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  1. If you have read this book, can I get some opinions? http://www.amazon.com/1491-Revelations-Americas-Before-Columbus/dp/1400032059 Do you feel this book would be Ok for a 8th grade, avid reader, and history buff? Is it something that I could incorporate into an in depth study of American History? Or should it just be given as an independent read before/after the coarse. I have not seen the book, but someone recommended it to us. I am finishing up my resource list and am not sure if I should include this.
  2. This year for my 4th grader we have been using Sonlight Core 3(D) for American History. She enjoys the readers a lot but the Landmark book is quite hard to swallow....we of course read it as a RA but I feel she is not getting it. I need something more basic for a start in American History..... I have the Complete Book of American History, USA workbooks from SL, DK American History Encyclopedia, and tons of reading books from Sonlight and used book stores. Has anyone used these books together that I have suggested? If so, did it give them a solid base of American History for Elementary..... I really want to do a full sweep of American History with my 4th grader, and was hoping to have my 1st grader listen in, before starting SOTW 1 for her 5th grade year and for my 2nd grader. We use notebookingpages.com to notebook everything we read.....we cook our way through American History......timeline, mapping, and on Friday's we study our NC state history while creating a NC Notebook. Can anyone give some much needed advice or just give me a pat on the back that it's OK!!? Thank you Hive!
  3. I made some American History timeline figures to share. For those of you who have the History Odyssey timeline, they are a perfect fit. These correlate to our HOD units, but you will find many of them to be ones you would study in American History otherwise. There are a few that are pretty arbitrary IMO, but ah well. I'm going with the HOD flow. Hopefully I'm not being annoying by posting this. I know how much I love when people post things that I could use. The ones Angela (from Satori Smiles) shared last year were so helpful. I hope the ones I made are helpful to someone too :) http://www.monarchroom.com/2012/08/american-history-timeline-figures-heart.html
  4. I realize that title is hard to understand...our situation is a bit unusual. I'm wondering if anyone has done a broad sweep of all US History for part I (just 1/2 credit), and then a focus on most important events for part II at a deeper level with more mature resources? (but not so indepth that it could be AP - we will only need and have time for a 1/2 credit in the future) We're doing Am Hx I with Am Gov this year but also need to cover enough US history (for Am Hx II) to review the most important events/aspects (American Revolution, US Industrial revolution, Imperialism, 'the American model' from a European perspective, US involvement in the World Wars, and the Cold War) again in 11th to prepare for the Swiss exams which will cover those very same subjects. They'll be asking real consolidation of learning type of questions so we'll really need to redo those topics... Just wondering if anyone has made a path with this approach?? And I've been searching old US Hx threads and have found an amazing amount of info and am very grateful to all who have posted their resources and approaches in those. :-) Thanks, Joan
  5. It seems we have failed yet another history curriculum, and will probably be switching over to SOTW. However, I would like to get in another year of American History before starting in on that, mainly because of all the wonderful read-alouds we planned on using if we continued into American History with Sonlight next year. The reasons I am NOT wanting to do Sonlight...it just takes too much time here, and seems too choppy switching from one book to another constantly. And honestly, I wouldn't be utilizing half the program so I can't see justifying the price. I love the looks of America The Beautiful by Notrgrass, but thinking it is not really for her age range. I also absolutely love love love the Time Travelers CD's, but it doesn't look like something you can get done in 1 year : ) Can anyone share what they have used?
  6. Hi~ I'm needing recommendations for a trigonometry text to go along w/ my son's foray into trigonometry via Khan Academy. Any suggestions? Also, we are needing a condensed American History study for his last year. Sonlight is too expensive (even used) right now, though we both love it. He has done a couple of Notgrass curriculums, but would like to steer clear of them for this history course, if at all possible. Any words of wisdom from those who have been there and done that? Thank you, Desiree
  7. Trying to decide on an American history spine for fall, since the kids have decided they would rather study American history thoroughly, before returning to Ancients, etc. I have an 11 year old, and a 9 year old. We're looking at doing this over the course of a year, though I'd be willing to extend that if necessary! Thanks!
