Friday, April 17, 2015
If you are a regular reader you may know that I love The Critical Thinking Co. They have some really, really, impressive homeschooling material. I have used their math books, critical thinking books, and a few language arts components.
The most recent item that we are using here at Homeschooling6 is U.S. History Detective Book One. This is a 363 page colorful American History book recommended for grades 8-12+.
The skills are based on common state social study standards for 8th grade. U.S. History Detective can be used as a supplement or as a stand-alone history text. If using with an older student this would be great as a supplement or to review American history.
U.S. History Detective Book 1 consist of 9 sections or chapters. The first starting with The Colonial Era and the last being Reconstruction Era.
Each section has between 6-9 lessons for a total of 65 lessons. By completing 2 lessons a week this course can be completed in a year as a stand-alone history text. If using it as a supplement and having your child complete 1 lesson a week it will take about 2 years to complete.
How U.S. History Detective Book One works: Each lesson contains a reading selection of 2-3 pages with maps, pictures, and a fun fact. Once the child completes the reading there are multiple choice questions, with the multiple choice your child will also will have to find the sentence(s) that best supports the answer. There are also venn diagrams, written response questions, and analytical essay questions.
What makes The Critical Thinking Co. American History book unique is it requires deeper analysis and how the text has the child find supporting evidence from the lesson. Your child must draw inferences and conclusions, they will sort through what is fact or opinion when answering the questions and writing the short essays after each lesson.
Most history text include:
My two oldest love to read but with my younger kiddos it’s a whole different story. So, I was excited to be part of this review and even more happy that my boys couldn’t wait to get started with reading Orphs of the Woodlands!
Company Name: Star Toaster: Orphs of the Woodlands
Review item: Orphs of the Woodlands first book: The Treasure of the HighTower
Who helped with this review: I had three helpers with this one: Brent-7th grade, Ethan-6th grade, Lance-4th grade. All boys struggle with reading.
What is Star Toaster: It’s a fun online reading program that encourages children (including my reluctant and struggling readers) to read a story about an orphaned gray squirrel. The story almost instantly captivated my boys. As the boys read pages and chapters they were able to unlock lessons in: math, science, language, vocabulary, thinking skills, life skills, character, and the arts. There are over 300 lesson in this program.
When you sign up you get a two month subscription for three children ($19.99). If your child(ren) need more than 2 months you can extend it for another 60 days for all students for only $6.99.
How it works: Once you have your account set up your child can log in and right away the fun begins. The first step is to fill out an ‘application’. This is where the boys were able to name the main character. Once the application was submitted they were ready to start on a reading adventure with their character being the star of the show!
With words like “Top Secret” or “Keep Out”, my boys were hooked real quick!
There are three steps included in this adventure: