Adventures recommendations

My Father's World uses a Book Basket method to develop a love of learning and enrich all subjects; Independent Reading Time has different goals and methods but there is overlap in book lists and helpful hints
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Adventures - Describe book basket

Unread post by TurnOurHearts »

kalphs wrote:So what are some of the books which are in the book basket for Adventures? The more I read the posts the more curious/excited I am becoming about this curriculum.
There are too many to mention! LOL! What a great time we had in ADV! You'll get tons of books on America's journey into the west, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, the early settlers, etc., etc. One of our favorite books was about a quilt a young slave girl made. She used pieces of fabric in her quilt to make a map which other slaves used to find their way to freedom in the north. My kids still ask for that book ~ Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson.

Anyhoo, I'm not sure the list of books can be posted here (I think it's copyrighted material?), but I would begin looking for books to add by topic. I think you can view the topics by week on the main ADV page. I'll see if I can do the link thingy...

There are SO many great books to be read! Have a great year! :)

Unread post by cbollin »

tagging on a bit with Paige's answer..... there are over 300 titles in the book basket for Adventures. Lots of options. You'll have books for history and science, and for different states and even for the classical music study in the deluxe package. Some of them are fiction others will be biographical, or other non fiction. And it includes a wide variety of authors such as d'Aulaire, Adler, Fritz (I remember some of Lensky's books were in some years, I don't know off the top of my head if there were in ADV or not.......) and a whole bunch of others who don't necessarily have series of books. So you get a wide variety of genre, authors and everything. And not everything written by an author is suggested either.

The lists themselves will be sorted by week number and are not just a list of titles. Marie Hazell, mfw author, includes a brief note of what the book is about, and also reading and/or age appropriate levels. Now in ADV that's not as much an issue with multiple grade levels, but in the other programs from ECC up to year 5, it does come into play a bit. And she even includes little notes if something might not sit right with every family but otherwise the book is really good. (as in notes like you might want to preview page such and such)

Anyway, many of the books will be favorites that you see in other literature based programs and a whole lot more.

The thing to keep in mind is that they are the enrichment books so it's ok if you don't have the exact titles in order to make MFW work :)

I've heard in cyber chat that sometimes it looks to people as if MFW is being all big bad and mean and secretive (that's what they say on some forums) about book basket because they don't list it on the web or whatever. But I don't see it that way at all. It's just that the list each year is huge. It took a lot of work for the Hazells to read ALL of the books in book basket and pre screen and preview and make notes so that you know what the books are like. It's not just a list of titles that you could read -- it's a list of books they have read and recommend and screened.

Postby cbollin » Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:58 pm
Nice thing in MFW --- you dont' have to have the exact titles from book basket library list to make the program work.

book basket in ADV has about 300 or so books listed and organized by the week they are used, along with descriptions and heads up notes for them.

I'm always nervous about saying which books we liked, b/c our tastes might be different.
We enjoyed a lot of library books from biographies, historical fiction, and state study stuff. Some of the authors we seemed to like included some of the D'aulaire books, and the Jean Fritz books. there were some classics in there like Sign of the Beaver. Or books that you'll find in lots of literature based programs. You'll get ideas for information books. lots of stuff.

I liked that even in the science times in ADV, there were some suggestions for "easy reader" fiction to loosely go with the science lesson. My kids loved those books even when they were "older". Some of those may not have added tons to their "science" knowledge that day, but they were a fun read all the same. They enjoyed the book and trips down memory lane..... ok.. I did too. LOL
So, there were other books that were loaded with science on birds, etc.

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Our favorites

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Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:18 pm

The two sets I'm SO glad we ordered were the Beautiful Feet biographies by the d'Aulaires and the NEST videos (which my library didn't have and I couldn't get with ILL). Oh, and the entire Little House set...we have read more than the 3 schedules for read-alouds- the Ingalls' have been a very important part of our year. We had some other books, too, and ordered tons from ILL, but these were the ones I just am so very happy we didn't have to give back to the library :)
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We loved the Squanto book!

Unread post by goatsandadonkey »

I had no idea it would be so touching! I nearly cried at the end. And my son smiled when the Pilgrims figured out that Squanto was the one they had been hearing about in England. What a good story!

