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Monday, January 22, 2007

Obsessed with U.S. History

Our 2nd grade curriculum is in route and I can't seem to shake thoughts about U.S. History! At the end of SOTW 2, the explorers are finding America and there are chapters about the Aztecs and Mayans. No problem, I've got that period covered but when it comes to U.S. History there is just so much!

Participating in online homeschool communities can be hazardous to a simple approach, there are so many temptations to check out the curricula that others are using and praising! What has spurred this obsession of mine is thoughts about our logic stage years (grades 5-8) and what we will use. This is always a topic for Well-Trained Mind users that has very different opinions. So in an attempt to quell the curiosity beast within, I am going to list what I have collected from used bookstores, Goodwill, bookcloseouts.com and others for U.S. History. Maybe then I won't feel like I don't have enough!

BIOGRAPHIES
Abigail Adams : An American Woman (Weekend Biographies Series)
The Adventures of George Washington
Albert Einstein: Young Thinker (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Amelia Earhart
Daniel Boone : Frontier Adventures (Easy Biographies)
The Double Life of Pocahontas
Ferdinand Magellan (What Made Them Great Series)
Geronimo (History Maker Bios)
If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln
Legends of Paul Bunyan
Meet Benjamin Franklin (Step-up books)
Meet George Washington
Meet the North American Indians, (Step-up books)
Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan and Other Tall Tales
Paul Revere : Son of Liberty (Easy Biographies)
Phoebe and the General
Pilgrim Stories
Pocahontas: Girl of Jamestown
Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawas
Sacagawea and the Bravest Deed
Sam the Minuteman (I Can Read Book 3)
Sequoyah - Pbk
Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims
The Story of Thomas Jefferson
Tomo-Chi-Chi: Gentle Warrior
True Stories about Abraham Lincoln
What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (Paperstar)
Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?

EVENTS
American Revolution (Building a New Nation)
Breakout! Escape from Alcatraz (Step Into Reading , No 4)
Finding the Titanic Level 4
First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers (I Can Read Book 4)
Fourth of July Raid
If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
If You Sailed on the Mayflower
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
The Story of America: The First 500 Years
The Story of the Civil War
The Story of the Constitution (Cornerstones of Freedom (Paperback))
The Story of the Declaration of Independence (Book-of-the-Month Club)
The Story of the Declaration of Independence (Cornerstones of Freedom)
The Story of the Golden Spike (Cornerstones of freedom)
The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Cornerstones of freedom)
The Story of the Underground Railroad (Cornerstones of Freedom (Paperback))
The Story of the Women's Movement (Cornerstones of Freedom Series)

GENERAL
Children of the Wild West
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Cowboys: A Library of Congress Book (Library of Congress Classics)
Don't Know Much About American History (Don't Know Much About)
Hidden Pictures: Across America (Ultimate Hidden Pictures)
The Home Adventure Library : Volume 3 : People and Places and America's Story*
If You Lived in Colonial Times
If You Lived with the Sioux Indians
The Indian in the Cupboard
Little House on the Prairie (Little House)
Over the Mormon Trail (Frontiers of America Series)
The Red Badge of Courage (Dover Thrift Edition)
Sister Wendy's American Masterpieces
Stories of Early America (Through golden windows)*
Take Me Out to the Airfield!
The Wisdom of the Native Americans: Includes the Soul of an Indian and Other Writings by Ohiyesa, and the Great Speeches
Clamshell Boy- A Makah Legend
Famous Americans- Activity Book
A Child's Story of America by Christian Liberty Press*

GOVERNMENT
America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song
Book of the Presidents
I Want to be President (Sesame Street)
Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought)
So You Want to Be President?
A Star-spangled Birthday: A Celebration in Song, Poetry, Facts, and Trivia
We the people; the story of the United States Capitol, its past and its promise
The White House; an historic guide

STATE
Abeka's My State Notebook
My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
The Mysterious Tail of a Charleston Cat: A Tour Guide for Children of All Ages
Open dem cells: A pictorial history of the Albany movement
State Birds and Flowers Coloring Book (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)
Hold That Thought- U.S. Geography & History cd

I think I've got U.S. History covered for a while. The three with asterisks can be used as spines, of course A Child's Story of America is familiar to homeschoolers but the other two are gems I've found that are U.S. History narratives with stories by Genevieve Foster, D'Aulaire, Carl Sandburg, Stephen Foster, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, and Elizabeth Coatsworth.
The People and Places, America's Story covers exploration to Martin Luther King Jr. in a narrative, illustrated way. I think I have U.S. History covered for our grammar years (1-4) and some of our logic years (5-8). I feel better now.

 

2 comments:

Becky LaMere said...

Hi Jessica
It's always exciting to change historical periods. At least for me it is. Something new and different. Now, we're been through the Civil War 3 times...it's lost it's excitement. LOL.
~Becky

Anonymous said...

Jessica,
I cannot read the words on your page unless I click to highlight them. Just wanted to let you know. Looks like you have a great library! Can I come over? :)
In Him, Eva