Civil War Study with All American History

We have been keeping busy with our history review these last two weeks. Remember I told you we were starting All American History  with Moe Man? Well,  we   have had so much fun that I had to share an update with you!

All American History

All American History Vol 2 is a wonderful program that we are using for our American History Credit for High School this year. We have been looking for something that would be a great fit for both mom and kid, and we have found it! Moe Man loves his history, and most of the programs I looked at just didn't quite seem to have him interacting as much as I wanted to be. Even though he is working on high school credit, I want him having fun while he is doing it!

These last two weeks we have continued our studies of the Civil War. We learned even more about the Confederate and the Union states. I love the fact that the worksheets use different elements of learning. While learning about the different sides of this war, we are able to color our map and have that visual of who is going again who. Not only does this help us see where the war is happening, but Moe Man can learn more about where the states are located. I get to get an idea of where he is at in preparation for our Geography studies in the future.

All American History Vol 2

So, here we are. We are not just filling the blanks, or picking a letter. We are filling out our maps. Seeing where exactly everything is happening. But that is not all. With our studies in All American History Vol 2, we are given different topics to dig further into during each lesson. We can pick one, two, three or all four. Each one of these Further Study questions makes Moe Man leave the textbook and look somewhere else for the answer. We have some good reference books at home and in our library, but he is also learning about the joys of Google, and reliable online sources. This puts the learning in his hands and he is able to have fun with this.

Further Study

When we started AAH2, we had not yet memorized the presidents up to this point in history. I found this idea in our Project Possibilities, and have had fun watching, and learning with, Moe Man. As we learn a new president we are able to add his picture to the wall.

Project Possibilites

Speaking of the wall, our timeline has grown! We wanted to do a wall timeline, but didn't know where to put it. We have our schoolroom that has been doubling as dad's office, but we are running out of room. Moe Man might love history, but not enough to have a timeline in his room! So, we are taking our timeline to a notebook. This "traveling timeline" has been a great way to see our way through history. I have a nice list of people, places and events in my teacher's guide for each unit. This makes it easy for me to know who to look for and where abouts they should go when we put them "on the line".

Timelines

And I can't leave this week without telling you more about my teacher's guide. This book has everything I need to feel confident enough to teach this course. Not only do I have the resources for what to learn, I have weekly checklists. This simple little checklist shows me what we can do for each lesson. With this I know what to make sure is done and what to add when I plan out my week. This is awesome when you are homeschooling one, two, three or three and a half kids! Not only do I have an awesome set up for a plan, but I have some really simple answer keys! Now you can have answer keys, or you can have an answer key that is a mini picture of the actual worksheet with the answers written in for you. This is so much easier than trying to follow a number or a follow a line. I actually love correcting these worksheets due to the lack of confusion!

Teachers guide AAH2

Now, before I write a book…haha, can you tell that I love this curriculum? I have to go and help Moe Man with his biography of our 16th president. Who knows who that is?? I will be back to tell you more. Ask me any questions and I will find an awesome answer for you!

 

God Bless!!

Amanda

 

Disclaimer: I did receive product and compensation for this review. All opinions are 100% mine. This post may contain affiliated links which mean that if you purchase from the links provided I may be compensated a small commission, as always thank you for your support!

All American History Introduction

All American History Introduction

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 Introduction

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.

All American History Introduction

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.

All American History Introduction

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.

All American History Introduction

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.

All American History Introduction

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!!

Amanda

 

Disclaimer: I did receive product and compensation for this review. All opinions are 100% mine. This post may contain affiliated links which mean that if you purchase from the links provided I may be compensated a small commission, as always thank you for your support!