Tuesday, October 20, 2015

MasterBooks Elementary World History - You Report! (Curriculum Pack) **REVIEW**


I am so excited to be writing this review of MasterBooks. MasterBooks features a host of books, DVDs, and curriculum choices from a Biblical perspective. For this review, I received a physical set of Elementary World History: You Report! Elementary World History: You Report! puts your child in the role of a reporter while they learn world history from Creation to the rebirth of Israel. For this review, we received phyical copies of the Parent Lesson Planner, Big Book of History, Noah's Ark: Thinking Outside the Box Book, and Noah's Ark: Thinking Outside the Box DVD. 



How we used this:

P.L.P (Parent Lesson Planner):




We have been using this as our main history curriculum. I have been following the Parent Lesson Planner guide, and we have worked only the lessons included on each day. The Parent Lesson Planner is a 8.5 x 11 paperback with 200 pages that are already 3-hole punched for convenience. The first pages are comprised of an introduction and the lesson plan, that is arranged by day. The lessons on each day are short enough to not take a great deal of time, but cover a specific lesson. The planner also includes all of the student worksheets needed for use with the remaining books from the set, and each lesson includes the needed Bible scripture, so you won't need to have out your Bible in addition to everything else. The worksheets put your child into the role of a reporter, and they will get to practice outlines, written and oral reports, reading comprehension, etc. while learning about early world history. 


Big Book of World History:



We have used the Big Book of History for both the school work as needed, and as just an entertaining book to look at and read. Mr. B even takes it in the car! This hardback book, measuring 9 x 14 x 1, has 21 "pages" but they are thick, glossy, sturdy cardstock pages that are folded accordion style so that you can either view them by turning the pages, OR you can pull it out into a 15ft long time line! It is VERY colorful, and full of facts and fun reading. 


Noah's Ark: Thinking Outside the Box (DVD)

Noah's Ark: Thinking Outside the Box (DVD) is a short, 24 running minutes documentary film produced by Answers in Genesis that truly examines the construction of the Ark and compares it to shipbuilding at the time Noah lived. It also brings to the forefront the trouble of the cartoonized notions of Noah's Ark, and how these fictional drawings or toys may cause some to be misled or come to believe the story is nothing more than a children's tale. This film puts the story of Noah's Ark back into a true, historical context


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Noah's Ark: Thinking Outside the Box (Book)


Noah's Ark: Thinking Outside the Box (Book) is an 80 page 10 x 8 x 1/2 hardback book that works hand in hand with the DVD of the same name. Tim Lovett, Ark researcher, uses computer modeling and testing to more or less prove the Biblical account of Noah's Ark. He details a new Ark design that is more like the ancient shipping vessels of that day (not the cartoon like image we think of with a houseboat like structure and giraffes towering over the roof!) He explores the toll the flood waters would have had on the ship, and the skills needed to build it. In addition to all of that, the photos included are incredible.
Overall:

Overall, this is the best full history curriculum set we've used to date. We love it. The lessons are short and sweet, but cover the point. The lessons are spread out in a stress-free way that even includes breaks. Your student will develop better writing and critical thinking skills while also learning about world history from a Biblical perspective. 

Does MasterBooks Elementary World History-You Report! Pass My 4-Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

There is a lesson plan that is planned by day (such as Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, etc....) included in the first pages of the Parent Lesson Planner. I always suggest following the included plan, but you don't necessarily have to do that. You could easily make this last longer, or do it more quickly if you prefer.


2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?


The books do cover multiple grades. This is suggested for grades 5-8, so you could use it with multiple grades if you have children who are different ages. These are physical products, so there are no hidden fees. They offer a free sample download of the products, so I highly recommend previewing them!

3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

Honestly, this history curriculum is GREAT for autism and ADHD! First, the P.L.P. is well planned with lessons that aren't long. The lessons are fun, and playing the role of reporter is fun and entertaining. It's also a great way to emphasize pretend play/imagination in kiddos with Autism who may have difficulty with those. The books are VERY colorful and attention grabbing. My son LOVES this.


4.) Does it tie into other things we already have?

I would imagine it can. It can work with Bible studies you may have, writing, etc. It's a well rounded history curriculum.


**I received this product(s) in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.**

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