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Homeschool Legacy Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently received the Once-A-Week Unit Study entitled Native America from Homeschool Legacy.

About Once-A-Week Unit Studies

Once-A-Week Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy are fun and interactive Christian based unit studies for grades 2-12.  They are cross-curricular and include many different subjects while still staying on the “main” subject.  I was able to try the Native America unit study to review.  Once-A-Week Unit Studies will also help your Boy Scout or American Heritage Girl earn their merit badges on many different subjects–a nice addition!

Each unit study includes a weekly schedule and tips on how to use the study.  I love that you can find the majority of the books you need at your local library, and even a few of them from free sources such at Project Gutenberg.  You may even already own a few of the titles.  You can find these comprehensive unit studies for $17.95 at the Homeschool Legacy website.

You can fine Once-A-Week Unit Studies covering the following topics:

  • Horsing Around (4 weeks)
  • Knights & Nobles (4 weeks)
  • Forest for the Trees (4 weeks)
  • Birds of a Feather (4 weeks)
  • Native America (6 weeks)
  • Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea (7 weeks)
  • Early Settlers in America (6 weeks)
  • Revolutionary Ideas (7 weeks)
  • Weather on the Move (7 weeks)
  • We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution (8 weeks)

My Thoughts on the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study

Learning about Native America is important to my family, as part of my husband’s heritage is Native American.  We don’t know much about it, because his grandmother looked at her Native American heritage as shameful.  I don’t want my children growing up with the outlook, so I feel it’s important for them to learn as much about it as possible and even celebrate it.  That’s why I was so excited to get to review the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study.

Native America is an exhaustive unit study that covers:

  • The Northeast Woodland Nations
  • The Southeast Woodland Nations
  • The Southwest Nations
  • The Plains Nations
  • The Pacific Northwest Coast Nations
  • The California/Plateau/Great Basin Nations

This unit study contains sixty-one pages and is scheduled to be completed in six weeks.  Everything you need for each week can be found at the beginning of each section.

The Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study is well researched and comprehensive.  You could easily extend it into a much longer time period than just six weeks and still not use all the suggested books, movies and activities.  I was really impressed with just how extensive the Native America unit study was.

How We Used the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study

Riley certainly enjoyed the activities and reading selections.  We chose to use the Native America Once-A-Week Unit Study as a summer study.  We like to school year round, but like to do things like unit studies during the summer.  They are a bit more relaxed and fun than just our regular studies.  We followed the weekly schedule and it worked out perfectly for our summer study.  The reading selections were fun and I think he learned so much from them!  We exhausted our small local library of every Native American book available.  I think that now, Riley has a much better idea of his Native American heritage.  I think that overall, this unit study was a hit and we will certainly consider purchasing more of the Once-A-Week Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy!

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A Cry From Egypt Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

A Cry From Egypt Review :: Finding Beauty :: susangodfrey.com

As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I am privileged to receive some exceedingly great homeschooling resources to evaluate.  This has certainly been a blessing to us, as we’ve received several items that we are continuing to use over this next school year.  Recently, I received a copy of the book A Cry From Egypt by Hope Auer from Raising Real Men, published by Great Waters press to examine.

A Cry From Egypt Review :: Finding Beauty :: www.susangodfrey.com

A Cry From Egypt is the first book in the Promised Land series by Hope Auer and illustrated by Mike Slaton, both recent homeschool graduates.  Auer began writing the book at thirteen as a homeschool assignment while studying ancient Egypt.  The book deals with the time period of the Israelite’s slavery before Moses leads them in the Exodus.  The book is intended for ages eight and above.  You can purchase an Advance-reader copy of the book for $12.50.

A Cry From Egypt Summary

A Cry From Egypt :: Finding Beauty :: www.susangodfrey.comA Cry From Egypt centers around Jarah, a young Hebrew slave girl in ancient Egypt.  It is a fictional account of the time when the Israelites were still in slavery in Egypt, but before the Exodus.  She and family must work long and hard for their Egyptian masters, or face cruel punishment.  Jarah longs for freedom from her people’s oppressors.  When a friend that works in the palace passes along a message saying that she is seeing Yahweh at work, things begin to change and Jarah and her people find themselves at the climax of four hundred years of history.  Could Yahweh be preparing the way for His people’s freedom?

