- Reviewed on Wednesday, May 2, 2012
- Grades Used: K-2nd
- Dates used: 2011-2012
As far as textbooks are concerned, history seems to be one of the dryest and most boring subjects. Thankfully, we discovered Beautiful Feet Early American History and used the Primary course this past school year. The majority of the books are lovely and engaging...truly top quality literature. The content is factual yet entertaining. I found many of the assignments in the Literature Guide a little too overwhelming for my K student so we mainly just read the books and discussed them. This curriculum served us well as a gentle approach to US History and nutured a love for this subject.
- Reviewed on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
- Grades Used: K-1st
- Dates used: 2010-2011
I've used the Beautiful Feet Early American history with my 4 and 6 year old daughters. They're now 5 and 7 and we're almost done with the year and I'm thinking about reading all the books again because all of us enjoyed them so much!
I love everything about these books! The way they're written, how engaging the stories are, and the pictures! My girls love to stare at the beautiful pictures while I read. They ask questions nearly nonstop during our read aloud time.
I'm trying to think of why specifically these books are so much better than every other history book I've bought or checked out from the library and I think the biggest reason is simply the fact that they're written like stories. They aren't books that just tell you facts about what happened, they're journals and stories (some fiction, some fact) that really draw my kids into that time period.
I could not be more in love with an early American history program! I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
- Reviewed on Sunday, January 23, 2011
- Grades Used: 5th grade
- Dates used: 2010-11
We used Beautiful Feet Geography as an "extra" to break up the routine a bit. We are doing one of the 4 books a quarter. The maps are essential to this guide. Each book took us just under 2 weeks to complete. The stories are interesting, the little research projects very manageable, and the mapwork impressive when done. I don't think I would use it has a stand-alone geography program. It worked nicely as a supplement and "fun" addition to our school year.
- Reviewed on Thursday, April 15, 2010
- Grades Used: 3rd, 5th
- Dates used: 2009-2010
We used the BF Intermediate Early American History curriculum this year. I have never written a curriculum review, but decided to do one now because this is the best history curriculum we have ever used.
The things I like? Flexibility. Literature. Written reflection for the kids. By the end of the year they have written papers, compiled a history notebook, put together a beautiful timeline, taken tests, and made posters of different individuals. The program is flexible enough to use with young children, and complex enough to expand for older kids. I think I could have folded my 7th grader in without batting an eye. I found I was able to add or skip assignments to suit our family. The boys absolutely loved the literature. There is a 19th century book on George Washington that they just loved. We did the lit as read-alouds to avoid the difficulties in reading levels for the different grade levels.
The things you might want to think about? If this is your first year as a homeschooling family, you might want a little clearer structure. From time to time there are books mentioned to supplement the curriculum that are out of print. That can be frustrating. Also, for those of us who grew up in the public school system (:)), sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly what the main idea is. But give it a few weeks and you you will be fine. Also, one of the texts is "America's Providential History" - we certainly do not completely agree theologically with this book. But we found the only portions of the book used during the year were fine - it's not the main thrust of the course, but check it out for yourself.
Truthfully - just a beautiful, fantastic, solid, Biblically-based curriculum! I hope you decide to use this curriculum.