My eldest daughter used these in 5th grade through an online school, and she liked them. We are using them again, this time while homeschooling our yoMy eldest daughter used these in 5th grade through an online school, and she liked them. We are using them again, this time while homeschooling our younger daughter, now in 5th grade. Elder sister hearing them for the second time (now 9th grade) is absorbing a higher level of detail. Larger public libraries frequently have one of the editions (I think 1999 was first, then around 2002, then the Third Edition is 2006-2007).
I think these are great for homeschooling families, especially if you have multiple kids to get a lot of use out of them. There are study guides available if you can't come up with your own discussion questions. Easy to supplement with additional reading, museum trips, art projects, dioramas, lapbooks, or pop-up projects. Some reviewers bicker about whether the author is completely correct or unbiased - but who EVER is? This series provides an entertaining overview of American history for middle-school to early high school, and you can lead a discussion about anything you find questionable.
We have the kids read the chapters, and then we go back through them together, making sure we caught the important points and looking up more stuff online for discussion. They can also be read outloud and discussed on car trips and while hands are busy with something else.
Dividing it into nice-sized books make it more portable, less intimidating, and allows you to buy materials one bite at a time. Used books and sets frequently appear for sale and auction....more