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  1. We've been living outside the US for 5 of the last 7 years. And the 2 years that were in the US were in Hawaii, which has a very unique melange of a culture. My kids are woefully unaware of many of the basics of American culture, from who Elvis is to what is big band or country and western. They frequently strike others as odd because they don't know that the Oakland Raiders are a football team (that one was pretty funny to watch) or because they've never seen the Simpsons (I'm pretty ok with that one). We're moving back to the US, at least for a while. I'm thinking of taking the first couple months and doing some intensive intro into the some of the distinctives of American culture. So if you're an American and you had a chance to show an alien what you think the best or most representative is, what would you pick. If you're from outside the US, what would you most want to see if you visited America. What strikes you as important or representative? We'll be living in the DC area, but have family in Ohio, Texas and New Mexico. I'm sort of treating our time on this tour as if we might get posted outside the US for years again, because I don't know how long we'll be in the US. Update: Also, what are your favorite American history fiction books. What should we make sure we don't miss out on.
  2. Is Sonlight 100 the only curriculum which schedules A History of US together with supplemental readings. I'm planning to use Hakim's series as a spine for my 8th grader's American History studies in the fall. I'd like to integrate historical fiction and other books as well, but I'd rather not take all the time to plan out when to read which titles. (I guess I could do it myself, but I have a 5th grade and 2nd grader to plan for as well, so I'd like to make my job a bit easier here where possible.) Unfortunately, the Sonlight Instructor's Guide is too much for my purposes. I only need help scheduling history and literature for him since he will be taken math, composition, and science classes. Basically, I wouldn't get enough benefit from the IG to justify the fairly expensive price tag. I've been googling for American History reading lists, but haven't come up with much. Any suggestions?
  3. During the year, Colonial Williamsburg designates several weeks as Homeschooler Experiences. This fall, the dates are September 11-26th. Condos are available at a discounted rate to homeschool families at the Historic Powhatan Resort in Williamsburg during this time. Here are the rates: For Sunday-Thursday night stays, 2-bdrm condo w/ full kitchen (sleeps 6) $65/night, 4-bdrm $130/night For Friday and Saturday night stays, 2-bdrm condo w/ full kitchen (sleeps 6) $95/night, 4-bdrm $190 All stays require a 2 night minimum to be booked. A one-time booking fee of $35 will be charged in addition to the total. To make reservations please email Chris or Rachel Joyner at freebie73@gmail.com or call (703) 850-3444. To view Powhatan's Website go to: http://www.diamondresorts.com/The-Historic-Powhatan-Resort-Photo-Gallery You can get more information on Colonial Williamsburg's Home Educator Weeks at: http://www.history.org/History/teaching/groupTours/SchoolandYouth/homeschools.cfm
  4. I know that Artner from Memoria Press uses many Landmark books to cover American History. Have any of you used this guide? Would reading this series in order cover Am. History well enough? I was wondering if I would miss a spine to use for an overall connection. Of course, if I did need a spine that would lead us back to the question of which spine to use for Am. History (especially for the late elem.-middle grades which seems to be a problem area)? Anyone use this guide and not miss a spine? If you need one, what would you suggest? Since the bulk of the learning would come from the Landmark readings I wouldn't need an overwhelmingly large or comprehensive spine. I would need something well-written, interesting to children and yet as correct as possible. Hmmm, which leads me back to the question of whether we could teach Am. History without a spine. What do you think?
  5. MCT has been awesome for grammar. You guys suggested (insisted) I switch from Saxon to Singapore yrs ago. We love LoF & NOEO. SOTW is going to wrap up for us in the next yr. What should we do next? We've loved SOTW & didn't do as well w/ the original WTM suggestions, although I love those *in theory.* We're not super-projecty, & I'd like to make sure we do timelines this time through. I'm tempted by something lit-based like SL for a change, but I like the organization of going chronologically or at least semi-chron. I like to stop & do unit studies on certain time periods here & there, but I don't like to plan them myself, & if there's too much crafty stuff my kids can't do on their own, gathering weird materials, etc., I get easily frustrated. Because I'm overly ambitious, lol. (The suits I was going to convert to Union/Confed uniforms 3mos ago are still sitting on my sewing machine w/ all of my other half-started projects. Ok, that's not true. They're under the sofa, the bed, etc. because there's no way they'd fit on my sewing machine.) :lol: TOG is my best guess so far, but I have a hard time w/ the library, for whatever that's worth. :bigear:
  6. Hi Spy Car You recommended The Drama of American History in a recent thread. I did a google search but did not find it. Do you know of a website I can look it up on or the authors or publishers name so I can do a search for it ? I have found that some of the books I read to my older children when they were very young had the problem with bigotry in them that you mentioned. This seem s to be the case with some of the books that are reprints of old classics.
