Review: a Sacagawea story
Every history program can be enhanced with products from Knowledge Quest; to go along with our American history lessons, we’ve been reading Sacagawea (Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know) complete e-book. Originally released as a serial novel in four parts, Sacagawea is now available in its complete form.
Written for children ages 10 and up, Sacagawea is the second volume in the Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know series. (Jacques Cartier is the first title.) Historical fiction for the modern era, Sacagawea is available as a downloadable ebook.
Sacagawea’s tale is well-written and captivating – fluid and personal, it makes a great read-aloud for the whole family. There’s no persuading kids to sit and listen; with this story, they’re ready, waiting, and anxious to hear what happens next!
But this story of Sacagawea has something a little different than most historical fiction; that something special that gives it an edge over traditional novels. Author Karla Akins has included links for each and every term or topic that you and your child might want to explore for greater understanding.
For example, in a section that mentions various birds and animals that Sacagawea encounters during her travels, such as prairie wolves, mule deer, rams, magpies, and prairie hens, each of those creatures is linked to a website with more information about it. Know all the fauna involved, but have no clue as to the fauna? Plants are linked, too, from small artichokes to great cottonwoods.
Don’t know what tools such as boats and weapons look like, or how they’re used? What is the difference between a canoe and a pirogue? And why on earth would someone have black toes? The answers are all here, within easy reach.
And best of all, this ebook – and the links -are portable. Whether you’re using it on a computer at home, or an ebook reader while you’re waiting at the grocery store, as long as you have an internet connection, the links will work.
Inside this one, unassuming text that you’d planned on using as an add-on to your current curriculum, you’ll discover a wealth of information, enough to fuel an entire unit study on Sacagawea and her life. Incredible flexibility, and well worth the $4.97 asking price, no matter what type of homeschooler you are.
My kids really enjoyed knowing that they could satisfy their curiosity at the click of a link, without having to search through an entire list of possibilities – and I appreciated knowing that 1) the links were safe, and that 2) they weren’t as likely to get distracted in the abyss of the internet when they were supposed to be reading about Sacagawea.
Check it out for yourself – a sample of the first chapter of Sacagawea is available for your exploration .
Timelines on the iPad?
Schoolhouse Review Crew members have also been reviewing TimelineBuilder, a Knowledge Quest app for the iPad. It allows users to create custom ranges for timelines, and add, edit, resize, and reposition graphics and events. Designed to be flexible enough for all ages, TimelineBuilder adapts to many uses, everything from study to geneaology research.