Like many homeschoolers, I find that my children do better when they learn about topics using many media. Take history as an example. When we study the Egyptians, I like to do art projects that go along with this study, read non-fiction books, look at and discuss pictures and sculptures, read "living" fiction and watch movies all on the Egyptians.
We haven't started our formal study of Egypt yet because Scott Powell's history class has not yet started. However, we have started reading and doing art projects on the topic already.
When I was looking for books on the subject I discovered that while I could find lists of historical books in chronological order, (like Paula's archives) none of the lists were accompanied by good reviews of the books. This means that I have to place a zillion holds on books at the library and then have to read far too many to find the gems that are worthwhile reading with my children. Talk about a time consuming effort.
Yesterday, I was very happy to see that Scott Powell has started a project that will make my life a lot easier. He has started reviewing juvenile historical fiction. His first set of reviews deal with Lewis and Clarke. Hopefully he'll soon start reviewing fiction dealing with the ancients but while I wait for that, I have ten books that I plan on reading next week while we're in the Poconos.
Another resource that is going to make life easier for me is Patrick L. Cooney, Ph. D's website where he lists historical movies in chronological order. Unlike Paula's archives, he also reviews them. I need to watch some of the movies to see if I agree with his reviews. Hopefully I'll discover that we're in agreement about the movies. If this is so, then I will be able to use the list and not have to prescreen all the movies.
This morning I heard about "Teach With Movies". I spent a while going through the sample lesson plans. I'm not convinced this is right for our homeschool just yet, but I suspect that it is a very worthwhile website for families with older children.
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