Heroes of History- Christopher Columbus Review

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Heroes of History

Over the last several weeks we have been using the book Heroes of History- Christopher Columbus from YWAM Publishing for studying history. This is part of the bestselling biographies  from the  Heroes of History Series by Janet & Geoff Benge. This series came highly recommended by other families we know and is  highly recommended for christian schools and those homeschooling.  These books could also be used for family study on christian heritage.  They can be read by teens, parents and grandparents , but can be read also to younger children.

~ They make excellent chapter books for those age 10 and up ! ~

So what does a small town boy being raised in Genoa, by parents who were farmers of sheep being raised to be a  weaver have to do with discovering the new world ? I am supposing that like every young boy Christopher , had a dream.   This was one of the many things we learned while reading this book. We learned so much about Christopher Columbus, things we never learned before. From his boyhood adventures and growing up into manhood and getting married. This was the exciting part missed in much of public school learning, this is why I am so glad we homeschool and can chose the books we want to use for our children to learn from.  But wither you homeschool or your kids are in public school, this series can be used to enhance your child’s learning experience !

Heroes of History by YWAM

The Heroes of History Series is full of so many interesting Christian biographies of Heroes Then & Now ! Each one of a missionary or leader that was very influential in history.  If you are looking for positive role models for your children, these books are wonderful.

YWAM Downloadable Unit Studies

Each book comes with a downloadable Unit Study for you to use to enhance the learning experience. In the Unit Study you will find fun activities that are educational. The introduction will help you as the Parent/Teacher to know what you may chose to use. Understanding your child’s learning styles.  Using this guide for group or individual study.  Understanding grade levels or individual ability of your student/students. It is very through in helping you plan and decide based on the needs of your student and yourself.   Key Quotes you can use for memorization, meaning and display purposes.  Ideas for setting up a display area , to show what the students are learning, with things to include based on your study.  You will also find Chapter Questions for each chapter with page noted for where to find the answers, this is excellent to use with the students to recall facts and quiz them on what they remember. There is a section on Student Explorations where you will find ideas for Essay Questions, Creative Writing , Hands on Projects, Audio/Visual Products and Arts & Crafts !    Also there is a section on Community links to help you find local, state or federal resources and places for field trips to enjoy.

The Unit Study has words to use for vocabulary studies, as well as geographical terms and names for map studies in geography. Time Lines and Conceptual Questions.  Related Themes to in Science, Current Issues, Geography, History and Math. A Section on Culminating Events, How to plan out something for the students to experience and show what they are learning or have learned.

You may also like the Homeschool Overview for  Unit Study Curriculum Guides for comparing time periods and planning your History Studies.   In the Start Here link you will find more fun and informative things in the information about the character you are reading about in your book, guides for small groups, classroom and homeschool.  Links to the study guide, in our case part 1 & 2. A bonus section of puzzles , games and more fun ! A meet the authors section so you can get to know them and why they wrote these books. Reader Reviews on the book.

For us there was so much to use and do.  We decided to use the book it self  for reading daily and doing some of the history study by following up with some books from our library.  This is really a full study and can become very in depth for all involved. Even for those young through the adults teaching or studying along.

Heroes of History

I think next we will be using John Smith: A Foothold in the New World, as it is next in the series and I want to continue our study of history and family heritage for my kids ! They are so exciting , not only for the kids but for me also !

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I hope you will consider using these wonderful books in your own studies and if you would like to read more of what the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this and many other books in the series, click on the graphic below !

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Drive Thru History Adventures Review

Drive Thru History Adventures


We are excited today to share with you our review of  Drive Thru History Adventures .

Drive Thru History is an online based study of history using videos, illustrations (art), readings ( documents & teachings),discussion questions, worksheets, and a dig deeper section. History for the whole family, this could be used for younger children ages 5-11 using videos and asking a few simple questions in the discussion guide. We are doing the American History 12 week program.  It is taught from a biblical worldview and teaches the tenants of the christian beliefs from history. After all when folks were coming to America they were seeking a freedom to worship as they wanted and not be held to the traditions of others beliefs.  I will admit that even at 53 , I know I learned some things I never was taught in school, this makes me really happy that I am homeschooling my children!  This has taken us off on some real “bunny trails”. Starting with Lesson One, the children were asking me questions, asking me to stop the video so we could talk about things and this has led to some in depth family history study for us and doing our family tree to learn where we came from and where we are going ! One of the funniest things was when I stopped the video when my teen girls asked where our family came from, I told them we came from several places and our families immigrated here !  (mind you they are sorta of opinionated on the Trump Immigration changes and whats been going on and in the news) So they are like yelling ” What we were immigrants ?  So why can’t other people come here to live freely ? ”  So this led to a very long talk about today’s news and what it really means for others seeking to become Americans and how that is all suppose to work in the future.  Its been very interesting to say the least.  We have really had some fun with this and I can’t wait for more ! If you are looking for a Homeschool Video Curriculum for American History, Bible History, or Ancient History you are going to want to check out Drive Thru History Adventures.

Drive Thru History Adventures

Dave Stotts is an Awesome and Fun History Buff and he has taken us places we never would have gotten to see or experience! A real unique understanding of American History in a way that I don’t think anyone else can do. This has really got the children thinking and made History fun for us. It sure beats books, and tons of paperwork !


Drive Thru History AdventuresEverything is laid out in a neat and concise way, making things easy to find and to go back to.  The website it self is so easy to use and this made our learning from it quick, leaving more time for fun and the adventure !  I am able to go in , watch the video ahead if I want to do that, print out some worksheets ( I save my own ahead of time in a folder on my pc , along with any documents I print off for the study ) and we are ready, no huge pre-planning on my part is needed. And you can take any side trails as your kids are asking questions ! ( stop the video and start it as you go ) So easy !!!Drive Thru History Adventures

We really love Adventures TV, we were able to access our lessons from our phones and tablets. Available on both iphone and android !  (iphone, ipad, android phones & tablets) So no matter where you go , no matter where you are… Dave can come along and learning can happen anywhere ! With my kids the teen girls are more independent and watch from their iphones, while Daniel and I tend to watch on our desktops ! When we go out my Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 inch Tablet goes with us !

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