and 200 Questions About American History Set.
These two sets go hand in hand and I highly recommend getting both of them. The 200 Questions About American History set is a supplemental but it added so much to the actual set that I felt it would be worth getting.
First I am going to talk a bit about The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Set. This is basically a story about the birth of the United States and our government. It comes with a student work book that covers both The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and The Great Republic. It also includes a teachers guide.Then you have the actual text book. This was originally 2 books one was The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Other was The Great Republic. But because they work so well together they combined them together into a single bound book. The section of book you are in can be identified at the top of each page. The book is basically written as a story of sorts to help your child learn about our colonies and how this great country got started. The story is very easy to follow and seemed to keep the girls interest for the most part. My 9 year old seemed to be able to recall the information given in the story a bit easier than my 7 year old did. But over all they have been enjoying it.
The student books give a recommended weekly schedule. Which seems to be about the right amount of work for my 4th graders ability. It would be a tad to much for my 2nd grader to do on her own though. The schedule shows that this curriculum should cover 34 weeks of study. It has your child reading any where from 3-7 chapters a week. Not a big deal for my super reader but it might be a little much if you have a child that is not a fan of reading. If this is the case you can always do the chapters as read aloud's. We have done this on a number of occasions when one of the girls just didn't feel like reading. My 4th grader was the one to try out the work books. She is a big fan of work books and is usually the one to volunteer to try them out. She felt that the work books were simple and easy to follow when you used the schedule to tell you what questions to do. I felt that the workbook covered the information taught in the story well and the test were well rounded.
The teachers guides have a copy of the weekly schedule as well as answer keys these are very straight forward and I don't think they need a lot of explaining.
All the books and student books are black and white this disappointed the girls slightly. They don't care so much about black and white work books. But they do like to see pictures in their text book in color.
The second part of this Review is on the 200 Questions About American History. This is a set of flash cards a teacher guide and a student book. The teachers guide gives a weekly schedule as well as answer key and test pages with answers. These questions go along with chapters that your child will read each week. The flash cards are an additional way to study and help your child remember what they are learning. I divided the cards up in bundles and labeled them for the week that they would be studying them. The girls could then gab a pack and study them when were on the go. Flashcards are just a great way to build on what they have already been learning in The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Set.The student book does a great job at reviewing information and the test help to show what information they have retained.
Over all we are very happy with the set and it should last the better part of a school year depending on how much you do a week and how long your school year is. Be sure to click the box below and see what other reviewers are saying about Memoria Press and its great products.
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