My son and I love learning about American History which is why we were grateful to have the privilege of reviewing The Story of theThirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set along with the 200 QuestionsAbout American History Set from well-known and trusted vendor Memoria Press.
About The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set:
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set includes a Student Reader, a Student Guide (Workbook), and a Teacher's Guide. The Student Reader, entitled The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic is a compilation of short historical pieces of writing by H. A. Guerber that cover American history from the time before Christopher Columbus discovered America until the Spanish American War. Some of the topics covered in the reader include: America’s Exploration, America’s Settlement, The French and Indian War, The War for Independence, The Framing of America as a Nation, Westward Expansion, Slavery, The Civil War, and Inventions.
Since we reside in Pennsylvania, it is interesting to note that the Student Reader devotes an entire chapter to William Penn, the founder of our great state, another chapter focuses upon the Erie Canal, while yet another is dedicated to the Battle of Gettysburg. My son also enjoys learning about the people who have made our nation a great place. Some of his favorites are featured in the reader as well: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln. We both also liked the numerous references as to how the faith of the people was an important element of their lives and very instrumental in our nation’s history. The text in the Student Reader flows quite easily yet did not lose the interest of my ninth grader. Furthermore, the chapters are short at roughly two to three pages maximum. This was helpful as it helped my son retain information better, kept his attention from wandering during the reading, and allowed for productive conversations to follow each reading section.
The Teacher’s Guide contains the answers for each lesson contained in the Student Guide (Workbook), Tests, Answers for the Tests, and an Appendix which includes Maps and various historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
Finally, the Student Guide (Workbook) starts each lesson with facts to know. These are important people, places, and concepts that students need to know and understand. It provides them with short, detailed information about each item in this section. Next, the students are to complete the vocabulary section which contains words that need to be defined. After that, students are to complete comprehension questions directly related to the topic being covered in that chapter. Lastly, there is an enrichment section that typically has the students locate areas of interest on the maps (included in the Teacher’s Guide), fill in a timeline with the newest dates and information, and complete some type of project.
About the 200 Questions About American History Set:
The 200 Questions About American History Set includes a packet of flash cards, a Student Book, and a Teacher's Guide.
Both the Student Book and the Teacher’s Guide contain a Recommended Weekly Schedule that provides a listing of corresponding Text (H. A. Guerber’s The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic), Drill Questions, Timeline Data, Notable Quotes, and Presidents to be reviewed each week.
The first section of the Student’s Book contains the Drill Questions. One of the items I like most about the Drill Questions is that each one provides a chapter and page number that allows students to find the corresponding answer if they cannot immediately recall the information they have learned. This is a great way to help them build good studying habits that will be crucial in their college years. The Timeline section lists important events for which students must write down the correct dates. The Notable Quotes section lists a quote and the students must write down who stated that particular quote. The Presidents section lists a noteworthy accomplishment or characteristic of that particular President and the students must write down the President’s name. Finally, the Student Book concludes with a copy of the Star Spangled Banner, Old Ironsides, and O Captain! My Captain!
The Teacher’s Guide contains the answers for the Drill Questions, the Timeline, the Notable Quotes, and the Presidents sections of the Student’s Book. It also contains tests for the students to take as well as answers to those tests.
As a parent, I am very pleased with The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set as well as the 200 Questions About American History Set from Memoria Press. The material provides an accurate account of our American history while including elements of our faith and virtues. Furthermore, the material kept my child’s interest and helped him grow his knowledge of the country in which we live. Although this set is typically recommended for fifth through eighth grades, it wasn’t too difficult nor too easy for him. Having a diagnosis of high-functioning Autism, he is very intelligent but easily loses interest in topics that are not of interest, are too complicated, or are too long. This homeschool curriculum was a perfect match for him. It facilitated great discussions while also allowing him the opportunity to fine-tune the art of answering comprehension and essay type questions by restating the topic and utilizing complete sentences. I would strongly recommend it to others looking for American history homeschool curriculum.
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