This independent, student-led high school history course is much more than just history though. When you follow the easy to use lesson plans, students can earn 3 high school credits: History, Bible, and English. We will be using it for History mainly, since we are in an Apologetics Co-op: Cultural Issues: Creation/Evolution and the Bible and we have other curriculum we are using for English.
I love pulling new materials out of the box and exploring them. I was instantly impressed with the text. This curriculum comes in hard-cover and full color. The lessons are not too long and it lists out EXACTLY what the student should do after each lesson. I LOVE that. It is like the curriculum is holding your child’s hand.
My daughter CHOSE this curriculum!
I actually gave my daughter a copy of this and another curriculum, both American History, and asked her to choose which one she wanted to use. I told her to read a lesson in each and whichever style she like the most, she would do that one for tenth grade. Even though this curriculum looked a bit more daunting with 2 large hardback texts (part one and part two,) she chose to use Exploring America.
From the Notgrass website:
Exploring America is an American history high school curriculum combining American history, American literature, and Bible. It will give your high school student a rich understanding of our nation’s past as he reads the history narrative, reads classic American literature, completes writing assignments, and studies what the Bible says about issues and ideas in American history.
Designed to be easy-to-use for parent and student, each of the 30 weekly units in Exploring America has an introduction that features a summary of the material covered, a list of lessons, books required for that unit, and suggested writing assignments. Each of the 150 daily lessons (five lessons per week) includes the history text and the reading assignments for that day (and those in progress).
Exploring America presents history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. Each unit includes a Bible study highlighting spiritual issues related to history. It is comprehensive, giving students a survey of events and issues from European exploration to the war on terror, with extensive coverage of the twentieth century. The Exploring America Curriculum Package includes three books:
- Part 1: Columbus through Reconstruction (first semester)
- Part 2: Late 1800s through the Present (second semester)
- American Voices: A Collection of Documents, Speeches, Essays, Hymns, Poems, and Short Stories from American History (assigned readings)