Exploring Your World {Homeschool Review Crew}

Exploring Your World

Homeschool Review Crew

Do you do school in the summer?  We school year round but in the summer and fall we tend to do more outside activities.  We call it exploring your world.  Because that’s what we’re doing!  We’re exploring the great big wonderful world around us.  As part of our exploring your world this summer we’ve been using some My First Reports from Hewitt Homeschooling.

 

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About My First Reports

My First Reports are are ideally for grades one through four.  However, I have had my children in fifth and sixth grades using these this summer too and they’ve been amazing!  Know your child and you’ll know if these will work for them.  For my kids they were interested in the subject matter and really loved the reports.  Could they have dug a little deeper and done a bit harder work?  Sure.  But did they need to to learn?  No.

Within the My First Report curriculum your child not only learns about the topic on hand but they also incorporate so much more!  There are hands on activities.  You’re going to see science, history, math, music, PE, and the list goes on.  I love that they are little unit studies that you can work through at your own pace.

 

 My First Reports Set of Fourteen
Each My First Reports packet contains at least twelve different topics within the topic of the entire packet.  So if you use one sub-topic per week the packet will last you an entire quarter of school.  So two My First Reports per semester or four per year (or five- six per year if you school year round) would be all you’d need.  Oh and the report forms you use are reproducible.  LOVE that.  Plus the lines come in varying heights so it’s perfect for your super neat small writer or your large and sloppy writer. 

Our Reports

We received several different My First Reports to review.  I’m going to list them below and chat about each one a bit.  But first I want to say I love how they come to me just staples but with holes punched so they’re ready to go in a three ring binder or folder.  This makes keeping track of them easier and you can personalize how you keep them together.  If we’re going on a field trip we can just grab the one sheet we need versus taking the whole binder.  Also the front and back pages are a cardstock type paper rather than just standard printer paper making them a little more durable.

Exploring Your World

Marine Life by Christine Dillon

Remember the classification system?  Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species?  Well you will after this study!  You’re going to learn all about the animal kingdom within marine life.  And it’s fun learning!  I really wish we’d lived closer to an ocean or beach for this study as explore your world -the beach just sounds like so much fun!  But instead we satisfied our longing with a trip to our pond and the large aquarium at the zoo.

You’ll find Sponges, Jellyfish/Coral, Sea Animals/Shells, Octopuses/Squids, Crustaceans, Sea Stars, Fishes, Sea Mammals, Sharks/Rays, Dolphins, Sport Fishes, and Aquarium Fishes as the topics within Marine Life.  It’s 45 pages without the reproducible copy pages at the end.

Our favorite sub topic would have to be on the sharks/rays.  My kids loved it!  Of course sitting in the tunnel in the zoo aquarium while we were working on that lesson and the sharks swimming over and around us didn’t hurt either.  Plus they had a little petting area set up where the kids could touch sting rays.  I’m all freaking out about it because that’s definitely not on my bucket list but the kids loved it.  

Exploring your World

Plants by Christine Dillon

My dad is a horticulturist but I’m ashamed to say my plant knowledge is rudimentary at best.  I definitely learned a lot going over and through this with the kids.  If you’re like us and use “exploring your world” as a base of study you get all kinds of plant questions.  “Mommy what’s this?”  “Mommy what’s this flower called?  Why does this have have this bump on it?  Can I eat this?” and the list goes on and on and on!!

While exploring your world in the realm of plants you’re going to learn about roots, stems, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, clones, defenses, habitats, unusual, conifers, and seedless.  This is a great study to do with gardening because you can literally watch a bunch of this stuff happening before your eyes in the garden while you learn about it on paper.  Choose a fast growing plant though.  

For this study I want to chat about one section that is in all of them.  Bible.  They all have a good sized section dedicated to how the Bible incorporates into this topic.  For plants you learn about lots of places where the Bible mentions plants and how they relate to us.  One section we took out of that and explored more was linen.  How linen is made, where it comes from, when we started using linen, etc.  This really is one of my favorites sections in all the reports because of the sheer volume of learning that is done in it.  Not just by my children.  It’s amazing truths spoken to us.

