SunnyDays Posted March 18, 2012 Share Posted March 18, 2012 (edited) After thought and discussion, we have decided to spend 4th grade on American History. (We did a bit of it this year, and on another thread several of you gave me good ideas. It came down to this: there's a lot of America we haven't covered yet, and my son WANTS to do another year of it... seize the day and all that!!) So I'm trying to flesh out my plans. Here's what I have so far... I want to do units on government and the elections in the fall. I think I'm going to use the Amanda Bennett unit studies for this, they look great! We also want to cover the presidents, so this either needs to be included in the next section, or I'll need a book that covers this. Also, we'll probably do a study of our state during the year. We need a good overview of American History, to which we can add readings and such. I'd like to have US Geography either included or something I can add on. I really want more of a textbook/spine option for this year. My thoughts on options: 1. Abeka 4th grade US History and Mapwork. This seems to be an easy to implement, all in one program, that covers what I need, and will leave us time to do other units. 2. Notgrass America the Beautiful. I see it's listed 5th-8th grades, but I've seen several posts here that say it's good for earlier grades. It's appealing, and I like that it has primary sources and a timeline included. I know it also has mapwork... to be honest, my son will hate this mapwork, LOL. It's all things like, circle this, color this... he doesn't like coloring and he'd probably rather answer questions... but I don't know how tied in the mapwork is. (It appears it's just an activity each lesson, could you easily substitute something else?) 3. I've looked at Trail Guide to US Geography... thinking I'd use this with an American History spine such as Montgomery's Exploring American History. I'm lukewarm about Trail Guide, but it would certainly work. (ETA: I'm taking this one off the list. The more I look at Trail Guide, the more I realize it's not what I'm looking for. Hmmm...) Which of these options, if any, have you used? What do you think would be a good fit for what I'm seeking? Thoughts appreciated... Edited March 18, 2012 by SunnyDays Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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