This article is in collaboration with Laurelwood Books.
Laurelwood Books offers a wide variety of curriculum for homeschoolers. For these reviews they gave the crew a number of options from handwriting, to Latin, to history.
Some members of the crew got to check out State the Facts: a Guide to Studying Your State. Aimed at ages eight and up, the guide includes activities for studying any state, allowing parents to teach their children about state history, resources, climate and more.
Patriotic Penmanship is for first grade all the way through high school and offers manuscript and cursive handwriting activities based around famous quotes, like the Preamble to the Constitution, well-known speeches, and Bible verses.
Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin: Derivatives I provides 30 weeks of Latin instruction. It includes multiple activities like matching, fill in the blank, word puzzles and more for over 150 Latin words.
The Scripture Scribes series offers copywork and handwriting instruction with 30 weeks of lessons. Titles in series include His Name is Wonderful, which also provides instruction about how the Bible came to us and is aimed at the early elementary grades. One Another is for upper elementary students and offers scripture verses that remind students to think about others. Men of Honor and Women of Grace is for middle and high school students and focuses on topics like honor, grace, mercy, and love. All three Scripture Scribe books feature cursive writing.
Crew members also got to check out Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin, Reader I and Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin, Workbook I, which introduces students in grades 2 through 5 to Latin using familiar stories and fairy tales like The Three Little Pigs and The Tortoise and the Hare. The accompanying workbook offers activities to go with each story that help children learn Latin to English and English to Latin translations.
Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin, Reader II and Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin, Workbook II is the second in the series and takes the study further with stories like The Good Samaritan and The Lost Sheep. Students are encouraged to read and act out the stories while completing other activities and learning some Latin grammar.
The third book in the series, Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin, Reader III and Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin, Workbook III features stories like The Lion and the Mouse and includes illustrations and a sidebar that helps students translate words. The workbook offers activities for each page and includes a page of derivatives as well as an explanation on how some of the Latin words in the story are used in the English language.
The final book in the series is Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin, Reader VI and Olim, Once Upon a Time in Latin, Workbook VI includes stories like The Prodigal Son and takes the activities a step further. For all the book, answers to the activities are included in the back of the workbook.
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A big thank you to Brandy from Kingdom Academy Homeschool for writing this introductory article.