Review of The Story of the 13 Colonies & The Great Republic Set from Memoria Press and 200 Questions about American History
Memoria Press is one of my favorite publishers, so I couldn't wait to explore The Story of the 13 Colonies & The Great Republic Set and 200 Questions about American History they sent me to review.
I didn't realize how much was in the set for teaching American History to fifth through eighth graders. The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and The Great Republic is the textbook with an accompanying Student Guide and Teacher Guide. There is also another set: 200 Questions about American History Student and the accompanying Teacher Guide. Both student guides are consumable, but you can use the teacher guides over and over again.
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and The Great Republic are classic books combined in one volume. Written by H. A. Guerber in 1899 and edited by Meoria Press, this book moves quickly from the landing of vikings in Newfoundland to the Spanish-American War.
Each chapter is short and full of information. The writing is clear and concise.
Now, I have been teaching American History to my children and in homeschool co-ops since 1991. Plus I read all kinds of American history resources biographies, living books, and textbooks for fun. I honestly didn't expect to learn anything when I sat down to read the entire book. I was pleasantly shocked to learn little details I never knew before such as:
Now, that may seem boring to you, but I was super-excited to learn these little details.
We set up our homeschooling plan to follow the suggestions by Memoria Press.
On three separate days, the student reads a chapter or two and answers questions in the Student Guide. Each weekly lesson contains 3-7 chapters in the textbook, questions in the Student Guide, map work, timelines, drill questions, and other assignments, including writing assignments.
We don't do classical homeschooling and so the drills and question cards felt a little awkward, but soon it was easy.
The question cards were actually fun! What a great way to memorize history facts!
At the end of the book was a poem about the Presidents up to McKinley. On pages 20-21 in 200 Questions about American History there is a list of information about each President in order. The student fills in the names of the Presidents in order. So, students learn the Presidents in order. I think that's awesome!
Another thing I loved was the inclusion of documents, song lyrics, maps, charts, and poems. I love learning history that way!
Memoria Press is a great place for homeschooling families to find Christ-centered, wholesome resources. I have used their Latina Christiana and Prima Latina successfully. I also love the way they have reprinted old textbooks from the past, making them available for a new generation. If you are a classical educator, this is the perfect place for everything you need. However, if you aren't a classical homeschooler, don't write off Memoria Press because they are filled with resources that I, a Charlotte Mason/Living Books/Unit Study homeschool mom, use and love!
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