Over the years, Memoria Press has become one of our favorite homeschooling vendors. We are always thrilled to see them come up for review. This time around we chose two sets that I have had my eye on for a while now: The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set.
Both of these courses were designed to be used with students in 5th-8th grade. I asked for this course as an introduction to American History for Laycie who is 11. I also had Emmalee read over the material and use the accompanying flashcards for the 200 Questions About American History set as a review. However, she did not use the workbooks except to read through and answer as her own review. The curriculum workbooks are for use by one student though and can be repurchased for each student as you need.
Let’s dive into the curriculum itself:
This curriculum contains:
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic by H.A. Guerber
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Student Guide
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Teacher Guide
The Teacher and Student Guides were written by Christie Wright and Dayna Grant. The Teacher Guide is 127 pages in length and the Student Guide is 104 pages in length. With the book, these guides make a full curriculum for your student to use.
On the Website, you can find Sample Texts for each of these books. You can also find a link to the Editable Lesson Plans. The lesson plans are a great addition to help you plan.
The set features H.A. Guerber’s The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic book as it’s core. The combined edition creates a full course for Middle School level American History. The text is concise and features key points of history in America.
The book itself is 211 pages in length. It contains 85 chapters, a Preface, a Hints for Teachers section and the President’s of the United States poem. The pages are black and white, and include photos for each chapter. The font is clear and easy to read and follow. The book is average size and easy to carry along anywhere. It has a paperback cover. It covers history from the Native American’s before settlement up to the Spanish-American War.
The chapters are short as this is a concise text. Lessons are thorough in that the student guide adds a lot of bulk to them by providing vocabulary and more. The photos are wonderful and interesting to look at, though not in color.
The Student Guide begins with a Table of Contents on the 3rd page to help you find your way through the workbook. Page 4 begins the first lesson. There are 32 lessons in all.
Each lesson begins with Facts to Know about the lesson in Section I. Section II provides a list of Vocabulary words for that lesson. Section III contains a list of Comprehension Questions derived from the lesson itself. Section IV features several sections of enrichment for the lessons.
Section IV’s enrichment parts feature Map for Geography inclusion. Some lessons feature the Thirteen Colonies Chart. Some lessons feature Timeline information to trace History. And last inclusion is Composition of varied sorts for Writing. Some lessons also feature Primary Sources and Research sections as well. These vary for each lesson.
Beginning on page 69 is the Appendix. Here you will find maps, the Colonies Chart, and important articles of information. The Mayflower Compact, the story of Paul Revere’s Ride, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address, among many others are included here.
The Teacher Guide is set up much like the student guide, with answers provided. The Appendix is designed the same as well, complete with answers to make lessons easier for you as the teacher. You can find the Timeline here as well.
At the back of the Teacher Guide you will find Lesson Tests. There are four tests that cover several sections of the book each. Answers to these tests are found behind the tests themselves within the Teacher Guide.
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Set is available for $48.00.
Now let’s jump into the second set:
The Curriculum Contains:
200 Questions About American History Flashcards
200 Questions About American History Student Book
200 Questions About American History Teacher Guide
The Teacher and Student Guides were written by Sean Brooks. The Teacher Guide is 69 pages in length while the Student Guide is 25 pages in length. The course can be used as a supplement along side The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic and with Story of the World Volume IV for the last few chapters of the course. Combined this course makes for a great prep course for High School History in the Middle School years.
The flashcards are small but carry a great deal of information. There are 150 Drill Questions, 30 Timeline Dates, 20 Notable Quotes and 44 U.S. Presidents included in the deck. A great way to learn American History easily.
The Student Book begins with a list of Recommended Texts & Weekly Schedule page. This helps guide you through what to read to find answers for the questions. There are Teaching Guidelines found here as well which advise you how to use the course.
Next you will find a list of 150 Drill Questions. Each of the questions includes a page directory on where you can find the answers. These are great questions that every student really should learn about American History. Questions vary and ask things like who was the General at Bunker Hill and which battle was the turning point for the Revolutionary War. The Three Branches of American Government is also covered, amid so much more.
On page 16 of the Student Book, you can find the Timeline of American History. Here the student writes in the dates the events happen. It’s a short list of 30 questions. It also shows where to find the answers among the books suggested for the course.
