Posted in 2020 Home School Review Crew Posts, Book Reviews, history, Uncategorized

YWAM Publishing’s Heroes of History: Billy Graham: American’s Pastor – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way

I love adding  Christian biographies to our studies so I was excited to review Billy Graham, one of the books in the  Heroes of History Series from YWAM Publishing.  From the very first home school convention we attended in North Carolina, YWAM Publishing became a favorite of our family for quality Christian books.  Through the years we have established quite a collection of these quality books and our 17-year-old daughter loves having the opportunity of participating in reviews for these books.  For this review, we received a physical copy of Billy Graham: America’s Pastor along with a downloadable copy of the Unit Study Guide.

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According to its website, “YWAM Publishing is committed to the production and distribution of books that encourage Christians to make a difference in a needy world. We specialize in books that focus on evangelism, homeschooling, prayer, discipleship, and mercy ministries.”.  As a parent, I love having these Christian-centered books for our family to read.  As a voracious reader myself, I love reading these books.  Every time we have the opportunity to participate in a review for YWAM Publishing, I love watching our daughter’s face as she makes her selection of what book to get.

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With these books, I love hearing our daughter share tidbits of information she gains from reading the books.  We both appreciate how the books combine both God and faith along with history.  For example, she enjoyed reading about Billy Graham’s interactions with Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchhill.  This book illustrated how many rich and powerful people need God as well as those will less power and wealth.

Our daughter also appreciates how the books tell of the person’s childhood and then moves forward in time.  Having been blessed to know three of her four grandparents, our daughter was captivated by the story of Billy Graham and his grandmother at the time of her death.

Billy Graham’s visits to England, Bombay, and other places show how much God’s word needs to be shared around the world and how much power His Word can have.  Another part our daughter enjoyed was reading about how Billy Graham was approached about doing a radio show.  He said he would do it if $25,000 was raised by the end of the night.  He left the event with $24,000, but when he arrived back at his hotel, he received two envelopes from two different men with $500 each in them.

The study guide allows families to examine key quotes, create a display corner, answer Chapter Questions, do Student Explorations, and more.  As a parent, I appreciate the variety of activities provided along with how there are reproducible and more I can utilize.  I also appreciate how directions are provided for both parent-directed and student-directed instruction.  Here are some sample pages from the study guide.

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At the time we were notified of this review, we were living in Texas; but we wound up moving to Charlotte, North Carolina thanks to the military.  As we were driving from Texas to Charlotte, our daughter and I discussed how we could visit the Billy Graham Library and take a tour of the family home.  Because of this, I decided not to have our daughter use the study guide right now.  Instead, we will revisit the book and the study guide when circumstances allow us to visit the library and other points of interest.

You can YWAM Publishing on Social Media at the following links:

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So if you are looking for some wonderful historical books about great Christians from history, check out the book series from YWAM Publishing for yourself.  This week other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their families’ thoughts on both the Christian Heroes: Then & Now and the Heroes of History.  These books make a wonderful way of learning history while also learning about great Christians. So click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

 

Posted in Hands-On Activities, history, Home School Review Crew Posts, Homeschooling

Review of Home School in the Woods’ Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures

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We love using the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods for more than just our history timeline!  As a homeschooling parent, some companies provide such incredible products that I love going back when I need to find additional resources.  When I am looking for history lapbooks, hands-on history notebooking pages, and more, my first instinct is to go to Home School in the Woods.  So when I had the opportunity for our family to review the timeline collection from Home School in the Woods, I was thrilled.  For this review, we received the downloadable version of this product.  However, it is also available on CD.

Home School in the Woods provides a large variety of products to suit children of all ages. From timelines to U.S. History Studies to World History Studies, to games, to hands-on activities, and more Home School in the Woods has items to please everyone. Click here to read an article from Amy Pak’s blog about using timelines in your homeschool.  Or if you want to read an article about how to add sanity to your school year, click here.

When I received the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Figures, I knew our family would find many ways to use this hands-on resource.  This resource is one resource that everyone in your family can use.  When I received the file to download, the first thing that is important to remember is that it is a zip file, so it is necessary to extract the files first.

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Once the files are extracted, you can pick and choose what time period you need, what size figures you want, and exactly what pages you need to print at a time.  Another great thing about these figures is that the figures can be used no matter what history resource or curriculum you are using.  Once you have selected a page, you can print it out and then use the figures in whatever way suits your family.  Also, you can print only the pages you need for a given year, semester, quarter, month, or even week to make life manageable.  Personally, I like the idea of printing the pages out by the week to ensure we do not misplace any.