Exploring your World

Birds by Christine Dillon

We love birds in our house.  Bird feeders hang outside our windows so we can watch the fun birds through our window.  Of course, these are just the standard “yard” birds.  This study covers so many more birds!

The topics covered in this study are NonFlyers, Penguins, Sea Swimmers, Tall Waders, Sea/Shore, Water, Game, Birds/Prey, Owls, Tropical, Perchers, Hummingbirds/Swifts, and NonPerchers.  Our favorite to study was probably the birds of prey.  We live in the country and are near a wildlife refuge that hosts the largest number of Eagles in our area.  Driving around and spotting the Bald Eagles is always a fun activity.  There is even a juvenile pair that we spotted roosting in our trees!

This is again a great study to involve going somewhere.  We did some nature walks, we went to the refuge, we went to the zoo.  I really wish we had an actual aviary somewhere close that we could go see all the birds!  We loved the activity of grow sunflowers as we already have a few volunteer sunflowers coming up under our bird feeders.

Exploring your World

Pets and Farm Animals by Christine Dillon

This study is the one that was done by my six year old.  It’s one we could easily do as we live on a farm.  The topics covered are Cats, Dogs, Goats, Horses, Pigs, Sheep, Cattle, Poultry, Rabbits, Fish, Monkeys, Birds/Fowl, Hamsters, and Turtles.  We have almost all of these on our farm!  

We did have to go off our farm to find pigs, cattle, rabbits, fish, monkeys, and hamsters.  Monkeys just don’t run wild around here!  We do visit a farm often to get our milk so that was an easy stop to look at cattle up close.  Driving by them is not quite the same. My kids have always wanted rabbits so this was another chance to beg their daddy.  He still says no!  Hamsters are a house pet that we won’t have as we have cats inside.  Lastly it’s the fish.  Fish we easy to go look at nearby at lakes and the refuge for “wild” ones or the store for inside ones.

The read alouds for this section were so fun.  Lots of favorites plus we added several of our own as well.  Anything animal related could be included here and we included a lot of them!

Exploring Your World

Reptiles and Amphibians by Christine Dillon

My ten year old boy is a reptile lover.  Every time we go to the zoo his favorite exhibit is the “swamp” where we get to see alligators and crocodiles.  They have several learning stations that teach the difference between the two and all about them.

The topics within this study are Lizards, Iguanas, Chameleons, Turtles, Crocodiles, Snakes, Garter Snakes, Rattlesnakes, Frogs, Toads, Newts, and Salamanders.  Rattlesnakes was one I made sure the whole family heard and learned about in this study because we do have a population around here.  It’s always important to be able to identify snakes and know which the poisonous ones are.

While exploring your world you should know all the poisonous animals and plants.  These two studies(combined with some from plants) made up a semi unit study that I did with the whole family.  I wanted to make sure my children weren’t going to be eating things that would make them sick.

My son definitely loved this study and would really like to expand on it and do more individualized animals.  There wasn’t an alligator section so he’s currently applying all the information he’s learned about reports and gathering information to create his own alligator study.  I think another zoo visit is going to be happening soon.

Exploring your World

Wild Animals Small Mammals by Christine Dillon

This was another fun study to work through!  Definitely going to be doing it with all of the kids next semester.  It’s one that contains several animals local to us which makes it fun to go walk along our property and look for animal tracks.  We found lots of possum(opossums) and raccoon tracks.  Oh and squirrels.  We have lots of squirrels!

The topics contained are beavers, foxes, skunks, opossums, koalas, raccoons, otters, porcupines, squirrels, pandas, moles, bats, and armadillos.  

Foxes are the bane of our existence lately as they’re loving our chicken dinners.  This was a lot of fun and really informational for my son doing this study.  It allowed him to come up with possible habitats that our foxes could be living and why they would have chosen those spots.  I loved watching their minds work!

exploring your world

Wild Animals Large Mammals by Christine Dillon

Large mammals were also fun as it included several of our favorites from the zoo.  It also had a one that we could see locally(like our backyard) that made it so we could tie it into our everyday life.  I love tying things into actually exploring your world in our backyard!