  7. I just started my new blog, and I've decided to use it this summer to write my summer curriculum, which will cover US History from 1774 - 1865. The study will be approximately 11 weeks in length. I will be teaching boys and girls this summer ages 5 - 12, so the curriculum will cover these ages. We will also have a History Club meeting once a week for girls only, ages 8-12. I will write meeting notes into the curriculum. Readers for girls ages 8-12: American Girl Books, 6 books for each of the 4 girls from 1774 - 1865. That would be the Felicity books, Josefina's books, Kirsten, and Addy. (I will not include readers for the younger children, or the boys.) Read Alouds for the girls ages 8-12: Welcome to _______'s World for all 4 American Girls. Read Alouds for all ages boys and girls ages 5-12: Various literature selections from "All Through the Ages" by Christine Miller in their time periods to cover famous individuals and famous events. Writing: Journal writing assignments, which are yet to be written by me. Memory: Daily time-line recitation for the events and famous people studied. Research: Research assignments for the 5th-6th graders If you want to follow me on this summer of fun learning, please follow my blog: www.asmartstart.com Disclaimer: This is the first time I've attempted something this public, or writing my own curriculum from scratch. I've done things like this in my head, and flying by the seat of my pants, but never written out for all to see. If you want to follow along, please have grace. Humbly,
  8. I read a few threads about US History and I wanted to put in a plug for Belinda Bullard'sAfrican American History Program. There are really guides with notes, a few map activities and a few comprehensive questions along with a great literature list. At the back of the guides, you can also find neat finds such as a list of African American Inventors so that you can research bios. Her guides are similar to TruthQuest if you want a comparison. Each guide is $14.00 and it is used for 1 year. The guides are divided into two years for lower elementary and there are two years for middle/junior high levels. Unlike some History programs, her program is inclusive and not exclusive so you will learn American History in addition to African American History. We really enjoyed it. She also offers a character training curriculum. We are using MFW ECC this year but when we return to American History, we will use these to supplement. :001_smile:
  9. There are 34 multiple choice questions at http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/TM/WS_college_history_survey.shtml with a link to the answers at the end . A report at https://www.goacta.org/publications/downloads/LosingAmerica'sMemory.pdf says the average score was 53%. Certainly a student who followed the WTM curriculum would do well on this quiz, provided he retained what he earned. Parents whose children do well can be satisfied that they have taught their children about American history and government better than the "elite" colleges have.
  10. I have heard glimpses through homeschooling conferences that there is a neo-confederate view still today (and in homeschooling circles via Vision Forum and Douglas Wilson, SMARR had a huge Confederate flag over their booth) that the Confederacy was a more "godly" society and that abolitionists were mostly wacky in theology. I believe in reformed theology and it seems to me that many in the North and several abolitionists (Harriet Beecher Stowe) did also. And many abolitionists were Quakers, maybe not reformed but certainly god-fearing. I'm confused! Our family lives in the south with our adopted african-american son. We get so irritated with our local classical school's portrait of Robert E. Lee prominently displayed. They don't acknowledge MLK day. I also see in Vision Forum catalog's books by Rushdoony, Dabney and several confederacy bios. Same with Veritas - the large John Dyer book about "The War between the States", and several confederacy books like "Christ in the Camp." Douglas Wilson co authored a book with Steve Wilkins (founder of League of the South) in defense of southern slavery and lifestyle. I honestly don't want to buy these books to understand their perspective. But - can anyone help me out? How to defend from a modern perspective? I hope this isn't controversial, bc I think it is way more than a states rights verse federal gov't issue. I really want to understand... Isn't it obvious that the South was led astray morally bc of their total economic dependence on plantation farming. They had no manufacturing and didn't want to pay tariffs to import goods (that the federal gov't made law)- hence the states rights complaints. If their economy was more robust and diverse, and if England didn't have an insatiable demand for cotton and tobacco they could have eliminated slavery on their own sooner rather than later. But, they liked their agrarian lifestyle the way it was. Am I wrong? I'm reading this article to understand the perspective of some of these authors without contributing to their coffers: The US Civil War as a Theological War: Confederate Christian Nationalism and the League of the South Edward H. Sebesta and Euan Hague http://gis.depaul.edu/ehague/Articles/PUBLISHED%20CRAS%20ARTICLE.pdf Is there something else I can read online?
