We're smackdab in the middle of Read an E-Book Week (March 2-8, 2014)! Why not learn something new and make a difference while you read?
I received a copy of Bonnie Rose Hudson's Asia: Its People and History for use at home with the boys, in exchange for my honest review. Bonnie works with both SchoolhouseTeachers.com and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®
as a curriculum creator and editorial assistant. Her heart’s desire is
for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to
Him. She would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her
children’s series at Exploring with Jake, look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window, or stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for fun printables and discover how you can write for the homeschool market.
I became familiar with Bonnie Rose Hudson through The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, which is free to read online. She writes a Little House Legacy series which is a great series to read while enjoying Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House book series.
Asia: Its People and History is a sixteen week study of six nations, Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. The layout consists of a story with discussion questions for one week, followed by a Let's Talk About section the following week. Two countries are represented for four weeks each while the rest are studied for two weeks.
In the book, you will also find a word search, a word find, a puzzle, and other activities as well as a suggested reading list. Online bonus content is also available, like these craft patterns for the flags of Bangladesh, Laos, and Vietnam.
The 70 page e-book costs just $6.95. It's available on Kindle from Amazon as well as The Old Schoolhouse store. Use the code "02asia14!" for 20% off the e-book from The Old Schoolhouse store. A paperback version is also available on Amazon, but if you find yourself in need of multiple copies for a Sunday school or co-op class, please contact Bonnie Rose Hudson directly. writebonnierose (at) gmail (dot) com
The book's target audience is the 8-12 year old range. Xavier got plenty out of it. (I want to say he is six, but he recently turned seven. Egad!) He has a tender heart for those in need. I hope he never loses that.
I decided to use the review period to learn first about China with the boys. They were very interested in the true story of a mission that was burned by a mob as told by two fictional sisters who survived the attack. We spent some time reading about the many Chinese dynasties. A short synopsis of each dynasty and the highlights of their reign. For instance, who ruled, what religious belief they followed, things that were invented during that time period, and more. We read about the Boxer Rebellion and the rise of communism.
Next, we read about several people groups in China with very specific ways to pray for them and their needs. One of those were the Ladakhi people who live in the desert, in the *Himalayan Mountains*. We found it very interesting that they get only three inches of snow in a year and they have to hope for the sun to melt some of the glaciers so they can get water. Even though we've talked about frozen deserts before, the punks needed a reminder and knowing a real life example made it all the more meaningful to them.
I love that there are suggestions for how to prayer for the peoples of Asia. Each area has a specific need. I want the boys to learn how important it is to pray for persecuted Christians and this book was very helpful.
Bonnie is considering a second Asia book. Please tell me in the comments which Asian country you and your family would like to learn about in a second edition.
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