Lessons from History

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  • Reviewed on Wednesday, April 27, 2005
  • Grades Used: all?
  • Dates used: 2005
This is a great resource for homeschoolers! It gives great teaching tips and encouragement in the front of the book, outline of each person/event in history with a list of dates, books to read, areas to study for unit studies, projects and even timeline figures. Adaptable to all ages. Even if you don't do unit studies, this would be a great guide for history and it is a good value at between $15-20 per book. (www.lessonsfromhistory.com for complete list of books with ordering info.)

Devin Vaughn

  • Reviewed on Monday, May 22, 2000
  • Grades Used: K-9
  • Dates used: ongoing
Review of Lessons From History.
The only volume I have is the one that covers the 1400's to 1700's. This volume contains 29 units, each are 2 to 4 pages long, beginning with Johann Gutenberg and ending with Napoleon Bonaparte. They are written from a Christian point-of-view, although I was a bit surprised to find that the unit on cowboys mentioned that they spent all their pay at the end-of-the-trail on liquor and prostitutes. We skipped that particular unit ;-/

Each unit contains the following sections:
A short biography of the subject--quite well-done and valuable even if used alone to introduce a historic figure to your child.
Dates--important dates in the figure's life such a born, died, and when major events in his/her life occurred. Good if you're incorporating a timeline using the black-and-white block-print illustrations which accompany the text.
Books--(my favorite section) reference to other books, usually at the juvenile level, with reading level indicated.
Areas to study--lists related subjects to study. For example, the unit on Gutenberg lists: freedom of the press Gutenberg Bible, adjustable mold, movable type, parchment, paper making, metal--physical properties, ink, book binding.
Projects--these vary from art projects to games to songs to creative writing.
Discussion questions--most often related to Christianity and many refer to a Bible verse. The questions for Gutenberg (which are a little weak and skimpy compared to most of the others) are: How did the invention of the printing press change education? How would our homeschool be different if you had no book, not even a Bible?

I think that the books could conceivably be used as an entire history program if you use the supplemental reading and if you want a literature-based study. Personally, I would still consider using a text book to place the events in context, but some of you may be better at that than I am!