Go West With Homeschool Legacy! #Review
One of our favorite unit study publishers, Homeschool Legacy, is back for another round with the Schoolhouse Review Crew! With 13 products up for review that cover science and history topics, there’s something for every family.
We were blessed with not just one, but two! The wild west is just too much fun to fit in one study, and was split into two. Westward Ho I follows the adventures of pioneers and frontiersman, and your family with “travel” across the country, visiting the Erie Canal, crossing the Oregon Trail, and even a stop by the Alamo. Westward Ho II takes you through California with the forty-niners, along the railroad. There will even be cowboys and cattle drives!
Like all of Homeschool Legacy’s products, the Westward Ho pair is designed to be easy to use, with little preparation needed beyond gathering materials. This can include printing select pages, obtaining supplies for projects, and requesting books and videos from the library. In general, multiple options are given for media resources; if one isn’t readily available, it’s easy to choose another.
How Can I Fit Homeschool Legacy Into Our Schedule?
If the recommended schedule is followed, Part I will span four weeks, while Part II covers five. We’ve had to move through it a bit more quickly – with lighter coverage – in order to experience some of everything during the review period. We plan to browse our way back through at a slower pace and casually delve deeper over the summer – something that the plethora of library suggestions makes it easy to adapt to.
A sample weekly plan is included, but it’s not necessary to adhere strictly to it. It’s very easy to flex around your lifestyle, even if it’s crazy busy. It recommends daily read-alouds, plus one day per week for more extensive work on the unit study, and then utilizing Friday or Saturday for field trips and movie and/or game night. In some subjects, it’s really better for my kids to work on them daily, so instead of skipping our regular work on one or two days a week, we just spread out the activities throughout the week. It’s much more practical for us.
What Kind Of Activities Are Included In Westward Ho I and II?
All weeks include family read-alouds and devotionals, along with history and geography, as that’s the main focus. Most weeks include art and crafts, research projects, and even some recipes! I’m pretty sure the recipes are my kids’ favorites… in fact, making butter was quite an interesting experience. (I don’t think they believed that it would really work, and then, it took MUCH longer than they really had the patience for. I’m pretty sure if I told them I wasn’t buying butter anymore, they had to make their own, they’d promptly decide they could live without it.)
My favorite piece, from both unit studies, has to be the task of writing tall tales. Thinking about it afterward, I was really bummed that it came right at the start, because if I’d known how much fun it was going to be for me to read the crazy things that the kids would make up, I’d have saved it for last. We’re talking about making a book of tall tales to give out to family at Christmas this year. (I promise you, if you have a child/ children that thrive on this part of the lesson, it’s going to be a rabbit trail that you can get lost in for days. Consider yourself forewarned. :)
For me, the convenience of having all the book recommendations marked by reading level makes it much easier to find appropriate suggestions for my kids, as they’re all older readers. We do choose to request some of the books for younger readers (partially because mine still occasionally like looking at picture books), but it’s convenient for me to be able to say no, choose at least ONE that is at your reading level.
Do We Recommend Homeschool Legacy Unit Studies?
As always, yes. And if you have Boy Scouts or American Heritage Girls, that goes double – each of the Once-A-Week Unit Studies is designed with a particular badge in mind, allow the Scout to complete most or all of the tasks for that award at the same time as completing the study.