours and we really haven’t covered a lot of American History lately.  Enter Memoria Press to the rescue.   We received two products from them to review that pertain to American history; 200 Questions About American History Set and The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Set.

 

Memoria Press
 

I was so excited when these came in the mail.  My kids gave me a look though.  I think they saw more work for them and less excitement.  That didn’t last long.  They soon were over at the box with me asking questions and wanting to know if they could take parts and read them.

About the Curriculum

Since we received two sets let’s talk briefly about each.  Both sets are meant for grades 5-8.  I think this is spot on and have been using them with my two who are doing 5/6 grade work.  Now the cards that come with the 200 Questions about American History Set are super fun and all my kids love looking at those.  They’re all learning so much just from reading and chatting about the cards.

Now about 200 Questions about American History Set.  It is a great set compiled of the teacher guide, student book, and the flashcards.  We have loved working with this set.  Created to work with The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic this ties in very well.  It can also be used with The Story of the World Volume IV.  We use The Story of the World as well but are only in book 1 so can’t tell you how well they work together.  I can say that there were some questions in here that I didn’t know so this is a very thorough course!

 

200 Questions About American History Set Grades 5-8
 

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and The Great Republic is also a set.  It comes with a text, teachers guide, and student guide.  This is the newly revised second edition. The text you receive is a combined version of the books by H. A. Grueber.  Memoria Press edited and combined them for this current text.  This covers the start of America with the Native Americans up through 1898 and the Spanish American War.

Both sets work together and provide great coverage of American History for your student.  The student books are meant to be used by one student so additional student books for additional students.  They’re easy to purchase through Memoria Press and shipping is fast. 

 

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set

 

Our Thoughts

My kids loved this.  We’ve used other Memoria Press products before and have loved them as well but this is our first time trying out their history.  

As a way to add the younger kids into our school we would read aloud our history portions for the day.  The text by Grueber is not dry and dull so they all loved to listen and learn.  Without doing the actual questions my other kids are learning a lot about American History too.  Sometimes I would do a few of the questions that weren’t too difficult with the younger ones too outloud. 

We loved learning more about American history and loved all the mapwork.  No map comes with this, but normally homeschoolers have a plethora right?  We used one that I had on hand so we could map American expansion.

I have found as a parent that we’ve thoroughly covered some time periods and not as thoroughly others.  My husband and I met reenacting the Civil War.  I’ve been doing this since I was 7, so obviously my children have grown up doing it as well and know a lot about that time period.  They don’t know as much about the Colonial time period so I’m glad to have these two resources that thoroughly cover this period!

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Learn more about the two American History sets we received as well as the other Memoria Press products that were up for review by going to the Main Crew Review blog and checking out all the reviews that are linked up.  You can also find them on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest

 

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Bessie’s Pillow {Homeschool Review Crew}

Bessie’s Pillow

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We love to read here and historical fiction is a favorite.  We’ve loved reading Bessie’s Pillow by Linda Bress Silbert.  Strong Learning, Inc. sent out a physical copy of this book for us to review.  Also provided are amazing study guide materials available online for us to use.  This book is based on a true story so it could also be classified as a biography as well.  

 

Bessie's Pillow

 

I would recommend this book to be an independent read for middle school and high school students.  The materials found on the Bessie’s America page are more geared towards this age range as well.  However, they can be tweaked to work with elementary students as well. 

About the Book

The book , Bessie’s Pillow, is set in the early 1900’s.  Bessie travels by herself from her home country of Lithuania to the United States.  She’s an immigrant.  She’s also a Jew.  Her reason for immigration is to escape the persecution the Jews are already under in her home country.  

As a country formed of all immigrants, we as a people tend to love to read about immigration stories.  We trace our history and heritage to find out where we came from and who our “people” are.  There are websites devoted to ancestry and helping people reconnect with family they may have lost along the way.  This book is a chronicle of one families history.

Linda Bress Silbert is the granddaughter of Bessie.  She and her husband are the owners of Strong Learning, Inc. and the voice behind this book.  Fun fact behind the making of the book is that the narration is taken from interviews that were recorded of Bessie talking with her daughter, Linda’s mom.  I would love to have something like that of me talking with my grandmother.  Such a treasure!

