Pursuing Gold: History & Critical Thinking Curriculum (review)

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

Today’s review features a detailed look at Pursuing Gold: History and Critical Thinking Curriculum and Pursuing Gold book by Cynthia L Simmons and Heart of the Matter. This combination is used to teach about finances during the Civil War including counting money and budgeting. In addition, language arts and critical thinking are also covered while using this study. We received a physical copy of both the book and the curriculum.

Pursuing Gold is the first novel in the 3-part Southern Gold Series covering the tales of keeping C&R Bank on the gold standard. The gold standard is a monetary system where a country’s currency or paper money has a value directly linked to gold. Peter Chandler now has the leadership of the bank and has to solve their current economic crisis during Civil War. In an effort to save the establishment, he joins forces with Mary Beth Roper, his partner’s daughter. She has discovered counterfeit money that has been forged with Peter’s signature. With this news and the recent pressure and politics of loans of gold to the government, the pair must solve this mystery before the bank fails. This paperback book is 378 pages and has 36 chapters.

Pursuing Gold: History and Critical Thinking Curriculum is a companion guide to the book. This workbook has activities for each chapter including crossword puzzles, morse code, comprehension questions, scripture study, budgeting exercises, and much more. Not only are you learning about the financial politics during the Civil War but your child can complete the activities to understand how this war changed money in America.

Check out my favorite features:

  • My Cool Kids can answer the questions verbally so the companion study can be reused with younger children.
  • Simple format so each chapter in the novel has corresponding activities and comprehension questions in the study.
  • Learning money management in an easy-to-understand practice method aids in future financial literacy.
  • The use of both books covers several elementary and middle school subjects.

So far, we have read over half of Pursuing Gold and completed 20 chapters of the Pursuing Gold: History and Critical Thinking Curriculum. Overall, I think Cynthia L Simmons and Heart of the Matter did a good job of writing an interesting book that pairs historical fiction with the pursuit of God for hope and peace of mind. I like the plot twists within the storyline and how she included references to the financial history of America. I also liked the comprehension questions provided in the companion guide. The only addition I would include is having a lined space to write responses, teacher notes, or talking points in the companion guide. This would be helpful for people like me that read ahead and want to make notes for future lessons. I believe this set would work well for homeschool families with children in 3rd grade through 6th grade. Both books are available for purchase via Amazon.

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