Memoria Press is a well-known company in the homeschool world. I’m always happy to have the opportunity to check out their products. This time around, our family got to check out The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and their 200 Questions About American History Set.
The 200 Questions About American History Set (200 Questions) is meant to be used as a supplement to the Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set (Thirteen Colonies), but of course, you can use the Thirteen Colonies on its own as well.
This American history set comes with a text, teacher’s guide, and student guide.
The teacher’s guide and student guide are virtually identical, with two exceptions that I noticed. First, the answers are written in the teacher’s guide. Second, at the end of the teacher’s guide are tests for your child to take.
In the student guide, you will find questions, vocabulary, and facts to know for each lesson. There are also suggestions for additional activities for each lesson.
At the end of both guides, there is a section labeled “Appendix”. It has maps, a chart to fill out with the names of the colonies and the years they were founded, and other things that relate to the text, such as the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, a letter from George Washington to his wife, and more.
The text has 85 chapters, or sections. At the top of each lesson in the student guide, it will list which chapters/sections that lesson will include. For example, Lesson one is over the first 3 sections of the text. That may sound like a lot, but it is only about 3 pages of reading.
There are a total of 32 lessons in the student guide. And there are 4 tests to be completed at the end of each set of 8 lessons. If you space it properly, this could be completed in 36 weeks and be used as a year-long American History curriculum.
The 200 Questions set is set up in a similar fashion as the Thirteen Colonies set. It also comes with a Teacher Guide and Student Guide that are essentially identical.
At the beginning of the Teacher Guide, there is a recommended weekly schedule you can follow. There are additional books you will need if you follow it exactly, but I didn’t worry about those. Although starting in week 25, you will need Story of the World, Volume 4, in order to complete the lessons. I didn’t get far enough into the curriculum to see if it would be a problem or not. I tend to think, you could use it without the extra texts. If nothing else, you could always look up any questions you didn’t know the answers to on the internet if you had to do that.
In addition to the guide, it comes with a set of questions on flash cards (as the name would indicate). There are 4 sections to the flash cards:
- 150 Drill Questions (question on one side, answer on the other side)
- 30 Dates and Events (event on one side, date it happened on the other side)
- 20 Notable Quotes (quote on one side, name of who said it on the other side)
- 44 U.S. Presidents (president name on one side and years of presidency and president number on the other side).
These flash cards can be used as a trivia game if more than one child is using the curriculum!
What we did
We used this curriculum the same as we have used other Memoria Press curriculum. We used the text as a read aloud. Then, my student would answer the questions in the student guide. After that, we went over the questions and answers together. Then, after 8 lessons, he would take the test. He usually used a couple of days and only studied for the test to make sure he was ready for it. We used the recommended schedule in the 200 Questions Teacher Guide to supplement the Thirteen Colonies.
We will be continuing to use this curriculum until the end of the school year and will likely pick it back up and finish it next school year. Therefore, I will likely be getting an additional student notebook for my older kiddos. :)
Information at a glance:
What is it? The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set
and 200 Questions About American History Set by Memoria Press
For whom? Students in grade 5 through 8
How much is it? The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set is $48
and the 200 Questions About American History Set is $27.90.