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It seemed like such a miracle to me -- that Squanto was there, with no family, and knowing English, when the Pilgrims arrived! Ds & I each read the book independently during EX1850 & both thought it was great!
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Unread post by RachelT »

My kids loved the book so much that they kept wanting to read more about Squanto each night and we finished it a few days early! We were almost in tears a couple of times. What a nice story! It was a good way for us to view things through someone else's perspective, too, as really good stories are meant to do. I can't wait to read more of our assigned books!

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Unread post by Toni@homezcool4us »

We had read it previously, but read it again in Adventures because we loved it so much. Our trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg was all the more special that October, especially as we toured the Indian village at Jamestown.
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Re: Book basket favorite?

Unread post by 4Truth »

One title that's in the Book Basket list that turned out to be one of our favorites is Skippack School. I highly recommend purchasing this one if your library doesn't have it. I don't know if it's one of those included in the SL package that was mentioned, but it's a neat way to see how the Quakers did school and how important the Bible was to them both at home and in the classroom, and also to see a bit of how the printing presses worked from a kid's eye-view. I have one child who loved this book so much that she's asked for it again even when not doing American history... I guess I should probably just buy it for our own bookshelf! ;)
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Adventures book list help...

Unread post by jasntas »

bringirl wrote:The catalog says, "Our TM includes an extensive book list that will help in your U.S. history learning." I'm so curious as to some of the recommended books listed in the TM specifically to enhance the U.S. history study. Thanks!
There are all kinds of books on the book basket list from easy readers to easy chapter books. I personally enjoyed reading many of the picture books aloud to my dc. But they could also read them during book basket time if so inclined.

There are a lot of other book ideas listed in the ADV ideas forum. You would have to scan through each week for books because that's where others have posted books, crafts, science tips, field trips, etc. that they have added to the program. I found it extremely helpful as we have journeyed through ADV ourselves. That board is at the following.

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Adventures and Books

Unread post by HeyChelle »

Mexmarr wrote:We don't do libraries... I don't drive. That makes Book Basket a little challenging! My kids have a little money from Christmas, that I would like to invest it in books. What are some good ones that will span more than 1 week?
As for favorites... one of them has been Sign of the Beaver. Highly recommend buying that one. In general we are really liking all of the starred suggestions in the recommendations.
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ADV & D'Aulaire

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erin.kate wrote:If you used the D'Aulaire books for your book basket with ADV, which did you find most relevant in your studies? I am making my wish list online. :-)
We've only been able to get our hands on Columbus and kids really liked both of them. If $ wasn't an issue, I'd buy all of them.
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Re: ADV & D'Aulaire

Unread post by beaglemamma2008 »

Fortunately our library has a great selection of D'Aulaire books, so we have used Columbus, Pocahontas, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln. Dd loves the illustrations in these books! I think most libraries have copies of them, but if your local library doesn't, you could always try inter-library loan.
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YWAM Heroes of History for Adventures?

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cefcdana wrote:I was just flipping through my YWAM catalog and noticed they have a Heroes of History Series that include people such as...
Christopher Columbus, John Smith, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Davy Crockett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, etc

Has anyone read any of this series? Are they just as good as the Christian Heroes Then and Now series? Would they be good read alouds to do with Adventures? I will be schooling with a 5, 6, 7 and 8 year old- all girls.
We are just finishing up the last book in this series. We read all of them this year! I have never used Adventures, this will be our first year with MFW coming up, so I don't know how it would fit. I do know we enjoyed the books a lot. They were the spine for our whole curr. I have not read the Christian Heroes- yet! There were definate "dry" spots in the books- mostly when they got into politics/governmental stuff. My oldest is 11, and even some of them he couldn't follow or understand. Overall I would recommend them, just know that when you get to some of the presidents and political leaders, the youngers get pretty bored. I usually let them play quietly or color durring some of them. We often found a movie about the character to watch after we finished each book. I don't think my 7 yo got a whole lot of "history" out of them, but he is a VERY active boy! My 8 yo daughter enjoyed them.

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Re: YWAM Heroes of History for Adventures?

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Our daughter (age 10) has read several from the History series - George Washington, Harriet Tubman, Christopher Columbus, Captain John Smith.... She says they're all very good.

