I’m an avid reader and absolutely adore books. Yet, when I was growing up, that wasn’t the case. In school, the required reading material was dry and boring, like textbooks. As a homeschool teacher, my plan from the beginning was to avoid these type of bores. Instead, give them access to well-written, historically-accurate stories.
When I had an opportunity to review a book from the Heroes of History series, I grabbed Heroes of History- Theodore Roosevelt. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with ANY of these books. Since we are learning about this period of history — it turns out to be a great decision after reading this one.
As a Charlotte Mason fan, I would consider this series as “living” books. Why?!! My own definition of “living” books is simply a book with historical facts using a story-like format. It’s exciting, fun to read, but historically correct. We like to read these type of books together become the teacher enjoys them too!
This school year, we are focusing on time periods between the late 1700s and 1800s. It was a perfect solution to read Heroes of History- Theodore Roosevelt. In fact, we recently finished a project on the War Between The States and discovered Teddy was a young boy when the Civil War broke out. Thankfully, the authors discuss in detail how Teddy and his family was impacted by the war, mentioning the assassination of President Lincoln.
We enjoy the tales of “Teddy’s” childhood. Teddy loved animals. One particularly funny story was his aunt dragging a cow into the living room to get it to the back garden! The neighbors didn’t appreciate it much and she had to get rid of it. But, Teddy enjoyed milking that cow! And, another story his father told was meeting President Lincoln and his son Tad, who was 5 years older than Teddy. It was the only time he saw the President smile talking about his son Tad’s pony.
DOWNLOADABLE STUDY GUIDE
We also received a Study Guide to compliment Heroes of History- Theodore Roosevelt. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they had study guides available for MANY titles. We downloaded ours and used the Chapter Study questions to help determine what my kids learned.
The Study Guide contains 3 sections and it’s easily adaptable for parents, independent students, and learning styles or challenges:
- Additional information about the hero – a snippet packed full of hero details.
- Curriculum unit study including Display Corner (ideas on displaying items), Chapter Questions, Student Explorations, Community Links, Social Studies, recommended activities and more!
- Meet the Authors, Janet and Geoff Benge – this section took me to a bonus page with games and sample chapters of other books.
We’re actually not new to these books, they’ve been around awhile as popular resources in the homeschool community. My first experience with these books was Christian Heroes of Faith – George Muller. What an amazing man of faith, and I still think about him when life gets tough and the lack of faith I have compared to George Muller!
These type of books should have a permanent place on your homeschool shelf. They’re informational, educational, and transformational! Plus, the cost of $7.50 is a fast food meal, and these books will feed your soul! You’ll be blessed reading any book in any series! Get to know more about these riveting historical favorites by liking or following them on the Social Media channels below.
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