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Pre-School / K-grade level "American History" [message #820132] Mon, 03 July 2017 18:57 Go to next message
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Jonah, 5.5yo (and a non-reader), will have finished biomes and land/water formations by end of summer. Other than a few fanciful stories Jonah's book-life has primarily been rooted in sciences. In August/September, we're working a little more keenly with maps, including topography, as well as animals, flags, cultures for North America. At that point, I'd love to begin including some history specific to our country.

I truly do not wish to purchase curriculum. Instead, I would prefer really quality books, documentaries and film. Our specific area would provide some historical sites to visit and, Lord-willing, the following summer would provide us a trip to Colonial Williamsburg or somewhere in the mid-west for frontier type sites.

I'd really love for feedback as to what your family did for your 5y-6y old. Anything from books to projects to when your "history" of America began (pre-colonial? Native Americans? Columbus? Did you start with North America, or only really focus on US?) Anything. I'd really appreciate some guard-rail type advice, too. History is my absolute favorite subject and it's hard for me to pull the reigns in or condense. I'm not even sure if I *should* start with North America/America, except that that is our home and therefore will be easier to "connect."

[Edited to add: My thoughts were to highlight things in a pretty linear way, with some "starring" roles to name drop historical characters. I want to stay away from folk legends at this time until he's a little more rooted in the realities. Next year, the 2018-2019, we'll move on to another area of the world, but will then start dipping into folk tales of our continent and whomever else we're studying.) ]

And if you recall books or films, that would be appreciated as well. I'm truthfully having a difficult time in this endeavor. I began previewing, for example, Liberty's Kids and am already having problems with it that have me a little irritated. Jonah's SO VERY black and white and the program is SO VERY black and white. (LOL, I have a partial Canadian heritage and have learned to "see" things from the other side.)

Editing to say that I'm half-way through, I believe,
the first season of 'Liberty Kids' and things are starting to balance out where I wasn't hopeful it would. Maybe it's not as black and white as I originally charged.

[Updated on: Thu, 06 July 2017 16:03]

Re: Pre-School / K-grade level "American History" [message #820148 is a reply to message #820132 ] Thu, 06 July 2017 16:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Edited my review of Liberty's Kids.

Re: Pre-School / K-grade level "American History" [message #820253 is a reply to message #820132 ] Sun, 30 July 2017 08:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jen E.  is currently offline Jen E.
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We used Beautiful Feet "Early American History Through Literature" ( http://bfbooks.com/Early-American-History-Primary-Jumbo-Pack ?sc=18&category=854) and loved it. We used their timeline, too -- we had one in the kitchen and each ds had one in his BR. At this age I'd incorporate a lot more play -- costumes, period cooking, field trips. They make their own book, and you could have him write whatever you feel he's capable of, and let him dictate the rest to you. There are 30-minute videos on some of the famous people you'll study with this -- that could be a nice way to end each section, or to watch on a special night together, with popcorn and snacks.
Re: Pre-School / K-grade level "American History" [message #820283 is a reply to message #820132 ] Tue, 01 August 2017 19:18 Go to previous message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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We use Christian Liberty Press's History for Little Pilgrims. It starts with Creation and comes forward through American History. I've used it for every kid and really like it. I know you said you didn't want a curriculum, but it isn't very expensive.

When we have had space, we have done a timeline on the wall, matching each chapter with an representative art project. I made the kids memorize a one or two sentences summary to go with each project. So at the end of the year, they had a good, basic understanding of history from beginning to end.

The first chapter of the book is powerful, because it talks about creation and the second coming as the bookends to history, with then events of the cross splitting history in half.

In Him--Tracy
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