Studying history is not a favorite for most kids. We recently had the opportunity to review Heroes of History - Milton Hershey: More Than Chocolate by Janet & Geoff Benge and the accompanying study guide Milton Hershey Unit Study Curriculum Guide from YWAM Publishing. YWAM Publishing Heroes of History series helps to make history more fun for kids to study!
Who knew? A man who is known world-wide for chocolate bars, was so much more.
Milton Hershey grew up poor and suffered through two failed businesses that bankrupted him. Several members of his family did not even support him and considered him a failure. Yet he did not let any failures or hurdles that came into his path stop him. He did allow his experiences to shape him and his past even influenced him to help children who did not have enough by opening The Hershey Industrial School in 1909.
Milton Hershey was a humble man. He and his wife helped others and helped to build their community up. He believed in treating his employees fairly and they would be loyal to the business.
Joey really enjoyed reading the story of Milton Hershey. A few years ago we had the opportunity to visit Hershey, PA, so this book gave him a little more of an understanding of the factory we toured and the city we drove through. I mean what kid wouldn't enjoy reading about the creator of one of his favorite candies?!?!
YWAM Publishing does a very good job of publishing books that will keep children's interest. The Heroes of History series features many men and women that have made an influence not only in their lifetime, but also made an impact on history. These chapter books have been created for late elementary through middle school reading levels, but a High School student could easily use this series for research materials for writing/history fair projects.
Joey really enjoys reading the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing. Through the years we have had the opportunity to review several titles in this series, including George Washington, Alan Shepherd, John Adams, and Clara Barton.
In order to ensure your student gets a well-rounded education from the story they are reading, YWAM Publishing also offers an easy to downloadable study guide that accompanies most stories, including Milton Hershey, More Than Chocolate.
The Milton Hershey Unit Study Curriculum Guide is a downloadable PDF file. It's broken into two parts. The first part includes suggestions on how to use the book and study guide individually or in a group setting. I love the idea of creating a corner or poster area to create a display about the individual you are studying. This area could include a display of the products the individual you are studying created or just a poster of sayings and quotes that inspired the person you are studying.
During this time frame, we did study Inventors and Innovations of our state. This was one of the suggested topics to help your student to delve into while studying about Milton Hershey. There are roughly 25 different suggested activities to help students really dig into the life and times of the individual they are reading about. Suggestions for Milton Hershey also included studying about the Civil War, Spanish-American War, studying candy making, and geography ideas such as map-making.
There are comprehension questions already created for each chapter in the book. Each set of chapter questions are meant to draw out the student and help them to work on their short-answer skills and increase their vocabulary. To increase the success in parents creating a well-rounded study, there are several suggestions for creative writing projects and language arts activities.
In fact, there are activity suggestions for art projects, social studies activities, science studies (who doesn't want to learn how to make and temper chocolate!!), and suggestions are made for further books, magazine and article suggestions to increase your study materials about the person you are learning about. YWAM Publishing has done such a wonderful job on creating the Milton Hershey Unit Study Curriculum Guide as a companion study to Milton Hershey, More than Chocolate.
Our study of Milton Hershey did not take us deep into the science of chocolate, since we learned about that last summer. But we were able to learn more about this man and the legacy that he left. Joey spent roughly 3 weeks reading the book, and using the printable comprehension questions. You could really adjust your study to be roughly a week, but extended out to what length you would like. Using the Heroes of History series with your family is very flexible and you can adjust it to fit your needs.
I highly encourage your to check out Heroes of History as you begin planning your studies for the next school year. Or even check them out for easy summer studies. You can easily find a full list, in historical order, on the YWAM Publishing site. They are a great, and inexpensive way to enhance your history studies. And even better.....the downloadable Unit Study Curriculum Guides have all the hard work already done for you!!!
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review different titles from the Heroes of History series and also the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series. Click on the link below to check out the books we were able to review and how they used them in their homes.