I love studying the American Revolution. The story of how a group of colonists stood together and defeated one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen is a miracle that must be remembered, studied, and shared. It’s an integral part of our nation’s legacy, and it’s also the focus of Revolutionary Ideas, a Once-A-Week Unit Study by Homeschool Legacy, a publishing company who wants to “help you build relationships while making family memories.” I received a free electronic copy of Revolutionary Ideas in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
The story of the American Revolution starts long before “the shot heard ’round the world,” and Revolutionary Ideas begins with an overview of key pre-Revolution world events. It then moves into the lives of colonial Americans and their disagreements with King George III. Chapter Three is one of my favorite parts of this unit study. In it, we meet “the firebrands,” Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, and Patrick Henry. These men lit the fire of revolution and helped to fan it into a flame that would prove to be unquenchable.
Another aspect of Revolutionary Ideas that I especially enjoyed was the time spent discussing the Great Awakening and that the colonies could not unite to fight for freedom without first being united spiritually. They needed to not only want to be free but to stand together in declaring that it was their God-given right to be free.
There are many resources available for studying the American Revolution, but this unit study is unlike any I have read. It is like having a encyclopedia of resources and ideas at your fingertips. The suggested reading list even included Dewey decimal numbers! There are so many academic resources and activities included in this Once-A-Week Unit Study that you are almost certain to find something every member of your family will enjoy. It includes:
- Bible, language, history, geography, literature, science, art, and music
- Life skills
- Research assignments
- Arts and crafts
- Family games
- Suggestions for family movie nights
Plus, completing four Once-A-Week Unit Studies provides a full year of history or science (except for upper grade labs).
Another feature that sets this unit study apart is its volume of resources and activities designed to incorporate the entire family in this learning experience. One of my favorite features is the weekly “Stump Your Dad” trivia questions! These are perfect for dinner-time conversation or just about any time! The unit studies include:
- Detailed information on how to earn Boy Scout or American Heritage Girl merit badges while completing the study
- Field trip suggestions
- An entire list of suggestions on how to throw a Revolutionary War party!
Revolutionary Ideas is structured to cover seven weeks for grades 2-12, but multiple suggestions are included for how to use the unit study to fit your unique schedule and family’s needs. This is truly a wonderful resource for any family.