The topics covered are Bears, Hippopotamuses, Deer, Tigers, Apes, Elephants, Moose, Lions, Kangaroos, Whales, Giraffes, Camels, and Zebras.  Obviously most of these don’t live in the wild in the midwest and whales is one we are not going to be able to see.

Our favorite animal to talk about and learn about was definitely the lion.  We love to incorporate Jesus as a lion and the symbolism behind that into things so that was fun.  It also allowed us to read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe again which is fun.  We love that book!

How We Used Them

I’ve mentioned some of how we used the various studies above.  For the purposes of getting them in for the review period I let one child each choose a study.  They worked through it primarily on their own with my help.  The other kids just gleaned by listening plus I had the one assigned to that study share with them occasionally what they were learning and the fun stuff involved.

We all did ALL of the fun nature experiments, field trips, and such together for ALL of the studies.  So we were kind of doing seven studies at once as a family but then again not.  If that makes any sense.  I would definitely if buying the studies only work on one study at a time with all of the kids together.

Ages for the studies.  I had two 12 year olds, two 10 year olds, a nine year old, an eight year old, and a six year old assigned to the studies.  They each got to choose which one they wanted to be their primary study and we went from there.  These are a lot of fun to use and we are definitely going to be getting one or two to work through next summer as well.  All the thumbs up from us if you like hands on go out and explore schooling these are for you!  Exploring your world just got easier!

On our list of to buy next and use would be the Bugs and Worms!  We found a slug that was huge yesterday and it started all kinds of questions!

 

Exploring Your World

 

Learn More

Make sure you check out the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog for all the great Hewitt Homeschooling reviews.  They go from the small ages way up to high school ages so I’m sure you can find an appropriate age range for your homeschooler.  Make sure to particularly check out the other My First Reports reviews as there are so many fun titles to choose from!  You can also find Hewitt Homeschooling on facebook, pinterest, twitter, and google +.  Now get out with us this summer and start Exploring Your World!

 

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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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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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Science Unit Study for All Ages {TOS Crew Review}

What do you use to teach science when you have multiple age ranges in your homeschool? Lately for us we’ve been reviewing Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers.  It was created by Susan Kilbride when she noticed a lack in the area of science while homeschooling her own children.  With a degree in biology she was perfect for the role.  Her site, Funtastic Unit Studies, provides a wealth of information to homeschoolers while her book focuses on science.

Since I have 9 children ages 2 up to age 10, it can be interesting to teach science to them.  I don’t love science or have a special passion for teaching it.  It’s one of those subjects that I’d skip if I could because I really don’t like all the prep and such involved with experiments.  But it’s a core subject and we have to have it!  So I have been spending time looking for a science unit study for all ages.  In fact, I knew I was going to want a unit study type approach so I could do science for everyone at once.  I was so pleased to find that Funtastic Unit Studies contained just that, a science unit study for all ages. 

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers is full of fun idea on how to teach science to your student. The first ten chapters are geared towards the younger age range of 4-7 years old while the second ten chapters are more for ages 8-13. Each chapter focuses on a particular science concept teaching it through various fun experiments that use items around the house. 

Now that I’ve given you the recommended ages for this book, let me tell you what we did.  I chose to just use the first half of the book this year.  There are ten chapters.  We’re spending two weeks on each chapter so that gives us 20 weeks worth of science!  I’m using it with all my kiddos.  Now, the 2 year old is not technically doing school, but you can’t tell her that!  I technically do not have to do school with any of my kids until they are age 7 but the four year old started last year on kindergarten and is doing a mix of K and 1st this year! The 5 year old is doing a preK course and the rest are all ages 7-10.  

 

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The first half is geared towards ages 4-7 but you can easily use it for older children as well.  I found looking through the book that it would be easier to have the older kids do the younger work than try to adapt the older section for younger kids.

A preview to what the book will by like can be seen by getting your FREE Unit Study on Atoms. Also available for free is another unit from the book on Plants.  

Since finishing the Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers that the Crew members are reviewing, Susan Kilbride has gone on to work on a history series Titled “Our America” as well as a Kindle ebook titled “How to Teach about Electricity for Ages 8-13”. 