  11. Please share your favorite resources/curriculum for American History in the elementary years. Thank you.
  12. O.K. our ds 7 loves war facts, books, games as of now his main focus is WWII and any and all aircraft, ships, weapons, uniforms and the geographical regions in which each fight is fought. He really loves History and geography period. So since we will be finished with Abeka (Our America) grade 2, my husband and I feel we should run with his interest. so the problem arrives - Is there ready made materials, unit studies, lapbooks, etc? Should we do a timeline book with maps? What are good books to read for each war? As you can tell we are in need of guidance. Thanks Lisa
  13. I've read the new WTM and I don't see that she separates out American History. Is it sufficient to cover American History just with in the context of World History? My kids are just grammar level so it's not like we need HS credit or anything. For those of you who do separate AH... how do you fit it into your cycle? We started "late" with my oldest so as it is we're squishing a bit to get our history cycles in.
  14. We are gearing up for American History next year, and are looking for easy chapter books on the era (beginnings to early 1900s). I've looked at the American Girl series, and some of these will probably end up on our list. Have you read them with a primary grade student? What did you think of the writing quality? So far, the only "problem" I'm having with the AG books is that there are not enough in the series! There are books for 1764, 1774, 1824, 1854, 1864 & 1904, but I'd also like a chapter book covering earlier times, say 1607 (Jamestown) or 1620 (Plymouth) or the early 1700s (frontier/colonial life). Any suggestions? We have all girls here, if that helps! :bigear:
  15. Is there a US history curriculum out there that doesn't turn Columbus into a hero and that offers a more honest, objective accounting of our history and leaders? How do Sonlight, MFW and TOG handle early North American exploration and founding of the US? My husband is of Native American ancestry (MIL is Choctaw) and so this is personal for us.:) I'm not looking for something that vilifies Europeans, but a curriculum that simply tells the truth - good and bad - and offers different perspectives, not just the standard European POV. I hope I explained that all right. It's difficult for me to articulate exactly what I mean.
  16. What would you do for Amer. Hist. if you didn't want to buy a curriculum or a program (like MFW Adventures or Biblioplan or HOD or whatever!). I simply cannot afford any more curriculum. Period. I have Child's History of America, some Joy Hakim books, etc. Could I piece together my own? Any suggestions? Thanks!
  17. Keys to American History Maybe I'm behind a bit, but this is the first time I have seen this book. I just picked it up at our library today. I promptly put it on my Amazon Wish List. The author has compiled primary source documents in this nations history. These are compiled chronologically, 1606 to 2002. In a given "chapter" there is a brief introduction, the source document, and a "snapshot" of context by quoting from various newspapers, history books and letters. No matter what your preferred "angle" is in teaching history, this book will make an excellent reference. If you are like me, and favor a Zinn-like approach to history you should find this book a complement to that approach. The author freely states he can't give every side to a particular issue in history, but hopes the primary documents will help the reader ask questions to determine what is fact and what is opinion and to determine if a given author was biased or neutral. There are some photos and pictures of the original document. But there isn't much to clutter the goal of providing as many documents in this book as possible. In my opinion, this book is perfect for ages 12 or so to adult. Hope this helps someone in their American History quest!
  18. I want to do a light American history overview for my son (Kindergarten) this year to fulfill our state's requirements and would love something in a SOTW format... timeline/overview/story-like, but pretty basic since he is young. Any ideas? Thanks.
