I want to share with you a fun new history resource, brought to you by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com. A couple years ago, I got to review some of the If You Were Me and Lived in... books by Carole P Roman. These simple, formulaic books are great for introducing elementary kids to various countries. They include words from local languages, currencies, flags, and other interesting facts. We now have a whole bunch of them and they have been helpful in teaching my kids about countries in our world today.
Now Carole's come out with a historical series! There are currently 8 of these fascinating books, and we have 7 of them so far.
If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 1)
If You Were Me and Lived in...Renaissance Italy (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 2)
If You Were Me and Lived in... Elizabethan England (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 3)
If You Were Me and Lived in...Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4)
If You Were Me and Lived in...the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6)
If You Were Me and Lived in...the American West (Volume 7)
These books are a longer, meatier look at the history behind some of the countries represented in her other books. They still talk about what your name might have been, and what toys you might have played with, had you lived in that location and time period, but there's more information than in the other series. These books range from about 50-100 pages in length.
These made a nice review for some of the time periods Jack has studied, and a gentle introduction to those same times and places for Hannah.
Colonial America actually tied in perfectly with what we were learning in history at the end of last school year.
The books vary in price on Amazon, but sell for around $14.99 each.
These fact-based, informative books would make a good base for building your own history unit studies for elementary children. They're also a great addition to any curriculum covering one of the times and places represented.
If you know me, you know that I was most excited about the Ancient China book for my Chinese girls. I had Hannah do her book report on this one. She learned about hairstyles in ancient China, and about the Silk Road.
Jack did his book report on the American West book. He learned that cowboys had rules they had to follow, and that they waved with their hats.
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