My Thoughts on A Cry From Egypt

We are currently studying Egyptian history, so this book couldn’t have arrived at a better time.  I started reading it aloud to Riley the other night.  Generally, we read one chapter of a book per night, but this one had Riley begging “for just one more chapter, Mom!”  A Cry from Egypt is a very well written book, especially considering how young the writer was when she began writing it.  I was quite impressed with her depth and insight.  The plot is well constructed and intriguing; it flows so well together.  While we’re not yet finished with the book, Riley is already excited about the sequel(s).  He actually asks for this book for bedtime reading over his beloved Hardy Boys—that really says it all right there!

About the Author

A Cry From Egypt Review :: Finding Beauty :: www.susangodfrey.comHope Auer has been writing stories and plays since she was very young.  Through her school years, she developed a passion for history and telling stories which eventually led to “The Promised Land Series.”  In addition to writing, Hope loves the Lord, life, church, family, and children.  She was homeschooled and works and learns alongside her family, who are the first people to read her books.  Hope has a heart for children that is evident as she helps in youth theater, teaches piano, and writes stories.  Hope also has a little Shih Tzu names Sophie who often sits on her lap and helps her write.

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The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVD from Marshall Publishing Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

The Oregon Trail/The Pony Express From Marshall Publishing Review - Finding BeautyAs a member of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I get the chance to review a variety of homeschool related products which I totally love.  Recently I was given a copy of the DVD “The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express” from Marshall Publishing to Review.  Riley has recently become obsessed with playing the Oregon Trail game on my iPhone, so I thought this would be a good match for him and our family.

About The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVD

The Oregon Trail/The Pony Express From Marshall Publishing Review - Finding BeautyMarshall Publishing  has created a winner with The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVD!   This DVD contains two programs on one DVD.  These educational videos are both interesting and informative.  Beautiful photography, live re-enactments, maps and photos from this time make these videos educational and historically accurate.  They really made the time period come to life.  The normal price for this DVD is $24.95, but now you can get it for $19.95 and you can get free first class shipping by using the coupon code: TOS27 at check out.  The item number is #KVFD-109.  That’s a saving of $7.95!

The Oregon Trail Description – The reasons for going…the hauntingly beautiful landscape…the rivers they followed and crossed…the joys and hardship…and the elation and the dissension as described in immigrants diaries…all come to life in this detailed account of American’s longest and most famous trail to the West Coast.  Until you view the program you can really never understand the incredible undertaking of these brave and hardy people.  Approximately 35 minutes in length.

The Pony Express Description – Glossed over by all of the adventures and romance attached to it, most people don’t realize the Pony Express lasted only 19 months.  It was a grand gamble that eventually led to the bankruptcy of the three men who started it.  Yet, during its brief life span it caught the attention of Americans, made a legend of the riders and provided a vital link between California and the Northern states at the onset of the Civil War.  Approximately 16 minutes in length.

My Thoughts on The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express DVD

Riley and I sat down on the bed a few weeks ago to watch this.  I immediately was taken with the fact that these documentaries put me very much in mind of the ones that use to be shown on TV on shows like “The Wonderful Word of Disney” and “Mutual of Omaha”.  I grew up in the 70’s and these were a staple of Sunday night TV.  These shows were a staple in our home growing up and I’ve missed that they are not readily available for my children.  That is why I was so excited after we watched The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express from Marshall Publishing.  I LOVED those documentaries back then and was so pleased to see that Riley loved The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express just as much.  I was so impressed with the content of this DVD.  The footage and stories really drew you in and made the time period come to life.  I also like that there is a study guide available on the website.  If you grew up on the documentaries mentioned above and loved them, then I bet you’ll love these as well!  They are not all glossy and filled with the latest special effects, but they are interesting and entertaining.

