Teaching history can be boring. It can be time consuming. It can be tedious. It can be lots of things. Usually those things do not include the words fun and hands on. That changed for my family when we had the oportunity to review the new Birmwood Press Western Civilization Study, valued at $65.
I was given a copy of this curriculum for review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a favorable review.
The set includes:
- Calendar Quest
- What Every Child Needs to Know About Western Civilization
- Color The Western World – A coloring book of sorts
Calendar Quest is the literature that brings this curriculum to life. Follow along as Lindsie, Even, and their new friend, Father Time (aka Mr. S Kronos) take a trip through five thousand years of history. They get to meet the calendar creators and learn just how wonderful the calendar is. The book is funny and well written.
What Every Child Needs to Know About Western Civilization is the teachers guide and work book. It is well laid out and makes teaching each lesson a breeze. You pick up where you left off the day before and dig right back in. It is where all of the ‘meat’ of the lessons comes from. It also contains the stickers and flash cards that you will use throughout the program.
Color the Western World is the companion coloring book. It is full of great illustrations that go along the timeline of the story . It is spiral bound to make it lay flat while coloring. The pages are nice and wide and there are plenty of things to color to keep your littles entertained as you read.
All three of these books work well together to bring this program to life. Go HERE for a full product overview.
How we used the program:
My children really enjoyed the story Calendar Quest. I would read the book to them while they sat in the floor or at the table and colored in the coloring book. It took us a bit longer to get through the program because the chapters were long. We had to break it down into more manageable chunks. Keep in mind that my kiddos are 5 & 7. Their attention spans are not that long and they are not fans of being read to. If you kids like being read to this will not be an issue for you. If your children are good readers this is the perfect story for them to read. It is funny and well written and I feel that older children would have no trouble reading this one to you or the ‘class’.
I honestly had no idea of how the calendar was created or who was involved in the process. It was just as interesting for me to read through this program as it was for my children. We all came away from this learning something new. Who doesn’t love that? Right?!
- Lessons well laid out
- Great story with wonderful characters
- The teachers guide doubles as the student workbook
- The chapters are a bit long – for us, that may not be true for you
-that wasn’t a very long cons list, was it?!
Overall I feel that this is a great way to introduce your children to Western Civilization. It is easy enough to teach and engaging enough that most learning styles will enjoy the lessons.