History Pockets - Moving West

History Pockets - Moving West

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Item #: 019102
ISBN: 9781557999023
Grades: 4-6

Category Description for History Odyssey:

Imagine a classically-based history course where your child reads great history books and period-related literature, keeps a running timeline of the period studied, writes outlines and summaries of important people and events, completes history-related map work, and does all of this without extensive planning on mom's part. Although it may sound too good to be true, luckily for you it's not! Author Kathleen Desmarais has done an awesome job of combining an excellent variety of resources and activities and presenting it all in a very straight-forward, professional way that takes the stress of lesson planning off of you and puts the accountability and expectations squarely on your history student.

History Odyssey is basically a series of study guides, with one guide covering one era of history (Ancients, Middle Ages, Early Modern, or Modern) in one year. There are three levels to the program, so if you completed the whole series, you would cycle through world history three times - once in elementary, once in middle school, and once in high school education. The first level is intended for grades 1-4, the second level for grades 5-8, and the third level for grades 9-12. There will be twelve guides when the series is complete; currently, there are still several guides in production. The guides are loose-leaf and 3-hole punched, designed to be placed in a binder. You'll probably want a thick one; students will be adding a lot of material!

Although the same eras in history are covered in each level, the expectations on the student become more sophisticated, following the classical education progression. In Level 1 (the grammar stage), students are encouraged to approach history as a great story as they read (or are read to) and complete map work, History Pockets activities, copywork, and coloring pages. This level will require more attention from the parent than the two upper levels. Depending on the reading ability of the child, some reading selections may need to be read aloud or read together. There will also be copies to make and supplies to gather for each lesson. Level 2 (the logic stage) introduces the timeline, outlining as a writing skill, research, and independent writing assignments. Students are expected to read all assignments on their own, and critical thinking and analysis are emphasized through the assignments. Parental involvement should be reduced at this level, as parents should be only checking the quality of each day's work and making sure that it has all been done. By Level 3 (the rhetoric stage), students will be reading much more demanding history selections (including classic literature) and will be writing plenty of expository, descriptive, narrative and persuasive essays. Research, timeline work, and map work are continued from Level 2 but are more in-depth at this level. For each level, history, geography, and writing are strongly represented. Although the writing practice is extensive, you will probably want to be using a separate course in English and writing.

Now that you're familiar with the basics of the course, let's look at the lessons. Lessons are presented to the student in a checklist-type format. All assignments, including reading, timeline, writing, and others are listed for each lesson with a box to check when the task is complete. In Level 1, lessons are structured a bit differently, in that there is some parent preparation (highlighted in gray), a "main lesson" of assignments, and then several "additional activities" listed. Lessons typically include a mix of readings from resource books, map work, timeline work (in the upper two levels), and writing assignments/copywork to be added to the student's master binder. Exceptions may be lessons which ask the student to begin reading a required book. In this case, a recommended time frame is given in which the book should be read, and follow-up writing assignments may be listed. Occasionally websites may be listed to check out more information, but these are not absolutely necessary to the course if you are not able to visit them. Following the lessons, you'll find worksheets referred to in the lessons, outline maps used in map activities, and several appendices. Although the guide is not reproducible, the author does give permission to copy the maps and worksheets for your family's use only.

There are several important aspects of this course. First of all, with the exception of Level 1, there is little parent preparation. A "Letter to Parents" at the beginning of the guide explains the course, while the "How to Use This Guide" lists required resources and other necessary supplies, describes the organization of the student's binder, and briefly discusses several aspects of the program. For the upper two levels, parents will be primarily making sure the necessary books and resources are on hand and ensuring that each lesson's work has been done and is complete. This leads to my next point, which is that at the end of this course, the student will not have "completed a workbook," but will have compiled their own meaty notebook with all their work from the course. Instruction is given at the very beginning of the course on how to organize the student's notebook, and from that point on, the student will be putting all of their work into the binder. The binder will be not only a tremendous keepsake but a collection of all work done in the course. Finally, the timeline is a very important tool used in Levels 2 and 3 of History Odyssey. This can be made by you, or you may choose to purchase Pandia Press's very attractive Classical History Timeline, which is described below. Events and people studied are added to the timeline throughout the course, and when they're finished with the guide, the timeline can be folded up and included in the student's binder.