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Young Pioneers Review

Young PioneersI have always loved the Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and when I heard about Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane (Laura’s real life daughter), I wanted to read it. David and Molly in the story were modeled after Rose’s grandparents, Charles and Caroline Ingalls. While the book is geared towards young folks, I did enjoy it quite a bit. While the Little House Series are geared towards a younger set, Young Pioneers makes a nice addition to your bookshelves for your older children. I think Young Pioneers is a bit more realistic when it comes to the hardships and dangers that the Pioneers faced, while the Little House Series sugar coated them a bit because those books were more geared towards younger children. Also, Rose’s writing style is different from those that her Mother penned. It’s a bit more stark and not as descriptive.

If you’ve read the Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you will recognize that many of the settings and events in Young Pioneers are from Laura’s book, On the Banks of Plum Creek. For instance, David and Molly live in a dugout on the banks of Wild Plum Creek. They also lose their wheat crop through a swarm of grasshoppers. But, you also get a glance at what “Ma” and “Pa” were possibly like before Laura was born. The story starts with David and Molly’s wedding. David is 18 and Molly is 16 when they set off on their adventure. From the Little House Series, I never pictured them being that young. Granted, I know that this is a fictionalized account of Charles and Caroline’s early years, but this fact was probably pretty accurate. After reading the book, think about this…how many 16-18 year olds do you know that could survive life as a pioneer in today’s age?

I enjoyed the Young Pioneers quite a lot, but I did feel that the ending was a bit abrupt. I would have like to have had it go on a bit longer to have it feel a bit more complete. I don’t think it has the same magic as the Little House Series, but it was well written and enjoyable.

This book is appropriate for I’d think 6th grade and up. Nothing too violent, just the stark reality of life as a pioneer. Also, there is a mild curse word that is used once when David is upset toward the middle-end of the book.  I think this is a great addition to your homeschool history bookshelf, especially if you’re a fan of the Little House Series.

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This Week In History Review from Thomas Jefferson Education :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

This Week in History

About This Week in History from Thomas Jefferson Education

This Week in HistoryAs a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I recently was able to try This Week in History from Thomas Jefferson Education.  This Week in History is a subscription program that delivers a new weekly lesson in your email inbox.  Each week you receive an email full of links, photos, videos and more to help you teach history in a fun, interactive way.  It only costs $9.99 per month, which breaks down to only about $0.33 per day.  Try a sample week of This Week in History and see what an amazing resource it truly is!

This Week in History provides a great opportunity to learn and discuss historical events.  The wide variety of historical topics is really amazing.  This Week in History is like a mini unit study that you get in your inbox each week.  It’s a really fun and affordable way to supplement your history studies.  Or is you are a more eclectic homeschooler it would be a great way to study history as a family instead of a purchased curriculum.

My Thoughts on This Week in History by Thomas Jefferson Education

This Week in History

We’ve really enjoyed using This Week in History  this summer.  While we didn’t officially homeschool over the summer, we did do a lot of review and supplementing to help keep Riley fresh.  This Week in History was a fun addition to our summer program.  Because the resources are online, we were able to even us it while on vacation and on the go.  It was a great boredom buster this summer as well.

This Week in History was certainly fun for the whole family and I am very pleased with what we’ve all been learning using it.

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TimeMaps from Knowledge Quest Review :: Schoolhouse Review Crew

TimeMaps are flash based computer programs from the folk over at Knowledge Quest.  This is the first product I’ve used from Knowledge Quest and I have to say that they certainly “knocked it out of the ballpark” with TimeMaps!  These interactive maps really do bring history to life.  With just a click of a button, you can progress through time to see how civilizations, countries, and continents have changed over time.  It that wasn’t cool enough, the program also includes lots of added information to strengthen your knowledge of the time or area.  The TimeMaps programs are totally interactive, which makes learning, what can sometimes be a really dry subject, a bit more fun.

