2014-2015 School Review: History

Continuing today with a review of our third grade and first grade homeschooling year. Up next: history.

We spent most of the school year focused on United States history, because that's what the homeschooling guidelines for our state indicate we must teach. However, we intend to take more of a bigger picture approach (following Agent interest) next year and cover world history with a timeline.

{You can also check out our reviews of math, language arts, and geography.}

Primary topics we covered this year

  • American Revolution
  • Biographies
  • Native Americans
  • Presidents and first ladies
  • Titanic

Books, books, and more books

American Revolution
  • A Picture Book of Samuel Adams by David A. Adler
  • Boston Tea Party by Pamela Duncan Edwards
  • Heroes of the Revolution by David A. Adler
  • Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley by Ana Malaspina
  • The Boston Tea Party by Edward F. Dolan

  • A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus by David A. Adler
  • Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner
  • Betsy Ross: Patriot of Philadelphia by Judith St. George
  • Clara Barton: I Want to Help! by Cathy East Dubowski
  • Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd
  • Florence Nightingale by Demi
  • Florence Nightingale by Shannon Zemlicka
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder by Alexandra Wallner
  • Saint Nicholas by Ann Tompert
  • The Life of Benjamin Franklin: An American Original by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum by Kathleen Krull
  • Walt Disney: Genius of Entertainment by Judith Pinkerton Josephson
  • Walt Disney: Meet the Cartoonist by Carin T. Ford
  • Who Is Michelle Obama? by Megan Stine
  • Who Was Steve Jobs? by Pamm Pollack and Meg Belviso

Native Americans (focus on Nez Perce)
  • The Nez Perce by Alice Osinski
  • The Nez Perce: A First Americans Book by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
  • Welcome to Kaya’s World, 1764: Growing Up in a Native American Homeland by American Girl

Presidents and First Ladies
  • A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison by David A. Adler
  • A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower by David A. Adler
  • A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt by David A. Adler
  • A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler
  • A Picture Book of John F. Kennedy by David A. Adler
  • A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David A. Adler
  • Abigail Adams by Alexandra Wallner
  • Abigail Adams: First Lady of the American Revolution by Patricia Lakin
  • Abraham Lincoln: President of a Divided Country by Carol Greene
  • Andrew Jackson by Mike Venezia
  • Calvin Coolidge by Paul Joseph
  • First Family by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Franklin and Eleanor by Cheryl Harness
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Leader in Troubled Times by TIME for Kids
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Nothing to Fear! by Deborah Kent
  • George Bush by Mike Venezia
  • George Did It by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
  • Grover Cleveland by Mike Venezia
  • Harry S. Truman by Paul Joseph
  • James Madison by Mike Venezia
  • James Monroe by Mike Venezia
  • JFK by Jonah Winter
  • John F. Kennedy: The Making of a Leader by TIME for Kids
  • John Quincy Adams by Mike Venezia
  • John Tyler by Mike Venezia
  • Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
  • Martin Van Buren by Mike Venezia
  • Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt
  • Obama: Only in America by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • President George Washington by David A. Adler
  • Presidents of the United States by TIME for Kids
  • Ronald Reagan: From Silver Screen to Oval Office by TIME for Kids
  • Show Me the Presidency by Pamela Dell
  • So You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George
  • Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt by Don Brown
  • The Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness
  • The Story of the White House by Marge Kennedy
  • Theodore by Frank Keating
  • Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin
  • Where Do Presidents Come From (and Other Presidential Stuff of Super-Great Importance) by Michael Townsend
  • William Henry Harrison by Mike Venezia
  • Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days, 1809-1837 by Cheryl Harness
  • Young John Quincy by Cheryl Harness

  • Finding the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard
  • Magic Tree House Research Guide: Titanic by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
  • National Geographic Kids: Titanic by Melissa Steward
  • Polar the Titanic Bear by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden
  • Story of the Titanic by Dr. Eric Kentley

  • Atlas of World Cultures by Brunetto Chiarelli
  • D Is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet by Elissa Grodin
  • Vote! by Eileen Christelow

We watched the following

  • Liberty’s Kids (40-episode series about the American Revolution)
  • The American Presidents (1754-1861, 1st-11th)
  • The American Presidents (1850-1900, 12th-15th)
  • The American Presidents (1890-1945, 26th-32nd)
  • The American Presidents (1945-2010, 33rd-44th)
  • American Moments: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

We added in some written work

We tossed in a few other resources

  • Stack the States (Kindle game)
  • Presidents of the United States (quick reference guide)
  • Famous Events and Symbols of America (quick reference guide)
  • Famous Folks of America (quick reference guide)
  • Understanding the Bill of Rights (quick reference guide)
  • US States an US Presidents flash cards (because they're into that sort of thing)
  • American Girl unit studies
We also visited Washington, D.C. (you can read about that trip here) and Boston.

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