Review: Hewitt Homeschooling

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs

and returns home to find it. ~ George Moore


I absolutely love living in Virginia!  We are so blessed to be able to snow ski in the mountains during the winter, swim in the Atlantic Ocean during the summer,  and visit so many historical sites like Jamestown or Monticello.  I’ve lived in Virginia my whole life and can’t imagine living anywhere else.  It’s true…there really is “no place like home!”


I was super excited when we were chosen to review Chronicles of __________ : State History Notebook published by Hewitt Homeschooling.  Part of Ryan’s lesson plans for next year include a six week in-depth study of Virginia, so I figured that this would be a wonderful resource to get us started and I was right 🙂 !


This 100 page notebook is designed for grades 3-8, retails for $19.95, and is divided into the following main categories:

  • Facts, Symbols, Emblems (e.g., state flower, tree, flag)
  • Geography, Population
  • Industries, Jobs
  • History, Government
  • Miscellaneous, Field Trips, Photographs


Also included:  an introduction letter for the parent/teacher, additional project ideas, resource suggestions, and even a fill-in-the-blank completion certificate.  The State History Notebook comes in a three-ring binder with a clear sleeve so that the student can add any photos, memorabilia, etc. to the cover.  I love that the notebook is in a three-ring binder because you can add any extra pages, projects, folders, etc. that you want and still have everything in one, neat and organized notebook!


Guess what state we are studying 🙂 ???



Here are a few pictures of Ryan coloring and learning about Virginia’s state seal:





Here is a page focused on learning more about the counties in our state.  Instead of making Ryan color each county (there are A LOT of them 🙂 !), I just had him find and color the county we live in and research the answers to the questions.



The State History Notebook covers a large variety of topics!  I really like how the curriculum incorporates different learning activities and subjects:  writing, photography, nature walks/collecting, drawing, research, music, graphing, statistics, mapping, tourism, history, government, interview skills, news articles, historical plays/skits, timelines, current events, filed trip reports, and MORE!!!  I cannot tell you how glad I am that we were chosen for this review – this State History Notebook is such a huge blessing!  Since we are scheduled to complete the in-depth six week state history project next spring, I don’t need to decide on what type of topics to research….I already have everything I need to guide us!


The Chronicles of __________ : State History Notebook was a perfect fit for our family and I think it’s a great tool for any student who wants to learn about their home state.  The $19.99 price is very reasonable and I love that the planning has already been done for the teacher! I also like that when finished with the notebook you will have a wonderful resource that you can keep for years to come.  You can even keep adding pages to your notebook as you continue to visit historical sites, tourist attractions, etc. in your area.  This is one product that will get LOTS of use in our homeschool 🙂 !


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