Thursday, October 10, 2013

YWAM Publishing-George Washington: True Patriot and George Washington: True Patriot Unit Study Curriculum Guide {A Review}

YWAM Publishing sent us George Washington: True Patriot and George Washington: True Patriot Unit Study Curriculum Guide ($7.49), one of over 25 titles with unit study curriculum guides that they have available for ages 10-100.

About the Book
George Washington: True Patriot comes in 4 formats: paperback ($6.99), kindle ($6.99), nook ($6.99), and audio book ($16.49).

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Reading the Book
George Washington: True Patriot gives a look into the life and times of George Washington from when he was a young boy to his presidency. Although we've read about George Washington before, there is always something new to learn and I found the information about his overbearing mother to be interesting. 

Not every story contains my most favorite fact about George Washington, but George Washington: True Patriot does. In a battle against a group of Native Americans, Washington received many bullet punctures in his jacket, but none of them pierced his skin. In another story I read it tells how he later met one of the leaders of the tribe that told him, his warriors were aiming for the men on horses. After several shot at him and he didn't die, the leader of the tribe decided he was not supposed to die.
Curriculum Guide
Designed for both schoolteachers and homeschool parents, the curriculum guide includes history, writing, drama, reading comprehension, and geography. It provides many activity suggestions, too many to be covered in one unit, so you can pick and choose based on the needs, learning style, abilities, and interests of your child.

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The curriculum guide contains key quotes, display corner ideas, chapter questions, student explorations, community links, social study concepts, related themes, and culminating events. Since we were able to pick and choose which activities we wanted to complete, the ones we choose are starred (*) below.

*Key Quotes-used to memorize, build meaning for time, or to display. 

We actually choose to use these quotes as copy work for our commonplace notebooks.

Display Corner-Suggestions are provided for labeling, collecting, and displaying objects that relate to the life and times of George Washington.

Chapter Questions-there are 4 types of questions provided for each chapter: vocabulary building, factual, comprehension, and open-ended.

*Student Explorations-consist of essay questions, creative writing assignments (newspaper articles, poems, letters, resumes, journals and songs), hands-on projects (charts and graphs, models, comic strips, family crests, mottoes, dioramas, book covers, and mobiles), audio/visual projects (mock interview, radio play, commercial, still and video cameras), and arts and crafts. We liked the suggestion to write a poem including: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen,” but we didn't get to it.

Make a comic strip about an even in George Washington’s life.

Dipped Candles

Working on a Sampler

Community Links-suggestions for using places and living people to teach about other time periods.

*Social Studies-consists of categories such as places, terms/vocabulary, geographical characteristics, timeline, and conceptional questions.

On a map of the US, label the states as they became part of the union.

In our Book of Centuries, we added some items from the time frame.

Related Themes to Explore-math, politics, government, geography, history, science, and medicine are covered.

*Culminating Event-seeks to create a meaningful goal.

Tea like Martha Washington

Books and Resources-other biographies, related books, related books in their series, related movies and documentaries, related articles from National Geographic, and related internet sites.

Additional Materials Required
The activities that you choose from the curriculum guide would determine what materials you would need. We had all of the materials that we needed on hand to complete the activities we wanted without purchasing anything.

Time Commitment
This again is dependent on what you choose to do. It can be as involved or hands-off as you desire. We were able to read the book in 3 days easily without rushing through, just enjoying the book.

This format is terrific for families that like to have suggestions and then choose what will work best for them. The range, choices, and types of activities will certainly appeal to everyone.

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

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