Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers Review!

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachersis 200 pages of fun, interactive hands-on learning for ages 3-13.

Written by a homeschool mom with a Biology degree, this easy to use guide takes you through 20 chapters of science basics.

Broken down into two age based sections, the first, ages 4-7, is a fun-filled, sweet, engaging mix of "real science" and hands on activities such as easy experiments, crafts and stories.  This is sort of reminiscent of a science based "Five in a row".  Topics include:  "anatomy", dinosaurs, animals, insects, magnets, astronomy, botany and more.

In the "older" section, ages 8-13, the crafts and stories are dropped in favor of more experiments, worksheets and deeper information.  Multiple choice tests are found at the end of each chapter as well.  Topics include:  microscopes, matter, chemistry, weather, physics, botany and more.

I really like the layout of this book and the conversational tone the author, Susan Kilbride uses.  Some of the units have a long list of "equipment".  So, you must be proactive in gathering items.  (This would make for a great treasure hunt for older children!)  Most items are easily found - but a few, like a microscope, will have to be obtained or you can opt to omit this experiment.

Though this mentions "millions of years" in one section, it is easily omitted.  This would not stop me from using the remaining 195 pages of the book with my children!

If you are looking for a basic multi-level, science unit study written by a homeschool mom, this is a book you should check out!

See sample chapters too:
Plants for ages 3-7
Atoms & Molecules for ages 8-13

More freebies can be found at Funtastic Unit Studies!

Disclaimer:
I received this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  This post contains an affiliate link.  That means should you click on the link and purchase the item, a small portion of the sale goes to this blog.  You are not charged extra.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Putting your Activities on the Altar

On the heels of the post, Can you Afford Your Homeschool , I've had a few homeschooling comrades ask me specifically what I've changed and why.

Here's our list that was put on the 'altar'

Homeschool Support Group
Teen Bible Quiz
Junior Bible Quiz
The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew
Assorted Curriculum/Book Reviews
Royal Rangers
Missionettes
Keepers of the Faith
Wednesday Co-op
Friday Co-op
Kempo
Ballet

After praying over the above list using the following questions:

* Does this glorify God?
* Does this bring life to the family?
* Does this encourage?
* Does this edify?
* Does this bear good fruit?
* Does this bring peace?


Here's what the list now looks like:


Homeschool Support Group (The Lord has renewed my vision, energies and goals) 




Teen Bible Quiz (For both my 13 and 11 year olds)




Junior Bible Quiz  (After careful consideration, this did not make for a good "Mother-Daughter-Jesus" relationship.  I'll be working with my daughter one on one with various Bible Study material.)


The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew (This was HUGE for me to give up.  I LOVE reviewing curriculum.  I LOVE sharing my opinion - but I don't love the time it was taking away from homeschooling.  Perhaps in a few years when the dynamic changes...but right now ministering to such a wide age span is where my focus needs to be.)


Assorted Curriculum/Book Reviews (Changed to LIMITED amounts)




Royal Rangers (For both my 13 and 11 year olds)




Missionettes  (This wasn't a good fit for my hands-on daughter.  Our time is better utilized together while the boys are at Royal Rangers)


Keepers of the Faith (A definite keeper!  Fabulous hands-on activities with a fabulous group of girls!  Next year I'll be more active in the running of this program)




Wednesday Co-op (This runs 2 - 8 week sessions.  This one was a tough one to weigh as it definitely benefits the younger children...but, a good choice none-the-less)




Friday Co-op (This runs 36 weeks.  This is a necessity and a blessing.  Definitely geared toward the older children)




Kempo (For the 13 and 11 year olds.  Great Christian leadership and the flexible days are a definite blessing!)




Ballet (For my daughter taught by a homeschooled teenager!  Great group of girls, great price, no drama!)




Homeschool PE (For my 3 oldest children.  A bit rough with The Nip Napper.  But, the kids generally have fun and the teacher is very good at inspiring interaction between the kids.)



Psalm 127:1

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain.

Friday, April 20, 2012

TOS Crew Mathematical Reasoning from Critical Thinking Review!

When you have a friend who speaks highly about a product, it is natural to want to check it out.  I was very happy to see for myself if  Mathematical Reasoning Level F was really as wonderful as she had said.

Mathematical Reasoning Level F from Critical Thinking

"All the books in this series are designed to make students think critically.  Students who have worked in one or more of the previous books are likely to find this book challenging, but not too challenging.  Students who have not used the previous books are likely to find this book more challenging, but should eventually catch up and benefit from the exposure to math reasoning."



