Homeschool Curriculum Review - Adventures in My Father's World
Our first year homeschooling we used curriculum from a company called My Father's World. Adventures in My Father's World was a unit study that took us through the history of the United States, but if you bought some of their other materials it became an almost complete unit study - including Bible, history, science, reading and handwriting. This was perfect for me, a newcomer to teaching my own kids.
This United States history program is geared towards second and third graders specifically, however my five year old learned a lot too. I imagine it would be fairly easy to make it more difficult for slightly older children as well, but it would take some work from the parent. Using the program the way I did, I really only needed to add spelling and math, which is one of the great things about using unit studies.
Adventures in My Father's World is a great introductory curriculum into United States history. I found myself each day wanting to know much more than the curriculum was telling us. This is a unit study for young children; we just found it wasn't quite enough for us. Fortunately it was very easy to expand on the things we were interested in. In the back of the book there are notebook pages for each week's study. There are also additional resources recommended for each week.
This meant a weekly trip to the library to scout out great books to go along with each state and lesson. There was a list to help you get started, but there are so many great books about the US, that we always came home with our arms full. One thing that really helped us to learn more about each state was to purchase a good children's book about the 50 states. This allowed us to get more details about each state today as the curriculum took us through them.
Adventures in My Father's World is more than just reading books. It takes you through the US becoming a country, covers a lot about Indians, and goes state by state in the order in which they became states. There is music to go along with the lessons, there is artwork to be done, there are recipes for cooking (hasty pudding is still a favorite around here!) and crafts to make. My kids really had fun with this program. I would highly recommend it as a great introductory program to United States history for the younger elementary aged kids.