Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
We were so excited to receive a copy of Davy Crockett: Ever Westward from YWAM Publishing’s Heroes of History through the Homeschool Review Crew. We were to choose one title from either their Christian Heroes: Then and Now series which includes six options, or from their Heroes of History series which includes twenty-six biographies. I read the list to our son who I knew would be the one participating in the study. His first choice was Davy Crockett, “because his cousins said he was an awesome guy,” but he was also interested in many of the other titles. After our first book, I think we can safely say we’ll return to YWAM Publishing for many more in the series.
YWAM Publishing’s mission is to produce and distribute books that encourage Christians to make a difference in a needy world, so many of their books are focused on that theme. Davy Crockett: Ever Westward, was not religiously-themed at all, likely because that wasn’t a defining characteristic of Crockett’s life. My mission has been to get our children into reading classical literature, or books that use less slang language and modern terminology than what they had been reading. This book was carefully crafted, engaging, and just what I needed to get our son into history without verbiage that bogged him down.
One day he had finished his assigned chapter, and immediately began reading the next. I reminded him he was progressing in good time and that he didn’t need to work ahead. He blushed and said, “Well maybe there was a cliff – hanger.” That’s when I knew this was a great fit.
We used the Unit Study that came with the book. The study included key quotes from Davy and other like-minded individuals. We had our son copy a quote a week during his daily studies so that by the end of the week he had them memorized. The one from Davy was, “Always be sure you are right – then go ahead.”
The unit study included history, geography, essay writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, public speaking, drama, and art possibilities. It was also broken down for grade-levels and abilities and individual or group studies. Our son loved the six study questions at the end of each chapter.
Two of the suggestions I wanted to implement but couldn’t were the display corner, a place to show collected objects and items related to the times and places Crockett lived, and a culminating event marking the end of the study that would capture the essence of the study. However, during this study we became voluntarily quarantined due to the concerns of COVID – 19, and our governor ordered all non-essential businesses closed. Even though our son finished the book and the unit study now, I’m hoping to do a culminating event after things have calmed down.
Our son was intrigued by frontier life and often talked about Crockett’s resilience in so many tragedies and disappointments. His favorite parts though, were that Crockett wrote his autobiography and that he received custom-made rifles.
Overall, we loved this book and unit study from YWAM Publishers, and hope to utilize many more into our homeschool curriculum. Other featured figures include Benjamin Franklin, Danial Boone, Harriet Tubman, Milton Hershey, Orville Wright, Thomas Edison, and many others.
Many of the other titles were reviewed by other families, so please click on the image below to go to the Homeschool Review Crew and check them out!