OUR EXPERIENCE:

Right off the bat, my 5th grader and I noticed how colorful the entire book is.  Every page is BURSTING with color!

I also noticed that this book is Spiral in its' approach.  Spiral means that a topic is covered for only a few pages and then there is a gap before it is gone over again.

My 5th grader is an average math student, and his current curriculum is an understated black and white.  He was very excited by the look of this book!

Cracking open the first section, Algebra, we are both a bit puzzled at the flow of work.  Multi-digit addition and subtraction, rounding, fill-in multiplication table, simple multiplication, decimals......

Hmmm....

Maybe the next section will be better.

Numbers and Operations continues with the same jumping around and mish-mash between money, simple division, prime numbers, measuring angles...

At this point I stop and look ahead to the next section myself.

Order of Operations contains probability, equivalent fractions, exponents, 2 digit division, transformations, finding the mean....

So, when Critical Thinking says its' Math book takes a 'Spiral Approach', they weren't kidding!

My 5th grader settles on a few sections that he doesn't know yet - exponents and decimals.  He was not able to figure out how to work the problems by the examples in the book.  Sitting with him, I had to explain it to him in a different way.

Interestingly enough at the front of the book it does say:  "There is no one correct way to teach the skills presented in this book.  Have fun figuring out different ways to relate the skills to the student's daily life."

I take this to mean, "If you don't get how it's taught in this book, good luck figuring it out on your own!"

While this book is definitely flashy and eye catching, its' whiplash, non-sequiter approach to "teaching" math leaves much to be desired!  I would recommend this book only as a supplement and not as a complete math program unto itself.

Take a peek inside!

Mathematical Reasoning retails for $42.99 and can be found with other Critical Thinking Products like Word Benders, Red Herring Mysteries, Science Detective and much more at: http://www.criticalthinking.com.

Here's what other crew members are saying!

Disclaimer:
I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What is the Christian Blog Crawl? Part 2

Last year, I introduced The Christian Blog Crawl to my readers.....


Some of you may have noticed this button on my sidebar and clicked on it.


Christian Blog Crawl
Christian Blog Crawl


Some of you may have noticed it and ignored it.  Some of you may be seeing it for the first time.


What is it?  It's The Christian Blog Crawl! 


What is that?  Created by DUG, The Christian Blog Crawl is:
"a neat way to share thoughts and words and lessons and ideas from and with other people on a regular basis. My mind started working, I came up with my own idea of what this could be, and I created the Christian Blog Crawl."
Participating blogs are based on Christian values but do not need to focus on any specific subject. As a matter of fact, we aim for a variety of types of blogs."
And Christian variety is EXACTLY what you will find.  From Apologetics to couponing and everything in between, the members of the CBC are dedicated followers of Christ from various denominations living real lives in the real world.


I would like to introduce you to a few more of my fellow 'Crawlers':


Christian Blog Crawl
Brvan affords readers to browse a wide assortment of entries. Topics include: Bible Studies, Sermon Notes, Devotional Thoughts and Conservative Political Ideology. Married for 17 years, Bryan and wife Delaina cherish four children. The family homes schools and Bryan serves as a music and youth pastor. He also writes a weekly column for a small hometown newspaper. Bryan welcomes all readers and comments.

(Yes, the blog address is brvan.com and not bryan.com)





Christian Blog CrawlReflections on an Intentional Life is just that. Jen's reflections on living with intention both as an individual and as a pastor alongside her church. She prays that her posts will give you food for thought and encourage you to live intentionally for Christ.




Christian Blog Crawl
Dottie Parish is a wife, mother and grandmother and she loves Jesus and His church. She enjoyed a 30 year + career in clinical social work/marriage counseling. In her blog she shares thoughts on faith, family, life, marriage, reading, and writing. Her recently published book, Changing Churches: A View from the Pew, offers help to “church switchers” and gives a thoughtful perspective about changes in churches in recent decades. It is available now on
Amazon.com. Dottie blogs at Faith Notes.






Christian Blog Crawl
Trish at A House Upon The Rock is a Christ-follower, wife and mama who homesteads, home educates and muses about life as she seeks to build her house upon The Rock. She hopes that you will be encouraged when you stop by whether or not you home educate, home school, are a mama or wife.




Other CBC participants include:

RobSorbo.com

Purposeful Pathway
Find Your PATH, Live with PURPOSE, Walk God's Way

Certain Christian
One Man and His Journey with God


Taber's Truths
Spiritual insights for the common man.

