The text is a historical reader that contains 85 short "chapters" of about 1-2 pages each. Each chapter covers a topic like the Mayflower or Washington's First Battle. Some nice black and white pictures of people and events are also included. It covers the timeline from Columbus to the Spanish-American War.
The student guide is a consumable workbook that has lesson pages that correspond to the chapters in the text. For each lesson it covers Facts to Know, Vocabulary, Comprehension Questions, and Enrichment activities.
The teacher guide includes the answers for the student book but also maps, charts, transcriptions of important historical documents, and tests.
This set can be used as a stand alone curriculum for early American History. However, we already have a history curriculum that we enjoy so we have been using these books as a supplement and my children have enjoyed them.
In addition, we have been using the 200 Questions About American History set which retails for $27.90. It includes a set of flashcards, teacher guide, and student guide.
The student book is a consumable workbook that includes drill questions, timeline questions, notable quotes questions and an activity to list all of the presidents. There are also some great historical poems in the back of the book as well. The teacher's guide includes the answers to the questions in the student book as well as tests and test answers. It also includes a great schedule that pulls all of these materials together into weekly lesson plans. I love this because it makes my planning time go more quickly!
Our favorite part of this set are the flashcards. They are divided into drill questions, timeline, and notable quotes.
We don't really use them as flashcards though. We like to play board games as a family and these work perfectly with our Homeschool Review game board. I have a generic board game that I made from an old Trivial Pursuit game board and I often make question cards for the kids to use in the game as a review for what they have been learning. The flashcards in the 200 Questions About American History set are perfect for use in our game!
There is a question on the front of the card and the answer is on the back of the card.
I have really enjoyed incorporating The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & The Great Republic and the 200 Questions About American History into our history curriculum. As always, Memoria Press has done a wonderful job of presenting the material in an easy to understand format for my children and they have made my job as homeschool teacher a little bit easier.
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