I found it interesting that depending on where you choose to print from, the files printed slightly differently.  In the picture below on the left-hand side, I elected to print from the index page, which when clicked on opens the index in a browser window.  It seems to be slightly larger than when I selected to print from the actual file on my computer.  I am not sure why this is the case, but I just found it interesting.

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I appreciate the fact there is an option to either print the figures with additional text or without the additional text.  For younger children, I think printing the ones without additional information would be better.  But for older children and teenagers, I think the ones with text allow for conversations to begin.

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I  love the idea of using the figures to create a self-directed high school history course.  I could easily see giving our 16-year-old daughter free rein to pick and choose what historical figures to study and then allowing her to find resources to utilize for studying those figures.  Whether your family is studying Ancient History, World History, or American History, you will find figures you can use.  Because we are doing this review during the summer, I decided to change things up some and let her start from the most recent figure and start working our way back.  Basically, I had her work three days a week.  I asked her to place half of a page each day. Here are some sample pages.

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One of the most helpful things I found about this program is the Index that allowed me to quickly search for anything I might want or need.  When you select the file labeled Index, a window will open in your browser that looks like the bottom of the picture below, then you can select what you want to print.

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I also found it helpful how the files are broken down into sections including Creation to Christ, Napoleon to Now (World History), Resurrection to Revolution (World History), and America.  So if you are concentrating on a particular time in history, this feature allows you to quickly navigate to the figures you need.

You can Find Home School in the Woods on Social media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

So if you are looking for hands-on history activities, products, and timeline figures, check out  Home School in the Woods for yourself.  If you would like to read my earlier reviews of products from Home School in the Woods, click here for my review of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  Or you can click here to read my review of the Á La Carte collection.

If you want to read other reviews of Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline or other products being reviewed by Crew Members, click here or on the graphic below.

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Posted in Bible Studies, Classical Homeschool Method, history, Home School Review Crew Posts

Review of Memoria Press’ The Wars of The Jews Set (Grade 9+)

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My high schooler is using The Wars of the Jews set from Memoria Press as part of her Christian history studies.  Memoria Press is a company our family has used products from almost since the start of our homeschooling journey.  I love the Christian worldview and the way the materials are laid out along with the classical education perspective.

Memoria Press is a family-run business that was founded in 1994 by Cheryl Lowe.  According to its website, Memoria Press strives “to help promote and transmit the classical heritage of the Christian West through an emphasis on the liberal arts and the great works of the Western tradition. Memoria Press has developed a K-12 classical curriculum at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky, where its popular Latin, logic, and classical studies courses are written and field-tested.”

As a mother, I love the concept of classical education and love my children gaining a Biblical worldview, so The Wars of the Jews set from Memoria Press fits our family’s needs perfectly.  The set includes a Teacher’s Guide, a Student Guide along with the reader.  Because we were approaching our move from our normal school year schedule to our lighter summer schedule, this set was perfect for our sixteen-year-old daughter.  The set is meant to be used over the course of several months.  Our daughter worked on the course about three days a week for around an hour a day.

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The Student Reader provides the basis for the course.  This softcover book includes 10 chapters about the Fall of Jerusalem based on the words of Josephus.  I love the size and type of font used in the reader because it makes it easy to read.  The inclusion of maps, photographs, and other graphics helped keep our family’s interest.

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The Student Guide includes vocabulary and comprehension questions along with facts to know as well as a review at the end of the workbook. All of these items help to reinforce what the student is reading and learning about the time.  My daughter and I found the questions to be relevant and fairly straightforward to answer.

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The Teacher Guide includes the answers to all the questions contained in the Student Guide along with a test for the end of the course and its answers.  I love how the pages in the Teacher’s Guide display exactly what the student will see in their Student Guide with only the addition of the answers to the questions.

I have to say our family was very pleased with this set and enjoyed what we were reading and learning about each day.  I would definitely recommend checking this course out for yourself.

You can find Memoria Press on Social Media at:

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So if you are looking for materials from a classical education perspective, check out Memoria Press for yourself.

