I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
It's no secret that I adore history, but not the boring, dry textbook kind. Living history is where it's at folks, and these amazing Heroes of History biographies are a fabulous way to bring history to life. We were able to choose a book for this review, so I choose Ronald Reagan. He is one of my favorite presidents both for his legendary humor and staunch conservatism. He was a man to be admired.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
~ Ronald Reagan
Living History Biographies
Heroes of History currently offers 29 biographies of men and women who made their mark on history in some way. The authors of these books, Janet and Geoff Benge, weave together engaging stories that bring the surrounding learning options to life. You're not just reading a biography of a person, you're learning about the geography of the places they lived and worked, the politics of the era they lived in, the science that they were engaged in or that happened around them, and of course the history that was recorded throughout their lives.
The books are suitable for independent readers from about 4th or 5th grade, or they make wonderful read-alouds for the whole family. Every book is available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats. Each book also has a separate Unit Study Guide that includes TONS of ideas for related studies, worksheets to enhance learning, and much more.
Here is just a sample of information found in the Unit Study:
- Creative writing
- Hands-on projects
- Critical thinking
- Meaningful field trips
- Service projects
- Life skills connections
- Math, history, science, and geography connections
- Related books, movies, documentaries, and websites
- Culminating activities such as oral presentations and events such as historical era food, games, and music
The unit studies also provide detailed instructions for how to use the material in both homeschool and group settings.
How We Used It
I'll admit . . . I was a little selfish with this one. I started reading, and I couldn't put it down! The writing style is so engaging and captured my attention from the first chapter.
I will definitely be using this with my children in the future because I believe that Ronald Reagan is a man worthy of studying and learning about. For this review, however, I chose to read the book myself.
I found so much of the book fascinating, especially in light of the current political climate. There is absolute truth in the statement that those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. A read through this book and the political atmosphere that surrounded Reagan during his lifetime, even before his political career began, is enough to prove that history does indeed repeat itself. Just because an agenda doesn't take hold the first time around, or the second, doesn't mean those backing that agenda are going to disappear quietly.
Reagan led a full and compelling life that spanned the continent from Hollywood to Washington. His life is proof that no matter what situation you are born into, you can become anything you set your mind to with a lot of hard work and perseverance.
I highly recommend reading his story.