The past two weeks our homeschooling scheduled has slowed down and we are bringing it to a close for the summer. It was perfect timing to read Alone Yet Not Alone to the older kids. Even has I type we only have one chapter left for tomorrow!
As a family we have not covered much on the French and Indian war, so this was a great spring board of conversation. It would even be a good book as an addition to Unit Study or Classical Conversation teaching.
My children were able to grasp the storyline without much confusion, but the pronunciations of Indian names and location were a bit hard for this Mama (thus, we got some laughs!). We have been reading aloud over a length of time, but as a personal read would go very quickly because it is only 150 pages.
My daughter "the upcoming writer" Ms. Lydia (who is eleven) felt the story line moved a little too quickly. She would have probably enjoyed a novel form herself with even more historical details. ;) The only downfall we felt was the story could have shown a little more of the positive Indian influence and relationships with the culture during the 1700's. It is mentioned shortly in the first chapter, but not really again throughout the rest book. My kids rejoice in their Chickasaw Indian heritage and understand that not all Indians were the scalping kind. But again, a great spring board for more teaching! The book also includes eight pages of photos from the movie adaptation and discussion question in the back.
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