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A 36-Week Schedule for Your Year-Long Early American History Study
Target Age Group: Grades 4th to 8th
Type of Resource: Non-Consumable
The “All American I” Guide
The “All-American I” Guide schedules a variety of well-illustrated history and culture books in this easy to read guide. The schedule is based on a 4-day week, which leaves one day free for extracurricular studies, field trips, co-op, doctor appointments, trips to the grocery store, or whatever else in your “real life.”
All-American I combines some of the more illustrated books from American Story 1 with the heart of the American Crossing program represented by the Time Travelers resources. This program contains more resources than either American Story 1 or American Crossing, and is designed to make it easy for parents to combine a range of students in grades 1st through 8th grade. You’ll find more detail on this below.
You’ll love the clear weekly schedules and helps in this guide. The guide also includes activity ideas, advice on teaching and grading student work using Charlotte Mason ideals, website links, as well as a rating system and supply lists for activities and experiments.
This guide pulls together the resources to study several time periods in early American history: the discovery and exploration of the American continent, the settling of the Eastern states in the colonial period, forging toward the Mississippi during the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars, and the birth of the Constitution and transformation of colonies to states. Then your study moves westward as America stretches its boundaries across the plains with Lewis and Clark and the frontiersmen. It continues as the Midwest is settled and the Second Industrialization affects industry in the East and railroad building in the West. Then the focus shifts to the Wild West, the Alamo, the pioneers and their trails west, and the lure of gold. The study finishes with a look at the lifestyle of the South supported by enslaved workers, and the divisions brought on by the issue of slavery between Southern plantation owners and Northern abolitionists.
The focus of this program is on students learning the unfolding story of America, so the resources this guide schedules allows students to be on hand for the most important events as they happened, or meet influential Americans who changed history. The guide offers many different activities with instructions that are “Open & Go!” and also schedules others from the resource set that make it easy to keep students busy with little to no prep. NOTE: This resource is printed in black and white. The ebook version of this resource will be in color or contain color pages.
Up Close in This Guide
- A 36-week, 4-day schedule is laid out clearly in a grid-style on just one page
- Introductory material helps you mentor and “learn together” with your student
- Supply lists and other helps make planning quick and painless
- Narration ideas in the front of the guide help you prompt your student through the year
- Weekly schedule page reduces your paperwork and is easy to follow, with clear notes
- Resources offer a focus on activities that are “Open & Go!”
- Rating systems for activities help you find the ones you want!
- Independent study schedules eliminate writing out homework lists
- 100 Timeline Cards and games provide fun drill to retain key events
- Website and DVD suggestions take your family inside America’s early history
- Above all, WP offers a practical, “Can-Do-and-Want-To-Do!” approach
Schooling a Range of Ages
If you’d like all your students to study American history, this program is designed so your family can complete this program together with adjustment. The All-American 1 Set brings together some of the best resources from the two programs American Story 1 and American Crossing. You’ll want to keep in mind that some of the resources may not connect with your youngest students, though older students can help and mentor younger ones along the way, too. Some parents choose instead to purchase the two sets separately so that older students complete American Crossing while younger family members work through American Story 1. If you have several students at the youngest end, you may be better off using the two programs instead of just the one All-American 1 set.