I was excited to find a Social Studies curriculum for my 2nd grader that (according to a particular review) claimed that it was good coverage of the basics. I also liked that God didn't appear to be left out of our nation and our nations development. As I read more of this book, I became very disheartened. The author has a very skewed view of Native Americans in the first place. He painted a picture of Native Americans being stupid, completely Godless, and complete savages. Their consolation was that they were clever hunters. In contrast, every Viking, Puritan, and Pilgrim were brave, smart, angelic, and ideal. Also add Christopher Columbus to this second list. Beyond that, there was so much misinformation that I wouldn't have room to write it all in this little review. One small example would be how he claimed that the oceans were all created as a result of Noah's flood; see Genesis 1:6-9 to read the facts. This book is a compilation of very few facts, loads of biased misinformation, and a MAN'S doctrine.
I am using this book for my 2nd & 4th grade sons this year. It is easy to follow and presents a Godly view of American history. I wish Christian Liberty Press had a similar resource for world history that I could use next year!!
I would say this curriculum is "ok." It gives basic information, but there isn't a lot of "meat" on anything. Also, I think it paints the United States in an overly wonderful light. There have been a lot of awful things happen in this country, and I just didn't see that really being presented. I prefer to see history taught as it was and not as we might wish it was. It sort of sounded to me more like something to brainwash children rather than to educate them. It's not the worst curriculum I've seen. And it is very affordable. It's pretty hard to beat the price for the scope that it covers. I just feel like you would have to supplement it with quite a bit to really get a full curriculum. I read through the book and actually decided not to use it. It just really wasn't what I wanted to teach them. I just pieced together my own curriculum. I wanted to like this, I just couldn't. I'm sure some people would though. Not bad for the price, I suppose, but nothing I fell in love with.
Excellent! Like the previous reviewer, I appreciate the Christian worldview from which it is written. My son has especially enjoyed the illustrations and maps and claims that history is his "favorite subject". We do flesh it out with additional literature and a timeline, but I'm so thankful to CLP for their Godly and affordable texts. I would note, as another reviewer did, that the content is a bit advanced and 3rd or 4th grade is more appropriate.