If You Were Me and Lived in...the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6)
If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout time) (Volume 4) is a 64 page paperback with a glossy cover. It features colorful pages of pictures along side brown pages with white lettering that tells the story of what your child's life might have been like if he or she had grown up during the Colonial days. It focuses a lot on settling and the early days of the Pilgrims. I expected this particular book to be more than just Pilgrims, but it doesn't feature much of what a more "urban" colonial outpost was like. It says at the end of the first winter your dad would have been proud to say they had built 11 homes, and your mother would have cooked on a fireplace. It talks about coming over on the Mayflower, and it also talks about why The Pilgrims wanted to come over in the first place, but it doesn't go much beyond the Pilgrim era. In the back, there is a section that lists a few people who were influential during the colonial days. This list includes: Pocahontas, John Smith, and William Penn. There is also a really nice glossary in the back. Mr. B is 11, but with his special needs, this is still on his level to a degree. I wouldn't recommend it for all 6th graders, as it is written in a more juvenile manner than some would prefer for that age range, but it's a cute book with historically accurate information presented in a fun way. I do wish there were less Pilgrims and more toward the time of George Washington since most would date Colonial America from 1607-1776.
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?
These are fun storybooks that are written in such a way that you can target individual portions with ease. There are no chapter divisions, or anything like that, but it's easy to take it section by section.
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?
There are NO hidden fees. This is a physical product. It seems to me like it's intended for a younger age group, but Mr. B still enjoys them a lot. You could add a lot of hands on activities if you wanted, and there are worksheets that you can find on her webpage that would work well for an older student.
We don't find them boring at all! Mr. B loves them!
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.