Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Homeschool Legacy Schoolhouse Review Crew 2012

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        2012 Elections are right around the corner, and with Alyx starting High School this year and needing a credit of Government to graduate, I was delighted to get chosen to review Homeschool Legacy's Once A Week Unit Studies We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution   Alyx is also taking a government class at our co-op so between the two he will be all set with his credit and we will have it finished and out of the way right off the bat. We love doing unit studies it makes it so much fun to learn about a subject and it can be very hands on. We tend to make our unit studies into lapbooks, which is exactly what we did with We The People. It makes on the go learning fun as we make our lapbook and they have clipboards that we use in the car that store pens,pencils and glue sticks and some paper. We try to utilize every opportunity to learn and that includes the car, which we are unfortunately in for at least one hour per day.
   Once A Week Unit Studies are designed to be worked on just once week, sometimes that did not work for us so we used it a little each day, being designed just with homeschoolers in mind, makes them very flexible and adaptable which I loved. I also loved that everything was done for you with the exception of some materials you need to gather, which are available at most libraries, the unique thing with Homeschool Legacy is not only do they list the reference materials, but they give you the Dewey Decimal number to make life so easy on Mom. I appreciated the fact that this saved me valuable time as I could look them up on the internet through our library without searching through pages of search, and then reserve them and then simply drive to the library and pick them up, easy peasy! This is so important to me as we are just so busy that I often do not feel as I have enough hours in the day, and this saved my sanity so much. There were many tips located in the back of the unit study titled Getting the Most Out of Your Once-a-Week Unit Study. I found this exceptionally helpful to make sure that we were gaining the most out of our unit study and to ensure we were going to have a successful journey.

    The Once a Week Unit Studies are designed to either complement your current curriculum or can be used as a stand alone, which is the option my family chose, along with Alyx taking his class at our co-op.

      The unit study is designed to be completed in 8 weeks and is geared to a wide range of ages for grades 4-12, and is taught with a Christian point of view and prepared in a way that lets the children pick the choices of how they want to execute the unity study. Their choices include a wide variety of quality reading selections that focus on the Founding Fathers, classic literature, the Constitution, our Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, the voting process, the amendments and our national symbols. My boys are particularly interested in the Constitution and the Bill of rights as well as the history of our American Government. There are creative writing assignments, as well as games like the preamble scramble, and a memory game that helps learn the Bill of Rights.

    There were opportunities to study the voting process, which I was lucky enough to find many supportive accessories at our local dollar store, like a ballot box, many wall hangings including one of the Declaration of Independence and cut outs of our presidents. We are going to perform a Mock election on voting day to see how our whole family and some friends "voted". The boys do know my opinions of how I may be voting, but I want them to have their own opinion. We have always stressed the importance of voting and take every opportunity to include the children in our trips to the polls.

  We will be finishing up the last of the study the week of voting, and will complete the study by taking the mock Naturalization Exam. Will we ace it? I sure hope so!  We are going on a road trip this week for 17 days and will be taking some field trips that center around our unit study. So be sure to check back after October 20, and read all about our trip and our Ultimate Homeschool Road Trip.

     Another side note and benefit to all of the Unit Studies from Homeschool Legacy is that they support Scouting and American Heritage Girls and a badge can be earned for either organization for completing the unit study. My boys are not involved in either of these so I can not say anything either way but in my opinion this is a valuable asset if your children are.

    There are many exciting topics of Once A Week Unit Studies available from Homeschool Legacy, We the People: Getting to Know Your Constitution is available for $19.95 and if you would like to save money you can do just that by purchasing more than one and when your order total is more than $50 you will qualify for Free Shipping. I love Free Shipping so this exciting to me.

   While we were fortunate to review We The People, many of the Schoolhouse Crew Members reviewed other titles as we were able to choose the one that best fit our curriculum we were working on. So please click on the banner below to learn about all of the other Once A Week Unit Studies.


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