Monday, April 25, 2016

Ben Carson: A Chance at Life A TOS Crew Review

 Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}

YWAM Publishing is a favorite in my home with both my kids and with mom. I knew immediately which book to ask for with the review. This is a rare to know immediately which book with such a vast array of great choices to choose from. We received a physical copy of Heroes of History-Ben Carson: A Chance at Life. Along with the book we received a Digital Unit Study as part of this review.
The biographies are intended for 10 and up. I have been reading books from YWAM Publishing with my kids since first grade. The Unit Study Curriculum is for 10 and up. In my opinion it can be adapted for younger kids.
HEROES OF HISTORY<br>Ben Carson: A Chance at Life
YWAM stands for Youth with a Mission and has created a large array of books from famous men and woman throughout history-thus the name YWAM Publishing. All the books are an autobiography of men and women with strong morals and even Christian values that had an impact on individuals and history.

YWAM Publishing has two series Heroes of History and Christian Heroes:Then and Now. I love adding YWAM Publishing books to our growing library!

Heroes of History-Ben Carson: A Chance at Life: is a paperback book with 192 pages and 18 chapters.

My kids kept asking if they could learn more about Ben Carson when he was running for president. They thought he was an intriguing individual. I have to admit that I wasn’t even sure of his background besides knowing that he was a Christian and a neurosurgeon. I didn’t think he would have had any books about him. I was wrong as he has several books out there along with a movie!

What an amazing individual Dr. Ben Carson is. Coming from poverty and surrounded by racism to become one of the top pediatric neurosurgeons. He had an amazing mother who believed in him, encouraged him to always do his best at everything he does. She impressed on him the power of books and that he can learn anything he wants to in the pages of a book. Last, but not the lease she instilled in him faith. What a reminder of the impact we as a mother can have on our kids. Ben didn’t know until he was much older that his mother had a lot of heart aches and trials that she was facing. She never let on to either of her boys what she was dealing with. She was a strong tower for them despite the odds and her own issues. How inspiring to be reminded that we can encourage our kids to be Godly men and women with our words and encouragement. No matter what we face in this life we have no excuse to not do the best we can with what we have.

Facts about Ben Carson:

His mom required her boys to read two books a week and a book report on each at the end of the week. She couldn’t read, but her boys didn’t know at the time.

As a youth he had a terrible temper and was very anger at his lot in life. He conquered it through prayer and held a passage from Proverbs in his heart “Better a patient man that a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.”

He became the director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital at the age of 33.

He was the first surgeon to successfully separate twins that were joined at the head, having to separate the brain. 

The Digital Unit Study we used at the end of each chapter. This is a digital download that basically is an in-depth study guide to enhance the book. With the Unit Study Guide this is a complete curriculum that covers several areas.

It is layed out in this format:

Key Quotes
Display Corner
Chapter Questions
Student Explorations
Community Links
Social Studies
Related Themes to Explore
Culminating Events 
Appendix A: Book and Resources
Appendix B: Answers to the Chapter Questions
Appendix C: Social Studies Reproducibles

How did I use this in my homeschool?

We read Heroes of History-Ben Carson: A Chance at Life four times a week. I did this as a read out loud to my 10 year old son and 14 year old daughter. Usually, reading a chapter a day. Some days, much to my kids delight we would read an extra chapter. At the end of the chapter we would go through the Digital Unit Study. Most of this was done orally and we would talk about the chapter. We did work on the maps when we came to that section. My main focus was on comprehension of the book. They had a lot of new vocabulary that the kids or I was familiar with. So we learned some new words in the medical field!

We still have a few chapters left and my kids are asking if we can read another book from YWAM Publishing after we finish this one. That makes me smile knowing that my kids enjoy the stories of real men and women who with the help of a loving God cared for them despite the odds against them.

I would 100% recommend any of the YWAM Publishing books. 

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1 comment:

  1. Ben Carson has a very interesting story. My kids start enjoying these around 7 years old when we use them as a read aloud. Such a great series of books!


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