If you homeschool, you will want to read what I am going to write next. It’s crazy!!
I have been chatting with Jill from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom for quite a few months now. A little while back she asked if I would want to review her latest curriculum offered on her site… Then she started talking about it in detail and oh my goodness, I couldn’t say yes fast enough!
It is called History Rocks. It actually comes in two parts, so this is Part One of the curriculum. It is based off of the book ‘Boys Who Rocked the World’ by Michelle Roehm McCann. Part two of the curriculum is about the women..
Even this book alone is a great find!! I went out and bought this, because I knew it was one that I would want to keep around for a while.. You could always find it at your library if you wanted to try it out first. 🙂
This book doesn’t talk about just people from long ago history…it talks about current people. So, you have the Dalai Lama and Will Smith…or Yo-Yo Ma and Shaun White. I would highly recommend looking for the book!
The History Rocks Curriculum though…is AMAZING. I am not just saying that. I know Jill put in a lot of time in this. It is so thorough! There are over 400 pages in the curriculum! She states that it is for grades 1-5, but honestly, my two older boys loved it too. She mentions ways to use this with younger and older children. We haven’t even put a dent in all of this book, but are looking forward to more as we start our school year.
She starts out her curriculum in alphabetical order, which is different than the book is written, but you can pick and choose which order you would like to do it as well. I started mine alphabetically also, just makes it easier for me.
Our first ‘boy’ was was Albert Einstein. What we did is read the couple pages about him in the book and then answered some of the questions from the curriculum. There is a map included in the curriculum and you can mark down where that person lives/lived. It is interesting to keep track! There is also a little album to cut out…almost a play on words because it is an album that you put things in, but it is shaped like an album (record). 😀 Love it.. So, each ‘boy’ has his name with a music note, you can cut them out and put them in your album.
With Albert Einstein, she has a great section on a Foam Dart Physics Unit. This was fantastic. It uses toys that most children have, you know, the ones that leave those foam darts everywhere.. 😉 This section is definitely for the older kids, she suggests 3rd-5th grade, as an intro to Physics. The younger kids can play the games.
The activity was very thorough. Talks about velocity, acceleration and mass right away and eventually has the children figuring out the force, mass and acceleration of the foam darts in different ways. Distance traveled, time traveled and velocity are next. She even sticks probability in there!
Here are the boys during one of the experiments. They were measuring how far the foam dart went..
In the Albert Einstein chapter she also includes a crossword puzzle for some of the vocabulary words used as well as a lot more games to use with the foam darts. Spelling games, math games, a game to hit a target that she includes that you can print out….it just goes on and on. And this is only the first guy!
After each chapter she lists extra resources. She strongly suggests going to your library for other books and things, but she includes links to movies or videos, story books, coloring pages…whatever she could find on each ‘boy’.
We did Bill Gates next, but I won’t go into that one… 🙂
Anyway, the best part! If you go to her website, you can pay $15 and get lifetime access to what is currently 250+ printable curriculum, unit studies, activity packs and more! I think this History Rocks Curriculum is worth the $15 alone! But you can get access to everything she has on her site, forever!!
Check out her website, and let me know what you end up trying!! 🙂
I was provided a copy of the History Rocks Curriculum in exchange for my review. I purchased the Boys Who Rocked the World book on my own.