American History With Memoria Press // A Review
We have been studying American History this year in our homeschool so I was thrilled to be offered The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set from Memoria Press.
About These Products
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set contains three softcover books: the reading text, consisting of 211 pages, a Student Guide, consisting of 104 pages and a Teacher Guide, consisting of 127 pages. Recommended for grades 5-8 and currently sells for $48.00.
The Student Guide is broken up into 32 lessons. Each lesson consists of 2 or 3 chapters of reading in the textbook. The readings are very short, usually no more than 5 or 6 pages. Each lesson consists of the following components:
- Facts to Know
- Comprehension Questions
- Enrichment (consisting of maps, timelines and research)
I was quit impressed with the Appendix to the Student Guide, as it consists of lots of great resources such as the the Emancipation Proclamation, The Gettysburg Address and more!
The 200 Questions About American History Set contains two softcover books – a student guide consisting of 25 pages and a Teacher Guide, consisting of 25 pages as well as tests and answer keys. This set also comes with a set of history flashcards. Recommended for grades 5-8 and currently sells or $27.90.
Included in this set is a very handy guide to recommended texts, a weekly schedule and teaching guidelines.
How We Used This Product
These two sets really do compliment one another well. We decided to follow the recommended weekly schedule as laid out in the guide and worked 3 days a week. For the enrichment activities, we focused mostly on the mapping aspects to incorporate a little Geography. The writing activities were a little over the top for his level but we tried to get him to give us oral responses to many of them. On Mondays we read the text and started our comprehension questions. On Wednesdays we completed our comprehension questions and worked on vocabulary. Fridays were for mapping and drilling using the 200 Questions About History Texts. We opted not to use the tests just yet as we are still working with our son to memorize important facts and dates and we didn’t want to overwhelm him. (He’s not a good test taker.) We are using the flashcards to help us in getting these important facts down. The flashcards include 150 Drill Questions, 30 Dates and Events, 20 Notable Quotes, and facts of 44 U.S. Presidents. These will come in especially handy over the summer as we continue to brush up on our American History.
Overall, we are very pleased with these two sets. My son really loves American History, but has a hard time getting facts down. He really loves the short readings and is surprisingly enjoying the flashcards because he says they are helping him memorize facts. As a mom to a mostly auditory learner it is a huge victory when my son can read text and get the facts down.
I really love how these books are laid out. The weekly lesson plan keeps me on track and the drill questions help me to reinforce what we are learning.
If you have an upper elementary or middle school student who would like to learn American History in an easy way, consider both The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set from Memoria Press.
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