Core D+E History, Bible, Language Arts, Reading

Intro to American History, One Year (Core D+E)
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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 Club benefits.

The best of two Cores

Want the highlights of American history in one Core? I chose the very best of Cores 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 Core is best for 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds and advanced 9-year-olds.

Link your learning

Core D+E links together your History, Geography, Language Arts, 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 Core?

I created Core 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 Cores. 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 Core F program. Though the full Cores D and E provide even richer learning experiences, this Core 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 Core 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.

Core D+E covers as much history as Cores 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 Core D+E The overarching goal for this Core 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 Core D+E, you receive:

Instructor's Guide

Just open up your Core 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

Hands-on Activities

A handy CD-ROM provides tons of hands-on activity suggestions that coordinate with what you'll learn each week in Core 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 Core. These masterfully written, adventure-filled stories help cement the transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn."

Language Arts

Core D+E's 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 Core. It's hard not to devour such thrilling books! May you all enjoy the fascinating story of a nation growing up.

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Instructor's Guides

Core D+E Instructor's Guide (DECG)

Teach with confidence. This Instructor's Guide shows you how!


American Indian Prayer Guide (DB01)

36 weeks' worth of daily prayer for the indigenous peoples of North, South, and Central America.

Starting Strong (EB01)

Consumable. The perfect tool for teaching preteens how to study the Bible on their own. Includes stories, stickers, questions and activities.

Sing the Word: The Heavens Declare - CD (EB02)

12 songs based on verses from both the New and Old Testaments. In Bible package only for Levels 4 and D+E.

History & Geography

Core D+E Tips - CD (DECD)

Tips and fun "extras" for your Core D+E program

This disk contains a PDF with links to encouragement and suggestions for you and a wealth of additional tips and ideas to enhance your children's learning. Look for enriching extras that coordinate with each of your 36 weeks of learning.

Timeline Figures D+E (DEH01)

Over 100 Timeline Figures for Core D+E on pre-gummed heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

Pedro's Journal (DH08)

A fictional account of Christopher Columbus' first voyage.

New! The Landmark History of the American People: From Plymouth to the West, Volume I (DH10)

A fascinating introduction to American culture as it has shaped and been shaped by events from the Pilgrims to the mid-1800s. Written by the former Librarian of Congress. NEW full-color edition, completely revised for readability. Now includes timelines, maps and more than twice the illustrations. Oversized.

New! Children's Encyclopedia of American History (DH21)

A groundbreaking guide to American history, this reference book explains events, moments, trends, patterns and people in concise articles designed to appeal to children ages 8 and up. Features more than 750 photos and artworks, plus extensive maps, charts, a state-by-state review, the complete texts of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and much more.

Wee Sing America - CD (EH04)

A diverse collection of great American speeches and patriotic and folk songs . . . from the Revolutionary War to the present.

New! The Landmark History of the American People: From Charleston to the Moon, Volume II (EH12)

A fascinating introduction to American culture as it has shaped and been shaped by events from the Civil War to the late 20th century. Written by the former Librarian of Congress. NEW full-color edition, completed revised for readability. Now includes timelines, maps and more than twice the illustrations. Oversized.

Read Alouds

The Witch of Blackbird Pond (DA03)

A girl raised in luxury in the Caribbean struggles to adjust to Puritan New England.

Johnny Tremain (DA04)

A young apprentice silversmith is caught up in the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (DA06)

Fascinating true story of the poor apprentice who, shortly after the American Revolution, transformed navigation from an art to a precise science.

Walk the World's Rim (DA08)

A 14-year old Indian joins Cabeza de Vaca's 16th-century expedition through the Southwest.

Across Five Aprils (EA03)

The powerful story of a young man for whom the Civil War spans five Aprils.

Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems (EA04)

One of those "Wow!" books: a collection of delightful poems for young people arranged according to the birth dates of the authors -- beginning with anonymous native Americans and continuing to the present day.

Caddie Woodlawn (EA05)

The adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters in the Wild West frontiers of Wisconsin in the late 1800s.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (EA06)

Award winner set in the post-Civil War South.

Miracles on Maple Hill (EA07)

A heartwarming Newbery Medal winner. Dad has returned from World War II a changed man: withdrawn, touchy, unable to work. The family moves back to the family farm where dad gets the healing he needs.

Little Britches (EA08)

Ralph is barely 8 years old when his family moves to Colorado for the sake of Dad's health, and the family tries to make a go of it on the ranch. Classic true story of ranching in Colorado in the early 1900's.

Moccasin Trail (EA11)

A pioneer boy, brought up by Crow Indians, is reunited with his family and attempts to orient himself in the white man's culture.

In Search of the Source (EA13)

A translator struggles to help a tribal people understand what the Bible says.

A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt (EH01)

When the bank forecloses on her family's home during the Great Depression, 11-year-old Margo Bandini writes to Eleanor Roosevelt for help.


