I choose to give this product 4 out of 5 Gold Teacher’s Stars!!
We received two of the courses from the Famous Men series from Memoria Press to review in our homeschool. When I opened the package, I was stunned at how beautiful these books truly are. They were so inviting and just begged to be opened and perused almost immediately. I had to eventually pry the books from my son’s hands so that we could still have something to learn about during our school time! When I did suggest their use during our lessons, I was greeted with a great deal of enthusiasm and a race to retrieve the book of choice. Not a bad problem to have, if you ask me.
The first book that we enjoyed was the Famous Men of Greece. This book contains over 30 lessons that range from The Gods of Greece to The Fall of Greece. Your students will study the lives of men such as Achilles, Socrates, Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Ptolemy and many many others. The text is not boring and is filled with beautiful, color illustrations that accent the stories that are shared in an entertaining way.
Along with the text book, we also received the Teacher Guide and Student Guide. The student guide is filled with lessons that include items such as vocabulary words, famous quotes, a drill of key places and people and around 5 to 10 comprehension questions that can make for some great discussions with your student. There are also some maps and drawing pages included for even more enrichment.
The second book that we enjoyed was the Famous Men of Rome. This book also contains 30 different lessons that took us on a short visit with famous Roman men such as Horatius, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Augustus, Nero and Constantine the Great, among others. Again, the text is well written and engaging. The colorful illustrations are beautiful and well done.
The books can be used as a full year course in history. Or, if you prefer, you can do what we are doing and using the books as a wonderful supplement to our current history course. We have been utilizing the teacher guide and student guide along with the text and they have made our history study even better. Although I refer to myself as an eclectic homeschooler, I do enjoy adding in classical methods at times to enrich our studies.
Each of the books can be purchased individually or as a set. I prefer the set as you save a little money by buying them together and the workbooks really are great. But if you don’t want the workbooks, at least consider the text books to supplement your own history program. You won’t be disappointed.
Memoria Press offers many other great products at their website. You are sure to find something wonderful to enrich your wonderful world of learning. The crew all received different items for review. To learn about other products from Memoria Press , be sure to visit the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.