In New York, 1st graders are required to be taught not just history but specifically United States history.
I don't have a problem with this, obviously. It's wonderful to learn about our country. The problem I am having is that I can't seem to find any curriculum that fits their learning level.
I could always just put a lesson plan together from scratch, using different historical story books and things like that, but I would prefer to have a solid reference as a starting point. (Since I'm a homeschool novice and all)
The only thing that I have found is from A Beka Book: My America and My World.
Does anyone have any experience with that book? I was excited about it until I came across a review that mentioned something about the A Beka history books presenting the Bible as fact and I was hoping for something secular. (To be clear I'm not anti-Bible or anything, I'm actually Catholic lol)
Any recommendations on places to look for some sort of US history textbook to use as a starting point?
I agree with the above poster. Use an older book as a guide and use a living book approach. It actually works best at this age. Liberty kids are also a great resource. You can always add a history curriculum as they get older. Joy Hakim's history of us is my favorite.
I use abeka for Language arts, writing and math. Those three programs are awesome.
Their history and science are lacking though.
I use MFW for for Bible, history, science, art and music. It is Christian curriculum, but I want Christian curriculum. It allows you, when doing science, to accommodate the belief in an old or new earth (although they believe, the founders, that we have a young earth)
MFW has a great program, for the 2nd grade, in teaching US history, and then expands even more on it in an older year.
What about our embassy?
The web site (search forkids on the site search) has videos, pdfs, games and interesting facts abiut our leaders and links to the kis sections of the state government web sites.
Are they specific as to which part of American history you must teach, or is it just any?
If it's any, I would suggest beginning with Native Americans. I think that is far more interesting to a young child than, say, World War II or even the Civil War. I was going to suggest Sonlight Core D but that is for an older child - but you might look at their website and see which books they use. The Landmark History of the American People is a good resource - way too dry and dull for a 1st grader, but a good resource for YOU, to teach from, get ideas, etc.