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  1. A River of Voices I've been looking at the sample of "A River of Voices" which is the first volume (of three) of the US History curriculum being put out by Blossom & Root. It looks interesting and flexible, like you could get really deep in history or only go over it lightly depending on each child's interest. It also looks like it could be taught family style, including a variety of kids from kindergarten through the end of middle school. It seems really rare (to me) that a history curriculum could really do justice to such a wide age group. I have two kids, one age 11 and going into
  2. My daughter is in 8th grade, but I'm looking ahead so that we can plan out her high school for college entry. I have noticed that colleges require World History, US History, Government, and Economics. I'm not sure how to include that on her transcript if she is doing the high school level history through Well Trained Mind.
  3. My son is currently a junior in Classical Conversation Challenge 3 and is struggling to keep up with the workload. The assigned text for US History is A Patriot's History by Schweikart and Allen. It is and excellent and comprehensive book, starting with Columbus and going through the War on Terror. However, it is a TON of reading on top of the research papers and speeches that correspond to this subject (not to mention the heavy workload in every other subject as well). I'm considering using this book as a guide to the subject matter being discussed in class, but instead of having
  4. Interested in Funda Funda's (https://www.fundafundaacademy.com/product/us-history/) US History course. I have not found any reviews... anyone used it? Thanks!
  5. The Potter School is offering a US Military History class. It of course appeals to my son. Do you think this could count as the traditional US History class - or must I add something to it and then what to add? The class is using a book called, "For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607-2012." Your thoughts would be appreciated! Shelley in MA
  6. What is the usual progression of studies in high school, as far as U.S. History I, II, Modern World History, and Geography? Our state requires all of these, for a total of 15 credits. However, I don't see any requirement at all for U.S. Government/Civics. We definitely want to include this. Would appreciate any recommendations about the order of these courses. I'm thinking of U.S. History I and U.S. Government/Civics simultaneously. Would this be a problem?
  7. I have my daughter signed up for Am. history at our co-op this fall and this is the book they will be using. On the Cathy Duffy website the review stated, "This text makes no pretensions of neutrality; it is clearly anti-Catholic and anti-Communist. It promotes a Protestant viewpoint, criticizing secularism..." "The philosophy of government is inconsistent". I am Christian, raised catholic. And I prefer history that is laid out with as few "slants" as possible, so things can be discussed openly, without any preconceived notions. Anyone have experience with this
  8. Does anyone know the difference between these two products from The Critical Thinking Skills Company? The Critical Thinking in United States History is made up of 4 books The US History Detective Bk. 1 seems to be new. Thanks, Rachel
  9. What are your thoughts on using Bookshark's 8th grade US history for 10th grade? A secular curriculum is a requirement for my 10th grader so it's been tough trying to find one, and it does say ages 12-16. My younger son used the Hakim books and I really liked them, but I know they are not high school reading level. I say that but I feel like I learned more about US history reading them as an adult than I ever did in high school, so part of me thinks, what does it matter if they're an easy (but enjoyable!) read? But then maybe it *does* matter when colleges look over your transcript and see wha
  10. I am thinking about taking next year to focus primarily on early US history (Colonies to the Gold Rush) with my middle school kids. What world history events and people do I HAVE to make sure to cover so that they are prepared when we go back to world history the following year (US Civil War to the present)? Thank you! :001_smile:
  11. If you or your children have used review books for US History such as Kaplans, Barrons, Insider's Guide, Princeton Review, or others, which are your favorites and why? I am partly looking for this as a way to practice study skills, if that makes any difference, and I am hoping for something that gives more than just practice tests, but practice tests would also be useful. I don't even know if ds will ever take one or both of these tests, but we have been working with history with Living Books, Documentaries, source documents and so on, and do not know if it is having retention or not,
  12. I discovered this website on Benjamin Franklin: http://www.benfranklin300.org/timeline/ You move through his life and at each stage their are a lot of interactive activities. Sometimes you just watch a small video or listen to something about his life. Sometimes there is an activity - or a game. I managed to end up in jail after doing one where I had to keep choosing what to do next. The info presented is not just about Benjamin Franklin but about his world and what life was like then.
