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Subject: Looking for suggestions: US history
Date Posted: 8/3/2007 9:15 PM ET
Member Since: 10/31/2005
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I'm preparing for our homeschooling year and looking for suggestions for a text to use for american history. I have a 6th and 7th grader.

looking foward to hearing your suggestions

thanks in advance

 

 

 

alicia

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 10:05 PM ET
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I have used Joy Hakim's History of US, but I didn't always agree on her opinions.  Lovely photos and illustrations.  Probably better for a 6th grader than a Jr Higher.  Last year I taught US history at a co-op to kids from 13-17 using the narrative set by Ray Notgrass.  I found them very complete for JH but certainly needed the suggested additional readings of documents and speeches Notgrass recommends to make it meaty enough for HSchoolers

Adrianne

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 10:18 AM ET
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I have not used these but here are a few more options.  All American History from brightideaspress.com.  Theres is also beautiful feet who does an early american history study for several diff age groups.  It is bfbooks.com. 

 

I am doing US history with my 4th grader this year and finally just wrote my own lesson plans I got so frustrated trying to find something in our budget and that covered from early explorers to present day. 

Date Posted: 8/7/2007 6:22 PM ET
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My curriculum uses the entire History of US series by Joy Hakim over two years.  They add to what is in the books.  It's a great series.

Julie C.

Date Posted: 8/8/2007 1:50 PM ET
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Yeah, I'm thinking I like the Joy Hakim series. They are all available at our local library, and I found  a  website that has some teaching ideas and resources using her series.

thanks for the ideas guys,

 

alicia

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 3:36 PM ET
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We use the Joy Hakim series.  I find I like her take on history a lot and agree with her - at least so far.

We also are starting her science series.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 9:39 PM ET
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Historical fiction is also great for 6th and 7th graders, and there are lots of good series out now. The History Mysteries put out by the American Girl company are good for general time periods. My Name is America are more specific. If you want to, you could use the historical fiction as literature tie-ins to supplement the social studies non-fiction reading.
Date Posted: 8/11/2007 3:54 AM ET
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I have a book listed - And Then What Happened Paul Revere - and my son liked it.  It is a cute book - I even liked it - I do a lot of antiquing and it had the Paul Revere original stamps on his silverware in it.  lol  That was one for mom to file away!

I'd like to find other little books like that about historical people.

I've heard that Liberty Kids is good, but we've never been able to see it on tv anywhere.

Date Posted: 8/20/2007 2:47 AM ET
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Hands down for me, the Light and the glory,  From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding forth the Trumpet.  The first one has a  discussion work book guide.  They aren't text books but  outstanding books written in great detail about God's working in American History.  Not a lot on wars and dates.  The authors prayed and went and research archives, journals , and diaries from the orginal settlers.  They would come to a dead and pray and God would guide them again.  These books are a spiritual experience to study.  One of the authors is the son of the late Peter Marshel - his wife wrote the classic, a man called Peter.