Hewitt Homeschooling – My First Report {TOS review}

Hewitt Homeschooling has history that dates back as far as 1963 when the original founders, Carl Hewitt and Dr. Raymond Moore, joined with a group of business professionals who wanted to positively impact the direction of education, health, welfare and the family. They were concerned about the trends they saw occurring in those areas.

Over the years, the non-profit foundation has provided consulting services to educational institutions and has moved to examining those “institutions in society as they relate to society’s basic unit-the family.” Hewitt Homeschooling has remained at the fore-front of the homeschooling movement over the years.

My First Reports gives elementary aged children, first through fourth grades, an opportunity to build basic reporting skills while also practicing language and penmanship. The material is presented in a unit study manner.

My First Reports cover several subjects in which the student can complete a report. Currently the available subjects are Focus on the World, Lewis & Clark Expedition, Olympics, Outdoor Activities and Sports, which may be purchased as a complete 5-pack or individually. Also available are reports on the following subjects: Birds, Bugs and Worms, Famous People, Large Mammals, Marine Life, Me, Music, Pets/Farm Animals, Plants, Reptiles/Amphibians, Small Mammals, Solar System, Transportation and Weather, which may be purchased as a 14-pack or individually.

As they are conducting research on the subject of the packet study, they will use encyclopedia, dictionary and library skills. From the information they gather, they will illustrate (if preferred) and write a report on that subject.

Each topic that is presented provides questions that help lead the student through his investigation. Vocabulary words that reflect the weekly topic are also presented in the lessons.

The packets provide 12 topics on the subject that is covered. If one topic is covered each week, then there will be enough material for one quarter (or longer) in a school year. The material is accommodating for a wide range of grades of students. That is nice for a homeschool family, which often has multiple grades in the classroom.

There are reproducible sheets for the students and even ones for writing the report with varying grid lines depending upon the grade level of the student.

River and Lily had a good time answering questions about themselves. I have to say that I enjoyed reading the answers they wrote for the worksheet portion of the study because it gave me their perspective of how they see themselves regarding different issues. While some of their responses were obvious, others to questions like “What words tell what your family is like?” and “What are some things you would like to learn?” were more insightful.

Some of the activities they completed were drawing a mini-timeline (history) of their lives and writing a poem about themselves (language). Building a family timeline fell right on time as we prepare to attend a family reunion. My consummate performer, Lily wanted to have someone record something she likes doing (one of the activities) so we recorded her singing.

I was excited about reviewing this curriculum because of the My First Report Me because I thought it would be fun and educational for the children to record their thoughts of themselves at this time in their lives.

I like that My First Reports is a reproducible curriculum. This helps keep expenses down and still allows teachers to use the curriculum with more than one student.

Even though I’m a subject-per-subject kind of person, I liked the unit study approach with Hewitt Homeschooling. The student activities provided great ideas of projects for the children to do that covered Bible, history/geography/social studies, reading, language and more. There are enough activities listed in each study subject to keep the student interested in the subject that is being covered.

You can make this curriculum as simple as it is by just answering the questions on the worksheet or plan ahead each week to included one or more of the activities, which make it a full learning experience.

My First Reports are quite reasonably priced at $8.95 per packet. For the amount of material (reproducible, variety of activities, etc.), the price cannot be beat.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: The product featured in this review was provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own.
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