Homeschool Circus
What else do you call a homeschooling house of six?

Mike Print
Thoughts on life and faith.

Apologetics Guy

Words from DUG
"A bit of faith, a bit of inspiration, a bit of humor, a bit of the every day."

I think you'll be blessed by the insights gained through these fellow soldiers in Christ.  I hope to feature more of my fellow CBC'ers in the future.  Please take some time and drop by for a visit!  Don't forget to tell 'em you were sent by "The Circus"

Friday, April 13, 2012

American History: Observations & Assessements from Early Settlement to Today Review!

WOW!

This was my reaction after reading through American History: Observations & Assessments from Early Settlement to Today

I have saved the best for last.... In my opinion, this is the best new offering from Master Book's High School History selection.

American History: Observations & Assessments from Early Settlement to Today
This curriculum is comprised of 34 chapters with 5 lessons each.  Each lesson consists of a short reading section with critical thinking questions and will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.  Some of these questions can be deduced from the reading, some require thinking 'outside the box' and a few require you to search out the answer in other materials.   At the end of each week's lessons is a short exam.

Starting with Pre-Colombian Civilizations, author James Stobaugh takes the student on an engaging journey through American History all with a Christian Worldview.

In addition to the increased length of the readings, are the improved Critical Thinking Questions.  They vary from "Which came first, racism or slavery?" to a variety of comparison charts that appear throughout the study to researching a list of Presidents and writing a paragraph about their most memorable accomplishment.  These questions are greater in number and depth than in British History and World History.

Another thing I really liked about this study was that it did not *smash* the 1970's to the present together into one mind-numbing lump.  The author does a wonderful job moving through the Presidential eras of Kennedy through Obama plus hitting contemporary issues of abortion, health care, terrorism, euthanasia and even homeschooling!

In addition, scattered through the book are sections on Philosophers, Preachers, and Historical Debates of the time which really give the student insight to how day-to-day life was during that particular era.

Whether your child has little knowledge of American History or is a walking Encyclopedia, I think most High Schoolers will enjoy this study.

Though still lacking in mapwork and literature selections, this curriculum definitely makes up for it in depth and broadness of information!  And, is one that I am considering for my own children as well.

Look inside! 

Disclaimer:
I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Homeschool Programming for Your Highschooler-Review in Progress

My 13 year old will be embarking on the 9th grade soon.  He has expressed a deep desire to learn Computer Programming.  Upon checking out our options, the best being through a virtual school, we were disappointed to learn that he'd need to complete Geometry first.
TeenCoder Year Pack from Homeschool Programming http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com/?a_aid=4f87213a131ec

Seeing as though he'd have to wait a year to enroll in that course, we were overjoyed to find TeenCoder: C# Year Pack from Homeschool Programming.

From their website:

"Our computer programming courses are created for kids and teens. Your students can write programs and games on their own computer!

You don't need a computer lab to provide quality computer science education. All courses are self-study; no teacher expertise required!

Read our Product Overview and watch demo videos to learn more!"


http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com/?a_aid=4f87213a131ec Windows Programminghttp://www.homeschoolprogramming.com/?a_aid=4f87213a131ec Game ProgrammingIncluded in the TeenCoder C# Year Pack are:  TeenCoder for Windows Programming for the first semester and for the second semester TeenCoder: Game Programming.
Over the course of this study, I will be posting updates and more detailed information about this curriculum along with my son's progress.

I can tell you that since this program arrived in the mail, his nose has been in the book every free chance he gets!

We are both very excited for this opportunity !

Disclaimer:
I received a TeenCoder C# Year Pack free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  I'm also an affiliate.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TOS Crew Christian Kids Explore Biology Review

Christian Kids Explore Biology




Christian Kids Explore Biology
3rd-6th graders
$34.95

From their website:

"This user-friendly, unabashedly Christian, one-year science curriculum for elementary students includes teaching lessons, gorgeous coloring pages, hands-on time, memorization lists, review sheets, creative writing assignments, and an awesome supplemental book list! Written for 3rd through 6th graders, it can easily be scaled down for younger students, making this an excellent choice for teaching all your elementary-aged kids together. The schedule of 35 weekly lessons calls for teaching twice weekly, allowing a family time for projects, exploration of resource books, field trips, etc. The conversational style gives students the basic information they need, making this an ideal first course in life science; especially useful for those following a classical approach!"