Our Thoughts

I used this book mostly as a read aloud with my children.  Well, there was actually a progression of reading this book.  I read it to myself, just free reading.  It’s captivating to me, but then again I really love history and this era for the Jews is chock full of information.  Next, my oldest daughter age 12 read it on her own.  Lastly, I read it aloud to all of the kids ages 3-12.  We then worked on some of the pages within the study guide.  There is a wealth of additional information within the study guide pages on the internet.

Primarily I would recommend that kids under age 7-8 not do any formal material with this book.  Some of the concepts are harder for them to reverbalize in my opinion.  That being said they did listen and participate in our study, but I don’t believe they took away as much from it as the older children.  I will definitely be rereading and redoing the study with them when they’re a bit older. 

My kids loved the book.   I loved the book.  It really brought a new perspective to us of someone who went through a period of history that we can only read about.  We celebrate Jewish holidays in our home and often study the history of Jews plus major time periods and the history of the holidays.  This brought a much more personal feel to our Jewish studies.  This book is getting a permanent place on our shelf.

Learn More

Definitely check out the page titled Bessie’s America which allows you to delve deeper into the time period in this book.  It’s an amazing period in our history as a country.  Plus, you’ve got the beginnings of a vast movement throughout Europe that will forever change history as well.  This book and the material provided to us through this page can fully be made into a unit study.  I feel that given a bit of time to plan I could easily make an entire semesters worth of information and a unit study focusing on the book and it’s history.

 

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Learn what other reviewers thought of Bessie’s Pillow over on the Main Crew Review blog where all the reviews are linked up.  You’re sure to find a schooling approach and view that will give you the information you would like to know.  Bessie’s Pillow and Strong Learning, Inc. can also be found on facebook and twitter

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Renaissance Study {Homeschool Review Crew}

Renaissance Study

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HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study
 

We love history and so we jumped at the chance to review History Through The Ages Project Passport World History Study Renaissance and Reformation through Home School in the Woods.  We’ve loved all the studies we’ve used from Home School in the Woods and were eager to start a new one!

As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew we were given a choice of several different history times to review.  While Ancient Egypt was appealing, I really wanted to do more with the Renaissance period so we chose Renaissance and Reformation.  It’s a great period of history that requires a lot of studying before you can fully grasp it all.  Other time periods that we’d love to explore at another time are Middle Ages and Ancient Greece.

 

Renaissance Study

 

This series of History studies is growing!  They just released Ancient Greece and are working on releasing Ancient Rome in 2018.  I love ancient history so much and can’t wait to be able to delve into these titles.  But first, the Renaissance study we have!

One of the reasons that we love the project passport series is that it makes history come alive!  It’s like you’re actually taking a vacation through time and across continents.  We go to several different places.  With this history study we have 25 stops that we make.  This means we get 25 different experiences from this time period in history that we can visit and learn from.  

Our Experience

Some of the study is up to you of course.  It isn’t going to come alive for your children if you don’t put some effort into making sure you are following the instructions to make it fun.  This is another part I love.  It’s all set up.  I don’t have to do all the leg work to figure out how to make this fun and what stops to make or what we should do at each stop.  

These studies are meant to last 8-12 weeks.  Because we love history so I often add other books to our repertoire and make our study last longer.  So for us, I’d say it does normally take the 12 weeks to finish it.  With that in mind we can do about four studies a year since we homeschool year round.  I really want to add some others in this year!  We’re loving Renaissance and Reformation.  Next I think we’ll swing into the Middle Ages.  After that Ancient Greece then Ancient Egypt and hopefully Ancient Rome will be available when we’re ready for it!  I’ve got it all planned out!

 

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study
 

Because this is a well thought out and planned history curriculum you can easily use this for your main history.  If you like to flesh it out a bit with extra reading it can be your reading as well.  Add in a few science experiments or some study on science of the time period(especially during this study!!) and you’ve got another subject covered.  I love to get the most subjects from our studies.  This is an easy one to add to and make it cover more than just history. Plus, it’s one the kids love to do!

My kids have loved using this Renaissance Study and are eager to get to it first thing.  They’ve always loved history but actually “going” back in time and making it like we’re visiting so many fun places has really helped to make it come alive.  I only wish we were closer to some historical type villages from this time period.  That would be amazing!

