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Simply written instructions are tailored for independent learners; at the beginning of each unit, an overview, list of lessons, and list of additional books needed are provided. Lessons may be read aloud, or alone. Four to six activities are provided at the end of each lesson, which parents may choose assignments from; each takes approximately 45-90 minutes, and students are not expected to complete all of them. Activities often cover thinking biblically, vocabulary, creative writing, or activities in Maps of America the Beautiful Timeline of America the Beautiful, We the People Student Workbook, or the (sold-separately) Lesson Review books. One special family activity is assigned per week, including arts and crafts, recipes, and multi-age projects.
We the People is a rich collection of letters, documents, speeches, songs, poems, stories, memoirs, and articles written as American history unfolded. Documents are not in chronological order; they are indexed by title, author, and chronological order, however. Features the thoughts and words of Lewis and Clark, the Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, and others.
Maps of America the Beautifulasks students to identify and mark locations on maps that examine history (World War II, Lewis & Clark) and places of cultural importance (landmarks across the US, the National Mall), as well as simple geography (the islands of Hawaii).
Timeline of America the Beautiful is designed to be used with the texts; they often provide an assignment to be completed in this book. Simply turn to the assigned year, and find the blank with the correct lesson number noted. Students copy the assigned statement in the blank, and may color in the illustration if desired.
The answer key provides line-listed answers for the America the Beautiful Student Workbook, Timeline of America the Beautiful, America the Beautiful Lesson Review, and the vocabulary questions at the end of the textbook chapters. Answers are organized by book, and then lesson number.
This kit includes:
- America the Beautiful Book 1, 439 pages, hardcover; black and white and color illustrations and photographs are included.
- America the Beautiful Book 2; Continuing from Book 1, it contains pages 439-1007. hardcover; black and white and color illustrations and photographs are included.
- We the People, 220 pages, hardcover.
- Maps of America the Beautiful; non-reproducible.
- Timeline of America the Beautiful
- America the Beautiful Answer Key, Stapled binding, paperback.
Vendor: Notgrass Company
Publication Date: 2011
Availability: In Stock
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P.S. This curriculum also offers two workbooks that are sold separately. The Lesson Review provides daily review questions and weekly tests to help the student retain the information. The Student Workbook includes fill-in-the-blank activities, drawing, and other handwork sheets.
Melissa Stanek5 Stars Out Of 5Fun History!!September 2, 2015Melissa StanekQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This History is a great start to learning US History. I am so thankful for the combination of Bible, History, and Lit it provides. My children have done most of the work on there own. They have enjoyed the different workbooks, Maps, lesson reviews, and the Student workbook. We have continued to use Notgrass in High School as well.
Pokadots5 Stars Out Of 5Never be bored with this historyAugust 3, 2015PokadotsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This history was great! you can teach multiple grades. Every day was a diffetent aspect from the culture to people to nature. My kids never got bored.
Gator89Gainesville, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5America The Beautiful Curriculum SetJuly 31, 2015Gator89Gainesville, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I purchased the America The Beautiful curriculum set last year for my daughter who was in 7th grade. When the books arrived we decided to take our time and not rush through the materials. We only used the first textbook (part 1) 1000 to 1877 last year. This year we will use the second textbook (part 2) 1800s to present day for 8th grade. My daughter enjoyed the first textbook very much. I am expecting her to enjoy this year's history lessons as much as last year's history lessons. We felt that trying to complete both large textbooks in one year would have been overwhelming, especially if we tried to cover the topics in any depth. I supplimented lessons with DVDs and other library books in addition to the text books. We were able to visit a few of the historical sites mentioned in the first book. My daughter really enjoyed seeing the historical sites she had read about. I highly recommend the Notgrass history curriculum for homeschooling families!
Tish5 Stars Out Of 5love NotgrassJuly 29, 2015TishQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We loved America the beautiful. We enjoyed it a lot. We are currently doing World History by Notgrass. We will do Notgrass for all of highschool.
Jen5 Stars Out Of 5JenJuly 29, 2015JenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I used this curriculum for 3 of my 5 children grades 3rd, 5th, and 7th. I did the reading out loud with all of them and then together we did the maps (which my kids LOVE) and the timeline. My 7th grader then would complete the literature and review work alone. It was a perfect fit for our family and my husband and I would "fight" over whose turn it was to teach history because we both enjoyed it so much!!!
Warning: this curriculum did cause my children to want to visit every spot that was talked about and now have a goal to go to all 50 states! We did take a big family trip up through several states and visited several of the locations that were talked about in the books. These are also great books to take with you on road trips we've found! We stopped in at Mammoth Caves because of a lesson and otherwise would have missed it completely, so glad we were able to go!
Great curriculum, can't say enough wonderful things about it! History is fun and my kids are begging to do 2 lessons every day (that has NEVER happened with history curriculum before!)
Q: 1 or 2 years? Is the full curriculum package intended to cover 1 or 2 years of middle school history?
This is designed to cover one-year of American history, geography, and literature.
Q: How necessary are all the 'extras' in the package?
All of the items in the curriculum package are essential to the program. Optional items, which help measure your students understanding of the curriculum, are the Student Workbook (WW668952), designed for 5th- and 6th-graders, and the Lesson Review book (WW668537), designed for 7th- and 8th-graders.
Q: Which of the items need to be purchased for an additional student? I'm sure some of these book can be used by both students. ...which ones cannot? Thanks!
For use with additional students you will need extra copies of the Timeline (WW668846) and Maps (WW668627). You might also want to purchase either the Student Workbook (WW668952) or Lesson Review Book (WW668537), which are not included in the kit, for each student.
Q: can younger kids use this My daughter will be in 4th grade next year. She reads at an advanced level and enjoys history. Could this curriculum be used with a fourth grader or would it be to advanced?
This curriculum is designed for Middle School, Grades 5-8 (Ages 10-14). We recommend viewing the sample pages available for the kit and the individual items to see if this curriculum would work with your daughter.
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