Consisting of Biology Basics, Plants, Birds, Mammals, Human, Reptiles, Insects, and Water Creatures,   each of these units begin with a list of materials needed, vocabulary, and a special coloring page.  A Unit Review 'Test' concludes each unit.

Going through the lesson, the student either reads the information themselves or the parent can read it aloud.  Next to test comprehension, is a 'Think about it Questions' section and/or a Hands-on activity which does include an optional experiment sheet to fill out.  Each lesson ends with a review section.

My 3rd and 5th graders thought the reading portion of each lesson was short and easy enough to get through.  We did the review sections orally, but did fill out the experiment sheets.  No problems there either.  However, the vocabulary was the real killer! There's A LOT of words to learn and memorize!!
That part didn't go so well, so I shortened the list to make it more manageable.

This is a nice beginning Christian Biology study free of Evolution!  If your family hasn't done much in the way of life science, this is a good place to start.  While my kids seemed to enjoy the short and sweet lessons, I do feel there's a need to add more to it from the extensive list of books and resources located at the back of the book.  In our current season, it's just not practical to hunt for extra resources per lesson.

You can check out additional information and samples from Christian Kids Explore Biology:


Bright Ideas Press also carries other Christian Science and History curriculum.  They can be found at: http://www.brightideaspress.com/

Here's what other crew members are saying!

Disclaimer:
I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

World History: Observations & Assessments from Creation to Today Review!

Written from a Christian Worldview, author James Stobaugh crams 6000+ years of history into 288 pages in  World History: Observations & Assessments from Creation to Today .

World History: Observations & Assessments from Creation to Today .Geared for your High School student, this new selection from Master Books contains 34 chapters with 5 lessons each.  Each lesson consists of a short reading section with critical thinking questions and will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes.  Some of these questions can be deduced from the reading, some require thinking 'outside the box' and a few require you to search out the answer in other materials.   At the end of each week's lessons is a short exam.

This particular study has a nice, interesting flow of history from Mesopotamia to the present.  In addition to studying great civilizations like Israel, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Central and South America, you'll also learn the 7 major worldviews, ponder thought provoking questions about the Martyrs, read quotes from Hinduism and Confucius and consider opposing views of the Crusades.  In addition to fabulous pictures, you'll breeze through 20th century History with World Wars I & II, Jazz Age and Post Modernism.

Both my resident teen-aged History Buff and I though this book contained more 'meat' than British History.  I was very pleased to see that there were more thinking questions and that they required a lot more in-depth thought as well.

Eventhough there's a lot more information in this course, we still have the opinion that this would be a great study for someone who hasn't studied much History -or- doesn't particularly care for the subject -or- just wants a straight up study of History without additional readings, literature suggestions or mapwork.

Take a look inside.

Disclaimer:
I received a Teacher and Student book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, April 9, 2012

TOS Crew Earth Rocks! from AIMS Review

AIMS - Earth Rocks


Earlier this year I reviewed  Area Formulas for Parallelograms, Triangles and Trapezoids from AIMS.  I thought it was a great product that was reasonably priced.

Again the opportunity presented itself to review another AIMS product.  Being a Geology aficionado, I jumped for joy when I saw Earth Science on the list!  This study ROCKS!


AIMS - Earth Rocks

Earth Rocks

Grades 4th-5th
$29.95


Description from their website:
"50 activities — 336 pages Students explore soil, rocks/minerals, the water cycle and properties of water. In the section on Earth Changes, students will look at weathering and erosion. The Resources section has them classifying resources as renewable and nonrenewable. The book ends with a section on pollution."


Though Earth Rocks is geared for grades 4-5, this study could easily be expanded for an advanced 3rd grader or an older student.  (Though your older child might not enjoy some of the more 'basic' activities such as making mini-books.)

Each section is broken down into a teaching page that includes all pertinent information needed for the activity, a mini-book to make, comprehension questions that can be written or done orally and additional illustrated labwork pages.  These lab pages are definitely not your average fill-in-the-blank worksheets.  AIMS does a great job inspiring learning and not squelching it with nonsense.

Written for schools, this study can be used for Homeschoolers with mostly a minimal effort.  There are some lab activities that require out of the ordinary objects such as a balance or water table.  These will either have to be searched out or constructed ahead of time.

Before I tell you more about this curriculum, I do want to let my readers know that Earth Rocks is a secular product.  In this book, there's not a mention of "millions of year" until page 187 in the Erosion section called Carving Canyons.  After that it is mentioned sporadically in the teachers pages for the next 60 pages.  So, it would be quite easy to use this 332 paged book without quoting questionable dates.