About the Curriculum

A little about the curriculum.  I’ve already mentioned it’s an 8-12 week course.  You can purchase it as a CD or as a download.  We received the download to work with for this review.  Personally, I am more of a physical girl and print mine out.  I print the whole thing out once and then only print off the pages we need as we need them for the students.  Having it all in a 3 ring binder so I can read ahead and see what we’re going to need makes using this unit study easier for me.  Reading on a computer just isn’t as much fun for me.  Paper has a special place in my heart and I love flipping pages!  Just a little quirk of mine.

This study is geared for grades 3-8.  So, with that age limit in mind, we used this with all of my children that are in school.  I have a girl who is 6 who is doing K/1 this year plus two boys in 2nd this year and I wanted to include them in this.  Modifications are super easy to make so that you can adjust this to different grade levels as needed.  My two preschool girls sat in and listened as well but most of the activities they did not do.  They loved the art related items though.

There is so much extra with this curriculum.  You’ve got audio adventures to listen to, which are great by the way.  They’re not dull or boring and hold kids attention well.  A fun newspaper is also available to help you brush up on your “current events”, fun writing projects of your own, and so so much more.  We love that the audios are set up in a fun way.  Basically you’ve got a tour guide giving you a personal guided tour of all the famous sights and things going on in the time period.  Definitely worth it for this curriculum if you’re looking for something to engage your kids and help them learn.  You might even learn a thing or two too!

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If you’d like to learn more about this particular passport study or some of the others that were offered for review to members of the Homeschool Review Crew please pop over to the main Blog Page and check out all the reviews linked up.  We’ve reviewed different ones and you’ll see those in the link titles.  You can also find Home School in the Woods on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and google +.  

 

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Pirate Unit Study {Homeschool Review Crew}

Pirate Unit Study

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Were they pirates?  Or were they really privateers?  That’s what our newest unit study from Homeschool Legacy is asking.  Once-a-Week Micro-Studies Pirates or Privateers: You Decide has been so much fun for us!  Keep reading and you’ll find out what my kids decided using this pirate unit study we received through the Homeschool Review Crew.

Pirate Unit Study

The unit study we chose to use is titled Pirates or Privateers: You Decide.  There were so many awesome choices it was really hard to choose just one.  This happens to be a time in history that all of our family likes though so it is the one that won out.  

Micro Unit Study

Technically this is a micro unit study.  This classification comes from the fact that it only should take four weeks to complete.  It’s geared towards grades 1-8.  This meant for me that all of my children got to be included in the unit study.  Well, almost all of my children.  My youngest is 5 months so he really didn’t care about the unit study.  My three year old loved learning about pirates and playing sword fighting with her older siblings though.  The 5 month old got lots of laughs and giggles from this!

All it takes time wise for this pirate unit study is thirty minutes three times a week.  That doesn’t seem like much at all really.  And it’s not.  This pirate unit study is really simple and fun.  I’ve used unit studies before(most from this same company!) and have to say that this micro unit study is even simpler than the normal ones.  It’s easy to use and doesn’t take a ton of prep work.  I like that idea!

My kids loved this unit study and really begged to do it on the days we weren’t using it(three days a week, thirty minutes per day) so I did some digging and came up with some books to use on those off days.  I created a book basket full of books on this time period both at sea and on land.  So we learned about the monarchs of countries, what wars were going on, what they were wearing and eating, etc.  Such fun!  My kids loved having new books in their book basket and I loved that they were spending extra time reading and learning.

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A note from a mom to a mom.  

This unit study gives you an optional read aloud suggestion of Treasure Island.  We read this.  It took over one of our read aloud spots for the day so we were reading it daily instead of just on the three unit study days.  We finished it rather quickly so we then added The Swiss Family Robinson to our read aloud time for the remainder of the unit study.  There are also some movie night suggestions.  One of our favorites to watch is Muppet Treasure Island so we made to sure to watch that on one of our normal movie nights during the course of the study.

A couple other Micro Studies that piqued our interest and are on our must try to purchase list are the Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims micro study and Victoria and Her World Mico Study.  They’re both also geared to grades 1-8 and look like loads of fun!  Another unit study that is on my list is Christmas Comes to America.  Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up so these would be wonderful to study RIGHT NOW!!

Want to learn more about this unit study or some of the other unit studies offered through Homeschool Legacy?  You can find all of the blog reviews linked up on the Main Homeschool Review Crew page.  Also find Homeschool Legacy on facebook.  

 

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