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History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3 Paperback – January 1, 2003
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About the Author
JAMES R. HURLEY BA, MBA, CAGS, CPA, is a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Information, Telecommunication, and Entertainment Practice based in New Jersey.
KENNETH M. HARTLEY, BS, MBA, CFPIM, is a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
JOHN R. DUNLEAVY, BA, MBA, CPA, is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
JOHN D. BALLS, BA, MS, MBA, is CIO, Vice President, and Program Director for a leading Fortune 100 communications company's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative.
Top Customer Reviews
So the pockets by themselves are not going to teach the history, but my children LOVED the pocket activities which had them make things that they can handle, that will remind them of what we covered in other ways.Read more ›
I would recommend the "History Pockets" to students who don't mind all the prep work involved in making the folders/lapbook.
Edited to update: my 2nd child turns out to love the "History Pockets" books. So it really goes to show that it depends on the particular student.
The projects touch on highlights of the culture being studied and create memorable products that facilitate discussion. My first grade daughter's interest in history came to life when we added History Pockets to our homeschool studies. She still enjoys taking out the stick puppets from various cultures and having them talk to each other a year later. It's been a great way to show relatives what she's studying and review it for herself in the process. Each culture has a written booklet of info. which creates a nice summary. They also include 4 vocabulary words per culture done in an appealing way. Then there are several other projects, most of which vary for each culture. For example, you make a Parthenon shape book for Ancient Greece.
There is too much coloring, in my opinion. We handled this by limiting what she would color per page and by using fewer colors. The projects still look good even if only certain aspects are colored or if some aren't colored at all.
I plan to use History Pockets with my younger children and look forward to trying History Pockets on other subjects.
Classroom teacher (former classroom teacher, myself): These projects are pretty simple and many could be done at a center with an example to look at.Read more ›
And if your child(ren) are doing a lot of other hands-on history, it can certainly start to feel like busywork. But overall, I find these projects to be a meaningful, helpful addition to our Story of the World readings. If your child doesn't like colouring, skip it, or let him/her paint with watercolours instead. Another idea is to let him/her colour while you read from the "spine" text.
We are already using the Nursery Rhymes pockets with my son, who's 3.5, and my 6.5-year-old dd seems to like having these, more "grown-up" pockets to work on. yet the projects are not so far beyond the younger one that he doesn't occasionally like to jump right in and work on one himself.
My only caveat: I would STRONGLY recommend getting the eBook form of this resource. Keep it on your hard drive, and print off only the pages you need. I bought it in hard copy, and it's a real pain keeping the pages straight, photocopying the ones you need more of, and so on. That's the only reason I've given it 4 stars instead of 5 - the inconvenience. I learned from this and bought the Nursery Rhymes one in eBook and I love the freedom of never losing the book, misplacing the sheets, or having to fiddle with the copy function on my printer!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has nice activities. But the content has big problem. The ancient civilization part missed ancient India and the Chinese one has a wrong time line. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have a 1st grader gal and a preK guy and they both BEG for history because of History Pockets and Famous Figures of Ancient Times. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Penny Teichmiller
Using this with Story of the World, we love it, adds great hands on activities for this art/craft challenged mother. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Everything is all laid out for me and that saves a lot of time. The information is simple but to the point. Even though my boys are a little old for this we use it as a base. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer