Heroes, Heroines, and Tales of Ancient History – Review

Ancient History Review

Over that last month we have started working on Ancient History starting from creation and ending with Alexander the Great. My daughter has been fascinated and engaged in the many different activities that just bring it to life. We received Heroes, Heroines, and Tales of Ancient History Digital Version by Amy Puetz for our review. This curriculum is for grades 1 – 6. It has a beginner section for grades 1 – 2 and a more advanced section for grades 3 – 6. The curriculum spans out for 30 weeks.

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Here is what you get: 

  • Heroes, Heroines, and Tales of Ancient History Part 1 – 75 lessons for the first half of the year.
  • Heroes, Heroines, and Tales of Ancient History Part 2 – 75 lessons for the second half of the year.
  • Additional Materials CD – supplemental materials that go with lessons
  • Historical Skits
  • Sing Some Ancient History CD
  • Listen to Some Ancient History MP3 CD

This is set up with 5 lessons each week. You always have a reading. Grades 1 -2 (Beginner) have a very short reading that is about a page. Grades 3 – 6 have a reading as well but it has more pages to read. After  you are done reading there are questions that go over what you have just read. There is an activity of some sort. The thing that is amazing about this curriculum is the fact that to really understand the history you have to do different activities. The different activities are: examine historical art, recipes, games, singing, listening to history of the past, crafts and experiments. There is always something fun at the end of each lesson. There have been times where there have been writing activities too. The supplies that you need are pretty much everything you already have at home. It is suggested that you look at the lessons ahead of time so you know what supplies you will need in advance.

How We Used This: 

We did a lesson 4 – 5 times a week depending on our schedule. I printed the reading and questions and planned out the activities as she had them. I think one of my daughters favorite was being able to see the different works of art, and of course the crafts. One of our favorite skits was about Pandoras Box. My daughter and I split the characters and read them together. She seemed to really enjoy that.

The one thing that I was really impressed with was the fact that creation was taught down to a T in Biblical history. It doesn’t mention how things are thousands and thousands of years old like most curriculums do. It tells you that the world is about 6,000 years old according to the Bible. If you really researched creation you would know that it is true. I have never seen that before in a curriculum and I was totally ecstatic when I saw that. Another of my favorite parts was where Noah’s Ark was talked about and the location. You got to see the area on a map. There are still things that were in the Bible that still do exist, such as the Euphrates and Tigres Rivers, just to give an example. The mountain where they think Noah’s Art is. I can’t remember the name off hand. I just find that fascinating.

I love how the lessons are set up. It doesn’t really take a long time to get through them. It also depends on if your are reading for beginners or advanced. The lessons are to the point and I love the comprehension questions. I do also like that there is writing and geography included in this as well. The activities are fun so there is never a dull moment in learning. The activities really bring the history curriculum to life. I think that is one of the best parts of it.

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Instead of making the homemade play dough I had bought clay and after I did that I wished that I would have just decided to make the play dough as it would have been much softer to shape. I think more creativeness could have come out of my daughter making Noah’s Ark. The pictures that I am showing you are my daughters ark and God’s Promise of the rainbow. Both were activities we did that followed the lesson.

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I also really liked the fact that when it was though some topics might be too graphic for the younger children there was suggested reading for the younger ones. If you look at the website the pages are referenced.

I highly recommend checking out this curriculum. Your children will definitely have fun and be engaged in learning.

If you order the printed version of Heroes, Heroines, and Tales of Ancient History you can receive free shipping this week. Use code “ancient” to redeem the free shipping. 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. I did receive a copy of the Heroes, Heroines, and Tales of Ancient History Digital Version for my review in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.  The opinions in this blog post are 100% mine. 

 

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