History / Bible / Literature D

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  • Title: Intro to American History Part 1
  • Age Range: 8-11
  • Grade Range: 3, 4, 5
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Settle foreign lands, battle for freedom and form a revolutionary new government!

  • Relive American history from the early Native Americans through the 1850s.
  • Guide your children with confidence: you get daily plans and complete materials for the entire year.
  • Embrace the innovative spirit that characterized early American history.
  • Bond with your children as you spark their love of learning!

Sonlight D is the first year that the History, Geography, Read-Alouds, and Readers all coordinate. This takes your studies to a new depth. Paul Revere shows up in a history book, and then appears in the Read-Aloud Johnny Tremain. George Washington presides over the Constitutional Convention in History, and then in the Reader Phoebe the Spy. Your children will enjoy these wonderful connections between the people, places, and events in American History.

Years ago, my daughter closed a Sonlight D book, sighed, and said, "I've never read a book that I didn't love."

I think you'll find that a testimony to the quality of Sonlight books. May it be that your children develop a similar love of learning this year.

Overview of the History

The overarching goal for this program, and its companion, Sonlight E, is for children to understand the context and progression of American History. I want them to grasp why people came to a new land, how they persevered and settled the continent, and that every day they faced decisions about how to live in the New World.

We begin with history before the Pilgrims and end in the mid-1800s. The foundation of the History program is former Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin's Landmark History of the American People. Boorstin specializes in the details: why Georgia struggled as a "charity colony" (and what does that even mean?); why the sea tied some colonies to England, yet opened others to the world; and why early settlers had to innovate. These are fascinating stories! This full-color text includes timelines, maps, and illustrations.

To supplement the stories of Boorstin, the schedule interweaves the Smithsonian's Children's Encyclopedia of American History, a book with short articles and copious illustrations.

Overview of the Literature

The D Read-Alouds are awesome! Of the dozen, more than half of them are Newbery Medalists and Honors: Secret of the Andes, about an Incan boy (it beat out Charlotte's Web for the Newbery that year!); The Witch of Blackbird Pond, a story of cultural differences, set in Puritan New England (and there isn't actually a witch in this story, though suspicious townsfolk wonder about a Quaker woman); Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, about a brilliant mathematician who made navigation more safe (such a great story!); Swift Rivers, a fascinating look at logging, from Minnesota on down the Mississippi River (you probably haven't ever considered this part of settling America, but it is fascinating!); Justin Morgan Had a Horse, the captivating true story of the runt horse who had the heart and drive to do far more than anyone could have predicted (you don't have to be a horse person to like this one); Johnny Tremain, set in Boston during the Revolutionary War (a perennial favorite); and Sign of the Beaver, in which a young settler, in danger of demise in the Maine wilderness, receives help from an unexpected source.

Sonlight customers routinely say that they would not have picked up these books of their own accord, but are incredibly grateful that they had the opportunity to read them.

And D Readers – what a great collection! As your children move from "learning to read" to "reading to learn," they have interesting and exciting books to enjoy. From Pocahontas and Squanto, to settler stories, to the Revolution, these early chapter books are engaging and include several additional Newberys.

Unique among the Sonlight programs, D offers the option to choose Regular or Advanced Readers. The Advanced program schedules the Regular Readers at a faster pace, and includes additional titles. Some customers choose the Advanced Reader package and use the extra titles for summer reads.

Estimated daily time for Intro to American History, Year 1 of 2 plus your other subjects: Student: 3.5-4.5 hrs | Parent: 2-3 hrs

Want a one-year option? See Sonlight D+E.

Instructor's Guides

Sonlight D Instructor's Guide (DCG)

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

Sonlight D includes History, Geography, Bible, Read-Alouds and Readers.

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Bible

American Indian Prayer Guide (DB01)

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

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The Discoverer's Bible for Early Readers (DB02)

Provides the full text (Genesis to Revelation) of the New International Reader's Version® of the Bible.

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Sing the Word: Great in Counsel and Mighty in Deed - CD (DB03)

Includes all the Scripture verses in the Bible D Memory program.

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History & Geography

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution (DH03)

A detailed study of the United States Constitution.

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Incans, Aztecs & Mayans (DH05)

Fascinating account of three major civilizations that existed in the "New World" before Europeans arrived.

