I 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!
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!