For years, my family has enjoyed the Christian Heroes: Then & Now and Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing. I’ve read many of them aloud to my kids, and they’ve each read a few independently.
Betty Greene: Wings to Serve from YWAM Publishing
As I mentioned above, we received a physical copy of Betty Greene: Wings to Serve and the corresponding Unit Study Curriculum Guide.
The book is 193 pages long and has 17 chapters. It is written for ages 10+, but it could definitely be used with younger kids as a family read-aloud.
The unit study comes in two parts. Part One is the unit study itself, and it has 64 pages. Part Two is four pages long, and it contains reproducible pages.
The Unit Study Guide is very comprehensive and covers a multitude of homeschool subjects. This particular one contains the following:
- Key Bible verses which would be great for memory work and/or copywork.
- Display corner ideas: Ideas for an exploration center to display items that relate to the unit (maps, flags, foods, etc.)
- Chapter questions: Includes vocabulary and comprehension questions
- Student explorations: Consists of essay questions, creative writing assignments, hands-on projects, audio/visual project ideas, arts and crafts, and language examples
- Related themes to explore
- Ideas for a culminating event
The three appendices include books and resources, answers to the chapter questions, and social studies reproducibles which are in file #2.
The CD (or downloadable file) also contains biographical information about Betty Greene, author interviews, reader reviews, and more.
How We Used It
My initial plan for this review was to have Emma read a chapter or two and then discuss it with me. I wanted us to go over the vocabulary words and the discussion questions together. However, she had other plans after day one.
She is really working hard to work independently this year. That means she didn’t want to stop and check in with me every day. She wanted to read the book on her own. And, she didn’t want me to limit how many chapters she read each day. She begged, after her first reading session, to just keep going.
So, I allowed her to read at her own pace. She had to save some time at the end of each reading block to answer the discussion questions. Each chapter had four discussion questions in the study guide. The first question was a vocabulary question. The next two questions were short answer questions. The last one was more of an essay question.
We went over the first three questions orally. We did questions for all of the chapters she read that day. Then, she was required to choose two of the long-answer questions to answer on paper. She seemed to enjoy doing things this way. She felt more in control of her learning, because she chose how much to read and which questions to answer.
Emma really enjoyed reading the book, and she didn’t mind answering the questions with me. She did not, however, have an interest in doing full unit study around the book. So, we stuck to reading the book and answering the questions as I described above.
This wasn’t our first book from YWAM Publishing, and I am sure it will not be our last!