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    Default American History curriculum?

    I'm looking for a history program that will cover pre colombian American History through pre industrial revolution. My son has become fascinated with ancient American peoples after we visited Bandalier National Park in May.

    I've tried my Googlefoo but it is not helping me at the moment.

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    What age? Would a single spine be okay or do you want a full program? Do you need tests, crafts, activities, writing assignments, etc.?

    Here's some of the options I considered when we embarked on American history at the start of last year.
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    He is 10 and will not tolerate anything that look like activity or writing assignments. He is dyslexic and we are working on it now but for now nothing but the facts.

    I looked at your links and that is exactly what I was hoping to find. You did some great research on them and I really appreciate you having shared your knowledge.

    Thanks!
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    I will warn you, Joy's Hakim's a History of US is very dry. My dd used the series for her American History 5th and 6th grade through a virtual academy. She learned alot, but found it rough reading it.

    Hope you find just what you are looking for.

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    Denise, if you used k12, then the version of the Hakim book they use is condensed and not the same as the regular version - it's condensed into four volumes instead of the standard 11 (I think it's 11...). I haven't seen that one but I have heard that some people like it better because it has much less "voice" than the longer one and is much easier to get through. I don't think the regular one is dry at all, but it does seem that people either love it or hate it because of the talky, conversational style.
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    But if I don't annoy you, feel free to visit my blog:
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    10 volumes, the 11th is just original texts in a book . . . if i'd known, i would have only bought 10 lol! i dont think its dry at all .. . Raven (my 8 yo who hates history) struggles to pay attention, but Orion (my teen) and I find it enjoyable - and i used to hate history
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    Farrar - I wanted to add my thanks as well - reading through your blog post on some of the offerings really made my decision making much easier. Thank you so much for your shared research, experience and opinions!

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    Actually my daughter when she was using K12 through Florida Virtual Academy 4 plus years ago, she DID use the standard editions (1-5 or 6 for 5th grade and the rest for 6th grade). As you said, opinions do vary, I just thought I'd give her another mother's opinion so maybe she could pick one up or get from the library and decide if it works for her.

    Denise

    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Denise, if you used k12, then the version of the Hakim book they use is condensed and not the same as the regular version - it's condensed into four volumes instead of the standard 11 (I think it's 11...). I haven't seen that one but I have heard that some people like it better because it has much less "voice" than the longer one and is much easier to get through. I don't think the regular one is dry at all, but it does seem that people either love it or hate it because of the talky, conversational style.

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