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Notgrass Company America the Beautiful Curriculum Package

This one-year American history, geography, and literature course will bring students through the dynamic past of the United States. America the Beautiful Part 1 includes 75 lessons that begin with life before European colonization and continue through the first years of the Civil War. America the Beautiful Part 2 includes 75 lessons that begin with America's expansion into the West during the early 1800s and continue into modern times. Five daily lessons typically focus on an element such as a major event of the time period, an amazing creation God's placed in America, an American landmark, a biographical study, and notes on how daily life was lived at the time.

Simply written instructions are tailored for independent learners; at the beginning of each unit, an overview, list of lessons, and list of additional books needed are provided. Lessons may be read aloud, or alone. Four to six activities are provided at the end of each lesson, which parents may choose assignments from; each takes approximately 45-90 minutes, and students are not expected to complete all of them. Activities often cover thinking biblically, vocabulary, creative writing, or activities in Maps of America the Beautiful Timeline of America the Beautiful, We the People Student Workbook, or the (sold-separately) Lesson Review books. One special family activity is assigned per week, including arts and crafts, recipes, and multi-age projects.

We the People is a rich collection of letters, documents, speeches, songs, poems, stories, memoirs, and articles written as American history unfolded. Documents are not in chronological order; they are indexed by title, author, and chronological order, however. Features the thoughts and words of Lewis and Clark, the Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, and others.

Maps of America the Beautifulasks students to identify and mark locations on maps that examine history (World War II, Lewis & Clark) and places of cultural importance (landmarks across the US, the National Mall), as well as simple geography (the islands of Hawaii).

Timeline of America the Beautiful is designed to be used with the texts; they often provide an assignment to be completed in this book. Simply turn to the assigned year, and find the blank with the correct lesson number noted. Students copy the assigned statement in the blank, and may color in the illustration if desired.

The answer key provides line-listed answers for the America the Beautiful Student Workbook, Timeline of America the Beautiful, America the Beautiful Lesson Review, and the vocabulary questions at the end of the textbook chapters. Answers are organized by book, and then lesson number.

Grades 5-8.

This kit includes:

  • America the Beautiful Book 1, 439 pages, hardcover; black and white and color illustrations and photographs are included.
  • America the Beautiful Book 2; Continuing from Book 1, it contains pages 439-1007. hardcover; black and white and color illustrations and photographs are included.
  • We the People, 220 pages, hardcover.
  • Maps of America the Beautiful; non-reproducible.
  • Timeline of America the Beautiful
  • America the Beautiful Answer Key, Stapled binding, paperback.
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Review 1 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Would recommend, with a couple concerns

Date:April 7, 2014
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micah68
Age:35-44
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I purchased this set to use while homeschooling my daughter who is in 6th grade.
The Pros: -The books are beautiful and very user friendly.
A strong background in American History is not necessary in order to effectively use/teach this set. We love the timeline and maps book. The student activity book has been a big help as well. This book COULD also be used as a geography course as well, if you are willing to expand a bit on the portions that cover geographic features. The books are from a Christian perspective.
The Cons: The author has covered a LOT of material in this
two volume set so some of the topics and time periods covered are not very in depth. (The information could be considered 'an inch deep and a mile wide'.) For example, the Revolutionary War period only covers a dozen pages, the events leading up to the Revolutionary War covers only a few pages. The French and Indian War gets only a paragraph or so. If you are not interested in teaching culture or geography, you might be frustrated by the units that cover only these topics.
Overall - I would recommend this set to a homeschooling parent who might have limited knowledge of US History, yet wants to 'jump in' to a curriculum that lets them begin to start teaching and learning right away. The set HITS on all key areas of US History, in my opinion, which was a huge help to me. This gave us a good reference of a timeline of events, and key people and places in America. However, since the author only touches on these key areas, I recommend being prepared to source additional information. I found that my daughter didn't understand or remember significant details because they weren't given enough attention in this curriculum. I had to pause our lessons for a week while I researched events (such as the Boston Tea Party etc.) so that she could have a better understanding. This curriculum however, made it easy to do this. If you are going to spend extra time teaching these events, (which I recommend doing) you may find that you need two or even three years to cover the material. I plan on using this curriculum set from 6th-8th grade.
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Review 2 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Good, but too much for one school year

