I picked up a copy of Soldiering Through History, Revolutionary War last year at a homeschool convention. Just this week we finally arrived at that time period in history.
After watching the DVD it felt like we had just been on a field trip to a battlefield and spent the morning talking with a soldier.
Sgt. Sam and his brothers demonstrated different marching techniques and battle formations. My boys loved watching all the different moves and the explanations of why the moves were needed.
I love that Sgt. Sam part way through the DVD talked about gun safety, and even through the guns were not shooting real bullets, it is still important to practice gun safety when reenacting with them.
The DVD ends with Sgt. Sam and his brothers reenacting the Battle of Trenton. I have to say my boys “cheered” when the DVD announced the battle.
After the DVD my boys were highly motivated to reenact what they had just seen. My daughter did like the information given in the DVD but has chosen not to reenact with her brothers.
The study guide that was included with the DVD gave a nice overview of the time period. My boys’ favorite was the uniform quiz; they enjoyed learning the names of the items carried by the soldiers.
This is a great supplement to any study on American History, the only down side is the price, $34.99. I generally like to spend $20 or less on a DVD. Here is there website if you would like a copy of your own, onthefieldofbattle.com