Anyone who knows my children knows that they are wild fans of American history. They just can’t get enough of the subject. As they’ve grown older, I’ve been able to take their knowledge deeper. Since it is a never ending topic of study in our home, I’m am always on the hunt for new materials that bring history to life for them in new ways. Today I’m going to present to you our latest find. Memoria Press generously provide us with both The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set for us to review.
A Little About the Company
Memoria Press was founded back in the 90’s by a homeschooling mother. Memoria Press materials are Christan focused and designed for homeschools and private schools. The style of learning is centered around the “Christian Classical” model.
What We Received
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set includes three soft covered books including the H.A. Gruber Text., H.A. Gruber Student Guide and the H.A. Gruber Teacher’s Guide. The H.A. Gruber Text is an interesting read. It held my son’s attention well. I do think our favorite part of the book is the wonderful photos, paintings, and illustrations on nearly every page. They are excellent visual demonstrations of the history we are reading together.
The 200 Questions About American History Set includes the 200 Questions About American History Teacher Guide, the 200 Questions About American History Student Book, and the 200 Questions About American History Flashcards. These books contain a nice lesson schedule that incorporates the H.A. Gruber Text as well as all of the drill questions, quizzes, and tests, etc. I love how open and go this program is. The less teacher prep, the better.
These materials are meant for children in approximately middle school or fifth through eighth grade.
How We Used the Program
I used this program with my oldest 11-year-old son who I would consider 5th or 6th grade. In general, we followed the schedule provided. We worked together 3 or 4 days a week most week. The program suggests the student read the H.A. Guerber text aloud. My son usually read a chapter or two and then I finished it up. He is more than capable of reading all of it on his own. We just enjoyed taking turns.
The chapters are pretty short and easy reads. It didn’t take us more than 15 or so minutes to get through them. They are very to the point which makes the follow-up lessons relatively simple to do. The lessons cover things like vocabulary, comprehension, and enrichment activities. The enrichment activities involve map work, timelines, and writing prompts. My son was able to complete the activities with general ease, sometimes looking back over the text to find the information he needed. After a while, we started going over the questions orally. I chose this route to keep things moving. However, it usually slowed us down since we often went off on little conversational rabbit trails about the topic at hand. That is perfectly wonderful in my book.
I think, as the homeschool mom, my favorite feature is the drill questions. The point of the drill questions is to memorize them. We reviewed them almost every day adding a few a week. Once the knowledge is put to heart a child’s knowledge of American history will quite extensive. Since American History has been a passion of my son’s for many years memorizing the questions came relatively easy for him. There are flash cards with the drill questions on one side and the answer on the other so quizzing or reviewing is very simple.
The back of the H.A. Gruber Teacher Guide is full of extra resources like the Mayflower Compact, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, among others.
Overall this is an excellent piece of curriculum. It is thorough and very simple to use. The quality of materials is fantastic. If the Classical Christian model of homeschooling suits your family, you should be very pleased with this program.
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