  13. I'm new to the Logic stage so I just had a question for those of you who are using WWS. Do you do the Notebooking/Outlining/Timeline/Source Eval with your core subjects? Or just as directed by WWS for writing? (Caveat-I've only glanced at WWS so far and it 'seems' like that is how it is set up. My question may be moot if I'm wrong about that...) Our core this year is US History. Long story short, I got the My Father's World Adventures in US History before we knew we'd be adding a 7th grader to the family. The materials are actually intended for 2-3rd graders who are the oldest students i
  14. My 9th grader is currently reading History of the Ancient World along with his Notgrass. I am LOVING HOAW. It is packed with information presented in a very engaging and interesting way. Notgrass is just the opposite. :glare: However we're reading it for it's conservative bias. I am looking towards the rest of highschool and am wanting an American History text that is similar to HOAW...interesting, engaging and packed with information. I'm not betting on SWB having her series finished by the time we get there and I think it might be beneficial to have at least one year that exclusively foc
  15. This is what I have so far, comments welcome. I am really weak in the 1980's to now in books and films that capture the decades and would love ideas. Summer Reading prior to course: Oxford History of the US, Grand Expectations, 1945-1974, James Patterson 829 pgs Oxford History of the US, Restless Giant, James Patterson 496 pgs World War I Read: World War I, Richard Maybury 252 pgs The Guns of August, Barbara Tuchman 544pgs Watch: The Sinking of the Lusitania The First World War, The Complete Series 10 episodes World War I in Color (6 episodes) All Quiet on the We
  16. 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 m
  17. My US history order came up missing. I would like to order The Americans, but unable to get their textbook since I do not have a teaching certificate merely a Bachelor of Science is all :glare:, so... Here is my dilemma-I like the Prentice Hall, with it's online features although enjoy the Christian viewpoints in the BJU. It looks to be a good text for the gist of the Vikings on (or is it Columbus, or was it the Native Americans or perhaps it was really aliens, :D My thoughts are to really study the books on what the US history books do not disclose to us, the Constitutio
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. We're continuing our school year through the summer with a long unit on the Civil War. I thought that I would try to capture some of the interesting resources we find along the way. If anyone else has great ideas, please share.
  21. I'm looking for a high school level American History Program that includes worksheets, mapping, and/or notebooking. Something to do that I don't have to put together. We like to add literature and historical fiction, too. Do you know of a curriculum with these components? Does All-American History fit the bill for High school?
  22. I am facing a strong desire to change my son's history program in the middle of the year. We are currently using Exploring America by Notgrass and have completed Volume 1. None of us is satisfied with it. The downfall is that he would not have a discussion group for this subject like he does for the Notgrass book. I am looking at a book that I received free from a local private school. It is A History of the United States by Boorstin. We love his writing and remember it well from his Landmark history book. The book has the chapters divided into sections w/a few questions at the end of ea
  23. Anyone with experience with the I Love America! curriculum? Looking for a prek/k curriculum for US history. Any review on this curriculum or any other you have used appreciated - thanks!!
  24. We've been studying early American history the last year and a half, and I've become so disillusioned about everything I was taught in school. Columbus, Jamestown, Pocahontas, the first Thanksgiving, Lewis & Clark. And now, NOW-not you too, Paul Revere? :scared: I WAS planning to read a simple book or two about Paul Revere, do a narration and call it a week. However, I have been reading how the majority of the Paul Revere's "story as we know it", never happened. Thanks Longfellow! Yes, I know, he was still a good man, worthy of studying, and admiring. Yes, I know, this will
  25. My DD 14 isn't getting much out of A History of US. She remembers and enjoyed SOTW so much. She asked if there is a high school history like SOTW? Thanks, Joyce
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