America the Beautiful Curriculum Package

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

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Publisher: Notgrass Company

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4.8 / 5.0
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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
1 year 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
1 year ago
My kids love this!
After looking at many curriculums, I really felt like this would be "the one"! We are overwhelmingly pleased with all this curriculum offers. My girls love every part- the maps, timeline, workbook and extension activities. It doesn't feel laborious or boring. I feel like they are seeing American History through Heaven's perspective. I highly recommend the entire set!
September 6, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Enjoyable and well-written
My girls are working through this curriculum and they have loved it so far. I have loved that it is self-directed! I highly recommend it. We are not doing the literature part as they are taking an English class at a tutorial.
October 31, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
<p>My 12-year-old son eats this up! He actually spends his "free time" working on maps re-reading the text and/or looking up other books at the library to supplement what he is learning He's excited to share his new knowledge with the rest of the family at mealtimes We've all benefitted from what he is learning This curriculum really seems to make history come alive My younger daughter is begging to know when she can do the same history books</p><p>Books are beautifully formatted Lots of variety in reading/activities Easy to use: Student can forge ahead independently Would highly recommend!</p>
August 4, 2015
<p>Beautiful and fascinating coverage of history American landmarks and lifestyles Bright quality photos The workbooks and supplemental textbooks (We the People) are fantastic The lesson activities incorporate vocab creative writing and Bible Love it!</p>
August 1, 2015
<p>I used this curriculum for 3 of my 5 children grades 3rd 5th and 7th I did the reading out loud with all of them and then together we did the maps (which my kids LOVE) and the timeline My 7th grader then would complete the literature and review work alone It was a perfect fit for our family and my husband and I would "fight" over whose turn it was to teach history because we both enjoyed it so much!!!</p><p>Warning: this curriculum did cause my children to want to visit every spot that was talked about and now have a goal to go to all 50 states! We did take a big family trip up through several states and visited several of the locations that were talked about in the books These are also great books to take with you on road trips we've found! We stopped in at Mammoth Caves because of a lesson and otherwise would have missed it completely so glad we were able to go!</p> <p>Great curriculum can't say enough wonderful things about it! History is fun and my kids are begging to do 2 lessons every day (that has NEVER happened with history curriculum before!)</p>
July 29, 2015
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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
We enjoyed From Adam to Us this year.
Lynn B 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
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
This was recommended. It looks like something my son will love.
Sara M on Apr 10, 2018
coop class
sheri p on Sep 8, 2017
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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    4.8 / 5.0
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    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
    1 year 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
    1 year ago
    My kids love this!
    After looking at many curriculums, I really felt like this would be "the one"! We are overwhelmingly pleased with all this curriculum offers. My girls love every part- the maps, timeline, workbook and extension activities. It doesn't feel laborious or boring. I feel like they are seeing American History through Heaven's perspective. I highly recommend the entire set!
    September 6, 2016
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Enjoyable and well-written
    My girls are working through this curriculum and they have loved it so far. I have loved that it is self-directed! I highly recommend it. We are not doing the literature part as they are taking an English class at a tutorial.
    October 31, 2015
    Purchased
    over 3 years ago
    <p>My 12-year-old son eats this up! He actually spends his "free time" working on maps re-reading the text and/or looking up other books at the library to supplement what he is learning He's excited to share his new knowledge with the rest of the family at mealtimes We've all benefitted from what he is learning This curriculum really seems to make history come alive My younger daughter is begging to know when she can do the same history books</p><p>Books are beautifully formatted Lots of variety in reading/activities Easy to use: Student can forge ahead independently Would highly recommend!</p>
    August 4, 2015
    <p>Beautiful and fascinating coverage of history American landmarks and lifestyles Bright quality photos The workbooks and supplemental textbooks (We the People) are fantastic The lesson activities incorporate vocab creative writing and Bible Love it!</p>
    August 1, 2015
    <p>I used this curriculum for 3 of my 5 children grades 3rd 5th and 7th I did the reading out loud with all of them and then together we did the maps (which my kids LOVE) and the timeline My 7th grader then would complete the literature and review work alone It was a perfect fit for our family and my husband and I would "fight" over whose turn it was to teach history because we both enjoyed it so much!!!</p><p>Warning: this curriculum did cause my children to want to visit every spot that was talked about and now have a goal to go to all 50 states! We did take a big family trip up through several states and visited several of the locations that were talked about in the books These are also great books to take with you on road trips we've found! We stopped in at Mammoth Caves because of a lesson and otherwise would have missed it completely so glad we were able to go!</p> <p>Great curriculum can't say enough wonderful things about it! History is fun and my kids are begging to do 2 lessons every day (that has NEVER happened with history curriculum before!)</p>
    July 29, 2015
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    We enjoyed From Adam to Us this year.
    Lynn B 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
    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
    This was recommended. It looks like something my son will love.
    Sara M on Apr 10, 2018
    coop class
    sheri p on Sep 8, 2017
    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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