Friday, 4 November 2016

Homeschool Legacy - Victoria and her World

History is one of our favourite subjects so we were pleased to be offered the chance to review Homeschool Legacy products. We chose Victoria and Her World Once-a-Week Micro-Studies because it tied in nicely with our current studies. There were a number of other choices available including Once-a-Week Unit Study: Christmas Comes to America and Once-a-Week Micro-Studies Pirates or Privateers: You Decide, Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents and Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims (so be sure to check out my crew mates reviews if those titles would be of interest)

Once-a-Week Micro-Studies are small unit studies in that provide three 30-minute lessons per week. They are designed to give you an introduction to history and are easy and simple to use (hardly any prep needed). Victoria and Her World arrived as a 18 page pdf covering Victorian England, it's full of links so we found it easier to view online but it's just as easy to use if you decide to print.

It's broken down into four weeks

Week one - gives a basic overview of literature, music, government and geography of Victoran England.

Week two - looks at the background of Victoria, fashion of the time, art, printable timeline and history.

Week three - discusses the royal family, Christmas traditions, toys and recipes 

Week four - cover challenges Victoria faced, games, toys (including making a zoetrope), industrial revolution and another recipie suggestion for afternoon tea.

The lessons are designed to be fairly quick (30 mins, three times a week) and give a great introduction to Victorian society - they are very easy to extend if you wish.

The girls favourite activites were the Christmas related ones, they especially loved making all the decorations. 

They did also enjoy the baking and toys.

I liked the level of content and the easy of using the Micro-Studies and was very impressed with how it inspired the girls to do more. A great plus for me is the adaptability of them, they be extended if you want to create additional depth, done in a different order, made easier for younger siblings and tweaked to fit your schedule. We ended up doing the whole weeks work on one afternoon which took a couple of hours (depending on the activities)

The Once-a-Week Micro-Studies are available for $12.99 and are designed for grades 1-8.

You can see what my crew mates thought over at the Homeschool review Crew


Hey Polly said...

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