I started this school year with a good plan for our history and geography studies. I bought and borrowed resources to meet our goals, and the year started off with the girls and me excited and ready to explore! Until October, that is. All of our plans fell apart when we went out of town three weeks in a row for specialist appointments for my younger daughter. We kept going with math, language arts, and reading during those three weeks, but our social studies and science were hit and miss. I was tired and feeling a little lost with history and geography until I got my Heritage History Young Readers Curriculum CD.
Back on Track with Heritage History
As I looked at all the books available (over 80) on the Young Readers CD, I realized that all the resources I had purchased for geography would work perfectly with the books in the Heritage History curriculum collection, so the girls and I chose Japanese Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins and began reading. As we read the book and discussed traditional Japanese culture, I pulled other resources in to supplement what they were learning through the story. We did a flag study, studied an atlas, looked at the lives of Japanese children today, and more! And all it took was getting started with one book from Heritage History.
When we finished reading Japanese Twins, BookGirl (my older daughter) almost cried because she didn’t want it to be over. She had become completely involved in the story. I was hooked too—because of her reaction and because I felt like our history and geography were back on track and were better than I imagined when we started the school year!
The girls and I quickly looked for books related to Thanksgiving since the holiday was fast approaching, and we decided on Stories of the Pilgrims by M.B. Pumphrey and Puritan Twins by Lucy F. Perkins. We are reviewing what we learned last year in our early American history studies as we read, and the girls beg for me to read just one more chapter when I’m ready to stop for the day! That’s unusual for my younger daughter, who is usually ready for our school time to be over.
I plan to add some notebooking activities as we continue with Heritage History books, in addition to using the types of resources I mentioned above to help with geography studies.
I will continue to use Heritage History in our homeschool. The books are quality pieces of literature that open up lots of discussions in my home. The cost is fantastic, and each curriculum CD can be used for a long time because there are dozens of books on each one!
Want Your Own Copy of a Heritage History CD?
Heritage History CDs are a great buy for any family, whether you homeschool or just enjoy reading great literature to your children. To purchase a curriculum CD for your family, visit Heritage History and choose a CD your family will love!
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