  19. I'm pulling my hair out here over this. My 8-yo son loves American History and really wants to study it this year in homeschool. We are still on our 1st year of the 4-yr. cycle; Ancients (SOTW). I got to look through WP's The Story of the Americas 1 yesterday at a friends house (who, btw, has boys the exact age and grade of mine) and it looked neat. It looked like they would really enjoy it, and I would love to have a daily schedule like that. These friends live about a 5-min. drive from us, and since they are using that this year, we could get together for history projects. My boys are excited over the possibility of doing this. But like always, I had to go over the idea with a fine-toothed comb. I listened to one of SWB's CDs and now have these questions about this WP program: 1. Does it include guided questions that lead toward a narration? No matter what program I use, I want to have the type of questions and narrations in SOTW; WTM-style. 2. Is the reading material of good quality? Is it literature that will help prepare them for a Great Books study in high school? I really prefer our school books to be classics or kid-versions of classics, although some are hit-and-miss with the kids. I feel nervous about jumping off the 4-yr. cycle for 2 years of American hist. We'd be returning to it when my older ds is in 5th grade, so it would be time to start the cycle again then anyhow. If I do this WP American Story 1 & then 2, will I rob my kids of the mental pegs (Middle Ages, what was happening in the rest of the world) that would have been created to later hang deeper info upon? Please weigh in w/ your thoughts, pros and cons. Thanks!
  20. I'm wondering about a general, easy peasy, relaxed program to cover some of the basics/ high points of American history with my daughter who will be six in November. (She's reading mid 2nd grade level approximately.) I don't want a big to-do curriculum like Winter Promise's, although it looks awesome. I just want to cover some cultural knowledge and give her an introduction to history in a way that will whet the appetite but be accessible and understandable. We're not super into crafts, although if there were some awesome hands on activities, we could do a few. (But not mindless coloring or anything fancy every week.) Religious is fine, but I would prefer it not be too hard core. Anyone have suggestions?
  21. I want to spend a year studying American history and the 50 states with my dd who will be in 2nd grade. My ds who will be in K will follow along as well. I looked at Adventures in My Father's World and Our Los Banos, and though I liked both programs they would have cost a lot of money to get all the books they used. I decided, since I already have a lot of books, to plan my own thing. In doing so I realized that there are still a lot of books that I'll need to buy and am wondering if any of these would be unecessary. So here's the plan: For spines I would use: Exploring American History American Pioneers and Patriots For the 50 states I would use: WP Kid's Learn America Scrambled States of America States (Time for Learning) The supplemental books would be: (I put an * next to books I already own) America in the Time of Pocahontas* America in the Time of George Washington* North American Indians Red, White, and Blue The Thanksgiving Story The Fourth of July Story* America * The Story of the Pilgrims * If You Were There in 1492 If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620* If You Lived in Colonial Times * If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution* If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution* If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon If You Lived 100 Years Ago If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island Read alouds (again marked books I own with an *) I know this list is super long - I'm sure we wouldn't get to all of them. Squanto Courage of Sarah Noble * On the Banks of Plum Creek Little House on the Prairie * Sarah Whitcher's Story In Grandma's Attic * Mountain Born * Farmer Boy Indian Captive * Tolivers Secret * Caddie Woodlawn * We'll Race You Henry Ford * Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie * What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin * George Washington's Mother * Abraham Lincoln (D'Aulaire) * George Washington (D'Aulaire) * Lief the Lucky (D'Aulaire) For hands-on: History Pockets - Native Americans, Explorers, Plymouth Colonial Kids * American Grub * Wee Sing America A Pioneer Sampler So, of the books that don't have an *, which can be left out? Keep in mind that the library is not an option. I live in England and there aren't a lot of American history books here. ;) Thanks for your feedback.
  22. My middle ds will be studying American history next year and I would like good coverage; however, this child does not like history and is not a strong reader. I would love to use 2 spines (a liberal and a conservative), but a Zinn/ Johnson combo is just not a reality with this child. It would be nice if at least one of the two included pictures. I am also fine with one of the two being at middle school level or with one of the two being more of a supplemental text. I am not considering the 10vol Hakim set. This is something that needs to be doable in an hour a day by a slow reader that dislikes history. Any ideas- Mandy
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