Katy

Katy

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ISBN: 9781609991128
Grades: 3-8

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Katy Porter loves her family. But when her parents announce that they are thinking of homeschooling, Katy has mixed feelings. Sure, she is close to her family, but she enjoys being an average girl, and she fears being homeschooled will make her different from the other kids. Will Katy make peace with her parents' decision? By Mary Evelyn Notgrass. 191 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

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Katy Porter likes to climb trees, play with her sister, and ride bikes with her brother. The Porters are a close family. They are brought even closer through a family vacation, a surprise in the middle of the night, and an important decision that will affect them all.

Katy is enjoying her summer break from school when her parents tell her that they are thinking about homeschooling in the fall. Katy likes being an average girl and is afraid that being homeschooled will make her too different from everyone else.

Katy's parents will have to decide soon. This summer could bring a big change for the Porter family. Whatever they decide, it has already brought a big change in Katy's heart, for she is learning that being different is okay after all.

Katy is a pure story of strong character, simple faith, and a loving family.

Category Description for America the Beautiful (Gr. 5-8):

Note: A new 2020 edition is coming soon. The core of the program remains the same; however, some lessons have been switched for new lessons with a different focus and the length of each lesson is now standardized. The layout of the program has also changed and some of the historical images have been updated with high- quality photos. Part One will cover roughly the same material with a few changes. In Part Two, five lessons from the first few units have been omitted and five new lessons have been added at the end to cover current events since the last printing. There have also been two changes to the literature package: "Indian Child Life" by Charles Eastman has taken the place of "The Sign of the Beaver" and "Katy’s Box" by Mary Evelyn Notgrass McCurdy is used instead of "Katy". Because of the changes, the new books will not be compatible with the old books; however, Notgrass will make the consumable books for the old edition available for purchase as digital downloads.

History is only the beginning of what this well-planned and user-friendly curriculum from the Notgrass family has to offer. The history is there, of course, in two large (about 500 pgs each) hardcover Texts. Part 1 takes the reader from the Native American nations (excellent coverage, by the way) through Reconstruction; Part 2 covers from the late 1800s to the present. The same comfortable readability weve seen in other Notgrass courses is divided into daily lessons (150) and grouped into weekly units (30). If youre emphasizing Americas beauty, it helps to have full-color pictures among the carefully selected artwork, and they do! Each unit is introduced by a short overview and a list of the lessons and books needed. Accompanying activities for each lesson might include "thinking biblically" (scripture copywork or Bible study), vocabulary, map study (weekly), literature (readings from We the People along with other suggested readings), creative writing, timeline work, and a family activity (more about these later). Each lesson also includes optional assignments for the Student Workbook or the Lesson Review book. If this sounds like a lot, keep in mind that this course only really needs a little additional grammar study to be social studies, Bible, and language arts all in one.

The Curriculum Set includes the two texts mentioned above as well as We the People and a comprehensive answer key along with both the Maps and the Timeline books (six books total). The original source reader that accompanies each Notgrass course is one of my favorite parts. We the People provides the same variety books and stories, newspaper articles, documents, poems, journals, memoirs and biographies, speeches, letters, and songs as their other courses, and skimming through it took me for a trip down memory lane and long ago classroom recitations. Its obvious that creative planning went into the family activities provided for each unit and found in the back of each text. Family Commemorative Coins, a Cupcake Factory, an Erie Canal diorama, and a Liberty Bell mosaic give an idea of the breadth of ideas.

Its hard to imagine a thorough study of American history without good map and timeline work. There are no worries here! Maps of America the Beautiful provides both a high quality map and accompanying assignments for each weekly unit. Corresponding to the chronological development of our country, youll find the expected maps (colonies, westward expansion, battles, etc.) but also some more unusual sets Americas Islands, for example. Youll want a quality set of colored pencils (the authors recommend Prismacolor pencils and I second this) red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black, gray, and brown to complete the map assignments. Timeline of America the Beautiful provides an enjoyable timeline-creating experience. Arranged vertically (what a great idea!) on the page, each page depicts a ten-year slice of American life. Some events are noted already, but others are to be carefully written by the student as part of daily and weekly assignments (lines are provided). As space permits, high-quality line-art pictures are provided which can be colored (another use for those Prismacolors).

Two optional supplements coordinate with the course. The Student Workbook provides an activity page for each lesson. Offering plenty of variety, activities include crosswords, word searches, matching, rebus stories, fill-in-the-blanks, illustrations, multiple-choice and more. The Lesson Review book provides five questions for daily review and for literature selections as well as unit quizzes. Answers to both of these books and the timeline book are found in the Answer Key. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
Library Builders
Grade Start
3
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781609991128
Author
Mary Notgrass
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Notgrass Company
Weight
0.5 (lbs.)
Dimensions
8.0" x 5.0" x 0.56"
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This is required for the Notgrass Our Stay Spangled Story curriculum, and I appreciate owning good literature and avoid the hassle of get the library book for the right moment, so I prefer to buy the required books. I often buy used but couldn't find this elsewhere.
Andrea D on Aug 29, 2020
We need this for America the Beautiful. Not available at the library.
Rhoda K on Jul 30, 2020
This is required for the Notgrass Our Stay Spangled Story curriculum, and I appreciate owning good literature and avoid the hassle of get the library book for the right moment, so I prefer to buy the required books. I often buy used but couldn't find this elsewhere.
Andrea D on Aug 29, 2020
Suggested in Notgrass American History
Kiersten R on Aug 28, 2020
We need this for America the Beautiful. Not available at the library.
Rhoda K on Jul 30, 2020
It is part of our Notgrass History recommended literature.
Cara G on Mar 17, 2020
It goes with Our Star Spangled Story, which is what we are using for history this year.
Rachel V on Feb 19, 2020
I needed this book for school and this is a great price!
Chantal P on Aug 21, 2019
it's new and a great price
Kimberly O on Jul 1, 2019
To go along with Our Curriculum ATB.
Stephanie Y on Sep 29, 2017
Suggested by curriculum
Heather E on Aug 9, 2017
I need it to go with America the Beautiful curriculum, and my library doesn't have it.
Sarah M on Jul 4, 2017
suggested reader for history
Sherri F on May 11, 2016
Suggested in Notgrass American History
Kiersten R on Aug 28, 2020
It is part of our Notgrass History recommended literature.
Cara G on Mar 17, 2020
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My nine-year-old daughter enjoyed this book so much that when she finished it she was crying because there was no more left to read She really identified with Katy as a girl who is homeschooled She was disappointed there was no sequelshe would love to read more about this character! This is a very sweet book!
October 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter and I read Katy just before beginning our adventure in home education at the end of August We thoroughly enjoyed the book and read it daily over about a one week period Not only did we look forward each day to finding out what would happen next in the story it was so helpful in getting our minds prepared for what we were about to begin I would recommend this well-written engaging book to all
March 5, 2012


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