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When it comes to learning history, our family enjoys pulling from a variety of sources. Textbooks can be good for a base, but they often come across dry and leave us feeling like history is ‘boring’. However, we found during a recent review that American History comes to life with George Washington: True Patriot and the accompanying George Washington: Unit Study Curriculum Guide by YWAM Publishing.
What is George Washington: True Patriot?
George Washington: True Patriot is one of the Heroes of History books which help bring historical figures to life through a story like biography. The books are written for ages 10 and up, although younger children would most likely glean tidbits of information if done as a read aloud with the family. Beyond just the historical slant, these biographies allow for the child to learn more in the areas of geography, government and science.
The description of George Washington: True Patriot reads:
On a dangerous mission for the British army, young Washington had no idea that one day he would lead an army of fellow colonials in a bitter battle for independence against Great Britain herself, the most powerful empire in the world. Commander in chief of the Continental army, chairman of the Constitutional Convention, and first president, George Washington was indispensable to the fledgling United States. (1732-1799)
The main book retails for $8.99 (currently on sale at YWAM for $6.99) and the accompanying unit study curriculum guide retails for $9.99 (currently on sale at YWAM for $7.49.) While you can easily use just the book as reading in either history or character studies (as the individuals covered in the Heroes of History series all exemplify positive examples), the unit study curriculum guide allows you to dig a bit deeper into the life of the individual being studied. The curriculum guide includes Chapter questions/Key quotes, Student explorations, Community links, Social studies, Related themes, a Culminating event, and Books & resources on the individual and associated subjects.
Thoughts on George Washington: True Patriot
I have a few homeschooling friends who had raved about the Heroes of History series and how much their families enjoy the books. So, I was eager to see how well received this title would be. For this review, my 10 and 13 year old sons did independent reading of George Washington: True Patriot. We received the book in digital format, so they took turns with the Kindle to do their reading.
R (my 13 year old) found the reading to go quickly, although when we started using the chapter questions it became apparent that he missed several details. Score one for having the curriculum guide that helps force the student to slow down a bit and pay closer attention to details. He’s also used the few printable forms available in the curriculum guide to better record what he is learning (including geography with the maps.)
D is attending a brick and mortar school this year, but he loves history and reading. They are studying early American History at the moment, so I suspect he wanted to gather more facts about George Washington now to then share with his classmates later this fall when they reach that time period. His teacher is a huge history buff and I suspect he’ll enjoy hearing that D did extra work on his own volition.
As we spent last year delving into American History, I did not want to spend too much time digging deep into a time period we’d already explored. However, there are so many great suggestions in the curriculum guide that I’m having a hard time not wanting the boys to do a little more than just the reading and chapter questions. And, I should share that while we’ve learned about George Washington in the past they still found tidbits about his early life that they had not heard.
I’ve also been looking at the list of other individuals in the Heroes of History series and think we’ll slowly be adding more of these titles to our virtual bookshelf.
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