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Our homeschool style has always been very literature rich. I usually spend a lot of time planning these book choices. This year, I took a different route and tried something new. We have been using Beautiful Feet American History and I have been so incredibly pleased by it. I received a full set for review and after I got it I was so impressed that I decided I wanted to use the younger set for my other kids, too. (This is a sponsored post in behalf of Beautiful Feet. I am being compensated for this post, but all thoughts are my own.)
What is Beautiful Feet American History?
Beautiful Feet is a history curriculum that teaches history through literature. They have been around since 1994. In their quest for great literature for kids, they began reprinting amazing old classics.
I came across their website years ago in looking for good literature myself. Over the years, I have visited their site for ideas on good books, but never actually purchased a full set of their curriculum. I was so excited to get the chance to try it out! The book lists are amazing and make learning history fun and interesting. They have sets for varying topics and grades. And they do not only cover history, but also character and geography!
What really brings it together are their literature guides. They have a historical overview, the outline for reading, vocabulary study, discussion questions, notebooking ideas, and more! I am loving the simple outline and flexibility that comes with it.
In my discussions with a few other homeschool parents who have used Beautiful Feet Books, I have heard a few people talk about getting the books alone and not needing the literature guides. I have to say that I disagree completely. I was trying to do that in the past, but never felt like there was enough structure and consistency to it. The Literature guides help with book order and guide you through it in such a wonderful way! They are an amazing addition to this literature-rich curriculum.
How We Feel About Beautiful Feet American History
I have been using the Modern American and World History curriculum with my 6th grade son. He is so happy with it and has really been thriving with this literature set. He is loving each and every book. We have not done any modern American history yet besides the Story of the World books, so a lot of the content is new to him. He has been learning about the Civil war period and is really enjoying it. He often forgets that he is supposed to only read certain chapters each day and reads beyond the assigned amount.
His thoughts on the program are that is it is simple and to the point. It makes history come to life and is making him think about how much the decisions we make matter in everyday life. The war really changed the lives of so many! He thinks it is the best way to learn history that we have ever done! He loves how the books are all related to each other, but each one has its own style and direction with new things to understand.
His favorite book that he has read so far is The Perilous Road. He can understand the wording and really relates to the characters. He liked how the main character is so passionate about beliefs. It made him think about his own life and beliefs or passions.
I have been following behind him and reading the books after he finishes. I have to agree that the books are wonderful! The books are all such high quality and are really great literature. This matters to me. I have been so pleased with our experience with Beautiful Feet American History. We will be sticking with this one. I am grateful to feel like I finally found the one that fits our homeschool style without having to change a thing about it!