Date:January 23, 2014
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Bluebonnet
Location:Texas
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I have used this curriculum for half a school year with my 5th and 8th grade boys. I like that they can both study the same thing. The student workbook is perfect for my younger one, and the lesson review is great for my older one. The map book is helpful, as well, and we've done most of the weekly family activities and read about half of the extra books suggested to this point.
My issue at this point is that it has just been too much information. We spent maybe 2 days on the revolutionary war and only one week on the civil war. Some days we covered 3 or 4 presidencies in just one lesson! If I was able to do it over, I would split this book into two years, much like the public school system where I live approaches US history. This way we would have time to complete almost all of the suggested activities. Many of them were excellent - we just didn't have time to get them done. My plan now is to hold off on the second half, go back and spend more time on topics up to the civil war that my boys are interested in, read some good historical fiction, and talk about current events.
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Review 3 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Truly a WOONDERFUL curriculum

Date:January 6, 2014
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Cindy
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Amazing curriculum! I purchased the America the Beautiful after a couple of homeschooled girls from my church raved about loving their History books. They explained why (for many reasons). They also said” It’s easy to understand and remember the information because of the way it’s presented. “
Well… I’m glad I did. My 12 year old son loves it.
The student is able to do the readings and assignment self-sufficiently, which is nice for a busy mom. I however don’t remember anything from high school history, so I started reading the books with him. Truly a WOONDERFUL curriculum.
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Review 4 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Interesting and engaging

Date:November 15, 2013
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Lauri
Location:Iowa
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I purchased this curriculum for my 12-yr.-old son. I have not had to tell him to do his history/geography since he started. He does it totally on his own each day. He fills me in daily with bits and pieces that he finds particularly interesting. It amuses him that some of the parts are so short, but at the same time it makes the whole thing very doable. I also got a couple of the optional books. He does the majority of his schoolwork on his own and this has fit his style very well. The content is clear and very informative. He started looking at it even before I assigned it, and asked when he could start! When his younger brother is ready, I'm sure I will use it again.
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Review 5 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Many great pictures with each lesson.

Date:June 27, 2013
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Gina Foster
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This curriculum package is just what we needed for study in American History. It's packed with easy to read information and tons of pictures that go along with the lessons.
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Review 6 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Date:September 19, 2012
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Jenn
Age:35-44
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Although history is still not my daughter's favorite subject, this is one of the better history curriculum's I've seen. It goes into more depth and suggests a variety of activities that correspond with each lesson. I recommend it.
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Review 7 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Less is more, quality not quantity.

Date:May 31, 2012
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Chell
Location:Maryland
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If you are looking for quantity then this is the curriculum for you. This curriculum has too many books and is confusing. College courses do not have this many books for one subjects. The material covered is lacking substance and uninteresting. The pages of the books look like newspaper. If the book is compiled into one book, weeded of the bland material, and some color added it could possibly work.
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Review 8 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Very Very Happy With This Curriculum

Date:September 9, 2011
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Hsmom
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I have home schooled for 11 years and have never seen anything like this History program from Notgrass. My daughter loves it and my highschooler like his Exploring America as well. I highly recommend this to anyone.
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Review 9 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Date:September 9, 2011
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Noe Mom
Location:Weatherford, TX
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My middle grade children are really enjoying this American history curriculum! It has interesting information that even I am enjoying reading. They are doing both review workbooks as well as the timeline and map work with no complaint. The literature reading assignments are the perfect accompaniment. The whole curriculum makes it easy for them to work independently. I only wish it had been around for my older children too. Highly recommended!!
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Review 10 for America the Beautiful Curriculum Package
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Wonderful Curriculum!!

Date:June 9, 2011
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Nichole
Location:North Carolina
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America the Beautiful is very well written and quite thorough. I love that maps, documents, timelines, etc. are included! We also ordered the Lesson Review and are pleased with it as well. You cannot go wrong with this curriculum!
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