Our 3 Favorite Resources for US History - Elementary



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Are you looking for resources to teach American History to your kids?  

At BJ's Homeschool, we used a combination of living literature, hands-on projects, and short history lessons to study about our country's history.  We had three favorite resources to help us do just that...

Today, I would like to share our three favorite resources for elementary US History:

1. "History and Me" - a creative workbook with hands-on activities 
2.  the Little House on the Prairie series, with craft books 
3.  US History 5 - from Oak Meadow homeschool publishers

We began our studies, with the book "History and Me", when my daughter was in 3rd grade..

1.  History and Me


History and Me, by Education.com offers a great way to introduce US History to your kids, and it is frugally priced at less than $8.00. Through this book, your kids are introduced to US history by learning about the people in it.

History and Me is divided into four sections:

1.  She's so Cool - Women in History
2.  American Heroes
3.  Presidential Potpurri - Famous Presidents
4.  Tracing your Roots - an introduction to studying family history

The first section includes short biographies of famous women in our history, and also gives practice in reading comprehension skills, and learning about biographies.


The second section includes short lessons on Alexander Hamilton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony,  Martin Luther King, Jr. and many more.  I like how it uses word scrambles to help with retention in this section.


In the third section, about our Presidents, your kids are introduced to historical time lines, with cut and paste activities used to make them.


The last section involves interviewing family members, to begin to map out your family's history.

Education.com also offers 15,000 free printables, which include fun activities, worksheets and online games.  Just click here, to reach their extensive list of printables.



After studying the lessons in History and Me, we moved on to focus on the pioneer days, with the series of novels -- "The Little House on the Prairie" that is so popular, and so wonderful.


photo credit - http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/little-house-prairie
Scholastic offers the The Little House Series, as I am sure you already know..but we were lucky to get most of our books from the library.  

While reading them, we enjoyed My Little House Crafts Book , and had lots of hands-on fun with their craft ideas.  

Gerdine B. also offers many related activities here - under Pinterest Activities, as does in her blog, the Proverbs 31 Woman ----- with her Little House in the Big Woods Activities. 

Then lastely, when my daughter was in 5th grade, we were ready to cover U.S. history in more depth,  and found a wonderful course, from Oak Meadow Homeschool Publications.

3.  US History 5 by Oak Meadow

Oak Meadow Review - Complete Fifth Grade Package www.thecurriculumchoice.com



Oak Meadow's US History 5 was a complete course that my daughter loved, with charming lessons full of interesting facts, giving a good solid overview of our country's history.  These were coordinated with lots of hands-on projects and fun to read living literature books as well.

Oak Meadow offers courses in English, Social Studies, Math, and Science for grades K - 12.  They can be purchased as a bundle or, from 4th grade on, just one course at a time.  They are all hands-on, project oriented courses, and we loved using them for English and History, starting in 4th grade.

These US History lessons included information that young children would want to know, such as family life, toys and children's clothing, along with the important historical facts of US History. 

The Living Literature books included:

-The Story of Harriet Tubman
- Ben and Me
- Sarah Mortan's Day 
- Christopher Columbus
- and four more.

Doing the hands-on history projects, like this diorama of Jamestown, made US history real!
My daughter's Jamestown Project

And I loved how US History 5 encouraged my daughter's critical thinking!  Click here for the rest of my review of Oak Meadow 5th grade with more on history and also the other subjects offered.

For many more resources for the elementary years, such as this one on science, click here. 




There are lots of indoor science activities in the above post, great for winter afternoons.  To reach all the other great history posts by iHomeschool Network bloggers, in the Massive Guide to History, click here.


Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now college senior, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing on Top-Notch Tuesday! These are great resources and we look forward to using some of them :)
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  2. Thanks, Simply Knowledge Homeschool, and enjoy your day!

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