Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
When homeschooling, one of the best parts is the freedom to teach our kids in a way that resonates with them. An aspect of learning that is generally true across the board is that kids learn best when they feel a sense of connection to the lesson. In regards to history, a great way to foster that connection is by reading real life stories about people living at different points in history!
My kids are still on the younger side, but even at their ages they appreciate a good story. While fiction is fun, there are tons of real stories throughout history that can capture a child’s attention as well. I love using those opportunities to teach them about various aspects of life and what people have been through!
Harriet Tubman: Freedombound
We’ve been reading through Harriet Tubman: Freedombound from the Heroes of History series by YWAM Publishing. It’s been a wonderful time of learning and reflecting for me and my kiddos! As is often the case with history, there have been many lessons within this biography we can apply to now. You can’t read about Harriet Tubman’s incredibly heroic actions during the Civil War without being deeply impacted by her bravery, as well as disturbed by the realities she faced during those times.
I appreciated that this biography was written in a way that was easy for my daughter to follow along with. History can be complicated and I’ve found myself unsure on how to share the difficult parts of it with my kids as they grow. These books help teach them in a way that won’t bore them, overwhelm them, or go over their heads. This Heroes of History book has opened the door for so many important conversations!
Heroes of History as Curriculum
In addition to Harriet Tubman’s story, you can also find 28 other biographies of notable people from American history. Rather than reading from a textbook, use this set as a way to teach your kids through the real experiences. This will help them absorb the information so much easier, in a way that will resonate with them.
Since my kids are younger, we used this as a read aloud this time around. In the future we will go through it again to study more critically. If you use these books as your history curriculum, you’ll love the unit study sheets that go along with it! These study guides have chapter questions to work on vocabulary and memory retention, more involved writing and project prompts, related themes, fact sheets, and more.
Using the study guides allow for options in how deep your lessons go. This makes for a perfect unit study if you’re teaching kids of multiple ages! You can pick and choose which activities from the study guides are suitable for each child to complete.
For the level we’re at right now, we really love the Heroes of History series as meaningful read alouds. I can’t wait until my kiddos are a bit older and we can dive into the deeper lessons to be drawn from heroic people from the past, such as Harriet Tubman. To see reviews of the other books offered from this series, head over to the Homeschool Review Crew for more.