Our Star-Spangled Story Literature Package

Our Star-Spangled Story Literature Package


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Grades: 1-4

Category Description for Our Star-Spangled Story (Gr. 1-4):

Packed with stories about the people/families who lived their lives here in America and participated in the development of our country from its earliest inhabitants through colonization, independence, exploration/settlement, division, expansion, conflict, and space travel, this course from Notgrass Publishing brings their engaging, user-friendly, Christian worldview approach to history down to the elementary level. American history is covered in one year through 90 lessons (three lesson per weekly unit) that feature simple stories, easy-to-follow instruction, full-color photographs/illustrations and incorporate literature, music, creative writing, geography, and art. Lessons include instruction, map locations, timeline work, review questions, and hands-on history ideas/unit projects. A fun addition for this level that will have your whole family singing and memorizing is the Rhythms and Rhymes book with music recordings that can be streamed online or downloaded. Literature selections include eight family read-aloud books.

The Our Star-Spangled Story Textbooks, in two parts, are the heart of the course. Each weekly unit focuses on a major historical event/theme and tells its story through the eyes of several persons or families in three lessons. The carefully chosen photographs and illustrations are mostly in full color, but sometimes period photos are found in their original black and white. Lessons are 6-7 pages long and take 10-15 minutes to read through, concluding with a Bible verse. Lesson Activities (assignments from the Student Workbook, map locations, and literature selections), Review Questions, and Hands-On Projects (1 per Unit) are included with each Lesson. The beginning pages of Part 1 provides some very basic teacher/course instructions. Several maps are included with each Part including an All Around the USA Map which is used for lesson assignments. Part 1 is 322 full-color pgs, hb; Part 2 is 308 full-color pgs, hb.

My Star-Spangled Student Workbook, the only consumable book, is full color and provides one page per lesson (two handwork and one review page per unit). Activities vary but are always engaging and include matching, maps and pictures to color, and space for either drawing or writing creations. For activities in this book the student will need a pencil and a good set of colored pencils (the publishers recommend Prismacolor). There is a supply list of household items needed for the various unit projects (available as a download from our website). 91 full-color pgs pb.

The Answer Key and Lit Guide is for the teacher (in lieu of a Teacher Manual). It provides the Review Questions from each lesson with answers as well as answers to the Workbook Reviews. There are also notes for the various literature selections. 31 pgs, pb. Possibly my favorite book in the series is the Star-Spangled Rhythm and Rhymes book. This includes the songs (words in the book; link to music recordings) that Americans have sung for centuries (including me in Friday music class many years ago). Some of these are folk songs and some were written by American composers. There are also poems from different time periods which are about historic events and everyday life. But that’s not all. There are instructions for folk dances and party games as well. 80 full-color pgs with access to online streaming or downloadable audio recordings, hb.

The Star-Spangled Timeline Book begins with Creation and includes the arrival of Native Americans prior to settling into dates associated with the European discovery of the American continents. Timeline entries include all the expected (and some unexpected) key events and people (45 presidents) of our nation’s history referenced in the Textbook stories but won my heart with its homeschooling history entries. 61 full-color pgs, hb.

The Curriculum Package includes all six items: Textbook Parts 1 & 2, Workbook, Answer Key/Lit Guide, Rhythm and Rhymes book, and Timeline Book. You will need another Star-Spangled Student Workbook for each additional student.

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Vanessa M on Aug 9, 2022
To use with Our Star Spangled Story. Also my child will not willingly read for enjoyment so I build reading into school so he has no choice. It will help with reading skills.
Jeremy G on May 23, 2021
Vanessa M on Aug 9, 2022
Goes with chosen curriculum.
Jessica D on Aug 5, 2022
To use with Our Star Spangled Story. Also my child will not willingly read for enjoyment so I build reading into school so he has no choice. It will help with reading skills.
Jeremy G on May 23, 2021
Encouraged to study a literature based Christian history for young granddaughters
Carol R on May 2, 2021
Best price on this collection of literature for my 10 year old to read that goes along with our history curriculum.
MySha H on Mar 19, 2021
This curriculum has been highly recommended!
Ahnada S on Jan 1, 2021
I need these book for my Notgrass History curriculum, and it was the best price here.
Jennifer K on Nov 17, 2020
wonderful stories that all three of my kids will enjoy, a fun way to reinforce history
Amella C on Sep 23, 2020
My grandson loves historical fiction, so this literature package is the perfect accompaniment to the Our Star-Spangled Story curriculum package. I believe good, relevant literature really adds life, depth, meaning, and retention to the basic curriculum.
Karen M on Sep 9, 2020
Very colorful and it has a great reputation
Terri F on Aug 12, 2020
Can not find all books used, and the ones I can aren't much cheaper, so why not get new.
Cambria R on Aug 1, 2020
These all sound like really interesting and fun books. I hope that my children love these books in conjunction with Our Star Spangled Story curriculum.
Lindsay D on Jul 24, 2020
Corresponds with history curriculum and an easy way to add fun read aloud into our home-school day.
Tabitha F on May 17, 2020
to compliment the entire curriculum package
Cindy T on Sep 8, 2019
I really like the upper level curriculum provided by Notgrass and am looking forward to giving this lower elementary curriculum a try.
Savanna B on Sep 7, 2019
I like having the additional literature on hand. It makes the school year go more smoothly.
Lindsay H on Jun 17, 2019
I'm excited to read these books to my children as we go through Our Star-Spangled Banner History curriculum.
Christine C on May 8, 2019
This is a part of my family's homeschool curricula.
Christine S on Mar 2, 2019
Goes with chosen curriculum.
Jessica D on Aug 5, 2022
Encouraged to study a literature based Christian history for young granddaughters
Carol R on May 2, 2021
I see some books are out of stock, is there somewhere I could find estimated date they will be in stock?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2020
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Enjoying the literature in this curriculum
September 1, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun family read alouds!
Just started the first book recommended by my star spangled story. My 7 year old begs me to keep reading. Great selection of books!
October 8, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
great books, but fine without them too
We were using America the Beautiful but switched to this (my kids are all elementary level). We love it, although I admit we have not incorporated all of the literature books. I didn't see a place to review "star spangled story" but for us, the book and student workbook is enough. These literature books are good to have, but it depends on how much time you want to spend on history each day, and how much reading you are doing for other subjects. I highly recommend star spangled story with the student workbooks (even without the literature books) and have ended my search for something new to try
December 26, 2018

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