Sunday, February 10, 2008

Big Teen U.S. History I Course

The big teen used books 5 through 7 from the series, A History of U.S., for his U.S. History course in 9th grade.  Since he had studied up through 1800 during his middle school years, he spent this entire year on 1800-1900.  He also read His Promised Land about escaping from slavery and Fever 1793 about a horrible outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia.

We were also blessed to be able to take a special trip during his 9th grade year and saw a lot of history.  We went to Atlanta, Georgia, and saw the Civil War Cyclorama.  It was incredible and I highly recommend it, if you get the chance.  We also saw Underground Atlanta, where you can see the real city walls before Atlanta burned to the ground during the Civil War.  In addition, we saw the The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center.  We then had the opportunity to go to Savannah, Georgia.  We took a wonderful horse-drawn carriage ride and learned a lot about the city and its history.  Next, we to St. Augustine, Florida, and saw the nation's oldest city.  What a lovely city, jam-packed with history.  Lastly, the big teen got to do homeschool day at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

Well, that is an overview of his year in U.S. History, and he did a great job.  He received an A for this course.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. sahmto4ormore/KidcrazeFebruary 11, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Sounds like a great history course.

    I'm sure he learned a lot.

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  2. I love and thank you for posting the studies through high school. I've been wondering how I'm going to handle those studies as my high schoolers took a differant route then my unschooling youngest. I think traveling to some of the places you listed would be a great start. Thank you for the links!



  3. We love history hands-on style. Exploring the places where the events actually happened brings it alive and makes it interesting for my girls.

    Have you all ever been to D.C.? My girls love it.


  4. I have been getting a bit concerned about my own 8th grader and his history for next year. We are doing history chronologically and are just now at the 13 colonies. I was worried that we would have to cram 100 years into 3 months to be ready for HS, but you have set my mind at ease. Love the idea of the field trips. We may have to try to get out more. Thanks so much for the encouraging post.