Discover Our American Story
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Includes the American Story 1 Guide, A New Land, and the
"Make-Your-Own" American 1 Book.
Get ready for an adventure as you learn about life in America from its
Native American culture, to its discovery by Europeans and exciting growth
as a nation. Activities are an important part of the studies that capture
the interest of younger students. In fact, everything in this program is designed
to be perfect for the younger members of your family. They’ll love the visually
stimulating books and high-interest themes.
You and your student will follow in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition,
decode Benedict Arnold’s traitorous message, and meet exciting Americans who
fought for freedom, built a canal, or rode for the Pony Express. And the adventure
doesn’t stop there. As you read out loud you’ll meet an orphan who changes
her life by pretending to be a boy, spend a year with a boy in the wilderness
alone, discover how a log cabin is constructed, and even hop a ship to the
California gold fields.
Hands-on activities and learning opportunities are laced throughout the program.
Your instructor’s guide has oodles of ideas, but in addition, many of your
books have instructions on everything from building a keel boat to learning
how to measure distance by dead reckoning. There’s all sorts of activity resources
for your journey!
If you’d like all your students to study American history, this program is
designed so your younger students can complete this program while older family
members work through American Crossing. You can purchase each set separately,
or the combined All-American Set.
Spend Hours Together Experiencing Our American Story
You’ll Enjoy Lingering in Picture-Rich History Books
Look out across the Atlantic Ocean, get a first glimpse of the New World,
scan Revolutionary battlefields, and study the new-fangled Erie canal -- all
in the picture-filled pages of your history books. Especially designed to
appeal to younger learners, the American Story series shows you what history
is all about with paintings, illustrations, drawings, maps & photographs.
Your Family Will Enjoy the History Notebooking
This year’s “Make-Your-Own” American History Book provides weekly opportunities
to notebook all the most important events in early American history. An assortment
of pages allows students to illustrate pages, respond to questions, create
artwork, solve puzzles or complete other paper activities throughout the year.
You’ll try out Norse math, pick an original Thanksgiving menu, make a colonial
business sign, draw a colonial postal route, decode a message about Benedict
Arnold, and more!
They’ll Learn & Remember 100 Key Events and Their Importance!
We’ve assembled 100 dates from this year’s timeline dates and created
a reinforcement Timeline Card set that you can copy and use for games and
drill. On one side is the “EVENT” and on the reverse is the “DATE” and “HISTORICAL
SIGNIFICANCE” of the event, to maximize learning and retention!
You’ll Make Memories with a Wealth of Easy-to-Complete Activities
You’ll enjoy so many activity resources to give your family even more
choices each week. One of these resources is an “Interactive 3-D Maps” book,
which will help your student visualize the geography of important events like
Paul Revere’s ride, the Erie Canal or trails to the West.
Add Fun with the Early American Trades & Crafts Kit - #AMI-KIT
Add this kit to your package to experience sixteen different projects
that will give you a taste of early American trades or handcrafts.
Projects include a handcrafted Native American tepee, a Stick Dice game, a
Wool Felt Hooked Rug square, a wooden Conestoga wagon, and a dozen more.
Kit projects are scheduled in the American Story 1 guide.
Highlights of Your American 1 Guidebook
AS1-101 - $80 - Free with Package Purchase
here to see a sample of the program guide.
Simple and Ready-to-Go!
You’ll find this program guide is laid out so simply – just open and
begin! Each of your 36 school weeks is laid out to reduce your paperwork!
Each week also includes activity ideas, geography and timeline work,
important advice on how to teach concepts, web search ideas, and much
Supply List for Activities
By parent request, we’ve put together a supply list in your guidebook
so you can plan your activities ahead of time, and gather any supplies
(other than routine items) you need.
Student Independent Work Schedules
Each week, your student will have a schedule all their own to complete
the work they need to do independently.
Rating System for Activities
Activities have a rating on their supplies & skill level.
“Make-Your-Own” American History Book | AS1-151 | $15
Notebooking pages that are interactive and interesting help students
demonstrate what they have learned. Students will complete each page and
insert in the “Timelines in History.” Click
here to see a sample.
Early American History Books
The American Story: 100 True Tales of American History | AS1-201 | $35
A beautiful volume with stories about heroes and hijinks in America. Wonderfully
illustrated and over 350 pages in length, this volume will be used in your
American Story 2 study as well.
