American History, a subject that is very important to our family as a homeschooling family. A subject that should be fun and important in all American households! But what kind of program is a good fit? We have tried many different ones that Moe Man has followed along with, but then we found a hands on program that Moe Man loves! Let me introduce you to All American History Vol 2 from Bright Ideas Press.
All American History (AAH) is a complete history program for grades 6-12. How is that possible? Buy one program and use it for numerous different grade levels? Well, that is because, the older your child gets, the more YOU as their teacher will add to their learning. That is the first thing I noticed when looking into this program. I can pick and choose what Moe Man will be learning. I can take it easy one week and add extra another, all while keeping the main focus the same.
Now there again, if I really wanted to, I could add Ray Ray and Little Miss into the mix of this subject, and still be able to make it work for their levels! The teacher's guide gives me all the ideas to make that happen along with the All American History Jr guide that has all the extras put together to go with the Student Reader. That is something we will be thinking about in the future, but right now they are doing Mystery of History 1. Yes, I have 3 kids doing two different history eras. It gets difficult at times, but AAH makes it possible for Moe Man to work individually as needed.
To make the most of using AAH for your high schooler, I would recommend the Teacher's Guide, Student Reader, Student Activity Book, the All American History High School Test Packet. We are also using the Historical Timeline Figures. These supplies will get you a full 32 weekly lessons.
I was so excited when the box came in the mail…I might have been stalking the mail lady for the week of this delivery! As a curriculum addict, finding something that you like AND your child likes, well…that is the best thing in the world. I was happy to see Moe Man just as interested in the books as I was. He is usually one to shrug off a new book or curriculum, but this time he actually stopped and started looking through the books.
Instead of waiting for the new week to begin so we could start our new history program, Moe Man wanted to start right away. This is something that shocked me. Moe Man doesn't like change, but after looking at the books, he was ready for a change mid-week. After reading through the teacher's guide over night, I was confident to start the lessons the next day. The teacher's guide has everything listed in an easy to read and understand way. Right away I was book marking the different pages and loving everything I was seeing!
We are two weeks into our new history curriculum, and we are in love with this program. I have been adding the further study questions in and having Moe Man read from the Book Lists that are provided with the teacher's guide. The further study questions take the student further into the subject and have them think in different ways. These questions work for having Moe Man actually work on his writing (even though he doesn't like this) and see what he has taken in.
The book lists are broken down by Unit first and are broken down one more time by "grade". You can have your child pick from the list with their grade level, or you can assign which book to have them read. You can do one, or more than one. We are using our books for both history and language lessons. I let Moe Man pick one from his grade level and we pick one from a lower level that we read aloud together. This works for us. The nice thing is, you can do what works for you and still get a great education from this curriculum.
I can't wait to tell you more about this wonderful program, but for now I need to quickly plan out our next week of school! I will come back in a few days and tell you more, I will see you than!
God Bless and Keep You!!
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