As members of the Homeschool Review Crew, we’ve had many opportunities to share with you the wonderful books from YWAM Publishing. As a family, we have truly enjoyed books from both their Christian Heroes: Then and Now series and their Heroes of History series. Both series are equally wonderful and we have enjoyed learning about different people through reading from each series.
For this review, we requested a copy of Heroes of History: John Adams from the Heroes of History series. We were also given access to the separate study guide that goes along with the book specifically designed for John Adams. The two combined makes a great study for your homeschool.
I chose John Adams for this review because my husband is an Adams by his Mother’s line and John is a distant cousin to their family. I thought it would be interesting to learn about this known family member of his, to bring to life someone from his ancestry that my children would find interesting to learn about. We often enjoy relating members of our family history to our studies and we have a rather distinct line to choose from including Lizzie Borden as a cousin, the Putnam family from the Salem Witch Trials, William Tyndale who’s English Bible was the first to appear in print and many many more. Family history truly makes learning more interesting, at least for us.
Like much of my husband’s family, John Adams grew up in Massachusetts. My husband’s family later moved to Connecticut but ancestors have been documented in Massachusetts as well. John Adams was an average young boy, growing up in a land that only hoped for Freedom from England. He saw great injustices from British rule on the New World. As a child, he simply wanted to be a Farmer. He never imagined his life would end up as it did.
John Adams was an influential member of the Continental Congress, later becoming Vice President and then the second President of the new Nation, The United States of America. He believed in the Independence of our New Nation and helped to bring forth it’s greatness during some of the most challenging times we faced in our beginnings. His life was important to our own lives today, for without this astounding man, we may not have become a nation at all.
John Adams is written by Janet and Geoff Benge and included in the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing. It contains 17 chapters followed by a Bibliography. The book carries you through John’s life from him being a traitor to England, through his childhood, all the way into his presidency. It shows how John helped to shape this new nation and save us from the rule of a country we had hoped to escape.
The downloadable unit study that goes along with John Adams is a full study for you to use to learn more about this wonderful man. It links to various information and is printable for you to use with your student as they read through this book. It’s a great additional resource to reading the book. There are unit study guides for each of the books in these series.
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