Some might wonder why as a literal Creation minded Christian I would want to review (and possibly endorse) a product that teaches 'millions of years'.

I have to be honest.  While I whole hearted believe in a Young Earth/Intelligent Design,  many of the Christian Earth Science Curriculum I've reviewed contain errors in their explanation and/or presentation of rocks and minerals.

In my opinion, this is the basis of Geologic study!

First of all, what I like about this book is that AIMS treats the student as intelligent enough to comprehend the difference between rocks and minerals --- and not use the two terms interchangeably as I've seen in  other curriculum.

I also like the way AIMS breaks down the mineral identification into many faceted exercises AND gives you the option of buying one of their kits.  Now, while you might think this is strictly a ploy to make money, it's actually a much better way to learn to identify minerals.  Buying the accompanying kit gives the inexperienced teacher/parent absolute certainty in the answer rather than just guessing at a random pile of minerals and rocks.  Once the student is comfortable with identifying the most common found minerals, it makes identifying and understanding rocks much easier.

My 3rd and 5th graders enjoyed the first section of this study so much that we will continue with it over the summer!  This is also one resource that I would be very happy to teach in a co-op setting as well!

You can visit the AIMS website to learn more about their other multi-level science and math resources at: http://www.aimsedu.org/

Here's what other crew members are saying!

Disclaimer:
I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

British History: Observations & Assessments from Early Cultures to Today Review!

From the Celt Warriors to the Present day, your Highschool student will learn all about British History from a Christian Worldview presented by author James Stobaugh.

This newest offering from Master Books, History Observations & British  Assessments from Early Cultures to Today
This newest offering from Master Books, History Observations & British  Assessments from Early Cultures to Today contains 34 chapters with 5 lessons each.  Each lesson will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes and consists of a short reading section with critical thinking questions.  Some of these questions can be deduced from the reading, some require thinking 'outside the box' and a few require you to search out the answer in other materials.   At the end of each week's lessons is a short exam.

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book - a WHOLE book just on Britain.....awesome!

Once I got to the section on Druids and "Why is Halloween a dangerous, anti-Christian Holiday?"  I was HOOKED!  I read through the Early Roman Influence, Christianity in England, Age of Exploration, Elizabethan Life and a wonderful section on the King James Bible in a non-stop session before 'life called'.

Growing up I didn't have a great experience learning history.  What I do know I've learnt mostly from teaching my own children.  So, to get a second opinion, I handed this book to our own resident teen-aged History-buff .  His take was a wee-bit different.

From early on in our Homeschool we've studied History using living books and a lot of hands-on activities.  So, for him, History is fascinating!!  While he liked this book, he thought the lessons were a little too short.  He kept asking for more information, more information, more information!

So, in our opinion, this would be a great study for someone who hasn't studied much History -or- doesn't particularly care for the subject -or- just wants a straight up study of History without additional readings, literature suggestions or mapwork.

Take a peek inside.

Disclaimer:
I received a Teacher and Student book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, April 6, 2012

TOS Crew Write With World Review!

Write with World - God's World News



Over the years we've enjoyed learning current events through God's World News Magazine.  When I was offered a chance to check out their new pilot writing program for middle schoolers, I enthusiastically agreed.

Write with World is a two-part curriculum that spans 2 years of study.  Each year is  broken down into 16 key lessons equalling 80 exercises. It's loosely connected to World Magazine and God's World News and is intended for 6th-9th graders.  Though it can be used for high schooler if the student is weak in writing.

From their website:
"Write with WORLD is the new middle school writing curriculum developed by education and media professionals. Use it to inspire and train your students to become proficient communicators who can exceed educational requirements and navigate today's growing new media and conflicting worldviews.

Write with WORLD exposes students to:
-reading that develops discernment
-contemporary subjects and professional guidance to pique interest
-flexible exercises to build confidence and skill for using today's new media
-a thoughtful and meaningful Christian worldview

Click here to read the WORLD Magazine article about this new approach to teaching writing.

Your students learn to write with purpose.

Writing skills are commonly deficient among students entering college, but the problem and its fallout begin years earlier. Poor writing skills hurt a student's performance on exams and in courses requiring composition. For Christian students, poor communication hinders the believer's voice from influencing their social circle and, ultimately, the broader public square.

Christians in particular should try to be the best communicators. They possess the truth and need to articulate a biblical worldview. Just as important, today's students must be discriminating media consumers - able to read, hear, and watch what the world is saying and to recognize the truth."