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Pedro's Journal (DH08)

A fictional account of Christopher Columbus' first voyage.

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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.

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North American Indians (DH12)

Profusely illustrated introduction to a broad range of North American Indian peoples.

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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."

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Timeline Figures D (DH16)

Over 40 Timeline Figures for Sonlight D on self-adhesive heavy card stock. Just cut them out, color and stick them in your Timeline Book.

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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.

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Read Alouds

Secret of the Andes (DA01)

A story of a young Inca boy's initiation into Inca secrets.

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The Sign of the Beaver (DA02)

A white boy in the Maine wilderness is rescued by an Indian chief.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond (DA03)

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

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Johnny Tremain (DA04)

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

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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.

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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.

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Walk the World's Rim (DA08)

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

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Justin Morgan Had a Horse (DA09)

The true story of a young boy who trained the first all-American (but now world-famous) Morgan horse.

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The Journeyman (DA11)

Touching story about a boy, despised by his father because of his artistic bent, who leaves home to find his place in the world.

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Swift Rivers (DA12)

Eighteen-year-old Chris spends a winter with his grandfather in a cabin in Minnesota.

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Child's Introduction to Poetry (DA13)

Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and Cry

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Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma (DH20)

The thrilling story of America's first foreign missionary, Adoniram Judson. In the face of incredible obstacles, Adoniram and his first wife Ann were the spark that spread the fire of the Gospel into Burma. Their evident love for the Burmese people is a compelling story of unswerving dedication and sacrifice.

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Readers / Literature

The Secret of the Sealed Room (DA16)

Young Patience Martin works as an indentured servant in 1721 Boston. When her mistress dies of a mysterious poisoning, Patience runs away and meets an inventive, adventurous young printer's apprentice named Ben Franklin. Can the new friends crack the case and save Patience's life?

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And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? (DH02)

The background and story of Paul Revere's famous ride, told by a master story-teller.

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The Story of Eli Whitney (DH15)

Newbery Award-winning author tells the story of the man whose inventive genius made cotton king in America as well as the rest of the world.

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Pocahontas and the Strangers (DR01)

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

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Phoebe the Spy (DR04)

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

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Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman (DR06)

The true story of the famous steamboat builder by an award-winning author.

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Sarah, Plain and Tall (DR07)

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

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The Courage of Sarah Noble (DR08)

Eight-year old Sarah journeys into the wilderness with her father--and ends up alone!

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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.

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Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims (DR10)

The story of the meeting of two cultures--and the young man who helped bridge the gap between them.

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The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (DR11)

Jonathan goes to get "the biggest pot you ever laid eyes on" — on the other side of Hemlock Mountain.

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Sarah Whitcher's Story (DR12)

The true story of a little girl who is lost in New Hampshire woods back in pioneer days.

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A Lion to Guard Us (DR13)

Award-winning author tells a true story about three children left alone in London in 1609 who make their way to the Virginia colony.

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The Skippack School (DR14)

Simple but insightful story about a German boy who immigrated to America about the year 1750.

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The Thanksgiving Story (DR15)

Caldecott Honor Book recounts the story of the Pilgrims from the time they left England on the Mayflower through the first Thanksgiving celebration.

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Om-kas-toe (DR16)

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

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Naya Nuki (DX03)

The dramatic adventure of a real-life childhood friend of Sacagawea who was kidnapped by a rival tribe.

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Vostaas: White Buffalo's Story of Plains Indian Life (DX04)

A modern Cheyenne chief tells his story and the story of many Plains Indians today.

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Tikta'Liktak (DX05)

A compelling and vivid story of survival in the Arctic.

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Stone Fox (DX06)

Ten-year-old Willy needs to win the big dog sled race in order to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm--but that means he has to beat the huge Indian, Stone Fox, and his incredible dogsled team.

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Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (DX07)

A sympathetic, conversational account of Ben Franklin's life that highlights his inventions, his writing and editorial work, and his statesmanship.

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The Corn Grows Ripe (DX09)

Carefree Tigre must learn responsibility after his father is injured.

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Markable Map and Markers (MAP)

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Organize all your homeschool papers in one sturdy and convenient binder. With tabs that match your Sonlight® History, Language Arts, and Science 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!

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Wordly Wise 3000 Book 3 & Teacher's Key (3L100)

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