America the Beautiful Curriculum Package

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Item #: 011947
ISBN: 9781609990336
Grades: 5-8

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Publisher: Notgrass Company

About America the Beautiful Curriculum Package

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Beautiful, fun history for adults and children:)
We love this history! I am using American the Beautiful for my 11 yo Daughter, and she works independently, narrating to me what she reads, then I just check her workbooks. The recommended reading is a delight also. My 8 yo son is doing Star Spangled Story, and he loves it. I love that it's fun and engaging to read, and has workbooks you can use as well as other recommended assignments if you are interested. Beautiful, well written curriculum and very easy to use!
February 4, 2019
Love this curriculum
We are thoroughly enjoying learning about America's history this year. Notgrass has designed a beautiful textbook that tells our history in an interesting way. The We The People book is wonderful addition to the series; love it.
September 3, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Beautiful
After reviewing this with my girls, we are all very excited to delve in. It looks very comprehensive, interesting and fun.
August 28, 2018
Purchased
11 months ago
good
good good good
August 12, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
I love this curriculum and the books are truly beautiful, great quality hard cover textbooks beautifully illustrated. I’m very happy with this package.
July 21, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
This curriculum saved my homeschool!
I LOVE this history! My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the mapbook and student workbook, plus the literature suggestions. I loved that we only had to add math and science for a full homeschool curriculum.

Plus, the main text is so interesting that I'm halfway through the first volume on my own, even though my daughter completed the entire year's worth independently.

My favorite part is the authors graduated their three homeschooled children, so they really understand what homeschool families need. There is no fluff, and there are only 150 lessons, so parents can easily take time off for sickness, work, field trips, etc. without feeling "behind" on their schedule.

I also love that Bible is woven throughout and the glory of God revealed in this beautiful text.

