Tuesday, June 12, 2012

myWorld Social Studies

Let me introduce you to myWorld Social Studies by Pearson Homeschool. 

 1 - Student Worktext
The Student Worktext encourages greater interaction with the content and more active reading leading to long term retention of skills and concepts. Your child will love writing, drawing, circling and underlining content as they connect, experience and understand the world of Social Studies.
Each chapter incorporates a real life story that relates to the lesson providing the basis for discussion. Lessons feature a variety of activities providing your child an opportunity to interact with the material to apply their knowledge. Checkpoints are featured throughout to ensure that your child understands of the material.

2 - myStory Video DVD-ROM
The myStory Video DVD features engaging videos with actual students that explore the Big Question of each chapter. Video icons within the student book indicate that a corresponding video is available on this DVD. These videos allow your child to see children of his or her own age explore the Big Question and the key ideas in each chapter, to go on video field trips, and to watch a character from the chapter come to life. Through these video features, your child will make a personal connection to the lesson, building long-term understanding and knowledge.

3 - Teacher’s Resource Library DVD-ROM
The Teacher Resource Library is a one-stop resource for the myWorld Social Studies Teacher’s Guide, lesson plans, and instruction resources. Each chapter will provide:
  • A Teacher’s Guide for each chapter
  • Lesson plans
  • An audio podcast on chapter subjects
  • Hands-on activities to engage your child
  • Editable tests for each chapter and separate answer keys
These carefully planned resources will guide you with planning, supporting activities, and testing to ensure learning is personalized to fit your child.

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The Bentz Test Laboratory was very curious...we don't have many textbook-like books around here.  (We do have many, many books around here!).

I was pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed myWorld Social Studies!  The Student worktext is very bright and engaging. It's very easy to navigate, key words are highlighted, there are many maps and charts along with pictures and diagrams.  The questions and activities are designed to get your student to interact with the material.  Not just the old "fill in the blank" type of questions at all!  They were drawing, comparing/contrasting, completing charts and creating reports.  (Our first report was for a group of 4 students to learn how to work in a team...good thing we have alot of "team members" around here!)

The Student Worktext begins with a very useful "Social Studies Handbook" section which covers all the basics:
  •  Reading & Writing
  •  Our Land and Regions
  • Our Market Economy
  •  Participating in Our Government. 
  The 9 Chapters (with 3-5 lessons each) take you from "The First Americans" through "Civil War and Reconstruction".

Our favorite component is the myStory Video on DVD-Rom.  Each chapter is introduced on this resource with a mini-tour.  My children really enjoyed watching the videos. This feature really adds to this program and adds the much needed auditory component!

The Teacher Resource Library is FILLED with additional information to help you.  Lesson Plans, extra activities, learning cards, tests/quizzes.  You could spend alot of time here!  You can pick and choose what extras you want.

The Pearson Homeschool:  myWorld Social Studies is a well-rounded program.  I think it's great for the busy homeschool mom who wants their children to work independently. 

Check out what the other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.

I was sent a complimentary package in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.


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