Intro to American History, Year 1 of 2

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Discover the foundation of the United States – and the civilizations that were already there.

Year one of a two-year study, this homeschool course covers American History from the world before Columbus to just before the Civil War. For the first time in the Sonlight progression, Sonlight History / Bible / Literature D links together History, Geography, Language Arts, Read-Alouds, and Readers. Your children will make astonishing connections between the people, places, and events in American History.

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Discover the foundation of the United States – and the civilizations that were already there.

Year one of a two-year study, this course covers history from the world before Columbus to just before the Civil War. For the first time in the Sonlight progression, Sonlight D links together History, Geography, Language Arts, Read-Alouds, and Readers. Your children will make astonishing connections between the people, places, and events in American History.

  • 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 with these American history books!

The central history book in this program tells fascinating stories about the social forces and cultural influences that have made Americans unique. Biographies, historical fiction, and absorbing readers add depth to your study. you'll meet famous Americans like Pocahontas and Benjamin Franklin, and ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things for God, like Ann and Adoniram Judson. Your children will enjoy these wonderful connections between the people, places, and events in American History.

In this 36-week program, your children will come to know the context and progression of American history. Your children will learn about the civilizations that lived in the United States before the Europeans arrived. They'll learn about the challenges that settlers faced as they came to a new land. They'll learn about the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. In this program, you'll focus on the hard-working, vibrant spirit that helped families of settlers, immigrants, pioneers, and pilgrims overcome big obstacles.

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

Prefer a one-year American History option? See Sonlight D+E.

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. We 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 American History: A Visual Encyclopedia, 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.

Readers

The Level D Readers are 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.

Sonlight 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 reading.

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Instructor's Guide
  • Sonlight D Instructor's Guide - 5 Day
    Teach with confidence. This Instructor's Guide shows you how. Sonlight D includes History, Geography, Bible, Read-Alouds and Readers.
    Retail: $131.99
Bible
History
  • Incans, Aztecs & Mayans
    Fascinating account of three major civilizations that existed in the "New World" before Europeans arrived.
    Retail: $10.99
  • The Constitution of the United States
    Learn how The Constitution came to be and how important it still is today.
    Retail: $6.95
  • The Bill of Rights
    Learn how The Bill of Rights came to be.
    Retail: $6.95
  • Pedro's Journal
    A fictional account of Christopher Columbus' first voyage.
    Retail: $6.99
  • The Landmark History of the American People, Volume I
    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...
    Retail: $25.99
  • North American Indians
    Profusely illustrated introduction to a broad range of North American Indigenous tribes.
    Retail: $3.99
  • Timeline Figures D
    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.
    Retail: $9.99
  • American History: A Visual Encyclopedia
    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...
    Retail: $29.99
  • The Beginner's American History
    This book highlights stories of significant explorers, influential colonists, war heroes, leaders of frontier settlements, inventions. Includes a list of comprehension questions.
    Retail: $20.99
Read-Alouds
  • Secret of the Andes
    A story of a young Inca boy's initiation into Inca secrets.
    Retail: $7.99
  • The Sign of the Beaver
    A white boy in the Maine wilderness is rescued by an Indian chief.
    Retail: $8.99
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
    A girl raised in luxury in the Caribbean struggles to adjust to Puritan New England.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Johnny Tremain
    A young apprentice silversmith is caught up in the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Toliver's Secret
    Ten-year old Ellen Toliver must conquer her timidity to take a secret message through enemy lines during the Revolutionary War.
    Retail: $6.99
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
    Fascinating true story of the poor apprentice who, shortly after the American Revolution, transformed navigation from an art to a precise science.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Walk the World's Rim
    A 14-year old Indian joins Cabeza de Vaca's 16th-century expedition through the Southwest.
    Retail: $10.99
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse
    The true story of a young boy who trained the first all-American (but now world-famous) Morgan horse.
    Retail: $7.99
  • The Journeyman
    Touching story about a boy, despised by his father because of his artistic bent, who leaves home to find his place in the world.
    Retail: $10.00
  • Swift Rivers
    Eighteen-year-old Chris spends a winter with his grandfather in a cabin in Minnesota.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Child's Introduction to Poetry
    Show children the beauty of poetry with "A Child's Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and Cry."
    Retail: $19.99
  • Winter Danger
    Caje Amos's father trained him to be independent, not to be beholden. When harsh Tennessee weather forces them to take refuge with Caje's aunt and uncle, Caje not only must survive bears, wolves, illness,...
    Retail: $10.95
  • Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma
    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...
    Retail: $9.99
Readers
  • And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
    The background and story of Paul Revere's famous ride, told by a master story-teller.
    Retail: $7.99
  • The Lewis & Clark Expedition
    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."
    Retail: $11.99
  • Pocahontas and the Strangers
    Familiar story of a young Indian girl who saved the life of John Smith, an early American frontiersman.
    Retail: $7.99
  • Phoebe the Spy
    Dramatic true story of a little girl who foiled a plan to kill George Washington.
    Retail: $6.99
  • Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman
    The true story of the famous steamboat builder by an award-winning author.
    Retail: $10.99
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
    Award-winning story of a frontier American widower who advertises for a wife . . . and gets Sarah.
    Retail: $7.99
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
    Eight-year old Sarah journeys into the wilderness with her father--and ends up alone!
    Retail: $5.99
  • The Cabin Faced West
    Anne is lonely when her family moves to the Pennsylvania frontier . . . until a special evening when a stranger comes to dinner.
    Retail: $6.99
  • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims
    The story of the meeting of two cultures--and the young man who helped bridge the gap between them.
    Retail: $6.99
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
    Jonathan goes to get "the biggest pot you ever laid eyes on" — on the other side of Hemlock Mountain.
    Retail: $5.99
  • Sarah Whitcher's Story
    The true story of a little girl who is lost in New Hampshire woods back in pioneer days.
    Retail: $10.00
  • A Lion to Guard Us
    Award-winning author tells a true story about three children left alone in London in 1609 who make their way to the Virginia colony.
    Retail: $6.99
  • The Skippack School
    Simple but insightful story about a German boy who immigrated to America about the year 1750.
    Retail: $8.99
  • The Thanksgiving Story
    Caldecott Honor Book recounts the story of the Pilgrims from the time they left England on the Mayflower through the first Thanksgiving celebration.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Om-kas-toe
    Om-kas-toe is a member of the Blackfeet Indian tribe in the early 1700s – before horses.
    Retail: $8.99
  • Timmy O'Dowd and the Big Ditch
    In the late 1800s, young Timmy O'Dowd and his city boy cousin must forget their differences and combine their efforts when the Erie Canal is damaged by storms.
    Retail: $13.95
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