Thursday, June 1, 2017

YWAM Publishing REVIEW

YWAM Publishing


Mr. B and I decided we'd like to take a more in depth look at the people of the American Revolution this year for his history requirement. We've been learning all about Ben Franklin, Mad Anthony Wayne, and of course George Washington. I was so excited to discover YWAM Publishing  had a book devote to George Washinton! Heroes of History- George Washington details the life of George Washington starting with a glimpse into his early childhood days, and continuing until he becomes America's first President. There is also an accompanying study guide. This book is part of their Heroes of History Series

As you may know, this is not our first review for YWAM. We have also reviewed their Meriwether Lewis book and Study Guide, as well as one devoted to Thomas Edison





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About the Book:

We learn about George Washington's childhood, and it's so fun to read about him as a little boy. We are also given insight into the huge impact his brother Lawrence had on him growing up, and the impact of losing his father at a very young age. We see that adventure was born into George Washington, and this played a role into him wanting to be a surveyor. An interesting fact is that George Washington did a lot of work in our state as a surveyor, including the creek where I grew up. He was the one who mapped it and named it. The book progresses into how George was drawn into the war, how he became General Washington, and then how he became President. He never sought any of that, but that was God's plan for his life and he accepted it as such. 
The study guide is pretty awesome. We received a digital download, which is perfect for us. It's one less physical book to keep up with, and I can either print as we need or have him pull up the PDFs on the computer, and write out answers on his own. That's great since some things are more suggestions or activities that you can do that do not require anything printed. One activity that Mr. B REALLY enjoyed was a "display corner." He loves coins and coin sets, so we went on the hunt for quarter sets. We lucked out and found 7 such mint sets at a yardsale of all places! He has been using these in his display corner. 


This is his display!


There's also a section of Quotes. These were great for us because Mr. B needs more help with penmanship and fine motor skills. Also, he needs to build the ability to "change direction of attention." Psychologically, this is called Coding. Kids with autism sometimes have great difficulty here. Think back to when you were asked to copy from the chalkboard, or book. Mr. B has a lot of difficulty doing this. He can easily get to the point of frustration if asked to do long copywork assignments. These quotes are small enough that we can do one or two each sitting, and it's still within his optimal zone so he's pushing himself, but not over reaching to frustration, thus shutting down.




Overall, we LOVE YWAM Publishing. Their books are always full on information written in a unique way that makes them more storybook like. They choose very interesting people from history, whose lives are fun to read and learn about, and whose lives can teach your child fundamental character lessons. The Study Guides are great, and full of information. There are chapter questions, activity suggestions, and even a bonus area with online games, puzzles and resources for many of the books offered by YWAM. I frequently recommend them to others! 





Does YWAM Publishing 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?

You can have your child read this and his/her own pace, or you can read it to them. You could easily make this a group story time. The Unit Study Guide provides a bunch of activity suggestions that are easily adaptable. The guide provides a lot of extra activities that one simple can't finish them all in one study!   

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 could easily be a group lesson. There's no real grade level, just reading ability. Mr. B is above a 6th grade level, but kids younger could still read this. I'd say 4th grade and up from our experience.
 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

This would depend on your child's interest in reading and the subject matter. Mr. B rather enjoys it. He will read longer some days, and not so long other days. He's really into George Washington now, so he likes to spend a lot of time. There are so many different books to choose from that your child should be able to find a topic of interest. 

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

YWAM Publishing has so many titles in both of the series that you can find a title to fit dozens of different topics! This will definitely tie into other things.
The Homeschool Review Crew reviewed this, and many more titles including C.S. Lewis, Davy Crockett, Harriett Tubman, and Milton Hershey. Please click the banner below to read some of those reviews! 
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