America the Beautiful Curriculum Package (2020 ed.)

America the Beautiful Curriculum Package (2020 ed.)

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ISBN: 9781609991395
Grades: 5-8

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Contains Text, Parts 1 & 2, Answer Key, We the People, Maps & Timeline books.

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America the Beautiful by Charlene Notgrass is a one-year American history, geography, and literature course designed for students in grades 5-8. It combines the flexibility and richness of a unit study with the simplicity of a textbook-based approach to history. Daily lessons guide your child chronologically through American history, highlighting key events, people, and places.

The Curriculum Package includes:

  • America the Beautiful Part 1
  • America the Beautiful Part 2
  • We the People
  • Maps of America the Beautiful
  • Timeline of America the Beautiful
  • Answer Key


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
History/Geography
Grade Start
5
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781609991395
Format
Other
Brand Name
Notgrass Company
Weight
11.8 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 4.0"
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I chose this curriculum based on many wonderful online reviews. As well as the resources are laid out well, are visually pleasing, and the curriculum appears more in depth than many others. Especially for this age group regarding history. I believe it will be very engaging for my outdoor loving child who doesn't appreciate book work so much.
Jennifer V on Apr 22, 2020
I chose this because of the beautiful photographs, coverage American History in one year, worksheets which promote retention, enrichment activities which are optional, and Christian worldview.
Laura P on Oct 3, 2019
I chose this curriculum based on many wonderful online reviews. As well as the resources are laid out well, are visually pleasing, and the curriculum appears more in depth than many others. Especially for this age group regarding history. I believe it will be very engaging for my outdoor loving child who doesn't appreciate book work so much.
Jennifer V on Apr 22, 2020
I tried the sample of this curriculum and was impressed by the thoroughness of the Native American sections. I appreciate that it talks about Native Americans both chronologically and geographically. I also loved that it included letters and writing by Native Americans. I was looking for as complete a history of America as I could find. Native American history was glossed over and lumped together when I was taught history in school.
Allison D on Apr 9, 2020
I chose this because of the beautiful photographs, coverage American History in one year, worksheets which promote retention, enrichment activities which are optional, and Christian worldview.
Laura P on Oct 3, 2019
Price, convenience.<br />Scope of curriculum and not as much work on the part of the parent as some other curriculum. Looks like it will be something my son can do fairly independently.
Jeanne Marie M on Sep 23, 2019
I appreciate the Protestant worldview and the reading selections. I think this will help my 7th grader grow in her ability to work independently.
Hilary S on Aug 27, 2019
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.
Laurie 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 tried the sample of this curriculum and was impressed by the thoroughness of the Native American sections. I appreciate that it talks about Native Americans both chronologically and geographically. I also loved that it included letters and writing by Native Americans. I was looking for as complete a history of America as I could find. Native American history was glossed over and lumped together when I was taught history in school.
Allison D on Apr 9, 2020
Price, convenience.<br />Scope of curriculum and not as much work on the part of the parent as some other curriculum. Looks like it will be something my son can do fairly independently.
Jeanne Marie M on Sep 23, 2019
Any idea when America the Beautiful 2020 version will be available? Is the 2011 version available to purchase?
A shopper on May 4, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Notgrass is saying July/August this year.
What Is meant by “the length of the lesson is now standardized”. ? Does that mean the new (2020) version will be shorter or longer lessons than before?
Kim H on Jul 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Truthfully, we are not sure. That information came from the publisher. We have not yet seen the curriculum. I suspect that it means that some lessons were lengthened and some were shortened so they would all be similar in length.
When will this set be back in stock?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We are currently waiting on the new edition of this course. The COVID quarantine situation has delayed the anticipated arrival date and the publisher is currently telling us it will be this summer but has declined giving us a specific date.
What book is high school level?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The America the Beautiful Curriculum is targeting middle school students (grades 5-8). The high school American history from Notgrass is Exploring America.

https://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist?subject=History%2FGeography/14&category=Exploring+America+%28Gr.+9-12%29/7025
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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Rated 3 out of 5
I purchased the revised edition of America the Beautiful in 2020. Printing was delayed for a year, but Notgrass released PDF versions to those who had already purchased the curriculum while we waited the print edition. Notgrass did as much as possible to make the curriculum available without the print book, and I cannot fault their customer service. They even offered a total refund for those who decided not to take the printed version allowing us to keep the PDF version or a $50 credit for those who chose to get the printed version when available.

As to the book itself, I have not elected to get the printed version when it comes out. The pictures are beautiful. I love the map work and supplementary materials. I appreciate the great variety of topics covered in addition to history as well as the strong Biblical worldview. However, the writing style is very choppy with short sentences and little variety in sentence structure. It is heavy on factual information (sometimes seemingly unrelated) with little in the way of ideas or concepts. I had a difficult time reading it aloud to my kids due to these issues (we read history together) and we ended up switching to another history book (Landmark).

I wanted to love this curriculum, but we won't be using it again.
June 22, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent, engaging, enjoyable.
Excellent, beautiful books. The lessons are engaging and easy to read. The activities at the end of each lesson are interesting and fun. My children enjoyed this curriculum, and so did I.
June 21, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Really impressed looking over everything after receiving the America the Beautiful curriculum package. Glancing through the texts, I'm surprised by the amount of coverage of the American tribes, I'll be learning a lot along with my kids. I also really like the maps. It isn't just labeling things but includes coloring, tracing certain areas, or highlighting names, etc. In this way, it will work well even for younger siblings. The lesson review books involve more writing and will be good for older students, the student work books have more puzzles, games, etc and will be better for younger students.
June 18, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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August 12, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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


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