This summer we had a lot of fun traveling, relaxing by the pool, visiting with friends and learning about western civilization. We read through the book Calender Quest by Brimwood Press. It is a fabulous story filled with adventure, mystery and fun! The perfect combination for my 7 year old. We had the opportunity to review three of their books which allowed us to learn about western civilization through the story of the calendar. The books we reviewed were Calendar Quest, What Every Child Needs To Know About Western Civilization and Color The Western World.
This book covers 5000 years of history through the eyes of two children and their pet as they are transported through time in a refrigerator box. As they travel to several different eras in history they actually get involved and experience life during that time period. They take on different jobs, end up in jail and take part in important meetings. This book really brought history to life for my son. At times he didn’t want me to stop reading which is a big deal for him.
What Every Child Needs To Know About Western Civilization
This is a workbook that blends nicely with the Calendar Quest book. Each chapter contains the following sections: Teacher Preview, Learning from Literature, History in a Nutshell, and Games and Activities.
- The Teacher Preview gives you a list of items you need in order to prepare for each lesson and explains which objectives will be covered during the chapter’s lesson.
- Learning From Literature tells you which chapter to read from the Calendar Quest book, lists discussion questions and writing activities for the chapter. It also explains which Timeline Activity to follow, provides a Geography Activity and keeps you on track with your Hats of History Cards.
- History in a Nutshell explains on a deeper level what you and/or your child read in the Calendar Quest book. This section lists all of the information you or your student will write on the Hats of History card for the time period/chapter you are studying. It lists what you will need to do for the Color and Stick Activity and the Sticker Activity. It also provides Review Questions for you and your child to think about.
- Games and Activities or “Optional Activities” are listed at the end of each chapter in the workbook. They have lots of activities listed including ideas for creating visual displays, research activities and online activities.
Color The Western World
This was one my boy’s favorite parts about this curriculum. He loves to draw and color and this HUGE coloring book allowed him to do that. As I read Calendar Quest he would color the corresponding pages in the Color The Western World coloring book. Each picture has a corresponding description so we would go back and read the descriptions and talk about them. Additionally, the back side of each coloring page is blank which allowed my son to draw about the things we talked about. Drawing solidifies things for him so the blank pages were a big plus for us.
As a former Classical Conversations teaching momma and tutor I can definitely say this curriculum is wonderful! It re-enforced many of the history lessons that we learned in CC in a fun and enlightening way. There were many times when my son would say, “Hey mom! I remember him.” My favorite part about this curriculum was the Hat’s of History cards. Placing them in the proper order was fun for my son and really helped him connect the “historical” dots in the story. My son’s favorites were the Calendar Quest book and drawing and coloring in the Color The Western World coloring book. We will be using this curriculum again as my boys get older and look forward to enjoying more Brimwood Press stories and products in the future!
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