All of the Hero biographies, both Christian and history, are written by authors Janet and Geoff Benge. They're very tastefully written (nothing immoral) and interesting all the way through.

Enjoy! :-)
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Re: YWAM Heroes of History for Adventures?

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Thanks for your reply ladies! Much appreciated :)
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Re: YWAM Heroes of History for Adventures?

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jabec wrote: My oldest is 11, and even some of them he couldn't follow or understand. Overall I would recommend them,
I don't want to cause anyone to miss reading a good book, so happy to hear some have really enjoyed these books. I'm sure there is a lot of research and care put into them.

But I just thought I'd mention that we felt some of the history bios raced through SO many events that we didn't have that warm, fuzzy feeling we had with the Christian bios. With the Einstein one, the race from event to event seemed very appropriate, since his life was racing at lightning speed. But with Washington, we loved him so much from the books in EX1850 that the Benge book wasn't a favorite here, just didn't reach our heart the way other things had.

Those are the only 2 we read, and it was a while ago, so it needs a grain of salt. But if a young person wanted to read them, I'd be so happy :) I did feel they covered much more of the important facts and lifetime achievements than the previously popular history series, Childhood of Famous Americans.

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Re: YWAM Heroes of History for Adventures?

Unread post by momxnine »

I haven't read any of the American history books that they have, but we love the Christian bios. I also have older children, 9 & 13. I'm not sure if my grandkids (7 & 5) would like them, they might be over their heads. But, we were at a homeschool conference this past weekend and met a lovely couple who were selling all of the YWAM materials, and they have a brand new series for younger children. The books are wonderful! Here's a link to their site: And you click on the book link, then look for "Heroes for Young Readers." So far, they are only the Christian heroes, but they are perfect for the 6-10 age group.


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Favorites from Adventures?

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disneymommy wrote:Since we are coming into MFW with a 4th grader, 2nd grader, Ker, and 3.5 and 1 year olds, we are jumping into ECC and K. Then we will do first, but never get to Adventures. I know much of the same material is covered in 1850-MT. But I hear many families talk about how much fun Adventures was and how it was one of their favorite years.

So I'm wondering if there's anything in Adventures that is just wonderful that is not repeated later that I should consider getting just as a supplement.
Our fav resource in Adv so far has been American Pioneers and Patriots, but that's scheduled as 2/3 supplement in 1850-mod, so you'll get that. All of the read alouds are great, the two Little House books aren't scheduled again (that I can see), and we highly recommend all of the Little House probably have those already? So, overall, I think you'll get it again. :)
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Re: Favorites from Adventures?

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Thanks! Yes, we do have the Little House books. Love them :)
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HELP!! Adventures Book Basket ??

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Cici wrote:Hello! Hope everyone is having a blessed week!
We are almost half way through Adventures & I'm not having much luck with my top picks for Book Basket. Last year (MFW 1st) I bought one book per subject, which made it a few books per week.

This year I thought I try to use the library, we have a pretty good library, but it has been hit or miss... I really wish MFW would put a package together that gives us the option to purchase more books. So, for now... Is there any other companies (sonlight etc...) that has a book package that lines up nicely with the Adventures book basket list?
Hi Cici,
I'm sure others will have various ways that worked for them.

Around here, sadly libraries are weeding out the good books to make way for junky books and... computers. However, using interlibrary-loan, I am usually able to get books from some library around the state that still has good taste ;)

Another option is just to go thru your manual over a day or two this summer, choose a good book for each topic during the year (either using the asterisked books on the list or just books you know from experience that your kids tend to enjoy), then put them in a cart at an online bookseller and create your own book package. The advantage is that it will be tailor-made for your kids rather than someone else's (my son loved funny books about boys; Cyndi's dd loved cookbooks and animal books; etc.). And the job shouldn't be extremely time-consuming, because the book basket lists have some details about each book, and because you did MFW last year and you now have an idea of authors and styles and levels that work in your family.

One other thought is that Adventures relates to several good series of books for young people that you could read together when your library doesn't come thru:
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Holling C. Holling
Jean Fritz

Or for book basket:
The M is for Minnesota-type series (the Sleeping Bear Press has one of those series with names more like C is for Cornhusker in Nebraska)
One book about all the states

Cici wrote:Thank you so much, Julie :) For taking the time & for some great advice!
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