OUR EXPERIENCE:

I reviewed this with my 8th grader.  I really like the touches of searching for the Worldview in advertising and the 'advice nuggets' from the editors and writers of God's World News mixed in throughout the study. The student book is eye-catching and full of vivid pictures as well.

Although this program is several steps above average in content, the journaling exercises were still too "touchy-feely" for my very black and white/logic minded son.  My expressive, colorful, charismatic 5th grader would have a blast with this curriculum.  BUT, honestly I just can't wrap my mind (or my wallet) around the price.  Especially when there are several top notch writing curriculum on the market that are multi-level friendly and cost less.

Check out a Sample Lesson and Table of Contents for yourself.

Write with World retails for $95 per year OR $165 when both first and second year books are purchased together.  Purchase includes access to the user website coming this fall.

Here's what other crew members are saying.

Disclaimer:
I received a Teacher and Student book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

We Have a Winner - Queen of the Home!

Queen of the Home


Thank you to everyone who entered!  I wish I had more copies to giveaway - but - the winner of this copy is Gretta J.

Gretta, I'll be contacting you shortly!

TOS Crew Age of Revolution III from TruthQuest History Review!

I had heard great things about TruthQuest History.  So much so, that I had to see what the 'big deal' was for myself!

Real books?  No multiple choice tests?  Multi-Level friendly? All from a Christian perspective?

OK, YOU'VE GOT MY ATTENTION!



Age of Revolution III: America/Europe, 1865-2000"TruthQuest History is a deep and rich literature-based history study…but with a difference. You will not learn the story of mankind; you will learn the lovestory of mankind. You will not focus on the rise and fall of human civilizations; you will focus on the arrow-straight line of God's unchanging existence, power, love, truth, and plan for civilization. You will not simply 'meet the culture' or 'get the facts;' you will probe the truths of history so deeply that your students will be equipped to change their world!"



TruthQuest History Age of Revolution III (1865-2000)
Grades 5-12
$34.95 print
$29.95 PDF

Written in a conversational tone, Author Michelle Miller takes you through a historical journey while keeping her finger on the spiritual pulse of events that will change and shape the future.  She uniquely summarizes the spiritual health of these events and narrates them to the reader.

I choose Age of Revolution III: America/Europe, 1865-2000 targeted for grades 5-12 to review with my 3rd, 5th and 8th graders.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that while the time period summaries are geared toward older children, there were reading selection choices listed for younger students as well.  The majority of books you should be able to find at your local library.

The modern era is certainly a time of rapid change and gruesome warfare.  The author does a great job of taking you through the modern era starting with the Victorian age.  You are given an overview of the time period as well as additional literature you can choose to read.  Each selection has a suggested grade level and any other pertinent information.

In this particular section, the parent/child can choose from Queen Victoria, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickinson, Florence Nightingale, Crimean War, Victorian Era, plus much, much more!  There's so much to choose from that I guarantee you won't be bored!

Throughout the rest of the guide, you'll explore the Arctic, Impressionists, American Authors, Eric Lidell, The World Wars, Cuba, and The Environmental Movement to name a few.

Toward the end of the guide, there's a mashing of the 1970's through Post Modernism.  Rather than looking at individual events, this part of the guide looks at common thinking and spiritual overtone of the time.

We love History.  We are accustomed to not limiting ourselves to bland text books - but rather to feast on living books in most every shape, size and color.  (Ok, I'm being a bit over-dramatic, but you get my point!).

The best way to study history is as a family with each member being able to enrich their learning with a living book at their level.  TruthQuest helps you do just that!

We really enjoyed the narratives throughout the guide that take the student through the time period in an interesting, Christian perspective. Overall the script and accompanying book lists were great!  However, we did find the 1970's + section a bit thin.

There are no written exercises apart from the one "Think-Write" chart in which the student fills out during the course of this study.  If you are concerned with comprehension, you can always have your child narrate what he/she has read.  As for any hands-on activities - you will need to add these yourself.

The only drawback to using a guide of this sort is that you'll need to acquire the extra reading books on your own or through your library.  If you are not disciplined enough to do so OR are extra busy, you'll be missing the beauty of using TruthQuest.  BUT, if you have never studied history as a family or used living books in that study, I highly recommend trying out TruthQuest History Guides!

See the Table of Contents and a Sample Section for this guide.

Check out more History/Literature guides at http://truthquesthistory.com/ .  And if you are having trouble picking a guide, see how to choose the guide that's right for your family.

Here's what other crew members are saying!

Disclaimer:
I received this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review.