Make sure you check out all the other reviews on the Main TOS Crew Review Page.  We all received the same book but I’m sure we did different studies so you’ll get more of a feel for the curriculum this way!

 

 

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Knights Unit Study #hsreviews

Ready to delve into the world of knights and nobles?  Join us in our knights unit study!  We have enjoyed this review through the TOS Crew from Homeschool Legacy.  We received a four-week physical copy of Knights and Nobles.   You can also purchase this as a digital download.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a fan of physical books.  You do save money by buying the digital download though.

 

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I loved that this knights unit study is flexible.  It’s a four-week unit study with an option of going to five weeks.  We used it as a five-week study.  I love how easy this is to use.  Everything is broken down by day and written up for you so all you have to do is some small prep work and tada it’s so easy!  

This knights unit study is geared towards grades 2-12.  However, as normal, I used this with all of my kids.  We got some younger versions of books to use for read alouds and found some really cool lift a flap books about castles and knights as well.  One library we frequent had a great preschool knights and castles section!  We also added in quite a few books that related to the Bible themes as well.

 

knights unit study

 

Now that I’ve mentioned the Bible themes, let’s talk about them a bit here too.  The focus is on Queen Esther, King Solomon, the Armor of God, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords.  You can see how those fit beautifully into a unit study on knights and castles.  

Just a quick FYI. . . . . the course says you’ll learn to juggle.  I still can not juggle, well anything besides a household and nine kids, and neither can any of my kids.  I think part of that might be teacher error though.  

The four weeks are set up as follows:

  1. Castles
  2. Kings and Queens
  3. Knights
  4. Life on a Manor
  5. Medieval Feast(plus we still read a lot of books because we were loving this era!)

We do a lot of library visits here in our house and that is ideal for unit studies.  For our knights unit study we were given a list for each week of what books we’d need.  I would go to three different libraries to find what they had.  They rarely had all that we needed so we’d often just take all they had on the subject we were doing that week and add in where needed.  That’s the main reason we chose to turn our unit study into a five-week instead of four-week.  We had SO much literature to go with it!

My kids loved studying King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and I loved that they were learning history as well as character traits that will see them through to adulthood.  The kids also loved all the activities and fun times they had.  It’s always fun to try to stump dad though with dad and mom both being history lovers, that is sometimes hard!  It is recommended you go to a Medieval Show, but unfortunately there are none in our area now.  We’re working on having a fellow reenactor who used to do Medieval get his gear on and come do a show though!

You’ve probably heard me mention unit studies before.  We do a lot of them.  And most of those take a lot of time and effort on my part as I have to write them and make sure to incorporate all of the subjects and age levels and learning styles.  But in the end it’s worth it because my kids LEARN!  The main reason I love unit studies so much is that I can use them for my vast age range and they do cover a lot of learning styles.  They tend to include a lot of hands on activities which is wonderful for keeping all ages engaged and active with what they are learning.

I as the parent really enjoyed this pre-made unit study.  I didn’t have to do anything except make sure I had the books on hand for us to read.  Super simple.  I didn’t have to spend weeks writing out and researching what we should do.  This was wonderful for me as I really don’t have a lot of time for all that prep work.  I can already see several unit study themes that we are going to want to do in the future.  

 

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Check out some of the other unit studies offered to the TOS Crew by going to their Main Blog Page to read all the other reviews!  Also check out Homeschool Legacy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!  There are several great titles available which you can see in the photo above.  I know we’ll be doing more of these in the future as we truly love unit studies and I have enjoyed not having to prepare this one!

 

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Martin Luther King Jr Unit Study with a Twist!

Okay, so I like doing unit studies with my kids.  We get in more than just one subject with them and the kids LOVE them!  I’m talking it’s their favorite way to learn!  So this week we’ve been working on one for Martin Luther King Jr Unit Study with a twist.  You ask now what is that twist!

 

martin luther king jr unit study

 

That twist is that we compared the plight of the black(African American) people of the time of Martin Luther King Jr with Ruth and then with Esther from the Bible.