  8. Has anyone done the AP or high school courses through the Monterey Institute? They have a general US History I that covers 2 semesters and the AP History I that covers two semesters. When or what age would a child do the best with this type of course. Thanks, Char PS I remember years ago, when I was in HS that that course was one of the hardest there is, due to the memorization and the wide scale of topics/time.
  9. He has read David McCullough's John Adams and Truman. What are other favorites or books that are absolutely wonderful that should be read. Thanks for your input.
  10. Can anybody recommend a book for a quick read through Am History? I may not have control over ds's history curriculum next year. We've made it to 1850. I want him to at least get an overview of modern Am history over the summer. A curriculum would be fine, but it has to be "readable" and can't involve 100 hours of work. I looked at the Hakim books but there's just too much there to slog through and I don't find it very readable though it seems as if it should be. Too many side bars and jumping around from topic to topic. I'm looking for the basics. Right now pulling out the relevant chapters from SOTW4 is my best option...he'd have to cover a little over 1/3 of the book. BTW he really enjoys history so if the book is easy to follow it won't be a chore. Brownie
  11. Preferably not an online course as we have trouble keeping to a super strict schedule. This is for my rising 8th grader who has reading/comprehension skills slightly above average.
  12. Probably this has been mentioned but Hillsdale is providing a ten-week (ten-lecture) condensed version of a class they teach on campus. The videos are archived online. http://constitution.hillsdale.edu/ They are now saying "last chance to register."
  13. I'm looking for recommendations of a US History curriculum that's not literature based and would be good to used for a co-op class. The class is being offered to 9th-10th grades, but it's possible the class may have older students enrolled. Thank you!
  14. Has anyone used the Bright Ideas American History Curriculum? I have been looking at it on CBD and some members of our support group are very interested in it. It looks like the 1 level is for younger children and level 2 is for 6th -12th. How accurate is that and how flexible is it for a wider range of children? ANY thoughts? Thanks!:001_smile:
  15. Hi there. I had been looking at this US History curr. a year ago... and for the life of me, can't remember the name of the site for it. I thought it was something like "bare foot" books or something like that. :confused: Does that ring a bell with any one? Thanks!
  16. I am considering adding TruthQuest to HOD Bigger, or dropping Bigger history and just doing TruthQuest American History. I love certain aspects of HOD. I think longingly about Preparing; for history, Preparing seems perfect for dd. (In another thread, someone said their ds didn’t like the “pray this prayer†part; I’m certain dd would feel the same). I’m disappointed in the history and Bible aspects of Bigger. Note: for those researching HOD, I should point out that most of our problems with HOD stem from dd being advanced in certain areas. She is such a voracious reader and learner. Dd’s favorite books right now are 4th-7th grade level. We love the poetry and hymns in Bigger. We would probably like DITHOR but haven’t really gotten started with it. Re Bible in Bigger: Dd memorizes easily, so that’s not the problem. I think that dd is getting bored with memorizing from Proverbs. I am going to look for some verses about God’s greatness, His love and grace, heaven, etc. and memorize those either instead of Bigger verses, or in addition to them. Dd has a great interest in the Bible. I regularly find her reading kids’ devo books just because she wants to read them. Lately she’s been reading “Heaven for Kids†(not sure about the title?), so I think she would enjoy verses like John 14: 1-3. Re history in Bigger: Dd would prefer LOTS more reading. I am not fond of the Eggleston books, although I really like most of HOD’s book choices. Sigh. We are using a few of the extension books. Maybe I should get “A Child’s Story of America†and just rip out some of the problem areas toward the end of the book. It would pain me to rip out of a book (dd would be horrified if she saw me doing it!). But I certainly do not want her reading about “alternative†lifestyles, etc. I’ve read reviews, but haven’t seen the actual book. One possible plan is to continue with American history (mainly with TruthQuest) until Thanksgiving 2012, then start HOD Preparing in January of 2013. Dd would be 8.5 years old that January. I plan to start a different thread about another possibility: a local one-day-a-week classical Christian school that uses Veritas Press, Apologia Science, etc. In many ways VP seems like a good fit for dd. But the next few guides in HOD look SO wonderful. I should point out that we are blessed to have an incredible library system here. I do not think I would have any problem finding many of the TruthQuest books. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated! Note: please excuse typos. A cat is often between me and the screen. J ETA: I should have mentioned that we are only in Unit 11 of Bigger (we started late and have been doing about an unit per week).
