Our Plan: American History

by | Aug 18, 2008 | American History, Curriculum, History, Home Education | 6 comments

In addition to studying World History this coming year, we will also continue to study American History as well.

We have been studying American History each year, and although, it was definitely time to move on and add another period of time to our studies, I didn’t want to completley stop studying our National History. Plus, it was our favorite subject this past year…

This coming school year we will have an American History block one afternoon each week. I just LOVE the American History plans over at Serendipity, but this coming year I think we will just continue our study of Early American History using Beautiful Feet’s program as a guide (we worked through the first half this past year) and supplement with the following books marked with an *.

Here is the list of the books we will be reading:

In addition to the above read-a-louds, I picked up the following beginning readers for the boys to read on their own:
(All of these books are only $3.99 each, and Amazon has a special where you can get 4 of them for the price of 3, with free shipping with a $25 order!!)

And since we LOVE all audio stories, here are a few we will be listening to this year:

I also hope to have the children make a couple more American History Lap books. I am thinking maybe one on Benjamin Franklin, one on life in Colonial Times, or possibly one on the American Revolution… We’ll see.

Will you be studying American History this year?? I’d love to hear what you will be using!


  1. SuzanneG

    We’ve been doing the Serendipity plans for the past couple of weeks and they are wonderful!! Everyone is loving them, including dh and me. There are lots of “readers” too, that my 1st and 2nd graders have been enjoying (that we’ve found at the libray)….thanks for listing/linking all of those!
    God Bless,

  2. SuzanneG

    We’ve been doing the Serendipity plans for the past couple of weeks and they are wonderful!! Everyone is loving them, including dh and me. There are lots of “readers” too, that my 1st and 2nd graders have been enjoying (that we’ve found at the libray)….thanks for listing/linking all of those!
    God Bless,

  3. Cheryl

    I’m thinking I might try the serendipity plans in january when we are finished with SL 1 + 2. Your booklist looks great too. I think I’ll print it out to review in December. Thanks for the post.

  4. Salve, sancta parens!

    Stay away from the book “America’s Providential History”. It’s full of errors against the Church. Here are a couple of samples:

    “Martin Luther was God’s instrument to awaken the conscience of man.” (p.47)

    The book falsely gives credit to John Wicliffe for translating the whole Bible form Latin into English. “This was completed around 1382…” (p.43)

    FACT: St. Jerome translated the Bible into Latin published in the year 405. Known as the Latin Vulgate, “The Latin translation of the Bible is on its own merits…the greatest masterpiece of the Lower Empire. The Vulgate of Jerome was for Europe of the Middle Ages more than Homer was to Greece” (Prof. Mackail Latin Literature, p. 278). This book is nearly 1000 years off in its history to discredit Catholic Jerome’s translation in favor of Protestant Wycliffe’s.

    The book treats the Inquisition as if Catholics were the sole inventor of the idea – WRONG. It is biblical. Numbers 25 God imposed on Moses the duty to ferret out and punish Israelites who worshipped the false gods of the pagans. Again in Deuteronomy 17:2-7, God calls for an inquisition against sorcery and idolatry – the heresies of the people of Israel.

    John Calvin himself was a Protestant Inquisitor who burned Michael Servetus, a fellow protestant, at the stake for charges of ‘heresy’ in 1553. In 1552, Calvin’s Institutes were declared “a holy doctrine which no man might speak against.” Jacques Gouet was imprisoned, tortured, and beheaded by Calvin’s Inquisition. Within 50 years, 58 sentences of death took place in Geneva (read William Barry, John Calvin for more).

    Yet this book credits Calvin for working “hard to make Geneva a model of Biblical government” (p.49).

    From the book: “This lack of advancement was primarily a result of the light of the Word of God being ‘hidden’ from the common people . . . as the church ‘backslid’ from God, His Word was further removed from the people” (p.43).

    FACT: Guttenburg’s printing press wasn’t invented until late in the 15th century which then allowed widespread access to all literature including the Bible.

  5. Nope

    hi this is great where did you get the timeline chart? My kids love it!!!


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