History is a favorite subject of mine right after science that is and since we use a mostly Classical, literature based curriculum we get to read a lot. I know you probably already know that our family likes to read, but I am going to tell you again . Recently, I have been reading aloud to the girls from the book Heroes of History: Laura Ingalls Wilder ~ A Storybook Life and the corresponding Digital Unit Study Guide from YWAM Publishing as we have been studying all about her fascinating life growing up.
YWAM, who? I know that’s probably what you're thinking because I know I was when I first heard of the company. However, when I read the titles that were offered for review, I quickly realized that I was already familiar with the YWAM Publishing company since our history curriculum uses several of the books.
YWAM Publishing is the publishing division to the Youth With A Mission organization and is headquartered in Seattle, WA. There mission is to provide quality Christian materials to help fund children and adults around the world through vital missions programs. We received a physical copy of the book and a PDF copy of the study guide for the purpose of this review. I should note the book is available in either paperback, Kindle or Nook version, eBook, or audio book in MP3 or CD formats for just $7.50.
The study guide that correlates with the book is a gem and retails for just $5.49! It is choke full of activities and projects including:
- Student Explorations ~ essay writing, creative writing, hands-on projects, audio/visual projects, arts/crafts
- Social Studies ~ reproducible maps, geography, terms/vocabulary, journey tracking, critical thinking
- Bible Study ~ scripture memorization, devotional application, spiritual concepts
- Community Links ~ meaningful field trips, guest speaker ideas, service projects
- Related Themes to Explore ~ missions, current events, life skills, math, government, science
- Bibliography or Related Resources ~ books, movies, documentaries, magazine articles, websites
- Culminating Event ~ project displays, cultural food, music, and activities, oral presentations
Designed for both individual or group learning this study guide is suitable for many grade/age levels and a wide variety of learning styles because of the many different types of projects and activities offered. It includes many projects and writing assignments to keep you busy and engaged with what you are learning. There is so much in this guide for all ages including:
~ Creative writing prompts
~ Reading comprehension questions
~ Essay writing assignments
~ Timeline project
~ Movie critiquing
~ Hands on projects, audio visual projects, arts & crafts projects
~ Many additional resource ideas
We used both of these products in our family for group learning during our Morning Time Recitations. I found it easier to print the chapters individually and read aloud to the girls. We would then go over the discussion questions out loud for what we had just read. While the story is recommended for ages 10 and up I still feel like my 6 year old learned something along with her older sisters.
We are right in the midst of completing our Westward Expansion unit and this unit study fit right in perfectly. The adventures of Laura and her family are timeless and have been enjoyed for many years. I wholeheartedly recommend this book from YWAM Publishing! Be sure to get your hands on this book and some of the others in the series they produce. You will be glad you did!
Also be sure to check out what my CrewMates thought of this book and the other book / study guide combinations,
being offered for review by clicking the banner below.
Company ~ YWAM Publishing
Product ~ Heroes of History- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price ~ $7.50
Ages ~ 10 and up
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