The kids and I reviewed Digital Heroes & Heroines of the Past: American History Curriculum by Golden Prairie Press.
We enjoyed the books and audio files with this excellent classical/Charlotte Mason homeschool history curriculum.
We focused on Book 2 with The Civil War since that’s an extension of the studies we’ve been working on.
I LOVE the format of the reading. I LOVE the age and ability divisions for the reading. I opted for the longer readings and read aloud to all four of my children each morning.
Many of the reading assignments were divided into two sections: 1-3 grades and 4-6 grades. I just read the selections for older kids each day to my 4 kids. They had more detail and repeated the selections for the younger kids and there was no confusion. My kids are 4, 7, 8, and 13 – and the reading was just fine for all, not too difficult but interesting enough.
I LOVE the end of each lesson with all the fun activities – from songs and skits to writing and mapwork. We narrated orally and did some notebooking and drawing. Our printer is in storage while we’re moving and so we just used drawing paper instead of our typical printed and formatted notebooking pages.
My kids delighted in the American folk song musical selections and danced around the room and begged for more! It was the best part of our morning.
They discovered a fun “stage” in the yard of our TLF (base hotel) under a couple humongous evergreen trees like a big umbrella – and they performed the little skits in the additional materials file for each other and for me. It was darling.
Doing is learning.
This program is perfect for multiple learning styles – kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and anything in between. All of my kids enjoyed this curriculum and learned so much.
Each lesson has a variety of fun activities to choose from – like recipes, songs, writing assignments, timeline work, art study, map work and geography, Bible memory verse, listening to historical documents, experiments, and more!
It’s a classical and Charlotte Mason schooler’s dream.
We spent about ten days in TLF and then went on a weeklong road trip from Salt Lake City to Atlanta. We had to adapt our schooling while cramped in a car!
We read a chapter in the car each morning of our roadtrip. We discussed the readings and review questions and the kids narrated. We listened to the songs and studied the images. All the kids and I practiced our memory verses and looked up the maps and timeline events on our iPads. Even Dad enjoyed listening to the read alouds while he was driving.
Included in the Digital Heroes & Heroines of the Past: American History Curriculum:
- Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History Part 1 –
Lessons for the first half of the year. View the Contents and Introduction. View a sample.
- Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History Part 2 –
Lessons for the second half of the year.
- Historical Skits View the table of contents and sample pages.
- Sing Some History Listen to a sample.
- Listen to Some U.S. History MP3 Listen to a sample.
Literature Books (optional and sold separately for $59.99)
- Ten Great Adventurers by Kate Dickinson Sweetser, edited by Amy Puetz
- Ten Girls from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser, edited by Amy Puetz
- Heroines of the Past: Bible Study by Amy Puetz
- Two Little Americans in Spanish California by Frances Margaret Fox
- Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott
Coloring Book: Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History Coloring Book (optional and sold separately for $9.99)
Digital Heroes & Heroines of the Past: American History Curriculum is $98.99 and recommended for grades 1-6 or even older kids.
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