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American history has to be one of my all-time favorite subjects!
When my kids graduate our home school, they might not be mathmaticians or have more than a basic understanding of English grammar, but they will rock American history!
Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration. But I definitely can see my children inheriting my passion for our great nation.
Which is why I'm so excited that this year we are entering the Age of Exploration and the Colonial period in our history studies.
Last year, we used these World History Timeline Notebooks.
I have a very simple and relaxed approach to history. I like that it takes little effort on my part and doesn't involved a whole lot of busy work. You can read about it here.
Part of my simple approach to history includes TruthQuest History Guides. You can read our review HERE. In addition to their fantastic World History Guides, they offer a series of American History Guides that are designed especially for elementary students. This year we are using the TruthQuest History Age of Revolution. It is amazing!
Since creating a World History Timeline Notebook was such a success with my kids and because we are entering into American History this year, I decided to create an American History version of our timeline notebooks with a few fantastic upgrades. And the best part is that we're offering it as a FREE download!
Our American History Timeline Notebook includes 80 pages of scrapbook-style timeline pages, beginning with Colonial Time Period and ending with Contemporary. We have divided American History into the following eras:
We have also included 80+ timeline figures. Although I strongly urge my children to draw, sketch, glue photos, etc. to make the notebooks their own, I know there are some kids who prefer to glue photos onto their pages.
There are also quotes and speeches from famous American men and women for each era. These are great for memory work, copywork, or simply to add to the timelines.
Last, but not least, are three different maps. The first map includes the fifty states, as well as the date each one was admitted to the Union. As you read through American History, your child can color in each state as it is admitted to the Union. I decided to include the dates already on the map because my goal is not for kids to memorize the dates, but to get a feel for how the country developed and what it looked like in each major era.
Two other maps are included as well; I purposely left them open-ended so they could be used a variety of ways. The gray map would be great for sketching the trail Lewis & Clark would have taken as they explored the Louisiana Purchase. I'm sure you and your child will think of many other fun ways to use them!
Download this FREE American History Timeline Notebook here.
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