Golden Prairie Press
Heroines of the Past Bible Study, written by Amy Puetz of Golden Prairie Press, is a 13-week study “virtue study celebrating the noble deeds of women and girls from history”. Ms. Puetz, a homeschool graduate herself, loves history and has a passion for stories that show God’s providence. These themes mesh perfectly in Heroines of the Past, with over 270 pages of stories, bible references and study questions.
While Cheyenne and I could have used separate journals to record our thoughts in, I was concerned about the amount of time that it would take for Cheyenne to record her answers by hand. (Kids these days just don’t scribble as fast as we learned to – a unspoken change from the computer age?) So instead, I purchased one neat journal we’d seen just a few days before, decided that I’d print out bible verses beforehand from Bible Gateway so they’d be ready to paste into the notebook at the appropriate place, and figured we’d discuss out loud, she’d paste, and I’d record our answers.
That has worked *very* well for us! We’ll still have a reference to look back on, and she doesn’t see it as drudgery because of the handwriting component. Reading all the material out loud, instead of each reading it separately, means that any questions that she has about about meaning can be promptly answered, rather than risk her forgetting to ask. (Which would be the usual case.)
Heroines of the Past is excellent bible study especially if used in this manner – the words used and the style of the older stories is a bit of a challenge for a younger student or one not yet widely read in classics, so I absolutely recommend that it be done as a read-aloud if at all possible.
Another portion in the bible study is to put together a “box of visual reminders”. These are objects gathered to help remind you of the “important truths” that are presented in the bible study. We actually cheated a little on this one. Since we were already making index cards for the memorization verses for each week, we also made index cards with pictures of the reminders pasted to them, rather than another “something” to be in the way in the house. Similar concept, a little less space consuming, and a lot more likely – for us at least – to actually get used and not randomly lost or tossed in the garage or a closet or something by a sibling.
Other Schoolhouse Review Crew members reviewed different titles from Golden Prairie Press. These were:
Ten Girls From History – the dramatized life and accomplishments of these ten girls: Louisa May Alcott: Author of Little Women; Clara Barton: The Angel of the Battlefield; Molly Pitcher: The Brave Gunner of the Battle of Monmouth; Cofachiqui: An Indian Princess; Madeleine De Vercheres: The Heroine of Castle Dangerous; Dorothy Quincy: A Girl of the American Revolution; Ida Lewis: The Heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse; Elizabeth Van Lew: The Girl who Risked all for the Union; Virginia Reed: Midnight Heroine of the Plains; Clara Morris: The Girl who Won Fame as an Actress
Costumes With Character – easy sewing book has patterns and step-by-step instructions for making accessories for eleven different time periods, including: Colonial (Pilgrim & Puritan 1620-1700); Quaker (1681-1860); American Revolution (1775-1783); Young Republic (1800-1820); Romantic Era (1820-1848); Pioneer (1800s); Civil War (1861-1865); Sailor (1865-1905); Victorian 1880s; Victorian 1890s; Turn of the Century (1900-1910); Tea Party
Uncover Exciting History – meet some of America’s most famous people in this 184 page book, revealing America’s Christian Heritage in short, easy-to-read nuggets.
**Disclaimer – As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, our family received the ebook edition of the Heroines of the Past Bible Study book from Golden Prairie Press so that we could provide you with an honest review of it by our family.**