I 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!)
My daughter just started 5 th grade and she loves America the Beautiful! We could never find a History/Geography that she enjoyed before this. We have tried many. She does it on her own, without me telling her. She even does extra lessons on her own. She says that she loves all the information and has fun doing all the activities. great curriculum! Highly recommend!
I have been a user of Notgrass materials for over six years. I have 1 child who has completed secondary school using Notgrass and another in the midst of it. Even after re-evaluating my options each year for history, I have continued to purchase their curriculum. From a child's point of view, the materials are interestingly written with beautiful photographs. From a parent's view point, it is firmly based on a Christian worldview and provides avenues of active learning (versus just spitting out facts). I especially like their use of primary resources and the incorporation of English and Bible lessons.
This has been a favorite with my kids. We did part 1 last year and are using part 2 this year. I have added a variety of books as supplements (Civil War for Kids, Industrial Revolution for Kids, Mr Lincoln's High Tech War, Six Days in October, Team Moon, etc). I like to use non-fiction books, too, and use this history text as my spine.