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History Pockets: Life in Plymouth Colony, Grades 1-3 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-07-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 20 user ratings
ISBN:155799899X
LANGUAGE:English

"i homeschool so this worked awesome with what we where learning for the month my daughter liked putting it together thanks for fast delivery" said.

"My 6 year old just started this yesterday and loves it. She is a very active child and it has been hard to get her to focus on seatwork in math and writing. I still had to encourage her a lot in the coloring and cutting parts at times (to me these are super easy), but she really got into presenting what she did and did her own oral report because she wanted to. She liked "teaching" us the information she learned and it has helped her practice her reading skills exceptionally. She is also learning by repeating the content without becoming bored. I'm impressed, because the learning seems to be in the long term memory instead of short term from just covering it briefly. My child had trouble sitting still/listening in public school last year and we are homeschooling this year. Thanks for a great resource Amazon!" said.

"Great history lessons incorporating interesting and memorable crafts and vocabulary. This is my second history pocket and I am not disappointed. I love the ease of using this along with the ability to use from Grades 1 - 3. Great for homeschooling and I can use this additional years and go into further detail along with doing more involved crafts so it doesn't seem repetitive. Love them!" said.

"Not good, not bad, just very elementary, a bit tedious and very superficial. It dances around why these new settlers came to this land, the impact on those who were already hear, and the specifics about their travels and daily life. But it's great busy work if a child likes to cut, color, glue, repeat. After a while it got boring for my little learners and we would NEVER do this whole folder when studying this unit. A lot of time wasted on the above with very little substance. I use it a little very fall to supplement our studies of that time period." said.

"The projects in this particular book can be a good supplement for Pilgrim studies, especially for homeschoolers who are looking for particular activities and ideas." said.

"I teach 2nd and 3rd grade and the History Pockets are a great resource - especially for Core Knowledge schools. I find the content most appropriate for high functioning 3rd graders. I can't imagine a 6th grader doing some of the activities. Some seem too primary for that old of a kiddo.Crafty and hands on, much better than worksheets." said.

"Pockets are a great way to engage your students. They are creating and having fun learning at the same time!" said.

"I just finished teaching a homeschool co-op class using this curriculum. I have very mixed feelings about this book- I'll just list them out.

Pros:
-Interesting material, tons of activities/projects, very clear instructions, and it makes a great book once you're done!

Cons:
-I don't think this works well for 1st grade. I taught it to 12 kids ages 6-9, and it was definitely hard for the younger ones. I think that at a minimum, the students should be able to read and write before using this. I think it would work best for grades 2-4, or even 5.
-I don't know how long they expect each unit to take, but we attempted to do these 8 pockets in 12 one-hour sessions. In order to accomplish that, I had to do a LOT of prep work at home. In addition to buying the supplies and making a lot of copies, I had to cut out a ton of things. The students could have done it, but there's no way we could've completed the tasks in the allotted time.
-There is a ton of coloring and gluing. One of my students told me that she doesn't like coloring; she thinks it's a waste of her time. She was bored quite a bit!

That said, I think it is a good resource, when used in the right situation. I also did it with my 3 homeschooled kids (grades K, 3, and 5) and we enjoyed it. I'm looking into doing another one of the units.
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