Book: Letters for Freedom: The Civil War
Published by: Innovative Kids
Age Recommendation: 8 and up
Use: To enhance history lessons.
Homeschool Method: Any
The past comes alive with this jam-packed, interactive book that puts history in context as it describes every moment of the Civil War, from its causes to its consequences. With flaps, gatefolds, pull-tabs, and removable letters that provide a first-person account of history as it’s happening, there is no better way to learn everything there is to know about the war that almost divided, and eventually united a nation.
Why I Recommend It:
I love history. I find history fascinating. I could sit and watch almost anything that comes on the history channel. Sadly, a few of my children do not share my love and fascination. They find history boring. Certainly, we have all heard the yawns emitting from mouths below glazed eyes as we taught what happened in the middle ages. I submit that history is not boring. What could be boring about Robert E. Lee? Dare you say battle plans and strategy tactics leave you heavy eyed? If you or your children believe history is boring it is simply because you have not made it come alive or connect the past with the present and the future in the wide eyes of your students.
Letters for Freedom: The Civil War brings the Civil War to life. The layout of the book alone garners interest. The illustrations, historic photographs, and points of interest beg for attention. My son, who claims to great dislike for history, emitted an “ooo” and not a yawn upon seeing this book. The book has a hands on approach as you flip pages filled with little envelopes that contain letters to read. The letters are from real soldiers and even General Lee. Each page has a point of interest for the eyes and the hands to keep young distractible students busy. As a lover of history and hands on learning I give this book highest marks.
Disclosure: Was graciously given the book for review purposes by Innovative Kids.
Richele is an eclectic homeschooling mom to four reflections of God’s love whose greatest accomplishment thus far was teaching physics, folding laundry, and playing Candyland simultaneously. Find her blogging at Under the Golden Apple Tree.