Toliver's Secret (DA05)

Ten-year old Ellen Toliver must conquer her timidity to take a secret message through enemy lines during the Revolutionary War.

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (DH01)

Breezy biography by award-winning author gives insights into Franklin's intriguing life and personality.

The Lewis & Clark Expedition (DH14)

A highly readable account of the quintessentially American adventure of discovery and hardship as Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led their men on an exploration of "the interior parts of North America."

Pocahontas and the Strangers (DR01)

Familiar story of a young Indian girl who saved the life of John Smith, an early American frontiersman.

The Matchlock Gun (DR02)

A ten-year-old boy saves his family from raiding Indians during the French and Indian war.

Phoebe the Spy (DR04)

Dramatic true story of a little black girl who foiled a plan to kill George Washington.

Sarah, Plain and Tall (DR07)

Award-winning story of a frontier American widower who advertises for a wife . . . and gets Sarah.

The Cabin Faced West (DR09)

Anne is lonely when her family moves to the Pennsylvania frontier . . . until a special evening when a stranger comes to dinner.

Om-kas-toe (DR16)

Om-kas-toe is a member of the Blackfeet Indian tribe in the early 1700s--before

The Great Turkey Walk (EA02)

"Git along, little . . . turkeys"? Yep! In 1860, a fifteen-year-old boy attempts to herd one thousand turkeys from Missouri to Denver, Colorado, in hopes of selling them at a profit.

The Great Wheel (EA10)

Engrossing story about the first—and largest—Ferris Wheel ever built. Told by one of the workers who built it.

By the Great Horn Spoon (ER02)

To save his aunt's home, young Jack and his butler rush off to California to join the '49ers in their hunt for gold. Fun!

Freedom Train (ER03)

Fascinating biography of Harriet Tubman, a black woman who risked her life helping other slaves reach freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Shades of Gray (ER04)

Thought-provoking story of a boy who was orphaned by the Civil War as he struggles to forgive "the enemy" and discover what true courage is all about.

Turn Homeward, Hannalee (ER05)

Two thousand Georgia textile workers were shipped North against their will to work in Yankee mills. Twelve-year old Hannalee was one of them. This is the true story of how she fulfilled her promise to return home.

Old Yeller (ER06)

The touching Newbery Honor story about a boy and the dog he loves. Set during frontier days in the Texas hill country.

Helen Keller (ER07)

The inspiring story of Helen Keller, a blind and deaf girl who overcame her limitations through courage and the firm love of a caring teacher.

Thimble Summer (ER09)

Newbery Medal winner about a mid-American farm family in the early 20th century. Charming.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (ER10)

In 1947, a Chinese girl comes to Brooklyn, where she starts to feel at home and to make friends.

The Seventeenth Swap (ER13)

Eric wants to buy his young crippled friend Jimmy a pair of red cowboy boots.

The Wright Brothers (ER15)

A delightful account of the exploits, the family life, and the character of the two bike builders who are generally credited with having been the first to engage in powered flight.

Hero Over Here (ER19)

Theodore learns that heroism requires more--and less--than he imagined in this story set during the deadly flu epidemic at the end of World War I. Moving.

The Story of Thomas Alva Edison (ER20)

Explains the basic principles behind Edison's discoveries as well as his joys, tragedies, and amazing successes.

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History & Geography

Markable Map and Markers (MAP)

Includes two big full-color maps in one plus a four-color set of fine-tip water-based markers!

A geography Required Resource in every Sonlight Core program from A—W.

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3" Binder with Tabs (B050)

Organize all your homeschool papers in one sturdy and convenient binder. With tabs that match your Sonlight® Core Instructor's Guides, you'll always know where to find each week's schedule, notes and study guides.

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The Timeline Book (RR120)

A blank timeline from 5,000 B.C. to the Present!

Pre-printed timeline in a spiral-bound book—for use throughout your homeschooling adventure. Required Resource for Sonlight Core programs A-300.

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Starting Strong (EB01)

Consumable. The perfect tool for teaching preteens how to study the Bible on their own. Includes stories, stickers, questions and activities.

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History & Geography

Timeline Figures D+E (DEH01)

Over 100 Timeline Figures for Core D+E on pre-gummed heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

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Language Arts

Extra Language Arts D+E Student Activity Sheets (DELG1)

Consumable. One set of these consumable sheets is included in Language Arts D+E (DELG). You need one set per student.

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Language Arts

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 4 & Teacher's Key (4L10)

Optional. Wordly Wise 3000 Book 4 introduces students to 300 vocabulary words. Students learn the meaning and application of the words through literary pieces and fascinating historical tales. Each lesson includes a series of five exercises that require thinking yet are fun to do.

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Core D+E History, Bible, Language Arts, Reading
Intro to American History, One Year (Core D+E)
Retail: $546.84
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This package qualifies for Time Payments.
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