Can I share with you an enjoyable and frugal way to teach your kids about our wonderful history? Carole P. Roman has written books just for this purpose -- a fun exploration of history and culture while practicing reading. Kids can walk right in someone's shoes living in different eras in history.
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN . . . CHINA
The first book we chose was If You Were Me and Lived in . . .CHINA. I teach English to Chinese students from China ages 5 to 12 and wanted to learn more about them. This was a perfect book to get started. It begins with a simple map, clearly showing Beijing where many of my students live. Most of us know that China is the most populated country in the world, but did you know the name China comes from the way people tried to pronounce Qin (Ch-een)? Qins were a family that ruled in China over 2 thousand years ago.
The author layouts out the history and culture of the capital Beijing. I loved how Carole mentioned what your name might be if you were born in China. The Chinese people chose names based on their meanings. The illustrations are colorful, appealing, and fun to look at.
Did you know that the way you cook would depend on where you live? And, some sports they enjoy are table tennis and ping pong! Ping pong opened up the doors for a relationship with the United States thanks to championship invitation overseas in 1972. Next time you play ping pong, remember how significant a role it played in our friendship with the Chinese! Go ahead and check out If You Were Me and Lived in . . .CHINA now!
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN . . . COLONIAL AMERICA
Our next review is If You Were Me and Lived in . . .Colonial America! We chose this particular subject since we've been studying English and American History the 1600's to 1800's for three years. It begins in the year 1620, almost 400 years ago! I love the artist's picture showing what London looked like in the early 1600's versus what it looks like today.
During this time period, your name might be Abraham, Comfort or Patience -- the author asks the reader, what do the names tell you about our society? Great question, can you answer it? Carole goes on to discuss the English history of kings and what started the migration to America.
The author continues to discuss what you might eat, your daily activities and your attire. This intriguing story is a great reminder how blessed we are to live in this era today. At the end, there is a great lineup of influential people during the time period. Check more out here If You Were Me and Lived in . . .Colonial America!
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN . . . THE AMERICAN WEST
The third and final review is If You Were Me and Lived in . . .The American West. The time period for this story is the 19th century. Carole takes you on a journey from what your homestead might look like all the way to getting a horse for your birthday! Did you know the custom in those days was to nod to a person on a horse -- you must never wave. Interesting facts you'll find sprinkled throughout this book.
In addition, the author reveals the hardships one goes through on a journey from the East to the West for 5 months. You take only 2 sets of clothes, one of your jobs is to pick up buffalo chips (poop!), and many died from illnesses and accidents. However, if you made it, you were granted 640 acres of free land! Would you take a long and arduous trip for that much land? It's something to think about while you continue to read.
At the end of If You Were Me and Lived in . . .The American West, Carole includes an index and famous people who impacted the 19th century time period.
The series of books we chose are at a very reasonable cost. The paperbacks cost $12.99 but if you are on a strict budget, you can get them delivered to you right now via a Kindle app for $1.99! How awesome is that!
The three books we reviewed are excellent and fit perfectly with our current studies. The illustrations are engaging, stories are stimulating, and the information is astounding! It will take you on a journey you'll be thankful for in the years to come. I learned many facts about our history as an adult so I would suggest these books are for all ages! If you are looking for living history books and are a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, I would highly recommend these books. They tell a tale in a delightful way that your kids will enjoy and remember for years to come.
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