Not only did my "History is Boring" son LOVE this but we have done 3 years of Notgrass History now, and he is still loving it! The activities are great and super flexible. Not all appeal to us but that's ok we pick and choose with no reorganizing required. Work can be virtually independent or very interactive with the parent depending on how you want to do things - no planning necessary. Also, thanks to Notgrass we knocked out History, Bible, Literature, Writing, Vocabulary/Spelling, Geography, Culture and Social Studies and even had Art or Home Economics activity each week - all in one set! No work on my part, no planning required, it's all just there! Optional Workbook pages are fun and varied and Review pages are straightforward question and answers so take your pick and both have unit tests included for the bean counters. Buy their literature set and always be sure to get the best version of the books or borrow from the library either way all are readily available. Reading selections are good and interesting reads (even if my son thinks one or two were rather "girly") Nothing about this material is complicated either! Just follow the textbook... pick and choose how many/which activities you use (handy separate lesson assignment checklist is available at no cost to make day to day tracking easier) then add review &/or workbook when you want, and voila... easy as pie! Honestly the best written, best looking, best organized and by far easiest to use curriculum I have ever had the pleasure to employ.
This 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.
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!