Page 18 provides Notable Quotes from American History. Here the student researches and lists who says the quote. Again a directory is provided to help them locate the answer.
Page 20 provides facts on the Presidents of the United States. A short excerpt about the President is provided and the student is to provide the name of the President. These do not provide a directory for finding answers for them.
Page 22 features the Star Spangled Banner from Francis Scott Key. Page 24 features Old Ironsides from Oliver Wendell Holmes. Page 25 features O Captain! My Captain! from Walt Whitman. The final two pages are blank.
The Teacher Guide begins with the same list of Recommended Texts & Weekly Schedule as the Student Guide. It jumps into the lesson providing an answer sheet to the questions of the Student Guide. It also provides the same texts as the Student Guide for your convenience.
On page 27, you will find the Tests & Keys for the curriculum. There are seven tests in all, Test I-VII. These vary in length and types of questions asked. Most are multiple choice but some do require thoughtful written answers.
200 Questions About American History Set is available for $27.90.
We’ve really enjoyed looking over and using these materials the past few weeks for this review and I’m thrilled to have it added into our curriculum. We will continue to work on it as we go. Emma was impressed by the flashcards and has used them to brush up on her American History, testing the accuracy of her answers and the knowledge she’s learned over the years.
Laycie was able to work on this with my help. The lessons are short so it kept her attention well without being too challenging for her. Most of the questions I let her answer verbally due to her learning issues but she really enjoyed what she learned through the use of the program.
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It’s already the end of the first week of June. I’ve spent it processing, thinking about the events that happened at the end of May. Thinking how short life is; how we can not know from day to day what will happen in our lives.
I attended a young man’s funeral who should have had many more days ahead of him. I stood and shared my first and last memory of this young man with his family. His smile could light up the darkest of nights. His absence has changed me greatly.
His birthday is the day before mine, later this month. I will celebrate him, when I celebrate me each year. I will never forget.
Half the year has past. Our future waits ahead. No one knows what those days bring us but I try my best not to take each of those days for granted. The day to day choices we make, the smiles, the time with one another is the most important. Not money, not what others owe you but life itself is important.
I’m still processing and I will be for a while. But I’m thankful I was able to see that young man’s smile, to help his family that day, to say goodbye to him with them and to share in their journey as I continue on my own.
Until next time…
We are life long homeschoolers. We’ve lived in 3 states now with various requirements for state laws. The one thing I have always found useful is the Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for 2019/20 Year from The Old Schoolhouse® written by Gena Suarez.
Gena Suarez is one of the owners of The Old Schoolhouse®, a leader of the homeschooling community and an inspiration to Mother’s like me, and a decade long friend of mine. She gives support, a listening ear, helps promote vendors, and provides friendship as well as guidance to homeschoolers around the World. She has a true heart of gold and I am always honored to work for the Homeschool Review Crew, a division of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. In fact, I joined the Homeschool Review Crew because of an invitation from Gena and I have stayed with the Crew because of the person that she is and the wonderful company her family has created.
The Old Schoolhouse® provides many products for homeschoolers that are wonderful and the Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for 2019/20 Year is no exception. This planner comes in paperback form with a spiral binding to allow the planner to lay flat to the table as you plan. The planner has full 8.5×11 pages with clear writing laid out to allow room to schedule, add small notes, and really plan your year. It contains 188 pages, and enough planning room for 5 children. Gena’s design is for large families like ours.
My favorite thing though is that the Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner is a devotional for Mother’s like me. Included within the pages are short but inspiring devotional written to speak to the Homeschool Mom’s heart as she trudges through her days educating her beautiful children. When you need a pick me up, Gena is there within the pages of your planner to lift you up.
The planner starts out with one of these devotionals as soon as you open the first page. Page 3 includes a Table of Contents to help you find your way. Sticky tabs would work beautifully with this planner so you can easily find all you need as you work through your year.
There is a short explanation on how to create an Academic Transcript which is wonderfully written to help you understand how to implement this tool in your homeschooling for future planning. This is followed by an Academic Transcript page that you simply fill out for your records. A Checklist and Skills Learned page is also included which is easy to fill in and use.
