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Centered on "living books," this creative approach to history integrates elements of both Charlotte Mason and Classical methods.
Short, very informal introductions are written directly to the student and open up each topic with a distinctly Christian perspective. Suggestions for activities or writing exercises are often included as well. The booklists follow, with selected annotations on what pages or sections to read and appropriate grade levels for each entry. Incredibly flexible in nature, families can proceed at the pace that's best for their students as they select "spines," biographies, in-print books, and out-of-print classics from the extensive lists.
Proceeding chronologically, entries include lists for the Jamestown Colony, Changes in Russia, Painters of the Era, Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, Native Americans, Baroque Art, Puritan Revolution in England, the Scientific Revolution, the French Revolution, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Grades 5-12; may be adapted for younger siblings. 298 pages, softcover, spiral-bound. Full resource list is included at the back of the book.
Vendor: Truth Quest History
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CovenanterHeroes16885 Stars Out Of 5Teaches kids to read history in light of ScriptureOctober 2, 2013CovenanterHeroes1688Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I like it because it brings my kids together and I read to them once a week from this book, then assign them a topic to research and write about on that point in history. My kids are middle school/high school. It works for younger kids too.
It is not as simple as a workbook they can write in, never needing other books. It is like a teacher's guide you read out loud from, presenting a brief biblical view of the history; then it lists other books to choose from on that same time period. The children see what books they can find, do the research, and then answer the "think/write" questions she has for each week. Children consider for themselves how these peoples, times and places relate to God and His Word. Doing research and writing makes it double for English class as well.
It helps to have a kindle or Nook to access the books more easily. (can get expensive but I have found some great books from her list, like H.E. Marshall's, and old books like that are not expensive on nook or kindle readers, usually)
The author says it is the parents' part to decide which books to have them dig into, or adding books not listed at your own discretion. She is just setting up a lesson plan. Her writing is easy to follow and thought provoking. If her questions to write on each week are confusing, just make up your own questions for them to find answers to.
It is too bad that it is spiral bound as the pages tear out too easily, and they are not supposed to be torn out. It is next to impossible to keep the teacher's guide (which is what this book is; there are no kids' textbooks) in new condition when it is spiral bound. I wish it was cheaper for this reason.
javaBostonAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!August 18, 2012javaBostonAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I love her writing style. I had already chosen (I thought) all my curriculum for this year and have already purchased Notgrass America the Beautiful but this looked so good I added it on.
I poured over it all last night and know I will be using this in addition to Notgrass and all of the historical fiction books I have already bought for this upcoming year.
I am still going to have my kids read what she wrote in here (the book is big, but some of the info is book lists and some is her writing) because I know that will add interest and info they are not getting in the other books. I learned quite a few things last night and didn't want to put the book down!
This is a great way to teach history, where the kids actually remember it, not just spitting out dates and names, only to be forgotten later.