not just because I got to use my binding machine,
But also because I’ve been on the lookout for a resource just like this,
and here it has landed in my lap as part of a TOS review!
An Inspiring Thirteen-Week Virtue Study Celebrating
the Noble Deeds of Women and Girls from History.
This is a 5 day/week, 13 week course taking children through
some amazing historical accounts of virtuous women.
The Daily Lessons Include:
Daily Reading: For each day there is a short story for children to read and respond to. The characters in the stories are all girls or young women who displayed particular virtue(s) during their lives. The exerpts are short, only about three pages long but I think they are just the right size for a reflective study. Many stories are broken into parts so you read the first part on Day1, the second part on Day2…untill you have finished the story. There are still study questions at the end of each daily reading.
Study Questions:These focus on the story, and relevant Bible verses
There are a few questions that reflect the comprehension of the story, meant to draw out the specific virtue displayed. Girls are also given key scripture references that apply to the story. They can look these up in their bibles to see what God says about the virtue. (Just a side note here: I love that children are prompted to look up the verse in their own bibles and not provided the scripture.)
Box of Visual Reminders:
Every so often girls are prompted to add a specific item to this box to help remind them of the virtuous choice that was made. This is such a great idea to review, I love the visual aspect of this study and I see this being a great addition to a hope chest.
Idea: We might spend a day and modge podge a shoebox or something to make it extra special.
Virtues listed in back
This is probably my only con, if you could call it that because it is so minimal. But, I would have loved to see the virtues defined in the back as a reference. They are all listed, which is helpful, but there are no definitions. Just a couple of sentences or an example would be sufficient to keep the conversations moving fluidly. Sometimes it’s hard to define two similar virtues on the fly. It would also be nice to be able to look at the table of contents and see what virtue was going to be covered.
How we’ll be using this:
Eventhough I could read this on my kindle if I wanted to, I printed the entire book and bound it instead. Of course I personalized a title page with my daughter’s name. There are so many pages to print so I did print two pages per sheet, both sides of paper, and fast draft ink. For those of you who dislike the hassle of printing ebooks you can purchase this study in printed form.
I am hoping to use this as a Mother-Daughter bible study. We will read the short story at bedtime together, and maybe even try out our funny acting voices with a few of them. I haven’t decided yet on the study questions, I might have her answer them on her own with a special journal or we might discuss them instead of write them.
The way the book is set up you could easily use this in a group setting,
so if you are looking for a young women’s study plan, this is the one to get!
Golden Prairie Press is owned and operated by Amy Puetz, a homeschool graduate and self taught Historian. She has a website full of similar resources, some for boys even! I just listened to a sample of their audiobook “Ten Girls from History” and I was hooked! Amy has some wonderful things on her website, be sure to check them out!
Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was sent this product free of charge in return for my honest product review. You can read more reviews by other TOS Crew members here.