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The learning interest of kids fluctuates overtime and doesn't often line up with what we are studying in Homeschool and if you're not using Child led Learning in your Homeschooling then you will sometimes find yourself looking for ways to get your kids interested, especially in History. Sometimes they are naturally interested in something and other times, you will find yourself struggling to hold their attention.
I decided to work on American History this year in homeschool and it has not been going well. The American History Curriculum that I chose was not a good fit for us and neither of us have been really happy. I was excited to be offered The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set and 200 Questions About American History Set from Memoria Press in hopes that Mini and I would like it better than what we were using.
The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set
Mini is getting older and is quick to voice her opinion on what subjects we are learning and the products we are using to learn those subjects. The first unit comes with: The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic Text reader, Student Guide, and Teacher Guide. The text reader has 85 chapters but is only 210 pages so don't fret at when you read 85 chapters. It includes hints for teachers and Presidents of the United States. The Student Guide has 32 lessons that include important facts, questions for each chapter, vocabulary words, and enrichment activities like map work and writing assignments. The Teacher Guide has the same things as the Student Guide but it also has the answer key for the 32 lessons with each lesson covering several chapters of the text reader. This set is recommended for kids grades 5-8 and cost $48.
200 Questions About American History Set
The 200 Questions About American History Set includes a Teacher Guide, Student Guide, Flash Cards and is a great resource to The Story of the 13 Colonies and The Great Republic Set. In fact there is a recommended 34 week plan included that lays out turning the two into a year long class. This is perfect for my readers that like having the year laid out for them. The Flash Cards are my favorite from this set. There are 150 Drill style questions, 30 Timeline Dates, 20 Notable Quotes, and 44 U.S. Presidents cards. This set is also recommended for kids grades 5-8 and cost $27.90
How we used The Story of the Thirteen Colonies and the Great Republic and 200 Questions About American History
It is recommended that students read the Text Reader themselves but Mini hates reading especially when it's not something she's interested in so I read the text out loud to her. We worked on several lessons a week modified to Mini's learning style. Some days were really good and others not so much. She enjoyed doing most of the enrichment activities. She answered questions out loud instead of writing in the student guides. Mini has High Functioning Autism so a lot of the Curriculum I use with her is modified.
Our Thoughts on this American History Curriculum
I really like both sets and all the extras that are provided. The Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and so much more. This curriculum is robust and has everything you need to teach included. The Student Guides are consumable so you will need to order extra guides if you have more than one student.
Mini says she might like but only when she gets to do those things.(enrichment activities) She loved using the map to find places and she really likes the timelines .
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How do you keep your kids interested in history? Do you have an American History Curriculum you love? Do you have any tips to add?
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