If you want to read additional reviews by members of the Home School Review Crew about The Wars of the Jews set, or some of their other products including Simply Classical Writing Book One: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition) and Simply Classical Writing Book Two: Step-by-Step Sentences (Bible Story Edition) with Teacher KeySimply Classical Spelling Book One: Step-by-Step Words and Simply Classical Spelling Book Two: Step-by-Step Words,
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History set, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Pathway to Liberty’s The Middle Ages Levels 3 and 4

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If you are looking for a history curriculum with a Biblical worldview then let me introduce you to the Pathway to Liberty’s  The Middle Ages, part of the Pathway to Liberty’s History Curriculum, from Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum.  This curriculum has 4 time periods and 4 levels for each period. I am always on the lookout for new materials for our family to use for history that do not rely on a dry, boring textbook.  I want history to come alive for our children.  Also, I want their knowledge of history to include the true beliefs and ideas of our founding fathers.

For this review, I wanted our 16-year-old daughter and our 18-year-old son to be able to do history together and at a level, I felt they would be comfortable with the work.  So we selected The Middle Ages and Levels 3 and 4.  Because I initially planned on my husband and I studying with our children, we ordered the digital version.  The materials come either in digital format (able to be used by multiple family members or physical materials to be used by one student.  For this review, we received the Teacher’s Guides for Levels 3 and 4, the Student Guides for Levels 3 and 4 along with The Chain of Liberty and The Chain of Liberty Study Guide.

Pathway to Liberty is the creation of Jayme Maccullough and it has levels for students of all ages.  This comprehensive, principle-based history curriculum offers a lot of material. Jayme MacCullough is a speaker, writer, Bible Study leader, and more.

Their website states, “Through education, we can change tomorrow.”.  The curriculum includes four years of materials and each year has four levels plus a teacher guide.   The four years of materials are:

  • Year 1 – Universal History
  • Year 2 – The Middle Ages
  • Year 3 -U.S. History
  • Year 4 – Worl History

And the four levels are:

  • Level 1 – K5 – 3rd grade
  • Level 2 – 4th – 6th grade
  • Level 3 – 7th – 9th grade
  • Level 4 – 10th – 12th grade.

Students are expected to do readings, watch videos, answer questions and more through over 26 weeks for each year.  Four lessons of history are to be completed each week.  The lessons will take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to complete.  How the lessons are completed can be customized to each family’s needs.  Students have the option to break the daily lessons down into smaller parts.  I have to say I wish this curriculum had been around when we first started homeschooling.  I love the idea of all 4 of our children working on the same material at the same time but at their own level.

For The Middle Ages, students begin with the Roman Republic and the Heroic Age of the Church and conclude with the Age of Exploration.

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For Levels 3 and 4, you need the Student Guide, the Teacher Guide, Chain of Liberty (book and study guide), along with some additional books, Internet access to watch the videos on YouTube, and a dictionary at the minimum.  Other books will be required as the course progresses.  If you decided to get the downloadable version, obviously a very good printer will also be necessary.

The Chain of Liberty and the accompanying study guide begin by taking a broad approach to exploring the pathway of liberty using past events.  In the next section, readers learn about Liberty from ancient to modern times including the ideologies of various types of governments along with the influence of the early church and the Reformation through the founding, exploration, through the eventual erosion of the American government.  The Study guide is the perfect accompaniment to the book providing students with opportunities to take what they are learning and make it their own.

 

The Teacher’s Guide provides information directly for the teacher.  It includes all four levels along with the requirements for each lesson.  The answers for many of the questions are supplied in the Guide as well.  It includes helpful directions and more.

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The Student Guides are designed for the students.  This is where they find their schedule for daily work, helpful information, reading assignments, questions to answer and more.  We loved how the digital version allowed us the option to print out the materials and place them in a notebook that our word studies and other papers could be added to as we completed them.  However, I found it easier to put The Chain of Liberty on my tablet to where we could take it and read wherever we went.

Our family enjoyed the reading assignments and doing the word studies.  When comparing the question from Levels 3 and 4, I could not find any real differences.  However, I obviously would have different expectations for my child doing Level 3 versus my child doing Level 4, especially when completing the Word Studies.  Here are some pages of the Student Guide along with some completed work.

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For the Word Studies, students need a Study Bible, a dictionary (our family has the Noah Webster 1828 dictionary), and a Word Study model.  One is provided in the Teacher’s Manual.  Our family found the instructions for the Word Study to be very useful and the video on the YouTube channel provides excellent instructions along with an example to help demonstrate the proper process for doing the Word Studies.

