What is American History Menus?
American History Menus is a FREE, totally customizable history curriculum for grades 1-6 incorporating literature, language arts, art study, science and hands on activities. To use the curriculum you will need:
- American History Menus (download below)
- A library card
- A printer
- Internet access
- The spine (either A Child’s Story of America by Christian Liberty Press or Stories of America by Simply Charlotte Mason)
Each printable Menu corresponds with an American History Menus unit. Menus have three parts; the Appetizer (spine), the Main Course (books by reading level), and sides (art studies, notebooking, lapbooking, science, hands on activities, etc.). Each menu also has a corresponding Pinterest board with links to a description of every book and links to all resources, websites and printables.
Why American History Menus?
I am a homeschooling mom of both typical and special needs children. American History Menus was created during my 15+ years of homeschooling. I have studied and researched countless curricula. I even tried a few…
Most had minor problems – copywork lines not the right size for my students, books that I (or the children) didn’t like, books that I could not find, etc. Many had what I considered major problems for our family – too many expensive required resources, giant disorganized manuals that kept me flipping pages most of the day, readers that did not correspond to the period being studied, etc.
Once I “tweaked” the curriculum (adding notebooking pages, lapbooking, art, period readers, appropriately sized copywork, and added in all the books that we wanted to read) there was very little of the original left and trying to make everything fit was truly more work than just designing my own curriculum.
What American History Menus is NOT:
American History Menus is NOT a day by day or week by week lesson plan. If this is what you need or want – American History Menus is not the curriculum for you!
Download the Menus for part 1 (Exploration through 1860) here:
Download the Helps and How to Use American History Menus here:
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