All American History Vol 1 by Celeste W. Rakes
Bright Ideas Press Review
Review by Ginger on My MisMatched World
Each year I struggle to put together a solid curriculum for my children. It always depends on how much money I can spend. Or really, how little I have to spend. As I was quizzing my now 14 year old son on some American History, I realized that he had some shortcomings in this subject.
If you know me, I am a HUGE history buff. HUGE!
Especially American History. So I put the word out on my FB that I was interested in a good American History program for my son. I got a few suggestions. Not as many as I’d like.
However, one of them was All American History from Bright Ideas Press. So, I checked out their website and sent them an email. I was offered the chance to review Volume 1. I was sent everything I needed to start. The set includes the Student Reader which is a sturdy hardcover textbook. I will be able to reuse this when my youngest one is ready. I received the Student Activity Book which is a softcover. Very easy to use. I was also sent the Teacher’s Guide which is also softcover. I do plan on putting that into a 3 ring binder at some point. The prices are very affordable and you can purchase each individually, or together as a pack. So, I will be purchasing in the Spring I assume another Student Activity Book for the All American History Vol 1 for my 12 year old to start when he is entering 8th grade.
Dude… I am so very happy with this choice for him. It is amazing what we are learning. Stuff I never learned when I was taking history and I LOVE history. Like Leif Erikson. He does not ring a bell to me, at least not till we started studying who he is. He is pretty darn important. Now I am sure some will tell me, yea we did study him, but he does not stand out to me at all.
I may have skipped class that day?
As found on their website here.
“Having taught American history a number of times, each time writing (and re-writing) her own materials, Celeste has shared her love of history with many students in her homeschool classes. Designed to be engaging and written in a comfortable style, All American History reads like a good book — bringing America’s story to life piece by piece. Containing hundreds of images and dozens of maps, All-American History Volume I is a complete year’s curriculum for students in grades 6 – High School when combined with the Student Activity Book and Teacher’s Guide.
It is also adaptable for younger and older students. The first volume covers Exploration through 1840. Each week includes a chapter from the Reader, maps, forms, and review questions in the Activity Book, and plenty of hands-on and further research ideas in the Teacher Guide. (As well as great teaching tips, ANSWERS to everything, and a great book list!) The teacher book also provides additional hands-on and further research ideas for the younger students you may use this with.
There are 32 weekly lessons, and each lesson contains three sections examining:
- The atmosphere in which the event occurred
- The event itself
- The impact this event had on the future of America”
We have been working on a couple of the lessons from All American History Vol. 1 and I really think that this is going to be a great indepth curriculum. It is NOT boring. Because our school year has not started yet, we have not gone in-depth into the lessons. I wanted to do a few lessons for this review. I wanted an idea of how this was going to work for us, as well as be able to give an honest review for Bright Idea’s Press since they were so gracious to send this to us as a review. Getting my son to work on this was also a chore since he knew that we have not really started as of yet.
However, when we start school, we will begin over with Lesson One so that we can do the activities that are suggested in the Teacher’s Guide. I am so excited to be able to not only teach my son, but to also learn right along side with him. We give this 5 stars. He is super excited as well!
I do have to apologize to Bright Ideas Press. I misspelled their name, and on my image I still have it misspelled. I will be making time soon to fix that.
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