The included Teacher’s Manual (in PDF format) is so useful.  It is full of worksheets, maps, timelines and a summary of the time period.  It’s a really big help in planning out your day.

You can purchase the TimeMaps programs individually for $9.95 or the complete 7 map set for $44.95.  These are downloadable for Windows and Mac computers.  Currently they have TimeMaps programs for the following:

  • Ancient China
  • Rise of Rome
  • Fall of Rome
  • Rise of Islam
  • The Black Death
  • European Exploration
  • Atlantic Slave Trade

Here is a video showing you how these great programs work!

My son is a very visual learner (like his momma!).  He has to see or do something to really grasp the concept.  TimeMaps were an excellent addition to our history studies because of that.  I also think that they are a great deal.  At only $9.95 per program, TimeMaps is a very economical history supplement that can be used over and over.  The included Teacher’s manual is also full of some really great helps and all sorts of useful information.

TimeMaps are an excellent supplement for many different history curriculum and I love that they have Curriculum Integration Guides on their website that will help you to use TimeMaps with many popular history curriculum.  TimeMaps really do enhance your history studies, making them more interactive and interesting.

Overall, I can highly recommend TimeMaps to other homeschoolers and will certainly be considering other products form the Knowledge Quest family of products!

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Texas History Helps & Back To School Monday Link-Up Party!!

Being from Texas, Texas history was one of my favorite subjects. Texas has such a rich and romantic history and is something that every child in Texas should be familiar with. Below are some of my favorite links for teaching Texas history to my children.

Texas State Historical Association Teacher Resources

Junior Historians of Texas

Discover Texas Adventures in Texas History Curriculum


State Unit Study – Texas

Texas Senate Kids

Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Kids

Texas Parks & Wildlife Publications for Kids

Texas Parks & Wildlife – Wildlife Posters and Fact Sheets

Texas Kids’ House

A variety of Texas Resources form Pro Teacher

Texas Beyond History Kids Pages

Texas Beyond History Teacher Resources

Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities about Texas

There are also several movies you may with to consider. Remember please watch the movie before letting your children watch them to make sure they are right for your children.

The Alamo (John Wayne version) – This is pretty safe for upper elementary aged children through high school. This is an older movie, made in 1960. Not absolutely accurate, but kind of fun 🙂

The Alamo (with Dennis Quaid) – This was made in 2004 and is rated PG-13, mostly for the language and violence. This one is certainly for older children.

True Women – This was a made-for-TV movie from 1997 and covers a huge part of early Texas History. It is a fictional movie, but contains dramatizations of the Runaway Scrape and lots of Texas history. This is for high school and older children and does have TV foul language and some TV sexual situations. I would suggest you watch it before hand and be prepared to fast forward through the couple of objectionable scenes if you wish to. Just a bit of trivia…has a young Angelina Jolie 🙂 There is also the book that the movie is based on, which I read years ago and can’t recall enough about it to tell you if it is appropriate for high schoolers.

Back to School Monday is a weekly Homeschooling Link-Up Party. Please join in the fun and do a little blog hopping! This is a fun way to discover new blogs and make some new friends. Leave a link to ANY AND ALL of your homeschool related blog posts.

This Week’s Featured Post:

Our Homeschool Room – Countrified Hicks

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Instructions:

  1. Post a link to your homeschool related post to the linky below. Simply click on the text link that says: You are next… Click here to enter
  2. Enter your DIRECT link to the post you wish to share and fill out the remaining information requested.
  3. You may enter as many links as you desire, AS LONG AS THEY ARE HOMESCHOOL RELATED.
  4. You MAY link to other link-ups, giveaways, and reviews, AS LONG AS THEY ARE HOMESCHOOL RELATED.
  5. Once you post a link to your blog post, please place a text link or use the graphic below to link back to the Back To School Monday Homeschooling Link-Up Party. You should have a link to this link-up part on EACH post you share here.
  6. Be sure to also click “like” on any article you liked to vote for that article. I will be featuring the most popular article next week on the blog and my Facebook page!
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