America the BeautifulHot
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. 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.
Great curriculum. Love the interesting, engaging text, but really, really love the addition of period literature and source documents.
We absolutely LOVE Notgrass History!!!!! I love that it covers history, literature and incorporates Bible. One thing we did this year was use the Notgrass History with our co-op. It was AMAZING!!!! One thing we changed was that the writing came from the literature so that it was learning more literature analysis and literature elements, as well. LOVED that change. It would be nice it that could be incorporated too so that everyone could experience it!!!! A checklist/lesson planner would also be nice. We will continue to use the Notgrass resources with all of our children!!!!
great for literature and history
My kids sometimes were overwhelmed with the amount of info, but overall it has been enjoyable.
I really like this curriculum. We love the read aloud and wealth of information. Everything is easy to follow. Sometimes I feel rushed because every day is something new. I would like the opportunity to dig deeper on certain areas of history. I could stop and do my own thing but then you are behind.
We have loved America the Beautiful this year! My 8th grade daughter (we've homeschooled for 3 years, she loves textbooks!) uses it, mostly independently, and she completes all of the assigned activities on a daily basis. She enjoys it and has never complained - not even the writing (which has been a major point of contention in the past)! It usually takes her close to an hour to read the daily lesson/We The People and complete the Mapwork, Timeline, Student Workbook, Lesson Review questions, Thinking Biblically and Creative Writing. We haven't used every recommended literature book this year, but the ones we have were excellent! The only issue we're having is disappointment in not being able to finish the entire study in one year! We are year-round schoolers and we will still not make it all the way through. (That being said, if you don't have high school looming, taking more than a year to complete this curriculum would be a wonderful decision - worthwhile and fulfilling!) But what she has studied will stay with her and she's learned a lot and strengthened skills that she was less-than-confident in before - and that's what really matters!
I love the format and the concept, especially with the biographies and landmarks mixed in. However, my kids did not enjoy the reading. Also, it covers events/material in a very short time frame, so if you want to go deeper, you'll need to add additional time to really explore the events. (For instance, the American Revolution is covered in 2 days, while we spent probably over 6 weeks learning about each battle and about many of the Founding Fathers)
Notgrass is an exceptional textbook style curriculum, superior to Abeka in its depth and knowledge. The literature packages give some Charlotte Mason flavor while having student workbooks for those children who enjoy them. An excellent first year or new to homeschooling curriculum to transition your children from a public school feel to homeschooling freedom to enjoy learning again! Or to blend multiple learning styles in your family!
My kids have really enjoyed this curriculum. They have learned alot, it is very thorough. It is easy for them to do on their own.
I used this program as supplement for my son who was learning about US History in Classical Conversations, Foundations. Even at age 7, he had no problems understanding the content, however, the workbook was a bit advanced for him. It is graded for 5th grade and up. I feel the program is very complete.
I really enjoyed this program I will say it is a little difficult for the younger ones but they really enjoy the beautiful pictures and stories. I also love the fact that involves the whole family . This is a wonderful curriculum
We loved this curriculum. It was interesting to the student, easy for mom to use and learn from.
We have so enjoyed this curriculum, my children actually have looked forward to schooling with this curriculum.
My daughter was a little younger than the recommended ages for these materials, but she enjoyed using them. The curriculum is very flexible so we could adapt it to meet her needs. Her younger brother also enjoyed listening to me read the text aloud.
Great history program. Very easy and fun to use. Not overwhelming like some history programs.
The curriculum is very comprehensive and easy to use.
Great product.my daughter enjoy reading it to each other and learning together
I love history, and this curriculum was definitely a plus. I love the colored pages because it kept my son engaged (he's very visual) and the content allowed for discussion. I loved the activities and the workbooks were easy to grade :-) I am planning on using it this coming year with my girls in 4th grade. Love love this curriculum. The only suggestion I would make, when it comes to the songs in "We the People" book, it would be helpful to have some of those there for ease of learning/singing; some people who I know have used this did not originally grow up here, so they are not acquainted with the melodies. :-)
We loved how the reading and the history were both at the same time period.
Since my bachelor's degree is in history, I am pretty choosy about what I use. I love this thorough and engaging history book. The full color pages are a huge bonus and the original source documents are very important. This is very simple to use and the literature tie ins and the Christian worldview are also great. America the Beautiful is also very useable with subsequent children with just a minor purchase of consumables. This really helps us frugal homeschooling families maximize our budget while still using high quality materials.