Are you planning on using My Father’s World Adventures in US History? This post is filled with lots of awesome ideas, printables and activities for exploring American History with your little kids. You’re definitely going to want to check it out!
This is the year I’ve been not so patiently waiting for since we started homeschooling, Adventures in US History. I’m not sure why I’m so intrigued by American History, but I totally am.
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And then, of course, everything changed and suddenly I couldn’t make up my mind. For literally months, I agonized over which of the two made more sense for the little guy’s first-grade year.
I love Sonlight literature and feel like we can never have too many awesome books in our homeschool library, but of course, I feel the same way about the hands-on aspect of My Father’s World.
It’s for sure a tough decision. Homeschool mama problems, right?
Why We’re Using My Father’s World Adventures in US History
When it’s all said and done though, we’re absolutely terrible with following a schedule. We start strong and by the second or third week, we’re all over the place.
That’s the joy of homeschooling. Or should I say of being eclectic homeschoolers, which is for sure what I consider us.
I scribbled a rudimentary list of books to read when we did P 3/4. I tossed everything into a basket and just grabbed what looked good with P 4/5. Last year, we did A and despite my best efforts we only lasted until week 12 before we nixed the Instructor’s Guide altogether.
While terribly disappointing, not at all surprising. Can you say easily distracted? #bookissues #allthebooks
So this year, I thought we’d try mixing it up a bit. You know, because I have a bad habit of overcomplicating things. And I really wanted the little guy to experience the best of both worlds. Psst… Do you remember when I did basically the exact same thing with Timberdoodle and Sonlight for preschool? Some things never change.
After all, isn’t that kind of the point in buying a “boxed curriculum,” so I don’t have to do any planning? One would think, but I digress.
Side note: There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of these curriculum choices on their own. Each one is amazing and complete and beautiful in and of itself. Apparently, I just like to make things harder than they need to be. Oh, and obviously we read a lot too. More about that later, though.
American History for Little Kids
We’ll be combining Sonlight Exploring American History, My Father’s World Adventures in US History, and of course Beautiful Feet Books Primary Early American History.
Just to clarify, we won’t be doing everything from each of these. That’s just not realistic for us, but I do intend to match things up the best I can and read as many of the books as we can manage to make time for.
A quick recap of the changes we made are as follows: With Sonlight, we switched out the kindergarten Math and LA for first grade and set aside all of the above for baby girl.
We didn’t get the Music and Art with My Father’s World because we already have plenty of perfectly suitable curriculum options for each, including my brand new Drawing for Kids. Think drawing instruction meets creative writing. It’s wonderful. You’re definitely going to want to check it out!
I also put together 50+ Process Art Activities for Kids. Not familiar with process art? It’s all kinds of awesome. Go read all about it. It’ll completely change the way you approach art in your homeschool. My goal for this year is to add lots of history-inspired process art activities.
On that note, I’m still considering updating Beautiful Feet too. I’m loving the look of their new Early American History package. As if we need any more books, right?
Another absolutely amazing resource I found while I was looking for ideas was this American History Notebook from Miniature Masterminds. I downloaded and printed it for the little guy and when I get the opportunity, I’ll add those pages to each week’s folder.
It looks like there’s at least one worksheet scheduled for each day of a typical 36-week homeschool year. Just keep in mind, they obviously don’t follow the same order as the My Father’s World Teacher’s Manual, which means that you’ll definitely need to rearrange the pages.
Using Adventures in US History with a First Grader
When we had originally decided on American History for our curriculum this year, it was because that was what we would be learning about in Classical Conversations and the new Sonlight didn’t exist yet. At that point, we already had most of the My Father’s World books and for that reason alone, it seemed like a no-brainer.
If we needed to skip some things, we could. Anything he didn’t fully grasp would be revisited in a few years. And let’s face it, there was zero chance of Sonlight D working for a kiddo that young anyhow.
Fast forward a few months and we were smack in the middle of finishing up Cycle 2 online because everything was shut down and seriously debating whether or not we were even registering for Cycle 3, which is actually a shame because we really enjoy it.
All of that to say I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to get back to CC sooner rather than later, so we’re going to proceed with My Father’s World Adventures in US History as originally planned.
This has for sure been quite the year and we’ll just leave it at that, but I’m confident the little guy and I are going to learn a ton and have lots of fun in the process!
So for all the homeschool mamas who are interested in the nitty-gritty details, here’s a quick look at what we’re going to be up to this year. I’ve included links where possible for your convenience.
First Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Math and Language Arts
We’re sticking with The Good & the Beautiful. I love this curriculum and I discovered it entirely by accident. Another homeschool mama recommended it to me and we haven’t looked back. This year, we’ll be doing Math 1 and finishing up LA K then moving on to LA 1.
We also added some supplemental LA curriculum. Again, just because.
- A Reason For Handwriting A*
- Explode the Code Books 1-3
- Wordly Wise 3000, Grade 1
- Draw Write Now Boxed Set of 8*
The only thing on that list that we actually do every day is handwriting. I love that by the end of the year kiddos are writing scripture verses. It’s such a beautiful way to teach handwriting, don’t you think?
The little guy and I talked about putting a few in his portfolio and then sending the others to his grandmas. I’m sure they’ll both love getting mail from him every few weeks.
If you’re planning to use Wordly Wise, don’t forget to grab a student workbook too. I’m not sure why they’re sold separately, but they are. So far, we really love this curriculum. I spent so much time looking for an awesome vocabulary curriculum and I kept coming back to Wordly Wise 3000.
It’s going to be a mix up between Sonlight science, Master Books Adventures in Creation 1*, and of course the MFW science. You know, because one can never have too much science.
We read all the science books every single year because we love it that much.
This isn’t really necessary considering we’re studying American History this year, but we already had Master Books My Story 1*, so I put it into the little guy’s pile. If we finish it, that’s great. Otherwise, no worries. It’s something sort of extra and just for fun.
So far, we really like it. Last night, we drew a map of the little guy’s bedroom.
Again, it’s a mix of MFW, SL, and BFB. See above. I gathered up all of the American History read alouds that we had and organized them based on when each topic was covered in the My Father’s World Teacher’s Manual.
While we’re on the subject, it obviously could’ve gone either way, but it seemed easier to use the schedule from My Father’s World and add in the Sonlight read alouds than vice versa.
I’ll share our favorites, but otherwise, I plan to keep things as simple as possible. One of the reasons that I’ve collected all the books is so we’re not going to the library all the time and especially this year with everything that’s been happening around us.
Something else I think that’s important to add here is that I also didn’t run out and buy all of these just in the last few months. I’ve been collecting American History books for quite a few years now. Like I already said, it intrigues me. We’ve also gotten quite a few as gifts, including the entire Little House on the Prarie* collection. You know, because I wanted to be able to read them when we learned about pioneer life.
That more or less sums it up. We grabbed a few electives, but we haven’t actually started any of them yet. Song School Spanish*, WriteShop Primary A*, and a few other things that looked fun. I’ll be sure to share our thoughts after we’ve spent some time with each of them.
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with preschool homeschool!