My Father’s World: Adventures in My Father’s World
George Washington, Paul Revere, Abraham Lincoln, Sacajawea, Harriet Tubman. If you love American history, Adventures in My Father’s World will be an enjoyable year for you. This curriculum unit includes Bible, science, American history and geography, and art and music for second and third graders who are the oldest or only child in your home. Math, language arts, and foreign language recommendations are given and can be purchased at the My Father’s World website, but are not included in the unit.
In Bible, students learn about Jesus by studying His various names in the Bible, such as Light of the World, Immanuel, and Lamb of God. Memory verses that correspond with each name are learned. American history is taught using a variety of “living books” purchased with the program. A huge list of library books divided by the week can be found in the teacher’s manual. These books can be used during “book basket” time (independent reading) to enhance the history curriculum. A very brief trip through each state includes a student sheet and a variety of hands-on activities that correspond to the state being studied. Several of the state birds are studied. Students also do art and craft projects and listen to Americana music on the Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A. CD (formerly, Celebrate America). Adventures in My Father’s World includes art with I Can Do All Things and a composer study of Tchaikovsky. General science experiments on topics such as air, weather, and astronomy are completed from three Usborne science books.
The teacher’s manual for Adventures in My Father’s World is well-organized and detailed. If you are interested in a Charlotte Mason, unit study, living books approach to educating your child but are unsure where to start, you can relax when using this unit. Each week’s study, plotted out for you in a grid, schedules the books to read and resources you should use. There are also teacher’s notes each week. The introductory part of the teacher’s manual includes detailed information about setting up your school year and scheduling your day.
The resources in Adventures in My Father’s World have been carefully chosen to be interesting and educational. We enjoyed all of the read-alouds and the history books. My daughter learned a lot about American history during this study. As we move into studying American history in greater depth now that she is older, she frequently recalls information that she studied during our Adventures year. The science experiments were perfect for her age and ability, and were a lot of fun to complete. Our favorite part of the year, however, was the study of the state birds using Birds, Nests, and Eggs. Adventures in My Father’s World is intended to be a quick overview of American history and geography, as both are studied in more detail during the My Father’s World multi-age cycle. Even so, the study of the states seems really fast.
My Father’s World offers three options when purchasing Adventures in My Father’s World: the deluxe package which includes the teacher’s manual, student worksheets, and all the books, resources, and CDs needed to complete the program; the basic package which includes everything except the read-alouds, the composer study, I Can Do All Things, Fun with Magnets, and a soda bottle bird feeder; or a la carte. The packages offer a substantial discount over purchasing the items separately. Basic school supplies, art supplies, and kitchen items will need to be provided by the parent. A sample of the teacher’s manual is available at the My Father’s World website.
If you are interested in more information about how My Father’s World works for students in grades 2 to 8, please check out my review on the multi-age family cycle.
Last Updated: May 14, 2012
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