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All American History Vol 1 Set

All American History Volume 1 Complete Set

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All American History Volume 1 Complete Set  (Bright Ideas Press)

 by Celeste W Rakes

This is an exciting complete year's curriculum from Bright Ideas Press for students in grades 5-8. It is also adaptable for younger and older students (I'll be using it with my 11th grader this year) - another great multi-level product. All American History Volume 1 covers Exploration through 1840. There are 32 weekly lessons, and each lesson contains three sections examining the atmosphere in which the event occurred, the event itself, and the impact this event had on the future of America. Designed to be engaging and written in a comfortable style, the hard-covered student reader is full of interesting stories and beautiful illustrations.


What I like: There's so much to like! The book is thorough, well-written, beautifully illustrated, adaptable for older and younger grades for multi-level teaching, and so easy to use! What I don't like: The student reader is a bit "text-bookish" - not the most interesting of reading, but much better than many textbooks I've seen. This "weakness" is more than compensated for by the great support materials and activities included with the student activity book and the teacher's guide.

To View a Sample from The All American History Student Reader click here All American History Vol 1 Student Reader

To View a Sample from The All American History Student Activity Book  click here All American History Vol 1 Student Activity Book

This Set includes the All American History Volume 1 Student Reader, Student Activity Book, and the Teacher's Guide.


5 - 8
Bright Ideas Press

I used this curriculum with my 4 kids, ages 9, 11, 11, and 13. I really liked it for many reasons. It is easily adaptable for many ages. The teacher's manual is rich with supplemental activities, field trips, books and more. I added a "book basket" time each day for 20 minutes. I filled a basket with various library books from the recommended list for that chapter and they could each choose appealed to them. We also used the student activity books for review and reinforcement. The downside to that is that it can get pricey if you have multiple children. I was really looking for a curriculum that focused on only American history and I was very pleased when I found this. I have since found Notgrass and we enjoy that as well!