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As we ventured into the Middle School years, I was a bit intimidated. We’re super picky about our curriculum, and I’m not shy about tossing something out just a few months (or weeks) into the school year. Sometimes it stings a bit, especially if I had high hopes for it. But at the end of the day, the quality and functionality of the curriculum is what matters most.
This year, we’ve been fortunate to find a History curriculum that caters to each one of our expectations:
- Easy to use (little prep on my side, easy to execute lessons)
- Expandable lessons (such as reading, activities, or methods to go deeper into the subject)
- My kiddo has to love it
All American History from Bright Ideas Press fits these criteria, perfectly. We love it!
I remember learning History in school. It was always dry and bland. The way I managed to make it through was to simply memorize facts so I could pass the test. Once the test was over, the information would then be irrelevant – and I had not interest in touching back on it.
So when my 7th grader asked us one night if we could read from her History book as part of our winding down family time, I was thrilled! She LOVES her All American History curriculum!
#latergram The kiddo loves her American History so much she wanted to do some extra reading last night before bed. Love it when we find awesome curriculum! #BrightIdeasPress #AmericanHistory
- The information in each lesson is presented in such a way that the student is able to connect with the people and the time. Bringing the lesson to life, engaging their imagination to connect with the content being taught. It’s written in the form of a story instead of bland text intended to be uploaded to the brain as boring data.
- The dialog in the text is simple, but not childish. Information isn’t overly simplified – but isn’t overly complicated either.
- Volume 1 of All American History covers early European exploration through the 1840.
- Geared for students 6th through High School, but can be adapted for all ages. There are 32 lessons.
How the curriculum works
- Each Unit (consisting of various lessons) has a suggested reading list (found in the Teacher Guide) broken down by grade range. My 7th grader loves to read, and loves books that bring her current study topic to life. I’ve found most of these books at the local library.
- Each Lessonis broken down into three parts: Atmosphere, Event, and Impact.
- Atmosphere lays out and paints the picture in which the Event took place.
- Event – is the meaty part of the lesson. It gives all the details of the historical event.
- Impact is a summary of the key points in the lesson.
- Student Activity Book: In this book there are worksheets for each lesson. You’ll find review questions, historical figure worksheets, maps, photos of historical figures, flag pages, optional forms, and For Further Study suggestions.
Your Teacher Guide contains suggestions for activities related to the lessons, book lists, games for review, checklists (love this!), timeline dates, and more.
Click through the slideshow below to take a look at the inside of the books.
As a busy mom, I feel like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders knowing that All American History by Bright Ideas Press has us covered! Our plan is to reuse the curriculum when we tackle High School American History (yes, it qualifies for High School credit, woot!) by adding in the For Further Study suggestions.