America the Beautiful by Charlene Notgrass
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America the Beautiful is, I believe, one of the best American History curriculum packages I have yet seen. Designed for homeschooled students in grades 5-8, it combines the flexibility and richness of a unit study with the simplicity of a textbook-based approach to history. Daily lessons guide your child chronologically through American history, highlighting key events, people, and places. With 150 lessons, this curriculum is designed to be completed in one year. If your homeschool year has one hundred and eighty days, you can do one lesson a day and take time off for field trips and other activities.
All of the instructions for how to use the course are included in America the Beautiful Part 1 and Part 2. The daily instructions are very easy to follow. Most children will be able to follow the instructions on their own.
The Curriculum Package includes these six books:
- America the Beautiful Part 1: America from 1000 to 1877 (non-consumable text)
- America the Beautiful Part 2: America from the Late 1800s to the Present (ditto)
- We the People (150 essays and source documents from American history - text)
- Maps of America the Beautiful (consumable map book to complete)
- Timeline of America the Beautiful (consumable timeline to complete)
- America the Beautiful Answer Key
Also, you can purchase separately a workbook to accompany the curriculum. There are 2 available: one for grades 5-6 (which includes puzzles, comprehension activities, and more) and one for grades 7-8 (which includes comprehension, literature review, and more). Both books include quizzes. These are optional to the program, and so they aren’t included in the program package. With workbooks on 2 different levels, it makes this curriculum truly a multilevel curriculum.
Your child will receive regular lessons in the America the Beautiful curriculum in history, God’s wonders, famous landmarks, biographies, daily life in certain eras, thinking biblically, mapping, vocabulary, timelining, reading assignments, creative writing, arts and crafts, recipes, and family activities. What an exciting way to learn history!
The curriculum package comes with enough for one student, but if you are teaching more than one student, you can purchase additional map and timeline books. (One of each is included in the curriculum package, and these are consumable.)
Because America the Beautiful is also a literature-based unit study, there are a number of books your student will be required to read. These are classics and readily available in your local library; however, if you are working to build your own homeschool library, all of these titles are available through Schoolhouse Publishing. The required books are:
- The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
- Amos Fortune: Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
- Brady by Jean Fritz
- Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen
- Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
- Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
- Blue Willow by Doris Gates
- Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
- Katy by Mary Evelyn Notgrass
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