Okay, show of hands: How many people LOVED history as a student in school?
What? Why am I not seeing tons of hands raised?
Oh, history was boring? All you did was read dry textbooks, hear dry lectures, and do a few research projects?
How many good history days did you have as a student? Less than the number of fingers on your hands?
Well, isn’t that one of the reasons we homeschool? We can make learning enjoyable! We can make it stand out as fun while allowing our children to excel also. And when we choose to educate classically, we give them even more of a chance to learn various time periods as well as history around the world, not just once in tenth grade, but throughout their time as students.
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The product I was offered to review was the memory game, the medieval history one.
As it turns out, Ace is a champion at memory games. In fact, I had to download ones meant for older people onto my ipad because the preschool ones were way too easy. So getting a memory game in the mail was nice! Now I could teach him something while challenging him memory game wise.
Okay, so what did we get. Well, as I mentioned, there are 64 cards, two of each of 32 topics. They are very sturdy cards with good pictures and a short description like Charlemagne, Nuns, Samurai, Castle, and Machu Picchu. There is an instruction sheet to tell you how to play each of two games, a regular matching game as well as a game where you match each card to the correct category ( PUT CATEGORIES HERE!). My children are really too young for the category game.
Now, on the website, it says the matching game is good for ages 3 plus. It also says that the game is simply to introduce the pictures and names to the children. I think it would be nice if they would add a cheat sheet with a sentence or two about each thing. Remember, many of those of us who are teaching our children got very little, if any, world history in school ourselves. So it is possible that we wouldn’t know what to tell our seven year olds about Charlemagne or Machu Picchu. Obviously, our curriculum will, in time, help us fill in the information; and we can always use our friends Google and Bing. I just think it would be nice to have a cheat sheet.
I have another concern about the program. It gives four location categories, but the great majority of the cards are from Europe. Now, I can understand that to a degree. I even went and looked at another history program and found that a larger percentage of the topics there were also about Europe. But it wasn’t *as* uneven. It was close enough that I had to count it to see it with the other program where there is no doubt looking at the answer key for Classical Historian. On top of that, a LOT of topics were Christian/Catholic in nature. Again, I can understand that to a degree based on the time period. Now, it is their curriculum supplement and they can have whatever they wish. I just think that part of a classical history about a time period is about moving away from ego-centrism. I would have liked some of the more common and general topics to be left out or combined while adding more topics from other areas.
Though I said that, my kids thanked me for letting them play. I loved that the cards are so sturdy, especially as I had an almost three year old enjoying the game with me. I liked that there were lots of topics to choose from (we made a smaller game as my children found 64* cards challenging).
So I definitely think the product is good. It is also affordable ($14.95). It is something I can see using again and again with my crew over the next couple years, especially when we make it to that time period. I probably will make myself an information sheet with key points about each topic to share here and there with the children. We’ll also be more likely to use certain cards than others, especially while we’re working with smaller groups of cards.
Isn’t it great when your kids actually THANK you for sharing an educational product with them?!?! That was the best part!