History of US Binder Builder Book 2 - Making Thirteen Colonies CD-ROM
As a fan of the engagingly written, History of US series from Joy Hakim, I was excited to see these supplemental learning resources from A Journey through Learning. Binder Builders are easy to use tools designed to showcase your child's work through worksheets and mini-booklets. Beginning with the "how-to," each Binder Builder provides an array of activities that, while similar in many ways, also include unique nuances specific to material learned. A sampling of activity templates includes vocabulary worksheets, copy work pages, map exercises, recipes, poetry writing, drawing exercises, and mini-books to document learning. Available in 2 formats: printable PDF on CD-ROM or in a printed packet of worksheets. You will need to provide a 3-ring binder, colored cardstock paper, scissors, glue, brads, stapler, hole puncher, crayons/colored pencils, and tabs for the dividers. Page count varies with over 60 pages in each. Reproducible for individual family use. An appreciated companion resource for the History of US series and one I hope will soon be available for all 10 of the History of US books. ~ Deanne
"Most history books are boring, but your book kept me on the edge of my chair. I couldn't wait to find out what happens next." So said 11-year-old Tommy Cunningham after reading a portion of this 10-volume set. Author Joy Hakim, former journalist and teacher, has a knack for making history more personal and dramatic. A Teaching K-8 review calls her a "master storyteller." The result is that these books are read, and re-read, by youngsters who love stories but don't care for history books. Each story, or chapter, is short (from 3 to 8 pages), includes lots of interesting tidbits in sidebars, and has plenty of pictures (mostly black and white, but some full color). We used this series with Janine and Stephen this past year, who seemed to enjoy, if not relish, the books.
Some concerns exist. The books are not written from a Christian perspective, but the author does recognize a religious influence in the making of our nation. The publisher notes that varying opinions of some controversial subjects are presented; as such, these books are not written from a conservative viewpoint. The first volume makes references to millions of years of prehistory. Book 6 covers the War Between the States primarily from the North's point of view, and Book 10 won't make Rush Limbaugh's list of recommended reading. But in general, this appears to be an appealing presentation of American history for youngsters and adults alike.
This series has been newly revised. The books are now in full-color, with new illustrations and newly commissioned and improved maps in the atlas sections of each book. Most of the changes can be found in Vol. 10, as more current events (up to 2005) have been added. Each book is 160-264 pages, with about 200 illustrations. The revision includes an eleventh book, which serves as a sourcebook for the other ten volumes, and revised teacher guides, which can be used with the previous edition or the new revised texts, as the pagination and illustrations are identical between the editions. We are offering the paperback version in sets or individually. Teacher guides are also available below. ~ Bob