Our family was first introduced to YWAM Publishing a few years back as recommended read alouds and during that time quickly fell in love. Our introduction to YWAM included only the Christian Heroes, which we immensely enjoyed. Fast forward two years and that’s when we first checked out the Heroes of History series by reading Davy Crockett. Paring that book along side the Digital Study unit was simply amazing! That’s why this year when YWAM Publishing offered us several choices from their Heroes of History series of books we couldn’t resist. This year, we decided on Heroes of History- Laura Ingalls Wilder.
What is Heroes of History:
Heroes of History by YWAM Publishing is such a unique biography series. This is a series that brings history to life with amazing true stories of truly fascinating men and woman that have changed the course of history. The stories are told in a way that you’ll find it hard to put them down.
Who was Laura Ingalls Wilder:
Did you know that Laura Ingalls Wilder never dreamed of being a writer. She was a teacher, farmers wife and a storyteller. She lived in one of the most exciting times in America and thanks to her putting pen to paper, generations have been able to relive her experiences through her writings.
The digital unit study is layed out in a way that it’s easy to adjust to your students learning style. You can choose activities based on what works best for your student.
What will I find in the Digital Unit Study?
While the book is amazing as a stand alone, I would highly recommend adding the digital unity study. It adds so much more to the book, and allows the children (and teacher/parent) to take a closer look into that particular time.
Key Quotes: In this section, you’ll find eight quotes that you use along side or as part of the unite study. It’s suggested that you can choose to let your student memorize all or one of the quotes, use them to spark conversation or even let them pick a favorite, make it into a plaque and display it during the unit study. We chose to randomly select a quote and talk more about it as we went through our unit study. This was one of my personal favorites:
“It is never too late to be what we might have been.” —George Eliot
Display Corner: This part of the unit study was the most popular in our house. In this section, it suggests displaying a variety of different items that are talked about throughout the Laura Ingalls Wilder book. A few suggestions were:
• Displaying books frontier life, covered wagons, etc.
• Large map of Midwestern states where Laura live
• Flags of the states in which Laura lived
• iron skillet, butter churn,etc.
• and so much more!
You’ll find tons of suggestions in this sections, and it really helps the kids to better understand how life was in those days.
Chapter Questions: In this section, you’ll find a total of six questions that are related to each chapter. There will be a vocabulary question, a factual question, two questions to help gauge the level of your students comprehension as well as two open-ended questions. As I mention, you can easily customize this unit study based on your child’s age or learning style. The first two questions are geared toward younger students, while the last once are more difficult. With that being said, you can choose to have your student answer only a few of the questions, or all of the questions.
Student Exploration: I’m going to go ahead and say it again. This was once again one of our favorite sections of this unit study. In the student exploration section you have a variety of activities to choose from that offer a wide range of learning styles. You’ll find: essay questions, creative writing, hands-on projects, and audio/visual projects. I’ll be the first to say that I have a reluctant writer, so we had tons of fun with the hands-on projects recreating recipes and even the audio/visual section. Who doesn’t enjoy making a movie, or doing arts and crafts?
Community Links: In this section, it encourages you to go out and find resources in your community that goes along with your current unit study. Even though we live in a small town, we were able to find several resources to go along with this study, which seemed to get the boys even more interested in this time period.
Social Studies: This section is divided into six categories: places, journeys, terms/vocabulary, geographical characteristics, timeline and conceptual questions. This section was fantastic at giving them more knowledge regarding the time and places.
Related Themes To Explore: This section gives you different ideas/suggestions on other related themes to help extend the learning.
Culminating Events: This section is all about closing the unit study and gives fun ideas on how to go about it.
Our overall thoughts:
Over the past few months I started introducing Laura Ingalls Wilder to my boys. Over this time, I’ve enjoyed rereading all her wonderful stories to my boys and even watching the television series on DVD with them. When we were given the option to pick a Heroes of History, my ten-year old immediately picked Laura Ingalls Wilder. Reading about her life on the frontier and the struggles that they went through make this such an amazing book! We have hands-down enjoyed not only reading the book but incorporating the unit study as well. We opted to read a chapter a day and then answer the questions that go along with it. At the end of the week, we would do an activity or field trip that would go along with our unit study.
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