I was challenged by Family Christian to take and use items from their store to make this unit study.  They provided me with a certificate to use to spend at their store to purchase said materials as well.  Well, when I went to the local Family Christian store I was a bit shocked that this store actually had nothing on Martin Luther King Jr at all.  They could order things for me, but that wouldn’t give me enough time to plan up a study.

So instead I found some things to compliment the study I already had in my head.  I got some Celebration printer paper at a local print shop.  I found some cute little stickers with words on them like Joy and Faith.  A sign for our wall that says Believe, a Bible study on Ruth and Esther, and lastly a CD with worship music.

Now how do all of these things relate to Martin Luther King Jr?  Just how was I going to pull them into a study?  Well the answer was simple to me!

Two words that I pulled from his famous speech I Have a Dream were joy and believe.  He spoke of verses in the Bible that contained these words.  In fact, he quoted Psalms 30:5 over six times!  

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

That verse is one that we hear a lot.  It is also one that is in many worship songs(worship cd comes in here).  We also know that Martin Luther King Jr was a Reverend and a Godly man. It stands to reason that he would have spent his days praising the Lord(we know he did).  I thin he’d approve of us listening to praise and worship music while we work on our study.

 

Believe

 

Believe.  Do you think Martin Luther King Jr believed in anything?  I think he did.  I think he believed in an equal America for all.  This is why we got the Believe plaque.  We should all believe in something and be willing to support and work towards that goal.  What we believe in could simply be believing in God and wanting to share him with everyone.  But we all need something to believe in!

Okay so the stickers are pretty easy to tie in.  They’re full of words like believe, joy, faith, and are geared towards kids.  I needed something that would tie this in for my littler kids.  They love stickers.  They also love coloring!

 

I Have A Dream

 

Coloring brings us to the printer paper.  It has a celebration type theme around the outside.  I used the printer to type I Have a Dream on the top of each page that we were going to use and then assigned my kids with the task of drawing me a picture of something they dream of.  Now my kids didn’t draw anything earth shattering.  They’re not dreaming of world peace, but they are dreaming dreams and drew them for me.

 

Ruth and Esther Bible Study

 

The last bit to incorporate was the Bible study on Ruth and Esther.  This one was probably my favorite part.  I liked everything else but I like bringing their attention to things in the Bible and how they can relate to what we’re studying.  I think both Ruth and Esther could relate to what Martin Luther King Jr wanted.  He wanted equality for his people.  He wanted all to be treated as the same.  

Wasn’t that what Esther wanted?  She wanted to save her people from being killed.  She wanted her people to be treated as equal to all the others.  She risked her own life to save her people.  I’d say she was a brave woman who also had a dream.

Ruth also was a brave woman.  She was treated unfairly because she was an outsider in a country she followed her mother in law to.  Maybe not quite as extreme as Esther’s situation, but it has a happy ending!  

As we were studying Ruth we also had to add in some fun!  Here is another of our twists.  Who knew that Veggie Tales would work with Martin Luther King Jr?  Well we connected them!  We watched Duke and the Great Pie War which relates to the tale of Ruth in the Bible.  Oh and we also watched Esther the Girl who Became Queen to tie Esther in in a way that the littler children could relate to.

 

library books

 

Now I know you’re wondering where the actual information on Martin Luther King Jr came from by now.  I checked out three books from the kids section of a local library to read with my children.  We also listened to an audio recording of his famous I Have a Dream speech.  

Last but not least.  I asked them each what a special day would be for them.  I placed those slips all in a jar and one will be drawn for what we’re going to do on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr day.  (I’ve already peeked at a few of these and they’re looking fun!)  Things range from going to the zoo, baking cookies, going to the park, and some that just aren’t things I can make happen like go visit such and such friend who happens to live a full day away!

Now here’s the fun part!  Look below for the pictures of their dreams that my children drew.  They are all proudly displayed on my refrigerator until the next art work should be done and move them to the filing bin.  I love having my fridge covered in my children’s art work!

fridge art

 

fridge art

 

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fridge art

 


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I was provided with a certificate to purchase some of the items in this post from Family Christian.  All thoughts and ideas are my own and not influenced in anyway.

