YWAM Heroes of History book review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

YWAM Publishing offered us several choices from their Heroes of History series of books and we chose to review the George Washington book. We chose to review the George Washington book since we are currently studying American history.  As a homeschool family for many years, we have always enjoyed the “Heroes of History” books from YWAM Publishing.  There are 26 titles offered in the Heroes of History book series to choose from.

My daughter likes the Heroes of History books because:

  • They are easy to read
  • They cover the whole  life of the hero
  • They provide good lessons from their lives

One of those lessons that hit me was the following quote from George Washington:

“The prevalence of that pacific and friendly disposition among the people of the United States which will induce them to forget their local prejudices and policies, to make those mutual concessions which are requisite to the general prosperity, and in some instances, to sacrifice their individual advantages to the interest of the community.” – George Washington

In our current society we seem to have lost this.  It is amazing how important George Washington was in the founding of our country.  He was truly a great leader.

Study guide:

As part of the review I also received the study guide.  The Study guide is a PDF that I downloaded.

 

The study guide has two parts.  The first part has quotes, display corner ideas, questions for each chapter, Social Studies, Related themes to explore and Culminating Events.  The section on a display corner gives suggestions on how you can set up a display corner of objects related to the life and times of George Washington.  Part 2 of the study guide has a fact sheet and some maps.

I really liked reading the YWAM Publishing book on George Washington.  I am looking forward to sharing some of the interesting facts about George Washington and lessons that I learned reading the book.  I am looking forward to reading more books in the YWAM Publishing Heroes of History series.

We reviewed just one book from the Heroes of History series, but you can see reviews from other books reviewed by Homeschool Review Crew members by clicking the link below.

32 Heroes of History {YWAM Publishing Reviews}

Book review – If You Were Me and Lived in…

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Children’s books like those written by Carole P. Roman can be such a fun way to explore history, or culture or even practice reading.  We received four books from Carole P. Roman’s assorted series to add to our home library.  For this review I was able to choose four of Carole P. Roman’s Children’s books.  The four books I reviewed were: If you were me and lived in… Colonial America, if you were me and lived in… Renaissance Italy, if you were me and lived in…the Mayan Empire, and if you were me and lived in… the Middle Ages.  I chose the above books to help in our current history studies and some time periods we will be studying next.

Currently we are studying early American history so the If you were me and lived in… Colonial America  book is perfect supplement our studies.  The book is mostly focused on the pilgrims and there experience coming to America to have freedom of worship.  The book covers all the aspects of life that children would have experienced in the new colony.  In the back of the book there are several imporatant figures from that time period.

The next book I chose was if you were me and lived in…the Mayan Empire.  I was interested in the Mayan book since I have visited the Yucatan peninsula.  I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with my kids some of what I saw first hand at the Mayan ruins.  It was neat to read about some of the places I visited with my children.  The book covers all aspects of what it would be like if my children lived in the Mayan culture.

The if you were me and lived in…Middle Ages book is probably the longest book in the set of the four books I reviewed.  It is 79 pages full of information.  I didn’t particularly like the pictures in this book but that’s my personal preference.  The book was a wealth of information about the middle ages though.

These books are a good reference books for your homeschool history classes.  All the books listed in this review have important information in the back of the book.  I especially liked the famous artist Bio from if you were me and lived in… Renaissance Italy along with a nice glossary in the back of the book so you can quickly look up some quick facts.

I would highly recomend any of the Carole P. Roman Children’s books for your homeschool. Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog by clicking the picture below to read more reviews of other books from Carole P. Roman’s assorted series.

Carole P. Roman's Histroy, Geography, Bedtime & Captain No Beard series {Carole P. Roman Reviews}
 

The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

We are enjoying The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set based on the books by Gertrude Chandler Warner and published by Albert Whitman & company. We have loved the boxcar classics now we also love The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set. While my older kids have read the original books my younger children are not as familiar with the Boxcar children stories.

As part of the review I recieved four hardback The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set books.  All the books are based on the original books.  The very first book introduces you to the Boxcar children and you learn why they are called the Boxcar children. The Surprise Island book also has a movie you can watch and of course there is a mystery.

The books are nicely illustrated with color pictures on each page.  The reading level is between 6 and 8 years old. My boys especially like the Boxcar Children books because they always have a good mystery.

While the books are for early readers we also found out that The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set are also great to read out loud story books for younger kids. One morning my four year old brought one to me to read to him, and now we have read all four together. I love that there are color pictures on each page. As I am a big fan of the Boxcar Children Books I would highly recommend The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set.

Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to read more reviews of Boxcar Children early reader set.

