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I am not a homeschooler but I would like to introduce my kids (6 and 8) to American history. As a Brit I am not particularly well versed in it, I know the basics but that is about it. I would love a child's version of the Howard Zinn book, "A People's History of the Unites States". I don't need worksheets or a workbook as a prefer to teach from actual book and have them make their own lesson books.<br><br>
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<span>A lot of people love Joy Hakim's book series, The History of US - and you can probably find them at the library and see if you like them:<br><a href="http://www.joyhakim.com/work2.htm" target="_blank">Joy Hakim - The History of US</a><br><br>
One year we arranged for her to speak at a homeschooling conference in California, and then we contacted James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, to see if we could also arrange for him to speak. (<a href="http://www.chss.montclair.edu/english/furr/loewen.html" target="_blank">Selections from his book</a>)<br>
In the course of conversation with him, I mentioned that we also had Joy Hakim lined up, and he was very pleased - he said she's one of the few history text writers he respects. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Lillian</span>
 

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Joy Hakim has written a *wonderful* series of books called A History Of US. She started the project when she saw her daughter's school history text and was appalled by how bad it was! She writes directly to the reader, as if in a conversation, and asks many thought-provoking questions along the way. My kids (10 and 11; when we started the series 8 1/2 and 10) really like listening to me read this series.<br><br>
It's quite complete. Your kids could use and refer to them throughout high school and even college. My father, a retired college history professor, is reading and enjoying the volume covering the Civil War. He also thinks it is excellent. With my kids, we often takes breaks to talk about what we've read, I paraphrase, we intersperse other resources (picture books, movies, activities, etc.). I was a history major and love history, and I learn a lot from these books.<br><br>
The Magic Tree House series (Osborne) is very well researched (Civil War on Sunday, etc.) and most (if not all) topics also have a separate Research Guide. We used the Research Guide on the Revolutionary War. It was great: readable, interesting, accurate. Hakim's books are much more detailed; Osborne's are an excellent introduction for kids.<br><br>
Hope this helps! Good luck--Hilary
 

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Thank you. I got a copy of Book 2 in the book store today, before I read your posts! They didn't have Book 1, but I can get that online I am sure.<br><br>
I am glad I made a good choice, it certainly looked like one to me. We also have the Magic Tree House books, my kids love them.
 

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If you're up for something fun as well as informative, I'd have to recommend <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0446532681%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fqid%3D1142554540%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_1%2F104-5320652-6391953%3F_encoding%3DUTF8" target="_blank">America The Book: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction.</a> It's not actually a history text, but wow is it ever full of (true!) information and fun stuff to look up elsewhere. If you're looking for a different take on American history, one that's a bit tongue in cheek (okay, maybe more than a bit) but really gives you something to think about as well as a good overview, you should give this a try. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I love it, it's hilarious.<br><br>
Hm. Now that I think about it, your kids might be a little young for this one... but you might find it amusing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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<i>Freedom Bound</i> subtitled <i>A History of America's Civil Rights Movement</i> by Robert Weisbrot paints a brilliant picture of, well, ... America's civil rights movement.
 

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I have no advice, but had to say, "Hi." Hope things are going well for you & yours!
 

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I'll 3rd the Hiakum books.<br>
My kiddos read through the entire series last year. They actually LIKED reading through them!<br>
Good luck to you!<br>
HTH!
 

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We are all fine, thanks for asking. PM me some time and let me know what's happening with your life. I assume you've been back in the US for sometime now.
 
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