Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Heroes of History- Orville Wright from YWAM Publishing ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

I always love a good biography and these books never disappoint! This time around we have been reading from the Heroes in History series and chose Heroes of History- Orville Wright from YWAM Publishing. 

I am always so impressed with the books that I have read from the Heroes in History series. This series is all about influential people and they bring them and their stories to life for the readers. The book is in a story form and gives you all of the history and information about the person you're reading about, but really makes you feel like you're right there with them in the past.

What did we receive?

YWAM is always so generous and sends us the physical book that is around 200 pages with such a fun and inviting cover. They also send their very useful and well put together downloadable study guide that turns these books into a full unit study.

The digital study guide is so beneficial not only to homeschooling families, but can even be used in small groups or a classroom setting. The study guide has everything you need to expand the book into a full on unit study. It is very easy to follow and you can use as much or as little as you want. It has questions, ideas for activities, fact sheets, mapping exercises, and even a timeline.

How do we use this in our school?

So, we normally like to read our biographies first thing in the morning, to get our day started. These books are perfect for reading about a chapter a day if you're using them as a read aloud like we do. We take turns reading, and then I will normally go the study guide and go over the review questions with the kids. This time around we only used the study guide for that purpose, but we also worked on the fact sheet.

The reason we chose to read about Orville Wright is because the kids got very interested in him and his story from another review we had done in the past. I knew this book would depict his life in an accurate account, but would also be fun and interesting to read.

As children we have all heard of "The Wright Brothers" and knew that they were the inventors of the airplane. I'm sure we knew that they went through many trials and tribulations too but until reading this book, I have never had a good picture of just who Orville Wright was. The kids really enjoyed learning about Mr. Wright's family, his childhood years, and how close he was to his brother Wilbur. They also loved that he was an inventor of sorts from the very beginning. Orville and Wilbur had a love for flying from a very early age and they were determined to fly. We loved learning the ins and outs of how they built The Flyer, and what they had to go through to achieve success.

What did we think?

We always love these books. They are a great addition to any library no matter how you decide to use it. I love how informative they are, and honestly just fun to read. If  you are looking to add good biographies to your homeschool, I would definitely recommend the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing! They also have another great series to check out called Christian Heroes: Then & Now that follow the lives of some very important missionaries! You won't be disappointed in either!

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