Thursday, September 20, 2012

Homeschool Legacy: Early Settlers Review

I was given the opportunity to review Early Settlers a "Once a Week Unit Study" from Homeschool Legacy.


From their website:  "History should be exciting and that's exactly what it is with this Once-a-Week Unit Study. Kids experience life in early America as they learn about the 13 original colonies."

  •  FUN, NO PREP, 6-week unit study
  •   Appropriate for grades 2-12
  •   Enjoy family devotionals that focus on “faith”
  •   Children choose from a wide variety of quality, library reading selections that focus on the establishment of colonies in the New World 
  •   Enjoy classic family read-alouds
  •   Voyage back in time to the founding of America and meet brave men and women of extraordinary faith
  •   Create and maintain a simple history timeline
  •   Learn geography
  •   Children research and report on a colony of their choosing
  •   Make Early American crafts
  •   Research other lands
  •   Learn life skills
  •   Get to know some famous artists of the time
  •   Meet the Pilgrims and discover life in the 1600s
  •   Enjoy creative language assignments 
  •   Meet famous leaders
  •   Do a crossword puzzle
  •   Watch documentaries
  •   Enjoy educational, family field trips
  •   Have some fun with "Stump Your Dad Trivia"

All of that for $17.95. Sounds like a good deal, right? To add to the value, if you have a Boy Scout or an American Heritage Girl, you will like the addition of the badge / book adventurer checklist.

My comments:
What intrigued me first was the mention of this study being once a week, not daily, "no prep", so I signed up. After working through the lessons, I am sad to report that this is not for us. Not only do I have to make time to go to the library to gather the books, but it took me searching four separate libraries to find most of the books I needed for just one lesson. I never did find all of them. Going to all the different libraries takes up too much of my time. I will say that I did appreciate the inclusion of the call numbers as that helped expedite the process. Maybe if I didn't have a house full of kiddos having to go here, there, and everywhere it would be easier to add this study to our homeschool work week. I can definitely tell you that it would be an asset to our learning so maybe this will work better for us during our off periods like winter or summer break. I do believe this could replace a normal history course as well.

So, in a nutshell, this wasn't for us but it is a very educational unit study and it's Biblically based which I like.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


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