Friday, May 14, 2010

Feed Me Friday Books - History

Because of the situation with the student that I tutor, I have been faced with introducing history, specifically American History, to a child who has had little or no history at all.  While he had an astounding vocabulary, his reading skills were so alarmingly low (starting at 1.5 (at best) reading level, when he should have been at 5.0). There have been so many challenges, and I felt I had to be careful as not to discourage him with a reading level too high or hard to comprehend, or even something that seemed to juvenile as to make him feel embarrassed.

I first started with A Child’s Story of America when he first arrived, and soon realize that I needed to supplement to fill in all the holes he had. I was overwhelmed to say the least.  
That’s why I  was thrilled to pull out the following different types of historical biographical type books written for just for kids. These series that have made learning history more fun, presented from a viewpoint and level that he can understand, challenging enough, and he actually looked forward to reading each new book. 
These were a HIT! While the regular text book helped us stay on track through New World History this year consistently, I was able to use these to supplement and fill in gaps. We all learned tremendously this year about some fantastic and important people! I’d like to share these with you.

Before I made History by Peter and Connie Roop is a really great series for kids as
Sew What, Betsy Ross (Before I Made History) they focus on how the famous people were as kids growing up: Family life, parents, education, struggles, goals, events that shaped them into who we know as them in history.  Each book includes 10 chapters (1 realistic B&W illustrated page and 4-5 reading pages).  While there are still challenging words, they are on a 3.5 RL.
Betsy Ross, George Washington, Henry Ford, Helen Keller, Edison, The Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong, Abe Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King, Paul Revere

IMG_0004Who Was… There are about 40 books in this series with  black-and-white illustrations as well as a time line that guides readers through each eventful period in history at the back of each book. Each book has 10-12 chapters, illustrations that help explain relevant points in the book (how bees pollinates an apple blossom, what is inside a covered wagon, what is WW1,maps, people, and more. People included in this series are:IMG_0006

  • Harry Houdini,  JF Kennedy, Mark Twain, Ben Franklin, Elvis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Louis Armstrong, Queen Elizabeth, Marco Polo, Anne Frank, Leonardo da Vinci, King Tut, Ronald Reagan, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Sacagawea, Jim Henson, Ferdinand Magellan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mozart, Disney, Daniel Boone,  Edison, Thomas Jefferson, Monet, Neil Armstrong, Helen Keller, The Beatles, Shakespeare, Annie Oakley, Maria Tallchief, Barack Obama, Picasso.
IMG_0009 A Scholastic chapter Book Biography by Peter and Connie Roop.  Same great quality of  biographies, but a little more details to events, 10 chapters (1 illustrated page and 4-5 reading pages):  Neil Armstrong, Henry Ford, Ben Franklin, The Wrights, are just to name a few

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to explore these historical biographies for kids and have fun learning about the people that paved the way for us! If you want to explore other book review just for kids, head on over to The Adventure of Motherhood: Feed Me Books Friday!

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Ah, makes me miss homeschooling and the hours of looking at book choices. Loved teaching history and literature. (Hated Math!)

Janna said...

I like to read your older child bk rec. I know B won't be small forever.

I don't know your student's problems but I would recommend checking out Dianne Craft website. Just google her name. She has some unique exercises for smart kids whose brain isn't working together the way it should. I've started having my boy try the exercizes. Esp. at his age his mistakes are more than just laziness. Bless you!