We love stories, and stories help us learn in our homeschool. Sometimes we find the right kind of books that make us feel like we are actually in the book. These kinds of books are ones we love to have on the bookshelf for lessons, or just plain fun reading time. We are super excited to share reviews of four new books brought to you by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com. These books are:
These four books captured the kid's attention from the minute I showed them to them! Each of these books takes the kids into the time period and shows them what they would have been doing, what their names would have been, what their house would have been like. The kids are put in the book instead of just learning a history lesson.
Each of these four books contain the story of the time era. At the end, they all have a glossary of the words you may or may not know. The Renaissance Italy and The American West also had a Famous People section at the end. Carole also offers some simple study questions for a select few of her books on her blog. We were able to use these with Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages and the American West. These were a great way to add even more to an already great book!
Each morning, we would work on slowly reading through the books. We started with Ancient Greece and fell in love right away. This was a great way for the boys to work on their history (each are working through this time era in their other history lessons) and Little Miss was able to get a taste of history without being overwhelmed. In fact, she loved answering the questions just as much, if not more than the boys did.
While we read about Ancient Greece, we learned of the different gods and goddesses. We learned how and why they worshipped the gods they did and the kids were surprised to learn that everyone drank wine instead of water!
Ray Ray really enjoyed spending time reading If You Were Me and Lived in…the American West. He read this book numerous times on his own. He loved reading about the actual travel to the West. This personally reminded me of the Oregon Trail game, but in book form. He would talk about the book as if he had just traveled the journey and would tell me all about how I would have to cook over an open fire and how he had to help dad push the covered wagon through the mud. I loved hearing him talk as though this had happened and how much stuck with him because of this way of thinking!
We loved reading these books, finding out what our names could have been, and how we would have lived. Little Miss loved the pictures in If You Were Me and Lived in…Renaissance Italy and we spent some time learning about the different social classes in the Middle Ages. If you are looking for some great living history books for your house, you need to check out the If You Were Me series. There are more than just four of these books, so make sure to head on over and check out the reviews from the other crew families to find the other books!