The Boxcar Children Early Reader Set {Albert Whitman & Company Reviews}

PRIDE Reading Program Review – Yellow Level 1

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I am so excited to tell you about my experience with the PRIDE Yellow Book Program Kit – Level 1 from PRIDE Reading Program as a structured reading program for our homeschool.  One of the first things that got me excited about the PRIDE Reading Program was the digital online teachers manual!  I don’t know why more structured literacy programs do not make use of technology in this way.  With the PRIDE Reading Program I can review the future lessons anywhere I have my iPad or computer.  With the digital PRIDE Reading Program teachers manual all I need is the student workbook, letter tiles and the whiteboard.  The other nice thing about the PRIDE Reading Program is there is almost no lesson planning. In the digital teachers guide the black text is your teaching directions and the “blue” text is your script to read aloud to your student. There is a short training course but literally no planning.

To start with the PRIDE Reading Program you go through the online assessment so you know what level your child needs.  Since I have two boys who know all of the letter sounds they were both placed in the Yellow Book Program Kit.  The full Program Kit included: Student workbook, online Teacher instructions, letter tiles, Letter flashcards, text highlight overlay, small white board, markers, eraser, and bags to store everything.
PRIDE Reading Program kit

Each letter or phonemic sound is broken up into three module lessons: Introduction, Practice, and Reinforcement. I ended up splitting each module lesson into smaller chunks, since I have active boys, and a module seemed too long to do in one sitting with them. We really enjoyed making words with the letter tiles. There is a template on the back of the student workbook to help put the tiles together to form a word. The PRIDE Reading Program Yellow Level 1 kit  starts out by teaching vowel sounds and simple three letter words with one vowel.

Some of the other things I liked about the PRIDE Reading Program:

  • No Difficult San serif font! The font used in the workbook is better for Dyslexic children
  • Hands on Orton Gillingham approach which is good for Dyslexic children
  • Small whiteboard. The boys really like writing on this. In fact I let them write on the whiteboard instead of in the workbook sometimes.

Overall I really liked the PRIDE Reading Program. The only things I didn’t like were the letter tiles which will probably get lost at our house and the lessons seemed a little too long for my boys. Both of those thing can be fixed with my organization. I really loved that the teacher manual was totally online. I will definitely keep using this program with my boys.

We used PRIDE reading program Yellow Level 1, but other families used various levels of the PRIDE Reading Program so be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew to read more views.

PRIDE Reading Program Level Kit. {PRIDE Reading Program Reviews}
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Review of SchoolHouseTeachers.com Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

My family is so excited to be reviewing the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  I have subscribed several times in the past to SchoolhouseTeachers.com and I am always amazed at the variety of courses available. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is the perfect companion for our homeschool. There is something for each of my kids from Preschool all the way to High school.

For this review I decided to see if SchoolhouseTeachers.com could be used to homeschool all of my children all the way to high school.

You can easily search for resources based on your childs grade or based on the subject.  I first started with my 4 year old boy.

Preschool:

I have a very active 4 year old boy, so I definitely need something to keep him busy. Searching under the preschool grade level I found Preschool in a Box. Most of the resources are downloadable and printable. There are many coloring sheets I could print out and have him work on while I worked with the older kids. I found a firetruck for him to color and a worksheet for him to cut out and count the number of firemen.

Grade School:

For my boys learning to read, there are many wonderful resources at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  There is a whole section of resources under something called the Literary center.  Some of my favorite resources are the Phonics Reviews and the Quick Reading Intervention, Grade 2+ ebook reading remedies.  You can print out many worksheets to help work on some week areas they need work.  I especially love the ebook Fourteen Steps To Teach Dyslexics to Read and Write which is available as a pdf download with your SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership.

For my older boys I was interested in the science classes that had videos.  I found multiple science videos with cool experiments.

My boys and I enjoyed watching the Hooked on science videos and trying the experiments ourselves.  The experiments used objects we could easily find around the house.  The only problem I encountered was using the iPad for the videos. (Update: Yes it was an issue with our filter.  Videos work fine on the iPad).  I think it might be due to the internet filter we use.  I will definitely research this this and find out if videos will work on the iPad. It would really be nice to watch the experiments on an iPad.

High School:

For my daughter who is a sophomore in high school I needed some resources for her upcoming apologetics debate class.  We found many great videos on Appologetics.  The Addressing Cultural Issues class has several videos and a worksheet that goes along with each video.  I am also hoping to utilize the Biology class videos for my daughter.  The Biology class is a full year High school class with videos and outlines for each lesson.  There are also worksheets to fill out while you watch the lessons and tests you can print out.

If you homeschool children of any age, I highly recommend you checkout SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to read more reviews of SchoolhouseTeachers. My family loved SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Other families used this product too so be sure to check out their reviews by clicking on the banner below.

Online Homeschooling For the Whole Family {SchoolhouseTeachers.com Reviews}