Curriculum Review | American History


I knew we weren’t going to get through all the history units we planned, but by this point, I certainly expected to get through more. We didn’t complete all our units in part because I kept adding to them and in part because I overpacked these units to begin with. No worries. I’ll just carry over these units into the following year and pick them back up in the winter.

I do have this curriculum review to share with you as well as audio samples of the CDs we used for this unit and our Colonial Times Unit study. At the end of the video you can also see what my 5th grader’s main lesson book looks like.

If you want to see the projects we did for this unit, you can watch the playlist.

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8 thoughts on “Curriculum Review | American History

  1. Hello I was wondering if you used any workbooks for questions and answers regarding what you have taught or if it’s mainly based on narration.

    1. Hi Lori, mostly we use narration (both oral and written). Occasionally if I have a workbook, I may use it, but we’ve had limited success. The novelty of the workbook works well initial but my child soon loses interest. If I ask questions, I do so while I’m reading or shortly after.

  2. Love this! I’m a new homeschooling mom and need ideas. My boys all voted for American history so this is very helpful. Love your channel

    1. Hi Lesie! Welcome to homeschooling! And thank you for the kind words 🙂 This time period has a lot of resources, so it’s both fun yet overwhelming. I hope my review helps direct you so find the best resources for your family.

  3. I love all your book reviews!!! Trying to plan American history lessons for next year (for a 1st & 2nd grader). I am no history buff. Can you please recommend a good spine that overviews American history as a guide for me to use as inspiration for more living books? We plan to use all of Betsy Maestro’s books in the American series.

    1. Hi Jenna, thank you! A good spine could be The History of Us by Joy Hakim. Truthfully, I haven’t read them thoroughly as they were assigned reading for my then high schooler. If you were looking for something younger, Usborne has a World History book that’s illustrated but doesn’t go into deep content, and Susan Wise Bauer has History of World.

  4. Hi Hana,

    First of all I just want to commend you on the wonderful job you are doing, and for introducing me to Waldorf. It’s really is inspiring.

    I just wanted to ask how do you know which subject to teach,is it child led or do you losely follow the state curriculum? Also I am concerned as its heavily in craft skills and I have no experience with the craft and I am nit very artistic. How do I go about this, can I leave the crafts bit completely.

    1. Thank you Maimoona! Admittedly I stray from the Waldorf curriculum and state standards often. I do have my Live-Education! Waldorf curriculum to rely on and I do use it, but I rarely check state standards. You can skip all the handwork if you don’t know how to do it, but I will say, try knitting because with basic knitting skills (just knitting a square or rectangle), you can make so many things! You can tailor the curriculum to meet your needs. There is plenty I don’t do that I wish I could, but I too don’t have the skills.

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