Memoria Press Review by Kristen: Timeline

Recently I was given the chance to review Memoria Press’ Timeline curriculum.  I had been eying this for awhile, so I was very excited to break out all the material and see what I had to work with.  I received the Wall Cards, the Flash Cards, and the Composition & Sketchbook.  First thing out of the box was the Wall Cards; I’ve wanted a timeline on the wall for years!  The Wall Cards are very sturdy, and the colors are crisp and easy to read.  The Flash Cards are identical in quality.  I particularly liked the Composition & Sketchbook, though, as it gathered together all of the history review I wanted to wrap up our study of major events in a way that was easy to reference.  The Composition & Sketchbook fit the bill.

  • Method:  We used this as a review with our history program, Story of the World 4.  After each major event I had my daughter (9), go back through the material and use it to fill out the Composition book entries for Key Participants, Key Locations, and Event Description.  After she finished, I gave her colored pencils and had her sketch anything she felt was particularly interesting about the event.
  • Pros:  The Composition & Sketchbook is great.  I have seen similar individual sheets on the internet, but having these bound together is crucial for kids that lose things easily, and the space for sketching was a very nice extra to have.  This isn’t going to be the spine of a program, but it is an excellent additional resource to have on-hand.  The Timeline cards themselves are very sturdy and easy to read and the flashcards were a big hit here.
  • Con:  The flashcards and workbook are very easy to forget to use if you have a week where you are just trying to get the basics done.  I would have liked to see more events from the Modern Era as there are only a handful and it makes the use of this book rather limited if you are focusing on that particular time period.  However, it includes events from all of time, so there are ample opportunities to use it later when you cover other periods.   I have absolutely no complaints about the wall cards, besides the above mentioned lack of modern dates, but they do cover the essentials (World Wars, Great Depression, etc).
  • Conclusion:  I loved the idea of this product and wish that I had been able to use it more consistently.  We are currently studying the Modern Era,  and I found that over the course of the review time I only had the opportunity to use it twice, due to the material we covered.  I anticipate making better use of this in coming months as we cycle back to Ancients and I have more material to work with.  With attention, this could be a wonderful addition to any history program and an excellent way for a child to remember the highlights of a time period and to keep those fresh in their mind.

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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Kristen is a homeschooling mom of four, living deep in the heart of Texas. She loves history, running, and camping, and drinks more coffee than is prudent. Kristen blogs about her daily adventures trying to classically homeschool kids who would always rather be up a tree than writing anything, ever, at www.unsinkablekristen.blogspot.com

Memoria Press Review by Kristen: Geography I

 

Geography has always been a tricky subject for our family.  I want to make sure that our kids are familiar with the basic locations of countries and land formations, and I want them to be able to follow any political discussions that deal with countries that aren’t their own.  Beyond that, I hope they leave our home knowing every country and people group bring something special and unique to the world and that no area is the sum of its generalizations.   These desires have always led me to geography curricula that is very hands-on, involved, and requires a lot of my teaching time.  We enjoyed it, yes, but as the kids get older I have found myself wishing for something that was less hands-on and more fact-based.  I was very pleased, therefore, to be offered an opportunity to review Memoria Press’s Geography I this spring.

  • Method:  I use Geography I with my daughter, nine, as an independent subject.  We have the Teacher’s Guide, the Student Text, and the Student Workbook.  Twice a week she sits down and reads through one chapter of the Student Text and then answers the questions and fills out the map in the Student Workbook.  When she finishes, I come and check her work and then I have her tell me a little bit about the country, show it to me on our own large world map, and then tell me something interesting that she has learned.  Often, we follow up our discussion with Googling anything we want to learn more about, and we’ve spent a little time looking in our own library for more information on places that we found particularly interesting.
  • Pros:  I really enjoyed this being an independent subject.  It was wonderful to hand her the workbooks and know that the content was solid and that she would be able to understand and answer any questions that followed.  The maps are detailed and easy to read, and my daughter had no trouble finding the locations or names of the required fields.  More than anything, I appreciated the straightforward approach.  This is NOT a hands-on curriculum, which is a plus in my book.  I have many hands-on things, and I needed Geography to be something that my daughter could reasonably do herself without sacrificing content.  This curriculum is exactly what I’d hoped for.
  • Cons:  If you want something with crafts, that delves more into culture and color, this is NOT the curriculum for you.  Memoria Press has put together a program that gives the student the basic facts of each country and a handful of interesting facts for a brief picture of their history and culture.  I believe that it is an excellent jumping-off point for any child to do more of their own research, but if you want depth and interaction, you will probably do best to look elsewhere.

Conclusion:  We will most certainly continue to use Geography I, and I plan to purchase the following levels as the kids get older.  I appreciate the “no frills” approach to the subject, and I think that it lends itself to familiarity of the subject without encroaching on the time needed to do the rest of our schoolwork.

Be sure to read what our other reviewers had to say about this and other Memoria Press products.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review on the Sandbox to Socrates blog. Opinions expressed in this review are the opinions of myself or my family and do not necessarily reflect those of the Sandbox to Socrates blog. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. This disclosure is in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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by Kristen  – Kristen is a homeschooling mom of four, living deep in the heart of Texas. She loves history, running, and camping, and drinks more coffee than is prudent. Kristen blogs about her daily adventures trying to classically homeschool kids who would always rather be up a tree than writing anything, ever, at www.unsinkablekristen.blogspot.com