Over the last several weeks we have been using the book Heroes of History- Christopher Columbus from YWAM Publishing for studying history. This is part of the bestselling biographies from the Heroes of History Series by Janet & Geoff Benge. This series came highly recommended by other families we know and is highly recommended for christian schools and those homeschooling. These books could also be used for family study on christian heritage. They can be read by teens, parents and grandparents , but can be read also to younger children.
~ They make excellent chapter books for those age 10 and up ! ~
So what does a small town boy being raised in Genoa, by parents who were farmers of sheep being raised to be a weaver have to do with discovering the new world ? I am supposing that like every young boy Christopher , had a dream. This was one of the many things we learned while reading this book. We learned so much about Christopher Columbus, things we never learned before. From his boyhood adventures and growing up into manhood and getting married. This was the exciting part missed in much of public school learning, this is why I am so glad we homeschool and can chose the books we want to use for our children to learn from. But wither you homeschool or your kids are in public school, this series can be used to enhance your child’s learning experience !
The Heroes of History Series is full of so many interesting Christian biographies of Heroes Then & Now ! Each one of a missionary or leader that was very influential in history. If you are looking for positive role models for your children, these books are wonderful.
Each book comes with a downloadable Unit Study for you to use to enhance the learning experience. In the Unit Study you will find fun activities that are educational. The introduction will help you as the Parent/Teacher to know what you may chose to use. Understanding your child’s learning styles. Using this guide for group or individual study. Understanding grade levels or individual ability of your student/students. It is very through in helping you plan and decide based on the needs of your student and yourself. Key Quotes you can use for memorization, meaning and display purposes. Ideas for setting up a display area , to show what the students are learning, with things to include based on your study. You will also find Chapter Questions for each chapter with page noted for where to find the answers, this is excellent to use with the students to recall facts and quiz them on what they remember. There is a section on Student Explorations where you will find ideas for Essay Questions, Creative Writing , Hands on Projects, Audio/Visual Products and Arts & Crafts ! Also there is a section on Community links to help you find local, state or federal resources and places for field trips to enjoy.
The Unit Study has words to use for vocabulary studies, as well as geographical terms and names for map studies in geography. Time Lines and Conceptual Questions. Related Themes to in Science, Current Issues, Geography, History and Math. A Section on Culminating Events, How to plan out something for the students to experience and show what they are learning or have learned.
You may also like the Homeschool Overview for Unit Study Curriculum Guides for comparing time periods and planning your History Studies. In the Start Here link you will find more fun and informative things in the information about the character you are reading about in your book, guides for small groups, classroom and homeschool. Links to the study guide, in our case part 1 & 2. A bonus section of puzzles , games and more fun ! A meet the authors section so you can get to know them and why they wrote these books. Reader Reviews on the book.
For us there was so much to use and do. We decided to use the book it self for reading daily and doing some of the history study by following up with some books from our library. This is really a full study and can become very in depth for all involved. Even for those young through the adults teaching or studying along.
I think next we will be using John Smith: A Foothold in the New World, as it is next in the series and I want to continue our study of history and family heritage for my kids ! They are so exciting , not only for the kids but for me also !
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I hope you will consider using these wonderful books in your own studies and if you would like to read more of what the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this and many other books in the series, click on the graphic below !