Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Modern American and World History review

Today Melissa updates us on her family's progress through our Modern American and World History study! See what using great books does for brining history to life! Within this post, the hyperlinks on different titles will bring you to reviews that Melissa has written on many of the books used in this study so if you're considering this program, check out those links for detailed reviews!

We are a little over half way through our Beautiful Feet Modern American and World History study (lesson 65 of 117) with only a couple weeks left of our academic school year.  The program is fabulous!  The books are incredible!  However, as previously mentioned, the readings are long and I've had to split the lessons in half so we are not making the progress I'd hoped.  Fortunately, our kids love history so much that in our discussion on how to proceed, they were quick to jump at the chance to continue over that says a ton about the program if you ask me ;-)

The books we've read so far are:

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
The Perilous Road by William O. Steele
Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom by Margaret Davidson (subbed for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass)
Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson
Theodore Roosevelt by Genevieve Foster
The Wright Brother: Pioneers of American Aviation by Quentin Reynolds
Sergeant York by John Perry
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
Rascal by Sterling North
Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman by Gladys Aylward
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert De Jong (currently reading)

As I was typing this list, I immediately began to feel sentimental.  My memories are fond.  I was thinking about a favorite and couldn't narrow it to one book.  I can totally see how the folks at Beautiful Feet had a hard time making the final cuts.

In looking at the books ahead, we've read Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop and The Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin in the past while using Sonlight so I don't plan to re-read them, although, they are excellent books.  Riley remembers both.  Ruben was sketchy so I may have him read them independently.  I have also heard fabulous reports on Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan and will consider substituting it depending on how I feel the coverage is after skipping the above two mentioned books and also considering time. 

For more information on our study, you can read my Getting Started post here and our Term One Review here.  There are also samples of numerous notebooking pages at both posts as well as the linked books above.  Overall, we are loving this BF study and not only will continue, but also recommend it!  

Thank you Melissa!

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  1. Just as a fun note, since you already read Twenty and Ten and also Little Riders....Did you know they made both of those into movies? As you would expect, neither are as great as the books, but they were fun for us to watch and compare.


  2. No, I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing!

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