  17. I looked on Netflix - and there are so many! What do you consider the best Civil War documentaries? Thanks.
  18. Just wanted to share some interesting links for American history and literature.... ENJOY!:001_smile: America Past and Present: http://occawlonline.pearsoned.com/bookbind/pubbooks/divine5e/chapter5/deluxe.html Biography of America: http://www.learner.org/biographyofamerica/ UCCP US History I http://www.uccp.org/courses/USHistoryI/uccp%20prototype%20files/coursestart.html America: A Narrative History by Tindall http://www.wwnorton.com/college/history/america7/content/ch01/study.htm Roadmap to America: The Last Best Hope http://www.roadmaptolastbesthope.com/ Cengage Learning Lecture Point: US History http://college.cengage.com/history/lecturepoints/ Thelma's Library... Literature link http://www.thelmaslibrary.com/ Smarr American Lit: http://www.smarrpublishers.com/products.php?detail=1&pid=168
  19. These lesson plans are full of primary source documents! John and Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/LHTHBiography.pdf Causes of Revolution -- Soldiers and Civilians http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/LHTHSoldiersCivilians.pdf Stamp Act http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/LHTHStampAct.pdf Trouble in Boston http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/LHTHTroubleBoston.pdf Benjamin Franklin http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/LHTHfranklin.pdf Peter Zenger Trial (perfect to use with The Printer's Apprentice book!) http://www.huntington.org/uploadedFiles/Files/PDFs/LHTHfreepress.pdf Many, many more can be found here for different time periods for both American and World history!: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=1712
  20. I posted this on the K-8 curr. board also. Last year I made some notebooking pages for american history, science, music, etc. I made a link to them on my blog: http://trueblessingshomeschool.blogspot.com ... on top of the right side bar. I will try to make more in the coming months. Hope this helps someone.
  21. I'm trying to decide on my son's history and have narrowed it down to Sonlight 100 or Notgrass American History. I wondered if one was better than the other for preparing him to pass the American History CLEP? Thanks!
  22. With the 10 year anniversary coming up, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the tragedy with my then 6 year old. Are there any (secular) unit studies out there for that young age? Or a good, thorough (secular) book covering it? TIA! Edited to add: Unity Study might not be exactly what I am looking for. But, yes, I do want to teach her that this occurred. I would like her to learn about it from me and not via a newspaper clipping or something (she reads at a 5th grade or so level so this is very possible). I am looking for suggestions and not people's opinions on whether or not they think my child is able to handle this. As her parent, I'll be making that decision. Thanks for anyone offering actual suggestions.
  23. We follow the 4 year plan, but I don't quite see how we'll get in sufficient American History in our curriculum. We could do a separate course, but we're already overloaded for next year. What do others do? We are about 1/2 way through SOTW 3, so I could see taking a year off the cycle to cover American History, but that would throw us off our 4 year cycle. Not that we're not already off LOL.
  24. I love SOTW and was wondering if there was anything like it for American History? Can someone recommend something for history that would cover American history and wouldn't be too teacher intensive?
  25. I have read and enjoyed and agreed with a lot in the WTM. I still think my kids will benefit from starting "close to home" and beginning with US history and geography. What is your choice for an open and go type curriculum for early US history for a young lower grammar child? I would like to get through Christopher Columbus - American Revolution in one school year if it I can. What would you recommend? I've looked at Beautiful Feet, modifying SOTW, and ToG and a SL Core. I'm stuck and need advice!
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