12 October 2009

Draw and Write Through History

Draw and Write Through History is a pretty interesting book. I received "Creation through Jonah," which corresponds well with Jackson's first grade study of Ancient History. He enjoys listening to Jim Weiss's reading of Story of the World while he plays Legos. Draw and Write Through History is a supplemental history book that combines history, cursive, and drawing. In each section questions are asked- with no answers given- with the encouragement to go out and find the answers on your own.

Written by a homeschool mom named Carylee Gressman, and illustrated by a pastor's wife named Peggy Dick, it is God-glorifying and includes instructions on how to draw animal, people, and more technical things like the Trojan Horse and a Phoenician ship.

We had finished learning about Egypt just before this sample came in the mail, so I turned right to that section. Jackson just loves drawing, and he especially likes carefully copying technical drawings like planes and dirgibles. He looked at the instructions on how to draw the sarcophagus and the Sphinx, and chose instantly to draw the pyramid. He carefully drew the basic shape- easy when it is broken down into steps. He filled in the lines meticulously. I showed him how the alternating lines made the brick pattern... and he was very pleased with himself when he saw how easy it was to make the pyramid look "three-dimensional, [with] one side... a little darker than the other side." The drawing instructions were step-by-step, which made it very easy for him to follow. (Here's a sample lesson of the Trojan Horse.)

Here's Jackson with a hot-chocolate mustache in front of my new stove with his finished product... See how he made the horizon line in the background? We talked about scale and he drew a tiny palm tree in front.

Short historical facts are interspersed on the pages, which are 8.5 X 11 and easy for us to share. Each chapter ends with a full page of facts, written in cursive, for the student to read and copy. I think it's good for the kids to learn to read cursive. We personally introduce cursive in second grade, so I just read the summary to Jackson and chose one sentence for him to write (in print) on his own paper. He enjoyed shaking up our normal History routine by doing something new, and patiently listened to me while I read to him and he tried to draw straight parallel lines.

The back of the book is dead-on when it says "Whether you use the classical, Charlotte Mason, or traditional text-book method, your students will retain more of what they have learned by drawing and writing about each time period." Go to their website and check it out!

I did this book review for Mama Buzz (see my button to their site in my left sidebar). I rec'd a copy of this book for free from CPR Publishing. I hope you found it informative!

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