You can find Pathway to Liberty on social media at the following locations:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PathwaytoLiberty/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pathway2Liberty
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pathwaytoliberty/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClVQD1kM1KnthMBWFTQ_AbQ/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pathwaytoliberty/

Our family loved the way this curriculum challenged us to think and expand our knowledge.  If you are looking for a history curriculum with a Biblical worldview then let me introduce you to the Pathway to Liberty’s  The Middle Ages, part of the Pathway to Liberty’s History Curriculum, from Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum.  I promise it will be worth your time.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing other years and other levels of this curriculum this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to read some of these other reviews.

 

 

 

Posted in 2019 Home School Review Crew Posts, Book Reviews, Books, history, Homeschooling

Review of Theodore Roosevelt from YWAM Publishing

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I love adding  Christian biographies to our studies so I was excited for our daughter to review Theodore Roosevelt, one of the books in the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing. We also received a Study Guide to use with our book.  When it comes time to read about historical figures, YWAM Publishing does an amazing job creating books my family loves to read.  Throughout our years of homeschooling, we have collected quite a few of these books.  But when it came time to select a book for this review, Theodore Roosevelt won easily.  I am glad to say the book did not disappoint our 16-year-old daughter.

YWAM Publishing provides a variety of true biographies, missionary biographies, and historical biographies with their Heroes of History Series, their Christian Heroes Series and their Christian Heroes: Then & Now Series.  Our family has enjoyed reading books from all three series.  I never have to be concerned about what our children are reading when they pick up one of these books.

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When looking for books to read, historical biographies always capture my daughter’s attention, and Theodore Roosevelt was no different.  Several times during the course of reading this book, she bounced into the room I was in with some piece of trivia she wished to share with me.  For example, she was intrigued by the idea of him being a taxidermist just for fun.

He also had an extra pair of glasses sewn to the inside of whatever shirt he was wearing.  So this way, if anything happened to the pair he was wearing, he had a pair to use in that pair’s place.  He decided to keep it a secret that a doctor had told him he would live a short life if he did not stop exercising so hard.  But instead, he exercised harder. He established wildlife preserves and national parks.  During his presidency, he also established the National Forest Service.  He really liked Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, so he and his friends established the Boone and Crockett Club, which was the first conservation club in the United States.

She was surprised by Theodore Roosevelt’s mother and the complicated relationship between his mother and father because of their different ideologies.  Also, he spent the first year of his political career making absolutely no compromises which affected his popularity.  In his third year, he recognized this fact and began making compromises.  Possibly this fascinated her because of the heated debates and discussions she has with her three older brothers in our home.  She expressed the book was a fun read and would be an excellent book to just read casually.

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In addition to the book, we also received the downloadable Study Guide to review as well.  The Study Guide comes as a link that leads to a page that includes instructions for how to use the study guide – broken down by Small Groups, Classroom Use, and Homeschool use.  The homeschool section includes ways to utilize the Heroes of History as a Year-long U.S. History course.  Personally, I love this idea for students who do not favor using the traditional textbook method.  I could see the books and study guides providing incredible opportunities for exploration and learning.

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The study guide includes instructions for using the study guide along with other helpful resources and learning opportunities such as:

• History
• Geography
• Essay writing
• Creative writing
• Reading comprehension
• Public speaking
• Drama
• Art

With all of these choices, every student will find something to interest them.  Initially, I planned on using the Study Guide with our daughter extensively.  However, she was enjoying the book so much and retaining an incredible amount of knowledge she willingly shared with us, I decided to mainly use the study guide verbally rather than writing everything out.  This method seemed to allow our daughter to express herself easier than writing may have done.  However, in the future, we may not revisit this book and complete some of the activities in the Study Guide.  If we were using the Study Guides, I probably would have allowed her multiple methods of answering questions and more including drawing, since that is her one of her passions.

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There are questions for each chapter include:  a vocabulary question drawn from the text and referenced to a page in the book, a factual question that comes from the text, two comprehension questions, as well as two open-ended questions seeking an opinion or interpretation.  The first three questions are meant for younger students, while the final three questions are more challenging.

As I have stated before, our family has essentially used YWAM Publishing materials since we began our homeschooling journey.  If you would like to read other reviews our family has done for YWAM Publishing selections, click here for our review of C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller, part of the  Christian Heroes: Then & Now Series as well here for Betty Greene – Wings to Serve.

You can find YWAM Publishing on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram at @ywampublishing.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing selections from YWAM Publishing this week, and you can click here or on the graphic below to explore other reviews.

