Megan and Caitilin each received a review copy of Write from History; Megan a Level 1 copy, and Caitilin a Level 2.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I am in love with the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling. I try to apply it to my own homeschool as much and as often as I can, so I was excited to review a product that both followed her methods and incorporated two subjects into one. I always appreciate programs that make my life easier.
I used the Write From Ancient History Level 1 manuscript models. We used the digital format, which retails for $22.95. Each lesson has a story for the child to listen to or read, a page where you can write your child’s narration of the story, and three copywork sections. There are also instructions on how to use these lessons to incorporate grammar.
At eight years old, my son often balks whenever he has to write copywork sentences. This was not the case when we used the Write From History program. When we first started, there were a couple of times when he didn’t want to copy longer passages. When I told him he didn’t have to write the entire passage, he cooperated much better. By the end of the review, he was willing and able to copy the entire passage.
He really seemed to enjoy the stories we read. I was surprised at how well he did with narrations. I told him that he needed to pay attention and he’d have to tell the story back to me at the end. Then at the end, I’d ask him to tell me what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. And as he narrated, all I’d do is ask, “Then what?” and he would keep going. This is the first time he’s narrated such long passages with such accurate detail.
We aren’t really studying much history at the moment, but I think it would be very easy to coordinate Write From History with your regular history spine. Since we aren’t using a history spine, I would just talk a little about the history and try to explain any questions he had.
Some things that I would have preferred:
–Online samples of what a lesson looks like. I would have a very hard time not being able to see samples before I bought a program.
–More stories and less copywork. The level we used had one passage for narration and three copywork sections. One of those sections is a passage that is meant to be copied twice. I think I would have preferred the reading to be divided into two days and two days of copywork. Also, one of the chapters is Aesop’s Fables. While I love Aesop’s Fables more than anyone, I would have preferred more history stories instead of the fables.
–A clearer schedule. While I understand that this program is meant to be flexible according to each student’s needs, the sample schedule was very confusing to me. It lists parts of two lessons for one week. I wasn’t sure why they would suggest using two lessons instead of one or why there would be so many copywork sections if they weren’t all needed. In the end, I chose to do one lesson per week. I did the narrations one day, plus three days of copywork. I did simple grammar lessons with our copywork.
All in all, I would recommend this program as a history supplement.”
“Overall, I enjoyed the program, which used as its base Famous Men of the Middle Ages. The materials were engaging, and the writing selections were well-chosen. I used it as a temporary hiatus from our chosen program, also based on Famous Men, so we were able to pick right up in the middle of the program. For our family, Write from History was not as good a fit as our original program, due to the style of the writing assignments. We prefer less copywork or dictation but more essay or comprehension questions in our history work. That said, I would heartily recommend it to a family whose children need extra practice in writing and don’t want to add another subject into their weekly routine.”
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Disclaimer: We received a free copy of this product in exchange for our honest reviews on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of ourselves or our families and do not necessarily reflect those of the From Sandbox to Socrates blog. We received no compensation for this review, nor were we required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Megan–Megan is mom to three children: Pigby (boy, age 7), Digby (boy, age 4), and Chuck (girl, age 2). She loves history, ballroom dance, and crocheting. She made the decision to homeschool when her oldest was three and they’ve been on this journey ever since.