Today is Day 2 of Homeschool Curriculum Review Week. Today I have a great homeschool history curriculum to share with you. I also have a link-up at the bottom of the post for you to link up any posts with history curriculum reviews (or geography). The history curriculum I get to share with you today is Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History by Amy Puetz for grades 1-6. (I received this curriculum for free in exchange for a review on my site. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.)
When I was contacted to review this curriculum, I was quite excited because I was already planning on doing an American History focused year in our homeschool. I have been searching for a great American History homeschool curriculum and was struggling to find anything that looked like something we would enjoy. So seeing this got me really excited. When it came in the mail I was even more excited! This curriculum is really cool! It is just my style and I am really thrilled with it.
The curriculum is designed for 1at through 6th graders. Since that is a really wide age range, they have it divided into an easier section and a harder more thorough section for each lesson. I really like this because it makes it easier to use with multiple kids. We all know as homeschoolers it is hard to find things that work for multiple ages in our homeschool. This curriculum was designed to do it! It is designed to last about 32 weeks, but could be shortened or lengthened as needed depending on how often you choose to do history in your homeschool. The set comes with 2 books with over 300 pages of lesson text, a Historical Skit book, an Additional Material CD full of more things to add to the lessons (Timelines, games, video clips, songs, and other activities), Sing Some History CD with 20 historical songs, and Listen to Some History CD with 20 original speeches, documents, poems, and sermons (including the Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, and more). You can also buy an optional coloring book to go along with the curriculum.
The lessons are organized by time period starting with the year 1000 (Discovery Period) and going through 1837 in book 1. The Periods covered include: The Disvocery, colonization, Revolution, Formation of the Union, and National Development, The second book covers 1837 to the present day covering National Development, The Civil War, National Expansion, and U.S. as a World Power. The lessons are set up with a reading section at the start. On the Left side of the book is the easier level reading and on the Right side of the book is the same topic covered for older kids (usually a few pages longer). Following the reading, there are discussion questions, writing topics, geography (find it on a map), memory verses froth Bible, and some activities. The activities vary by lesson, but include things like: crafts, examining historical art work pieces (included in the book), historical games, recipes, experiments, listening to history (front he CD), and singing some history (from the CD). Also at the end of each lesson there are some recommended resources for further reading and studying. There is a list of recommended literature to acquire for the older grades to help them take the learning further as well. The books are easy to get and some are even found Free on Kindle or in the public domain.
The skit book us such a fun addition to the set. There are skits on Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, Lewis & Clark, The Gold Rush, Abraham Lincoln, and more. There are 19 of them in all. This is a great way to make things come alive for the kids! It is a really fun family activity to let kids show off things they are learning in school. We are thinking of taking our skits to use in our homeschool co-op!
The entire set sells for $98.99. You can buy it in print or digital format. I think that what you get for that price is a fabulous deal. This set is well worth the price. I am excited to keep using this with my kids this year as we lear together about American History- one of my all time favorite topics! Amy Puetz has really done a marvelous job creating a hands-on and fun American History curriculum for homeschoolers. I feel so happy to have discovered this curriculum and to be having the chance to use it in our homeschool this year. If you want to look into it more, there are samples of the songs and books on the website.
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