One bonus to the course is that they use well-known resources and literature that you may already own! Level 1 heavily uses Story of the World books, A Child's History of the World and History Pockets. My sample of Middle Ages Level 2 lists the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Story of Mankind, Usborne Internet-Linked Viking World, The Door in the Wall, Tales from Shakespeare, Beowulf: A New Telling, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Castle (by David Macaulay), The Canterbury Tales, and many more. Check out the lists of resources beneath each History Odyssey Guide below - I'm sure you'll see many familiar

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Grade Start
Grade End
Supplement, Illustrated
Series Title
History Pockets Ser.
EHS Title
History Pockets
9 to 11
Lynn McClain (Illustrator)
Softcover Book
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0.6 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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My child loves the history pocket series, because they are hands on and exciting. I love them, because they are full of great facts and information.
LEISHA L on Feb 18, 2021
REAL History Odyssey
Janelle W on Jan 23, 2020
My child loves the history pocket series, because they are hands on and exciting. I love them, because they are full of great facts and information.
LEISHA L on Feb 18, 2021
Great history supplement.
Kelly H on Aug 6, 2020
REAL History Odyssey
Janelle W on Jan 23, 2020
History Odyssey
DeAnna M on Jan 11, 2020
for supplementary activities for our studies.
joyce a on Aug 20, 2019
We're using this to accompany Christian Liberty Press' American Pioneers and Patriots
Nikki S on Jun 18, 2019
A great way for the children to reinforce their studies q
Marilee D on Jul 19, 2018
Creates an artifact
Frances R on Dec 4, 2017
Homeschool resource
ckool on Aug 23, 2017
Homeschooling my 5th and 6th grade kids. We are studying the 1800s with Tapestry of Grace curriculum. This looks like a great hands on activity to help make some of the history they'll be learning become more concrete. TOG recommended this as an additional resource.
Trisha F on Sep 2, 2016
I chose this because I wanted something that would be more engaging for my autistic son and the arts and crafts definitely did that. We'll be using History Pockets again.
Joanna J on Jul 17, 2016
My granddaughter's love to make pocket books but we just don't have the time to do it ourselves and this fit into what we are trying to achieve.
Daria S on Jun 20, 2016
To go along with History Odyssey--and my kids love History Pockets
Kirsten A on Mar 15, 2016
Great history supplement.
Kelly H on Aug 6, 2020
History Odyssey
DeAnna M on Jan 11, 2020
How long does it take to complete one book from the 4-6 grade level? How much time do you spend on it per day or week? Thank you!
Cecily on Jun 24, 2021
History Pockets - Moving West
History Pockets - Moving West
History Pockets - American Revolution
History Pockets - American Revolution
History Pockets - Ancient Rome
History Pockets - Ancient Rome
History Pockets - Colonial America
History Pockets - Colonial America
History Pockets - Ancient Egypt
History Pockets - Ancient Egypt
History Pockets - Colonial America
History Pockets - Colonial America
BEST ANSWER: We do one pocket per week during the unit we are working on. That takes roughly 7 weeks. Each pocket has five or six activities that vary in time commitment needed. Coloring the pocket label and reading the non-fiction page may take ten minutes or less. Creative writing or artwork may take 30 minutes. Typically I have my student complete activities independently unless help is needed or we want to do the activity together for fun. I complete the booklet when all the folders are done so we can sit together and review while she glues the pocket labels and cover in place. I do not use the evaluation at the end. We have completed Moving West and Life in Plymouth Colony and will be completing Ancient Egypt this coming year. We have used the preschool ones as well. These keep my kids occupied without being busy work.
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