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Carole P. Roman Book Collection Review

Carole P. Roman is an award-winning children’s book author with series including everything from pirates, history, geography, various cultures and civilations, and even princesses. We received three stories to review from the Carole P. Roman books and collections to add to our home library.

The Crew Goes Coconuts!: A Captain No Beard Story is another tale featuring the wild imagination of Hallie and Alexander along with a crew of stuffed animals. The parched crew anchors at a deserted island and realize they have drank all the juice boxes on this ship. Rather then figuring out a solution they take their frustrations out on one another and begin to pick and name call. The captain quickly assesses the situation and teaches the crew that we should look for something to like in everyone. The Captain No Beard series currently includes 10 different adventures. I think young boys ages 4 to 8 will enjoy the creativity and imagination used in these stories.

If You Were Me and Lived in… the Ancient Mali Empire tells of the rich history of this African civilization. Information about the layout of the land including building structure, geography, and various towns are described in detail which paints a vivid picture for the reader. She also did a good job of explaining the government, caste system, education, and introducing the language. At the end of the book there is information about famous people from the Mali Empire as well as a glossary that provides definitions for the words used within the book.

If You Were Me and Lived in… Ancient Greece dates back well over 2000 years ago. We learned about their introduction of politics, the importance of Mount Olympus, various gods, their powers, and customary traditions to honor them. Details were provided about citizen’s diets, traditions for boys versus girls, types of jobs available, local leadership during this time, and the Olympics. Brief information was also included about various philosophers like Plato, Socrates, and Hippocrates as well as conquerors like Alexander The Great. In the final pages of this book there is a descriptive list of gods and goddesses along glossary of terms for additional understanding.

The books within this portion of the If You Were Me and Lived In… series include Ancient China, Mayan Empire, Viking Europe, Colonial America and several more civilizations throughout history. I think these are great to pair with history lessons. We also own several of the cultures around the world portion of this series. Those worked great alongside our current Geography curriculum. I think both types within this series are appropriate for ages 7 and up. Keep in mind that these books provide information about all parts of the culture or civilization, including religion. The author did a good job of describing the beliefs in all the books that we read.

Overall, these three stories are a fun addition to our homeschool library. Carole P. Roman has authored over 50 books so I’m sure you’ll find something your children will enjoy and benefit from. The books we reviewed and many others within the Carole P. Roman books and collections are available in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle formats.

Click this hyperlink to see the other books that Homeschool Review Crew members received.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Fun in 50 States, and a FREE Download!

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Home School in the Woods is a hands on history education company that specializes in providing students with creative ways to study and retain knowledge via various projects.  They recently released a new Make-a-State Activity Pak which we had the chance to review.  The Home School in the Woods Activity-Paks series provides students with several projects to fill a lap book that will accompany curriculum but can also be used for independent study.

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The Make-a-State Activity Pak is one of the newest sets available on the company’s website.  This new set provides an opportunity for the student to study about each of the fifty states and Washington, DC through twenty projects that will create a fact filled lap book.  Within this set there are projects for recipes, geography maps, local vocabulary, landmarks, sports, local government, native tribes, agriculture, climate, industry, and timeline of events.  You will also find projects for the state symbols such as the song, bird, quarter, wildlife, motto, seal, flag, and much more.   Detailed instructions on how to construct the lap book and complete each project are also included along with an information sheet for each state and a “Name That State” File Folder Game that the whole family can play.

I must admit this was our first time ever putting together a lap book so we thank God for those detailed instructions.  We committed to completing one activity per day, during the week and Bear had no problem navigating through each activity with ease.  While some required more research than others, he was able to complete assignments within sixty minutes and had fun creating something different each day.  Bear was always excited to try each of the twenty projects so; there was never a dull moment as we navigated through the United States.  We used the Make-a-State Activity Pak to encourage independent study of a few states but Bear particularly enjoyed creating the Texas and California lap books.  During our time with this lap book set Bear was able to dig deep into the history of the United States and I even learned a few things too.

 

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Home School in the Woods offers a myriad of historical projects that have been reviewed by the super awesome Homeschool Review Crew.  In addition to Make-a-State Activity Pak there are four more Activity Paks available including ones for the Old Testament and New Testament.  The Time Traveler American series has seven options covering major moments in United States history each including twenty-five lessons, projects, and lesson plans.  The Lap-Paks sections features five choices of lap books for students in grades K-8 and the Timeline Trio is a comprehensive set that covers eras of history.

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If you’re not ready to commit to a full package just yet, you can also try out certain individual items from their catalog via the A` La Carte section.  In fact, they are currently offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of The Erie Canal pop up lap book.  Just use the discount code ALACARTE to get this item for FREE.

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Check out other homeschool family experiences with products from Home School in the Woods via this wonderful hyperlink.

 

Make this week historical,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

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