Saturday, September 17, 2011
What My Child is Reading - Adventures Through Time
We stumbled into a new series for our family read a-louds - new to us, and fairly new as a series in general. In fact, the last two books pictured above haven't been released yet. Problems in Plymouth is due out later this month, and the release date for Secret of the Prince's Tomb hasn't been announced, yet. Luckily, our library has been acquiring them almost as soon as they come out, or I'd be tempted to buy even more books, after announcing, only last week, that I wasn't going to do that.
Presented by the folks at Focus on the Family, Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker's Imagination Station series, is very similar, in both style, substance, and reading level to Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series, but with a Christian slant.
Not only do cousins, Patrick and Beth, travel through time, solving puzzles, and meeting historical figures, they discover how the rise and spread of Christianity changed the world, and its leaders, both those who embraced it, and those who rejected it. From book to book they travel to different times, and places, exploring secular, political, church and Biblical history.
Instead of traveling in a tree house, their mode of transport is the Imagination Station, a time machine built by Mr. Whittaker, an inventor familiar to us from The Adventures in Odyssey.
Like The Magic Tree House series, these books give tiny nibbles of history, but open the door to further study. They do not have a companion fact series, but the first two books do have additional information, and study resources linked to them at TheImaginationStation.com.
Each book has a word puzzle at the back, as well, that works as a reading comprehension test, revealing a secret word, that can be used to unlock a radio-type Adventures in Odyssey story,
on the website.
The books are well written, but easy to read. Amazon suggests a 9-12 age range, while the publishers recommend them for ages 7 and up. All of my children, ages 5-14, are enjoying the series, and even I have picked up a few new, historical facts. The books do not seem to differentiate between Catholic and Evangelical branches of Christianity, which has been a tiny bit confusing to my children - but has also led to good discussion, and another learning opportunity.
To find out what other families have been reading this week, click on over to the What My Child is Reading link-up, hosted by Mouse Grows Mouse Learns.
It's great to be a homeschooler.