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The Voyagers Series is a new multi-media, multi-disciplinary approach to reading that provides students with a stimulating, interactive experience that will enhance their reading enjoyment while promoting better retention of subject matter.
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About The Voyagers Series…
The Voyagers Series currently consists of two books,Europe and Africa, with several additional books in the works. The Series features two protagonists, Erin and Drew, who discover the record of many fast-paced adventures that took place in various eras and in distant locations around the world. While the story lines are fictional, the background information is entirely factual.
To supplement the reading of the adventures, the Series uses four tools to help teach students to read more carefully and to retain what they have read. The first tool consists of TEN CHAPTER QUESTIONS that appear at the end of each chapter in the book or e-book. The chapter questions may cover any of the major areas of study – mathematics, science, history, social studies, foreign languages, etc. The second tool is the online CROSSWORD PUZZLE that the student completes, using the underlined words from the corresponding chapter. The third tool is the designation of one of the puzzle answers as the LIFE LESSON of the chapter. It is a character-building trait that will be revealed to the student after correctly completing the puzzle. The Life Lesson is the CODE that is required to play the online GAME, the fourth tool in The Voyagers Series.
The Voyagers Series is designed to be used as a team-building exercise in the early years of a student’s reading development. For elementary school students, the teacher or parent may read to the students, then work together with them to solve the crossword puzzles and games. Middle school students may be asked to work in small groups, with students taking turns reading the adventure. Students in the upper grades may read the Series on their own and later be asked to write a paper on one or more of the Life Lessons or chapter questions.
Sadly, comparative statistics have proven that American students are falling behind students in other countries in many areas of study. There are probably many reasons for this, but it is clear that students today have more distractions than ever before – handheld games, television, computers, email, instant messaging, etc. The list goes on, and it is getting longer every year. The Voyagers Series, believes that the solution is not to eliminate the new devices but to find positive ways to incorporate them into the educational system. They are convinced that reading skills are a critical factor in future success – in school, in business, and in life. A student who reads poorly, or not at all, has virtually no chance of getting into college or finding an adequately-paying job in the future. Their goal is to provide teachers with a unique platform to make it easier to help students on two fronts – to read more proficiently by making the reading experience fun and to retain more by using entertaining games and puzzles to test for retention.
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I love this series of books. It is exactly what I would have wished for when we started our homeschooling journey. Actually, they would have been a Godsend before even then, as we had some issues with reading comprehension when Chandler was little. He entered Kindergarten reading at a 3rd grade level, but his ability to understand what they wanted him to understand was beyond any of us at the time. He could read very well and fluently, but was at a loss when it came to the comprehension aspect.
When we started homeschooling in 5th grade, I worked endlessly in my efforts to help him understand what he was reading. We finally got through it and he does very well now. But I know that if I had been able to use The Voyagers Series with him, it would have been so much simpler. It would have revolutionized our homeschooling experience, and I will tell you why. If I had these books when Chandler was younger, we would have built our entire curriculum around them. It is so easy to add in more geography, math, and even science as additional studies with these books. I would approach them as a unit study. We would use the underlined words in them as vocabulary and spelling words. We would learn more about the geography and history that is part of the story line of these books. For art, we would illustrate a scene from each chapter. We would take one of the chapter topics and write our own creative story. For example, in Chapter 1 of Europe-Book 1, there is a topic of Thunder. We would then write a creative story of our own where thunder played an important part of the story. We would also use Thunder as our science exploration. Do you see where I am going with this? I think the sky is the limit with these books when it comes to homeschooling.
I think these would be so much fun to work with in a homeschool. I wish I had more kids to use these on. I am currently looking around to see who I can do this with the way I want to. Chandler reminds me that someday I will be a grandmother and I can homeschool them for him and do it this way then. And there will most likely be more books in the series at this time. I certainly hope so. I want to add future ones to my collection so I can be the coolest grandmother ever. Seriously.
If you are looking for a new way to bring life to reading in your homeschool–if you need help with retention and comprehension–if you just want to use something where you can build your entire curriculum around your reading program as a unit type of study–then get these books. Get them now.