Next you will find full year calendars for 2019-2021 to help you visually see the year’s dates and prepare ahead for planning. The planner itself begins with July 2019, providing a notes sheet at the beginning of the month, followed by a block calendar for July. Each month also has a devotional included for you. This pattern repeats up to June 2020.
The next section is a weekly planner. This is a section of basic dateless pages designed for use with up to 5 children. There is a block for subjects and you can fill in by child what is to be completed. There are 52 weeks of planning pages in this section for your full year of planning. You will also find several devotionals and notes pages in between the planning pages to continue to give encouragement and support to you as you plan your year.
The back of the planner includes an additional section which doubles as record keeping. It includes 5 sections, one per child. There is a Journal or Notes planning page which is headed with Child (1) and gives space for a name. Next is a Curriculum Planning page where you can write the subject, grade level, and more information for gathering materials needed for your child’s courses for the year. An Attendance sheet can also be found here, as many states require attendance records be kept.
There is a Books Read This Year page, which is simple in format and easily filled in. Yearly and Semester Goals sheets are here as well. And a final page for notes, journaling, whatever you choose to use it for.
This planner is simple, but filled with all you need to plan our your school year for your family.
You can purchase the Hey, Mama! Schoolhouse Planner for 2019/20 Year for $29 US.
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Honestly, when I read the title Life With Dog, I thought I would be getting an adorable story about a dog’s life. The movie stars Corbin Bernsen, Marilu Henner and Chelsey Crisp. I adore movies with Corbin Bersen and Marilu Henner. I’d never heard of Chelsey Crisp before this but she’s an endearing soul who I look forward to seeing star in more movies in the future. Anyways, between the actors and the title, I thought this movie was going to be good and kid friendly since it’s Dove recommended.
Life With Dog shares the story of Joe Bigler and a mishappen dog that finds his way into Joe’s heart. Joe’s life is spent doubting. His wife, Alice, was the one filled with faith, that always looked positively on life. Joe was the one who questioned, who needed proof to see truth, who struggled with his connection to God.
After a tragic bicycle accident that took Alice’s life, and the light out of Joe’s, he struggles even more to find his way. He begins to believe that there was a hidden agenda behind Alice’s death when he’s approached by developers who wish to purchase their home. He struggles with depression and becomes paranoid, even with his own family. His days are dark and ominous.
But one day, Dog shows up in Joe’s garden and he touches Joe’s heart in a way no one else is able to. He brings Joe happiness that he’s been missing, and Joe finds his smile again. He helps Joe cope with his pain. He silently offers love and understanding during Joe’s dark days, helping Joe find the courage and strength to grieve the love that he’s lost.
I have to be honest. I wouldn’t recommend this movie for small children, like my Jack. The movie is very impacting, moving, full of emotion, regret, forgiveness – all those wonderful things that make movies good. But the movie is also full of dramatic edginess, loss, heartache, grieving and things that I, for one, try to limit my younger children’s interaction with. For an older child that can understand grief and anguish, it would be great. For a younger child still learning to cope with these things, I would avoid it.
Due to the events of the past week, this movie was really hard for me to watch, but since I was obligated for review, I did. It left me in tears. Life is short and accidents can happen at any moment that change your world forever. Sometimes it’s hard to see the reasons behind those events until much later in life. Sometimes you never find the reasons at all. Yet still we have to continue on living, even in pain, even in loss. Hope, Faith, Love often are needed to get us through, and sometimes that comes from a beloved, beguiling friend like Dog.
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Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how short life is. We are literally never promised tomorrow. This past weekend was a hard one for my husband and I.
Don and I took an afternoon for ourselves on Memorial Day. We stopped at a place we know to walk by the water, dip our feet in and enjoy some time alone. We sat on a huge rock and felt the ice cold mountain water wash over our feet as we talked. We listened to the crashing water move swiftly by. It was a beautiful afternoon together.
Five minutes later, as we walked back down the path towards our car, we saw a couple frantically flagging down everyone around. We couldn’t make out what they were saying but we quickly realized someone had fallen into the rapids, lost. My heart stopped.
I cannot discuss the events of that afternoon at this time. I can only say, hold your husbands close, love your wives, kiss your babies. Life can be over in a matter of moments. Our beautiful afternoon was shattered in a blink of an eye and a family was forever changed that day. There lives will never be the same.
I’m still trying to process it all.