This curriculum simplified my homeschool at a time when I needed it the most, and without that much needed breathing room in my schedule, I don't know how we would have made it through.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
June 12, 2018
Excellent, complete history program
This curriculum is perfect for the independent learner and a child who loves to read. The map activities are excellent. If you add a few more literature selections and assign additional writing, there is enough here to make it cover middle school (7th&8th grade).
June 6, 2018
America the beautiful, Exploring World History, Exploring America, Economics
We have used Notgrass Curriculum over the past 5 years. It is exceptional. You can be traditional, Charlotte Mason, Classical or Unit Study and enjoy all of the Curriculum from Notgrass. We are going into 12th grade and still using the curriculum, It is fantastic and not in the least bit boring like so many history curriculum's that Children hate to read. This curriculum is engaging and speaks right to you. We LOVE it.
June 5, 2018
I didn't want this book to end!
I used this for my 6th grader and we loved every minute of it. It is well written, has terrific photos, excellent companion book resources, and interesting enough to always keep our attention. I like how each chapter has a selection of activities such as creative writing to enhance the learning experience. If I changed one this it would be more in depth map studies.
April 28, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Best for younger grades
I ordered this curriculum to use for eighth grade with my son. It is written at a low level, around fourth grade. Would probably work well with a fifth grader or a reluctant reader, but not for an eighth grader who enjoys reading and finds information and details fascinating. He needed more depth.
September 10, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
Highly recommended by a RR resource consultant. Also visited the Notgrass booth at the homeschool convention in my area and viewed all the books, which are all very visually appealing. Beautiful books that I hope my children will love vs. many of the homeschool history books that look and read like a phonebook.
Lacey B on May 2, 2019
We enjoyed From Adam to Us this year.
Lynn B on Apr 10, 2018
Highly recommended by a RR resource consultant. Also visited the Notgrass booth at the homeschool convention in my area and viewed all the books, which are all very visually appealing. Beautiful books that I hope my children will love vs. many of the homeschool history books that look and read like a phonebook.
Lacey B on May 2, 2019
I used Uncle Sam and You last year and appreciated how thorough it was.
Heidi M on Aug 26, 2018
We enjoyed From Adam to Us this year.
Lynn B on Apr 10, 2018
This was recommended. It looks like something my son will love.
Sara M on Apr 10, 2018
After reading many reviews and sample pages, this curriculum seems to fit the idea of how I would like to teach about our beautiful country. I love that it includes Geography, Literature, Creative writing, and even a Bible lesson in to it's units. Looking forward to getting started with my family.
Karla S on Mar 29, 2018
coop class
sheri p on Sep 8, 2017
Many reviews on line lead me to choose this curriculum. Does not seem to be as boring as some history curriculum.
Lisa M on Aug 30, 2017
required for co-op
Lindsey L on Aug 24, 2017
Co op class
Valerie T on Aug 22, 2017
Read great reviews about this approach to American History and how it goes very well with Classical Conversations Foundations Cycle 3 History Sentences
Andrea H on Aug 15, 2017
Have used their Adam to Us Curriculum and loved it so going to do this one next
Heather E on Aug 9, 2017
Good reviews and based on the preview provided
Paulina F on May 19, 2017
Looks like a great fit for my child
chet a on Jan 18, 2017
same
Gilbert B on Oct 7, 2016
Great curriculum!!
Celeste C on Sep 5, 2016
We are trying Notgrass this year. This curriculum looks really good with a great amount of variety in the lessons. Loving that this has literature incorporated with it as well.
Linda G on Aug 26, 2016
This is the first year in our school that we will be intentionally studying history. I'm starting my student with American history because I feel it's best she know where she is before she studies her relationship to the rest of the world. And it's an election year, so... I'm excited about the maps included in the program.
Sarah C on Aug 23, 2016
required by co-op
Andrea J on Aug 17, 2016
It looks really interesting and I enjoyed what people had to say. I think history is important for children and I look forward to teaching this to my kids.
Trena S on Aug 11, 2016
I heard it is a WONDERFUL curriculum
April M on Aug 8, 2016
Used Notgrass From Adam to Us last year and loved it
Steve A on Jul 29, 2016
We love the Notgrass approach to history. He challenges students to think for themselves while educating them in the vision of Christ's goal in restoring this world to right again.
John B on Jul 16, 2016
We love Notgrass publications and are happy to purchase them here along with all of our other curriculum needs.
User on May 25, 2016
After reading and seeing the samples, I felt that this would be a more exhaustive curriculum that still provided a fun factor.
Marie F on May 9, 2016
It was right on my son's level, bright and colorful to keep his attention yet not overpowering. Saw a sample at a curriculum fair and he was excited to actually do the work that is a first!
Kathleen W on Apr 26, 2016
I wanted a comprehensive curriculum. These books along with the Lesson Review book seem like they will accomplish that.
Mark U on Mar 17, 2016
At this price, it's OK that we already have 2 of these books--and it's well worth the money not to hope that the right titles come in at the library at the right time...
Amy P on Feb 4, 2016
We have really enjoyed this curriculum.
Chantel B on Dec 27, 2015
Supplement
Zobeida P on Nov 2, 2015
We are looking to switch to America the Beautiful from Tapestry of Grace
Christina P on Oct 26, 2015
I used Uncle Sam and You last year and appreciated how thorough it was.
Heidi M on Aug 26, 2018
This was recommended. It looks like something my son will love.
Sara M on Apr 10, 2018
Did you purchase additional Language Arts or did you just use this curriculum?
User on May 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I did not! This decision depends on your teaching style & what you deem as “necessary” to learn; as well as - how your kids like to learn/work.. I am a seasoned homeschooler, so this curriculum is an all-in-one for me. You get a lot of reading & comprehension from these books & you can come up with your own LA daily teaching. Steps to writing a paper on the books read, or teaching how to use past and present tense using their written paper, underlining any nouns, verbs, or prepositional phrases, etc...If you like a more step by step LA structure or workbook style, you would want to purchase a separate LA curriculum. Daily Grams would be a great combination with the Notgrass curriculum, if you want a little LA guidance. Daily Grams is quick and simple. Daily Grams gives you that structured workbook help, but then you use those very short daily lessons in the daily work from Notgrass. Hope this was helpful! (I do not sell or promote Daily Grams), it us just something I have used. As for Notgrass curriculum - You won’t be disappointed if you like curriculum with a decent amount of reference to God and scripture reading, and great literature books! I bought the older HS curriculum for one of my sons, as well, and sadly, he refused to use it because there was too much reference to scripture. I thought it was going to be a little more subtle, but it’s fairly strong in the view. Best of luck on your decision!
I would like to use this with a 5th & 2nd grader together. Would this be possible if some of the work was changed for the 2nd grader or would the material itself still be too advanced?
User on Apr 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: After using this in our home, I think it could easily be tailored to multi-level elementary. The reading is easy to understand, plus the geography and scriptural content nicely round it out! The study guide questions could be done orally and that would allow younger ones to benefit from discussion.
I would like to use this with a 5th & 2nd grader together, would this be possible if some of the work was changed for the 2nd grader or would the material itself still be too advanced?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi, my son really enjoyed this curriculum. He was in 6th grade. First, I did not buy the student workbook, but my guess is that it would be fine for your 5th grader but not for the 2nd grader. It is possible for your 2nd grader, the material would not be to advanced. You would need to change the activities a bit to meet the 2nd graders needs. I think the 2nd grader would enjoy having this read to him or her. Just about every page has pictures which break up the reading. Large print makes it great for children's eyes.
I want to get this for my soon-to-be 5th grader who gets overwhelmed easily. How long would you estimate it would take to get through 1 lesson? Do you do it every day? Do you do all activities listed? It looks like an awesome program. Is there a lot of independent reading? or would I be reading most of it. He's an advanced reader, but gets overwhelmed with assignments, etc. Thanks so much!
A shopper on Aug 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My 7th grade son really enjoyed this curriculum. He is a strong reader and worked independently for each assignment. He did one lesson each day and I would say it takes about an hour to complete. We did all the activities each day with the exception of the family projects and creative writing. We use another program for writing. The map work, timeline, and student workbook worksheets are simple and don't take much time. By far the most time consuming activity is reading the textbook and literature selections. We combined the suggested books with literature guides and counted this as his reading curriculum. One of the nice things about this curriculum is the flexibility to choose which activities to complete. Don't feel like you have to do them all each day. I would suggest picking a few to start and seeing how it goes. You can then determine if you want to add more or scale back. You can mix up the activities for variety or stick consistently with the same ones depending on your child's preferences and educational needs. I really like that this curriculum is adaptable because I plan on using it with my younger son also when the time comes. I really appreciate that this program presents the information from a biblical perspective and covers some very interesting more obscure topics that you won't find in other textbooks. Overall we really liked this curriculum and I have ordered another Notgrass History product to use next year.
Are these text books only or are work books included?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Textbooks include Parts 1 and 2 of America the Beautiful and We the People. The Answer Key is just that. The Timeline and Maps are workbooks (we had 3 people using the course, and each worked on their own map workbook while we shared the timeline). Then, additionally, you need to choose the Student Workbook or the Lesson Review book. These last two are not part of the curriculum; the Student Workbook is more an activities/puzzles workbook (geared toward grades 5-6), while the Lesson Review asks 5 questions per lesson, requiring short answers (geared toward grades 7-8). We actually used an activity book for each student and answered the lesson review book together as review. But the activity book really is more suitable for the younger ones. Hope that helps.
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