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American History Unit Study for Elementary Ages #hsreviews

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If you’re like me, you love history.  I want my children to love history as much as my husband and I do, so I put a lot of thought into which curriculum we choose.  Recently, we reviewed Golden Prairie Press.  They have an awesome American History Unit Study for Elementary ages.   It is Digital Heroes & Heroines of the Past: American History Curriculum and it is great!   Okay, so you don’t have to take my word for it, keep reading and decide for yourself!

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This history curriculum is geared for grades 1-6 though older ages can use it as well.  Within the digital file you will find two sections on each subject.  The first section is for younger grades 1-2 with larger font and a more basic overview.  The next section is for grades 3-6 and is more in depth with smaller font.  This is a 30 week history.  We received the complete history set which includes:

  • Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History Part 1 e-book (lessons for the 1st half of the year.)
  • Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History Part 2 e-book(lessons for the 2nd half of the year.)
  • Historical Skits e-book(nineteen skits from the time of Columbus to World War II)
  • Sing Some History Audio Download(Hear some of the songs that are mentioned in the book)
  • Listen to Some U.S. History MP3 Audio Download(An audio collection of original speeches, poems, sermons, and documents that are mentioned in the book)
  • Additional Materials Downloads (Printable timelines, instructions and entertaining videos, color artwork, coloring pages, and much more. 

The full curriculum is available to purchase for digital download for $98.99.  These come in MP3, zip, and PDF files.  You can then use them online or print them off.  I prefer to print off the two sections of the book so that I can have them in my hands for planning purposes.  I’m a very hands on type person when it comes to books.  I want to be able to touch them and mark them up if I want to.  It’s kind of hard to highlight my computer screen!

Golden Prairie Press Review
 

American History is so important for our children to learn.  It’s our history and heritage as a country.  However, most of the time history curriculums are dry.  They don’t hold a child’s interest let alone leave an impression on them that will stay with them.  This is where the good and the bad in terms of American History curriculum are separated.  For us, Golden Prairie Press has created an American History Unit Study that we consider to be a good one!  A keeper if you will.  As a history buff, I’ve tried several history curriculums.  While my kids might have been okay with most, and maybe even paid attention and retained s0me of the knowledge, they were just lacking.  I did not approve.  I wanted an all intensive curriculum that would engage my children and make them want to go back in history.  I wanted them to question and actually be fully involved in their school.  

This is what the Digital Downloads Heroes and Heroines of the Past does for us.  It’s makes my children want to learn.  It makes them want to do more than just that days history lesson.  We have history recreations going on in our yard and in the bedrooms.  I also discovered that you have the option of purchasing the curriculum with a print book as well.  You can see that by going to THIS PAGE.  If I were purchasing the curriculum, I would purchase it with the print books instead of printing them off myself.  

We used this curriculum as our complete history.  So it was being used 5 days a week.  We just stopped the history we were doing(I wasn’t that impressed with it, but it was what we had) and implemented this new curriculum as our main history.   It took over.  We used it daily for the review period and well, we’re still using it daily!  A sample of our day in history would be we do a lesson a day.  We read  the lesson, then we use any of the extras that might go along with our daily lesson.  And then the fun begins!  This is where we either use the skit that is in the extras or we make up our own!  My kids love to reenact things(might have something to do with us being Civil War reenactors) and this is such a fun history to reenact.  I find we spend twice as long on our history lessons, but we retain almost 100% off the lesson!  

If you’d ask me if I recommend this curriculum for your American History needs, the answer would be yes.  I do also want to mention that a few other books are mentioned in the lessons and you are asked to read and reference them.  You can purchase them through the Golden Prairie Press website or simply borrow from the library.  The only difference will be that the books through Golden Prairie Press have been revived a bit.  A main one that is mentioned is Ten Girls From History in which the creator of the curriculum has removed a few chapters and edited the version she sells to make it more child friendly.  

Like what you’re learning?  Want to learn some more about this curriculum before you purchase?  Please take a moment to jump on over to the Main Crew Blog Post and check out all the other Crew reviews.  There are several and we all reviewed the same products so you are bound to find someone who thinks along the same lines as you do and see what their reaction was.   You can also check out Golden Prairie Press on Facebook.  

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