Hewitt Homeschooling Resources REVIEW

A few weeks ago we found ourselves lacking a literature component to our homeschooling for the upcoming year. We have reviewed Hewitt Homeschooling Resources in the past, so I was super excited to see this review come up. Mr. B does very well with their Lightning Lit sets, so I knew American Early-Mid 19th Century for grades 9-10 would be a big hit! 

For this review we received a physical set that included both the student guide and the teacher guide. Books needed for this study include The Scarlet Letter, Benjamin Franklin, Frederic Douglass, and Moby Dick. 

Mr. B is still a bit young for this set. I had originally thought he would do very well with it, and figured he would love Moby Dick, if only for the soul reason because I do not like it HAHA, but the reading exercises were too difficult for him, so this is one product that we love, and plan to complete, but it's being put up for later until he's a little more mature and able to handle the work load and understand more. His reading level just isn't up to par for this. This is great for grades 9-10, but his reading level is clsoer to the 5th and 6th grade level, so I should have taken that into account more. We worked through it for the review period, but he did go very slow and I had to help him quite a bit. So if you have a special learner, please take into account reading level. You may want to check out some of the other offerings from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources since they have literature programs for a wide variety of grade levels. Previously we reviewed Grade 7 Lightning Lit, and Mr. B needed a little help with that, and I think that grade level would have been more appropriate for him at this time. We can't wait until he's able to do Grade 9 on his own as the study is really great! You can read the Grade 7 review here

Our Experience

I already own the novel, Moby Dick, so we started there. I really like how it gives you things to look for while you read. Mr. B needed a lot of help with the reading since it's well above his current level (total mom fail there...sigh...) But he was able to answer the questions on his own after I helped with the reading. I did have to help lead him to the answer for the more abstract questions.

There are tips to watch for as you reading, reading comprehension, and even writing lessons included in the student guide. 

The Teacher Guide has some great grading helps that will work great for portfolio reviews. 

The schedule would work well for a typical, on grade level student.  It's not overbearing or overwhelming for your average 9th or 10th grader. I'm showing the schedule from throughout the study so you can see how it is spread out. 

We did not complete a writing assignment yet, because those are well outside his current ability and I did not want to over stress him with that since he was really trying hard on the reading. Overall, this is a great study. I do wish the Teacher Guide was bound like the student guide as that would make it much more polished and user friendly. While is didn't work for us at this time, I know it will work wonderfully in the future when Mr. B is on this level. I would recommend this to others.

Does Hewitt Homeschooling Resources 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?

These are physical books, so there's no time constraints that you'd find with an online program. We were able to easily start on Unit 4 to use the book I already had vs. starting on Unit 1. I don't feel we missed anything by starting in a different place because each unit is distinct on it's own. 

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?

This is intended for grades 9-10, and I would say that is on par. Hewitt offers a wide variety of grade levels, so be sure to check out the other reviews from The Homeschool Review Crew by clicking the banner below. 

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

This depends on your child's interest. I had a difficult time keeping attention and focus with Mr. B because it was beyond his level academically so he wasn't as interested as he should have been. There are no bells and whistles. This is a "read the book, answer the questions, write the paper" type of program. 

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

Other than Language Arts, that you can pull out of this, no other subjects are in here by default.This is strictly literature, and you can use the writing exercises as a language arts bit. 

Hewitt Homeschooling Rescources blessed the crew with several choices. 

Grade 1 Lightning Lit Set 
Grade 2 Lightning Lit Set 
Grade 3 Lightning Lit Set 
Grade 4 Lightning Lit Set

My First Report: Solar System

Chronicles of __ State History Notebook,

Joy of Discovery w Learning Objectives 

Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set  

Gr 8 Lightning Lit Set

American Early-Mid 19th Century Gr 9-10 

American Mid-Late 19th Century Gr 9-12  

Speech  Gr 9-12. 

British Early-Mid 19th Century Gr 10-12 

British Mid-Late 19th Century Gr 10-12  
British Medieval Gr 10-12  

Shakespeare Comedies Gr 11-12  

Shakespeare Tragedies Gr 11-12  

British Christian Gr 11-12

American Christian Gr 11-12  

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