Monday, April 3, 2017

Memoria Press American History Set a Homeschool Crew Review

History is always a favorite subject in my homeschool. Memoria Press has always impressed me with their assortment of products and I was excited to get started with The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set with my 11 year old son. I received a physical copy of both curriculum's.

Memoria Press is a family run Classical Christian Education since 1994. They have a full spectrum of subjects from Preschool to High School available. 

Memoria Press has combined H.A. Gueber's The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic Set into one volume for a year of American History. 200 Questions About American History Set is a recommended companion to go along with this American History curriculum.
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set comes with three books:

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Book     
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Student Guide
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Teacher Guide

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Book:
This is the core of the lessons in a softbound reader with 211 pages. None of the lessons are very long anywhere from 2-3 pages. There are a few black and white illustrations within the pages of the book.

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Student Guide: 

This is a softbound textbook with 104 pages and 32 lessons. All of the lessons are on 2 pages.  Each one of the lessons follow the same format. This is a consumable workbook and you will need one for each student.

I.                Facts to Know- this will give you an overview of some of the information you will be learning about in the lesson.
II.             Vocabulary words that you fill in the definition of the words,
III.           Comprehension Questions on the lesson that you will answer questions on the text.
IV.            Enrichment which will cover a variety of topics from maps, timeline, research, composition, primary source, recitation, poems, and charts.

The lessons:

1.       Our Country, Northmen, & Prince Henry
2.      Columbus, Land! Land!, & Home Again
3.      How America Got its Name, The Fountain of Youth, & French and Spanish Quarrels
4.      Around the World & Sir Raleigh
5.      The Jamestown Men & The House of Burgesses
6.      Henry Hudson, The Mayflower, & Plymouth Rock
7.      The Beginning of Boston, Roger Williams, & King Philip’s War
8.     New York, William Penn, & Bacon’s Rebellion
9.      Carolina and Georgia, Down the Mississippi, & Washington’s First Battle
10.  Stories of Franklin, Braddock’s Defeat, & Wolfe at Quebec
11.   How England Treated Her Colonies & The Anger of the Colonies
12.  The Battle o Lexington, Bunker Hill, & The British Leave Boston
13.  Declaration of Independence & Christmas of 1776
14.  The Fight at Bennington, Burgoyne’s Surrender, & The Winter at Valley Forge
15.   Famous Sea Fights, The “Swamp Fox,” & A Traitor’s Death
16.  The Surrender of Cornwallis & Franklin’s Return
17.   Troubles After the War & The Constitution
18.  The First President, Washington’s Troubles, & A Wonderful Invention
19.  Death of Washington, The Louisiana Purchase, & The First Steamboat
20.  James Madison, The War of 1812, & “Don’t Give Up the Ship”
21.  The Star-Spangled Banner, The Erie Canal, & More Land Bought
22. Andrew Jackson, New Inventions, & Whitman’s Ride
23. The First Telegraph, The Mexican War, & The Slavery Quarrel
24. The Rush to California & The Underground Railroad
25.  Harriet Beecher Stowe & John Brown’s Raid
26. Lincoln’s Youth, The First Shot, & The Call to Arms
27.  The President’s Decision, The Monitor and the Merrimac, & The Peninsular Campaign
28. The Emancipation Proclamation & The Battle of Gettysburg
29. The Taking of Vicksburg, The March to the Sea, & Lee’s Surrender
30. The Assassination of Lincoln & Hard Times in the South
31.  The Atlantic Cable & Our Nation’s One Hundredth Birthday
32. Gold for Greenbacks, The Great Statue, & The Great Statue, & The Spanish-American War 

There is a detailed Appendix that includes maps, charts, famous historical poems, along with several documents like the Mayflower Compact, letters, Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution with all the amendments, Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster’s Senate Speech from 1830.
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Teacher Guide:

This is a softbound book with 127 pages. All the answers are provided for all 32 lessons. The book is laid out just like the Student Guide. The Appendix has the same information that is in the Student Guide. In the back of the book there are 4 tests that you copy for your student along with a Test Answer Keys for all 4 of the test.

200 Questions About American History Set:

This set comes with: 

200 Questions About American History Student Guide
200 Questions About American History Teacher Guide
200 Questions About American History Flashcards

The Teacher and Student Guide are both softbound books. They are basically the same except the Teacher Guide has the answers for the questions. The Teacher Guide also has 7 tests for you to copy and administer with the workbook and the answer key at the back of the book. Remember that the Student Guide is a consumable workbook and you need one book for each student.

There is a suggested weekly schedule with reading the The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Book along with drill questions, timelines, quotes, and presidents.
The flashcards are a heavy duty cardstock and are divided into 4 sections.

150 Drill questions cover a variety of topics in history from people, branches of government, and all the way up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. This covers a large spectrum of American History. It’s very impressive. 

30 Timeline Dates: from when Columbus discovered America to the Vietnam War.

20 Notable Quotes: and you need to figure out who said what. 

44 U.S. Presidents cards: from George Washington all the way to Barak Obama. The front of the card has a number on it along with a significant event or fact that happened during their presidency. One of the challenges is putting the presidents in order. 

How Did I Use This in My Homeschool?

I decided to follow the weekly recommended schedule. However, with our busy schedule a lesson  took use a little over a week to do both sets. We had 2 weeks that weren't busy and we easily were able to follow the schedule in the time allotted with the suggested schedule. It was a good pace for use working through it all in both situations.  

They recommend that the student read The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Book themselves. For the purpose of this review I read it to him or he read it out loud to me. Which he will take over the reading himself when the review is over. My 14 year old daughter with learning disabilities enjoyed listening to the lesson's. She wants her brother to read the lessons to her as he continues his lessons.

Little Man (11) liked the flashcards. He wanted to work on remembering the order of the Presidents even before it was scheduled. He also liked that the reader for the guides wasn’t too long. He felt that he could retain the material to his memory easier. 

He doesn’t care for writing a whole lot. Overall, the writing portions of the assignments aren’t very long. Usually, we would spend around 30 minutes a day and pick up where we left off the next day. 

The sets go together nicely. I like that the drills are included in it. I’m kind of horrible drilling and with the set up of the schedule I found that it kept me on track with drilling.

Overall, I am pleased with this and think it makes for a wonderful way to teach American history in your homeschool.

Don’t forget to stop by the other Homeschool Review Crew blogs and see what they have to say. Some of them are reviewing another amazing curriculum from Memoria Press.

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