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I am planning to do American History with my 4th grader (9 yrs old) using TruthQuest and I have been looking at spines to use and have decided I would like to use one of the spines below. I would love any input as to the one(s) you have liked/not liked, etc. Thank you!!
The Landmark History of the American People by Daniel J. Boorstin
This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall
Genevieve Foster books (George Washington’s world, etc)
America’s Providential History by Mark BelilesnebbyParticipant
We have been enjoying TCOO. Foster’s books are good too. They vary in level . They do add more of an international context.
Here is a post I did on history spines:
I also have some on the books we used this past year on the exploration and settlement of the US.
The Landmark History of the American People by Daniel J. Boorstin – not familiar
This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall – We LOATHED this book. I’m not sure why, but we put it aside after trying to read it and on audio. Many love it though.
The Rainbow Book of American History by Earl Schenck Miers (or the updated version A Child’s First Book of American History) – I have a beautifully illustrated orig. version copy that I plan to use next go round. I like how it reads and the pictures.
Genevieve Foster books (George Washington’s world, etc) – I like these and agree with Nebby
America’s Providential History by Mark Beliles – Not familiarBenitaParticipant
What about using SCM Module with Stories of America as a spine?6boys1girlParticipant
I’m not familiar enough with any of the spines you mention to give input. But we have used TQ for 4+ years and I just use that as our spine, adding in living books to fill in the areas we want to know more about.BenitaParticipant
George Washington’s World is a wonderful book whether you use it as a spine or assign as reading or just use it as an extra read aloud.ClaireParticipant
We use Joy Hakim’s series of 10 volumes for American History. We choose and read several biographies or other source books in addition to this spine each term and narrate on both in our history notebooks. I adore these and don’t look anywhere else for American History. I previewed Notgrass and was not impressed … too shallow. This Country of Ours I tried and didn’t pursue, can’t remember why. Sorry, can’t comment on the others.
Thank you all for your input! I really appreciate it! Benita, I did a SCM Module last year and I wanted to try something different this year.
I think I am actually leaning towards the Beautiful Feet Early American history with the D’Aulaire and Genevieve Foster books. Anyone done this study?MonicaParticipant
I haven’t done the Beautiful Feet American History, but I just bought the guide with all the books at a book sale. My 12YO is going to use it this year.missceegeeParticipant
Haven’t used the guide, but I like the BF book choices.
I have finally decided to use TruthQuest this year for American history after looking at a friend’s guide. Has anyone used the Notebooking PDF that you can download?swelb21Participant
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