Early American History from Beautiful Feet books has quickly become a firm favorite in our homeschool.
Learning through literature is actually something we only discovered about 6 months ago, and I now can’t imagine another way to learn history. We have tried dry, boring workbooks, and reading textbooks, but Beautiful Feet has re-engaged his love of history.
We also love this homeschool literature curriculum learning language arts through literature.
Learning American history is so important to us, we are studying it for about 18 months in our homeschool. We have already spent 6 months in grade 6 and are continuing for grade 7 too. We are from England so prior to moving to America 3 years ago we had very little knowledge of American history. So we have decided to take our time. Also, it is absolutely fascinating.
When it comes to history the more books you can read the better. This is probably why history is our second favorite subject, as my son just loves to read.
Early American History from Beautiful Feet Books is easy to use, engaging, and full of fun activities. Carry on reading for our review.
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Beautiful Feet Early American History
Early American History is a full one-year curriculum for students in grades 7-9. However, if you are not in those grades, no problem as Beautiful Feet books offers learning through literature curriculums for students K-12.
Beautiful Feet Books is a secular homeschool curriculum and has quickly made it into our top 8 favorites.
What is included in Early American History?
1 Teacher Guide
If you already have some of the books (surprisingly we only had Carry on Mr. Bowditch) then you can customize your order and take them out and it reduces your cost. You can take out a maximum of 5 books, which I absolutely love, especially for us book lovers.
The teacher guide is of excellent quality, in fact, at very first glance I thought it was one of the reading books.
The guide is broken down into six sections:
- The Indigenous Peoples of North America and First Encounters
- The Early Colonial Period (1607-1706)
- The Later Colonial Period and the French & Indian War (1706-1776)
- The Revolutionary War 1776-1783
- The Young United States 1783-1864
Within each section, there are the books to read that are included in the curriculum. But even more than that, they have additional books that you and your child may enjoy and a little about them. There are character connections where your children learn more about hospitality, perseverance, and more. Suggested online resources, research topics, activities, and creative writing ideas.
Beautiful Feet Books were clearly written with homeschoolers in mind. I love that they give you additional resources to use if your child gets really engaged with a topic. I don’t have to scour the library or the internet for appropriate resources, they have done the hard work for me.
There are 82 lessons included in the Beautiful Feet teacher guide and they recommend 2-3 lessons per week for a one-year study. As we enjoy history we study it every day, so when we are not doing the lessons we will do some of the fun activities.
Learning Through Literature
I always know a curriculum is going to be good the minute it arrives. Why? Because my son either goes through everything smiling, or just kind of grunts at me!
So the package arrived and his little eyes lit up as he rummaged through the box. He piled all 16 books high and gave them a ranking based on the cover!
Sophie’s War was ranked the highest so he started reading it immediately. Was this the first book to read? No. Did I stop him? Hell no! According to the teacher guide, Sophie’s War should be read when they are studying the Revolutionary War. But for some reason, it really caught his eye. He devoured the book in two days and very quickly went on to read Fever 1793.
The lessons we actually do in order, mainly for my sanity. Although he pretty much does it independently, I like to know how far of a curriculum he has done. So it makes sense to do that part in order.
We are really enjoying updating the map of America too, for now, it is in a folder as we are updating it regularly. However, when we have finished we are going to hang this on his bedroom wall.
Beautiful Feet Books Review
We both highly recommend Early American History Beautiful Feet Books and here is why:
The teacher guide is excellent and contains everything you could possibly need. There are the lessons of course, but I particularly love the additional resources. Freddie especially enjoyed building Jamestown in Minecraft.
The reading books are really engaging.
- My favorite book was the World of Captain John Smith (published by Beautiful Feet Books). It had images of prominent people alive at different stages of his life. As he was from England, we had studied a lot of these people already. For example Guy Fawkes (see how we celebrate Bonfire Night) and William Shakespeare (see how to teach your child Shakespeare the fun way!)
- Freddie’s favorite books were Peace Maker, Sophia’s War, and George Washington’s World. I am laughing a little while writing this as I have just asked him what his favorites were and he spent about an hour changing his mind, and really wanted to add them all! Seriously, I am so impressed with the book choices, and more importantly, so is Freddie.
We both really enjoyed plotting points on the extra large map. When the map is completed it will be added to Freddie’s bedroom wall. It has certainly helped us learn where places are in America.
The lessons are bite-sized and are written to the child and not the teacher. As we are in middle school we have started doing more and more independent learning, and Beautiful Feet Books support this method of learning.
I love the fact that if you already had a book you can customize your pack.
The price is incredibly reasonable. For the 16 books, plus the extra-depth map, plus the very in-depth teacher guide, it is under $230. Check out Early American History for yourself today I promise you will not regret it.
If you are looking for even more homeschool curriculum reviews check out all of the others we have reviewed over the years.
Last Updated on 26 July 2022 by homeschoolof1