Journey through all of American History!
- Experience the story of our nation from before Columbus to the present day.
- Enjoy fascinating books as you follow the lesson plan each day.
- Embrace the innovative spirit that has characterized American history.
- Meet early explorers, American Indians, founding heroes, famous inventors and ordinary citizens with extraordinary stories.
- Purchase this package and you'll get free shipping (lower 48), Forum access, a one-year guarantee and other perks.
The best of two levels
Want the highlights of American history in one year? I chose the very best of History / Bible / Literature D and E and created this condensed program. Take a thrilling ride through all of U.S. history--from before Columbus to modern times! This program is best for 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds and advanced 9-year-olds.
Link your learning
Sonlight D+E links together your History, Geography, Read-Alouds and Readers. Get to know George Washington in a history book, then see him again through the eyes of two young people in Johnny Tremain and Phoebe the Spy. As your children read books that touch the same subject from different directions, they will recognize astonishing connections between the people, places and events in history.
Why this condensed program?
I created D+E to serve customers who want to study American History for one year instead of two at this level. Perhaps you're new to Sonlight and want to move quickly to the higher programs. Perhaps you're Canadian and would prefer to study American History with Sonlight for a year, Canadian History on your own for a year, and then come back to Sonlight for the Eastern Hemisphere level F program. Though the full History / Bible / Literature D and E programs provide even richer learning experiences, this program gives a fantastic overview of what you need to know.
Even if you're not from the U.S., you learn valuable context for understanding today's world. See firsthand how the first modern democratic republic began. Discover how Americans fostered personal freedom and the spirit of innovation that so many countries emulate today.
A tour of the program
Bring life to the history of this unique nation. Walk alongside families whose lives intersect with major historical events. Meet characters who grapple with the difficulties around them and overcome in the end.
When I first picked up the primary text for History / Bible / Literature D+E, I read it all in one sitting. Completely revised and now more engaging than ever, in full color, with timelines, maps and more than twice the illustrations, The Landmark History of the American People, Volume 1 & Volume 2, is a true gem! The first text takes you from the Pilgrims to the mid-1800s, while the second spans the Civil War to the late 20th century. The two-volume set covers the key events you want to teach, focusing on the social history of America. The result is a work that gives children a fresh view of life in the U.S.
Biographies, historical fiction and absorbing Readers add depth to your chronological study. Key players in American History feel like old friends. You meet people you should know in order to be culturally literate--fascinating characters like Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman and Hellen Keller.
Sonlight D+E covers as much history as D and E combined, but I've cut it all down to a comfortable one-year size. You hit all the high points and dive deeper into some particularly interesting times along the way.
My vision for D+E The overarching goal for this program is for children to understand the context and progression of American History. I want children to grasp why people came to a new land and how they persevered and settled the continent. I want them to get excited about the American spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship that has stayed alive through the years.
Children will see that entire civilizations lived here before the Europeans arrived. That our Founding Fathers struggled mightily to create a new sense of equality and write a living Constitution. That normal families of pilgrims, pioneers and immigrants persevered and overcame great obstacles.
Find out how Americans' unique perspective--our egalitarianism, our desire for change and our "can-do" spirit--contributed to inventions such as ready-to-wear clothing, department stores and skyscrapers. Discover why time zones and "fast food" came into existence. Examine how mass immigration, women's suffrage and the Great Depression impacted the social, political, and economic climate of the country. Discuss how racism has influenced life for individuals and the entire nation throughout the years.
Celebrate the positive aspects of our history: the establishment of a government by a free people apart from a king, the move toward unprecedented equality, the compassion that has historically flowed out of the American Church, two Great Awakenings that led thousands back to God ... I could go on. Americans have been far from perfect; but there's certainly a lot of good in our history to teach our children.
With History / Bible / Literature D+E, you receive:
Just open up your D+E Instructor's Guide each day and see what's in store. The daily schedule, discussion questions, notes and helps turn your great books into a cohesive curriculum. Your lesson plans are already done for the entire year! You spend almost no time preparing and almost all your time in face-to-face interaction with your children. Request the first three weeks of this guide for free at sonlight.com/3-week-samples.
A handy CD-ROM provides tons of hands-on activity suggestions that coordinate with what you'll learn each week in Sonlight D+E. Choose from weekly suggestions that reinforce concepts and add serious fun and variety during school time!
History & Geography
Travel through centuries of fascinating life with story-based history books and enriching extras. You get to:
- Sail with Christopher Columbus on his first journey of discovery to the Americas.
- Learn soul-stirring songs that inspired the formation of the USA.
- Experience the Great Depression alongside an 11-year-old girl. Will her letter to President Roosevelt's wife save her family's dignity?
Start your children on the journey of personal Bible study this year. The practical study guide Starting Strong helps them discover profound truths about God in Scripture.
Read together each day from the Gospels, the book of Romans, the letter to the Galatians, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, the minor prophets and much more. Your children will hide the Word in their hearts each week to the tunes of a delightful Sing the Word CD. And they'll learn to pray for Native American tribes of North, South and Central America with the insightful American Indian Prayer Guide.
Spend wonderful hours reading together this year. Some of my favorites here include:
- Little Britches, my husband's favorite Read- Aloud!
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond, a powerful story about family and courage in Puritan America. (There isn't any witch or witchcraft in this story.)
- Caddie Woodlawn, a book about a spunky 11-year-old girl on the Western frontier.
Your children's Readers tie directly into the History content of the program. These masterfully written, adventure-filled stories help cement the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."
Add Language Arts
Add to your History / Bible / Literature D+E a complete Language Arts program coordinates with your Readers and Read-Alouds to help your children develop essential writing skills. Weekly dictation exercises give children opportunities to recognize and imitate good writing, while a variety of creative and unique writing assignments encourage them to explore various writing styles. Children learn advanced writing techniques such as varying sentence length, using active voice, creating authentic dialog and more.
You get the tools you need to guide your children successfully, including student activity sheets, teaching helps, parent instructions, full answers, definitions and more.
Hooked on reading
Watch your kids get hooked on reading with this program. It's hard not to devour such thrilling books! May you all enjoy the fascinating story of a nation growing up.