Thursday, 10 October 2013

YWAM George Washington a true Patriot - TOS Review

We adore reading here, so having a book to review is wonderful : )

YWAM are one of the largest Christian charitable organisations in the world . YWAM Publishing are a division of this charity and offer a large selection of books and music. In case you are wondering YWAM stands for 'Youth With A Mission'.

We chose the book 'George Washington - True Patriot' part of their Hero's of History collection, this is a series of biographies that bring history to life - sharing stories of the people who changed the course of history.

We opted for a pdf version which came with a downloadable Unit Study Curriculum Guide .

I chose to print and bind the book (all 224 pages!) so that the girls could use it easily. I decided against the ebook as the girls prefer paper books.

I also printed out the study guide - this comes in two parts, there is a four page download with a fact sheet, outline maps and a time line, and 64 page unit study guide jam packed full of activities. These include:
  • Chapter questions - these work well for testing retention and getting them to narrate back what they have read. These also include vocabulary. 
  • Quotes for copy work and/or memorisation. 
  • Social Studies - ideas and activities covering places, vocab, geography, mapping, time line and conceptual questions 
  • Display ideas - these weren't suitable for us but would be great for a bigger group setting. 
  • Student Explorations - this included the creative writing exercises as well as hands on projects and was the girls favourite section. 
  • Community Links - field trips and guest speaker ideas. 
  • Related themes to explore including some math, history, politics, law and some science. 
  • Culminating Event - lists a number of fun activities for when you have finished the study. 
  • Appendix - this lists a whole host of additional books and other resources. It also contains suggested answers to the chapter questions. 
This guide is designed to bring the book to life and is defiantly value for money and is one of the more complete unit studies I've seen.

Lilly and Sunflower are 11 and almost 9 and we haven't had any issues with comprehending the book although there is the odd word they had to look up. They love living history books so have really lapped up the stories of his life as a young boy and the life he led before he became famous.

The girls didn't enjoy the unit study as much as I did but they did enjoy the creative writing (especially creating the poem) and making beeswax candles. I really like the chapter questions - I have always loved using narration as part of our learning so this section was right up my street, the added bonus is it comes with the answers.
I think their favourite activity had to be the Manners Tea Party as the culminating event : )

George Washington a True Patriot is available for $6.99, the Unit Study Guide is $7.49 and is aimed at age 10+

You can see what my crew mates thought of this and their Christian Heroes series over at the TOS Blog

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