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Posted in Bible, history, Homeschool Video Curriculum

Review of Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation”

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Drive Thru History®‘s Dave Stotts is our engaging and entertaining tour guide as we tour with Drive Thru History®  “Acts to Revelation”.  This series makes the perfect Homeschool Bible Curriculum.  I have to say our family really enjoys watching and learning from the videos with Dave Stotts.  He does an excellent job of providing information, insights, along with captivating scenery and pictures.  Of course, my family also enjoys seeing the vehicles Dave drives in the episodes.  We elected to watch the videos as a family – so myself, my husband, our 22-year-old son (when his work scheduled allowed him to participate), our 20-year-old son, our 18-year-old son and our 16-year-old daughter watched together.

From the Drive Thru History® website on their “About” page comes the following quote, Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts® is a fun, fast-paced, content-rich history show that speeds through ancient civilizations, the Holy Land, and the founding of America, allowing the viewer to experience the people, places, and events that shaped our world and the Christian faith. To date, ColdWater Media has successfully produced and distributed 54 episodes.”  Truly they do a remarkable job of bringing history to life.

The series contains 18 episodes which each run for about 30 minutes.  The episodes provide a tremendous amount of history, Scriptural and Biblical references along with information about the lives of the very first Christians. The series essentially uses the book of Acts as a roadmap.   As we started watching the first episode, we loved the way Dave Stotts took the time to set the stage of Jesus’ final days and how that impacted the disciples.  We are a military family, which means we have moved around some and therefore attended quite a few churches.  One of the churches we attended was a Pentecostal Church, so hearing about the day of Pentecost captured our interest.

Because our 16-year-old daughter loves to draw, the photographs and pictures used in the series mesmerized her.  I appreciated how Dave Stotts took the time to explain that some of the artwork used in the series may not completely represent the actual event but assured the viewers they try to keep it as realistic as possible.  It is apparent this Homeschool Video Curriculum really takes time to include majestic and incredible scenery, artwork and illustrations.

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Another part of the series family loved was the inclusion of live actors and actresses portraying various scenes from the Bible as seen in the picture above.  My husband is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher and has spent a lot of time in the books of John and Paul.  So our children grew up hearing their father speak on those subjects.  So in the episode where we get to see an actor portraying Paul and speaking his words written in the Bible, they found it fascinating.  Our family also loved the inclusion of maps, actual Biblical locations and Scriptural passages that are used to convey the messages in the series.

Our family also appreciated the discussion about the book of Revelation and the message included for the 7 churches including Laodicea.  The description of them being “luke-warm” people rather than being either hot or cold caught the attention of everyone in the family.  We also were amazed at the differences between the various sites and how much restoration had been done in some while others had not even been explored yet.  Some of our children noted that the unexplored areas leave more to the imagination.

My husband appreciated the discussion where Dave Stotts showed how actual history and locations provide support for the accuracy of the Bible.  He also appreciated how Dave Stotts made it clear that the book of Jude was meant to help equip Christians for living in the end days, and has as much relevance for believers today as it did at the time it was written.  Another statement that caught the attention of my family was that Christian persecution during the early days of the church did not slow down the growth of the church.  Also, the list of disciples and other early Christians who died for their faith led to an interesting discussion of whether Christians today would be so willing to die for their beliefs.

Along with the three DVDs which come with the set, there is also a study guide.  The study guide is actually bound into the case the DVDs come with, which is great for having it all together, but makes using a bit tricky since it did not want to stay open for me.  The study guide includes general information about the series,  a list of the episodes, summaries of each episode, discussion questions, Biblical passages to read, side roads that include additional information, along with amazing photographs and illustrations. Possible ways to use the study guide would be to simply allow them to guide an oral conversation between those who have watched the episode or your family could choose to require the answers to the questions be written out.

You can find Drive Thru History® on social media using the following links:  Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.  So check out Drive Thru History®  “Acts to Revelation” for yourself.  Also, click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews of this amazing series from other members of the Home School Review Crew.

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Posted in #write28days, history, Homeschooling, Uncategorized

#write28days – Day 14 – Notgrass Materials

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Today is day 14 of my #write28days series.  Today, I would like to talk about Notgrass History.  For a number of years, we have used Notgrass materials.  From their middle school history programs, their high school history programs, their blog posts and Charlene Notgrass’ emails aimed at encouraging moms, we have built a lasting relationship with this company.

Through the years, we have had the privilege of talking to both Ray and Charlene Notgrass.  They both provide a friendly and knowledge of homeschooling and history in particular.

So if you are looking for Christian history materials, check out Notgrass History for yourself.

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