Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: Asia Its People and History

About "Asia Its People and History":

"Asia Its People and History" is a sixteen week course for children from ages 8-12 years old. The program briefly introduces children to the following six nations in Asia: Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. Each section focuses on the history of each nation, stories that interest the reader, discussions, and activities.

The e-book includes pictures of where the countries would be found in Asia and of certain locations in that particular country. "Asia and Its People and History" also includes: printable copies of activities. In these activities, you will find a crossword puzzle, a mosaic puzzle activity, unscramble facts activity, and many other ideas on how to make the study of the countries fun for the kids. You will also find Scripture. The course encourages the child to pray for the individuals in these countries that are not saved.

Note from the author.

"I pray that the course does much more than that, however. I pray that through meeting just a few of our brothers and sisters who live in cities and villages with names that are hard to pronounce that your children feel more connected with those who are suffering for their faith in Christ. Through stories and activities, we’ll meet the people of Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. We’ll get to know the children of these lands and hear about their experiences. Most of all, we’ll pray for them and their families. Won’t you join us?"

E-Book cost $6.95

Our Homeschool Experience:

"Asia Its People and History" provided an opportunity for my 8 year old to be introduced to Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. Since we had already learned about China, I decided to reintroduce this Asian country as a review. "Asia Its People and History" was a bit different from what we had already learned which made the experience more educational. We read a story about two fictitious characters and their experiences during the Boxer Rebellion. Even though two fictitious characters were used in the story to engage the children, the story did include non fiction individuals such as Dr. Eleanor Chestnut. "Dr. Chestnut was a real missionary doctor who served for years in rural China, giving endlessly of herself in order to serve the people God had called her to." The doctor died on October 28, 1905, when a building was burned by a mob.

The discussion questions lead us to do some research on the Internet. Even though the program provided information about the Boxer Rebellion, we still did some research and learned about this group of individuals that did not want foreigners or Christians in China.  

We also learned about the different dynasties that ruled China and their contribution to items we currently use. For example, the Tang dynasty invented fireworks.  The Song dynasty invented paper money, weapons that used explosives, and porcelain.

"The Dai Lu people have something called the Water Throwing Festival. There is an old legend that has caused the people to believe that they should splash water on each other, in this special festival, to try to wash away their sins. Then, during the new year, they try to do as many good things as they can so they won’t be punished after they die." This festival opened a door for my 8 year old and I to discuss the meaning behind the death of Jesus. Our sins are not washed away by us splashing water on ourselves. Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection 3 days later is what saves us once we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

In the first picture, my daughter drew the country of China and its flag. In the second picture she drew an angel and the following sentence:" Please help the Chinese be Christians."

We loved the suggested activities such as the prayer reminders. The activity was to make something to help my daughter  remember to pray for those in China that do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Another suggested activity was to write about the story she had just read, draw or create a project based on the stories, or raise funds to help a ministry serving in China.

I also used You Tube as one of the activities. While my daughter was completing the assignments, I had Chinese traditional music playing in the background.

Now that you have read my review about "Asia Its People and History," what countries would you like to see in volume 2?

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