The Discovery of the Americas | AS1-203 | $8
Exploration & Conquest | AS1-204 | $8
The New Americans | AS1-205 | $8
This trilogy tells the story of America from the early explorers who discovered
the continent, to those who conquered the native peoples and colonized its
If You Lived in Colonial Times | AS1-206 | $7
Would you rather be a cooper or a cobbler? Find out as you travel to colonial
times and discover all about colonial work and play.
Liberty! Story of the American Revolution AS1- 209 $11
A fantastic look at the Revolution that explains the issues and
battles in an easy-to-understand format. Lots of sidebars accentuate this
beautifully illustrated book.
Benjamin Franklin AS1-208 $4
Meet the beloved inventor of the Franklin stove!
You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution AS1-210 $6
Follow the battles and hard times experienced by both patriots and
loyalists during the war.
The Revolutionary John Adams AS1-211 $ 8
Go inside the life of America’s second president.
How the U.S. Government Works AS1-212 $7
Listen to the story of how our government came to be!
Who Was Thomas Jefferson AS1-213 $5
Lots of illustrations keep interest high in this biography that
highlights Jefferson’s patriotic and presidential years.
The Lewis & Clark Expedition AS1-214 $14
A kid-friendly guide through uncharted territory helps kids understand
the incredible challenge faced by these two leaders. Activities and fun
drawings accent the text.
Samuel F. B. Morse AS1-215 $ 9
Discover how Samuel Morse got the idea for a signal to be sent along a
wire with electricity that could carry news of events in faraway places,
and how he created the telegraph after years of work!
Amazing, Impossible Erie Canal AS1-216 $ 8
Discover the secrets of how this canal was built, and how it worked
for the state of New York!
The Trail of Tears AS1-217 $ 4
The Cherokees are forced to march west in a journey known as the Trail
A Pioneer Sampler AS1-218 $15
Follow a fictional family through a year in their pioneer home. You’ll
find out how pioneers cooked, broke sod for planting, made maple sugar and
much more! Pioneer activities and finely detailed pictures of pioneer life
add to this interesting book!
They’re Off! Story of the Pony Express AS1-219 $ 7
Ride hard on the trail with the Pony Express, as they cross the
continent to deliver the mail!
Escape North! Story of Harriet Tubman AS1-220 $ 4
A New Land! Early American Stories | #AS1-225 | $19
This supplemental text shares the facts about various happenings in early
BIBLE STUDY - Used for 2 Years for Both American Story 1 & 2!
The Gospel Story Bible | AS1-403 | $30
easy-to-read storybook puts Jesus and the plan of salvation on display
in each story. Students read the Bible story from this book, and parents
use the companion book below.
Long Story Short:
Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God | AS1-404 | $20
This companion to the
above Bible storybook allows parents to have interactive family devotion
times in just ten minutes, five days a week. Each day's time is made up
of discussion time, active fun, or other great and easy family learning
Colonial America | AS1-251 | $15
Lots of paper projects cover many aspects of colonial life. Create dioramas,
a coin code, models, maps and a miniscroll. All activities require almost
3-D Interactive Maps: American History | AS1-252 | $16
Maps to make become 3-D tools for helping kids understand 20 events in
early American history.
Plains Indians Teepee Village | AS1-253 | $7
More Than Moccasins | AS1-254 | $15
Crafts and lots of information that help students understand the day-to-day
life and history of various tribes.
Native American Focus & Activities
You Lived with the NW Coast Indians AS1-271 $ 7
If You Lived with the Cherokee AS1-272 $ 7
If You Were at the First Thanksgiving AS1-273 $ 7
If You Lived with the Iroquois AS1-276 $ 7
If You Lived with the Sioux AS1-277 $ 7
If You Lived with the Hopi AS1-278 $ 7
Each book takes you inside a different region of Native American life
and culture. You’ll discover the differences between tribes in different
regions, and get to know their hunting, farming and home-building
History Pockets: Native Americans AS1-279 $15
Various paper projects to complete that focus on a tribe from each of
the major regions in North America. So much fun!
What About Adventure Reading?
the advent of personal reading devices and ebooks for phones, etc., we are
no longer including reading books in our basic programs, but listed below
are books scheduled for you in your guide. You can purchase the other
titles, download them to a device, or borrow them from a library.
NOTE: This set is still available as a special order item.
The Birchbark House
Omakayas and her family live on an island, building a birchbark house
every year, but change may be coming.
A boy journals his voyage with Columbus.
The Sign of the Beaver
A boy struggles to survive in the wilderness, waiting for the arrival
of his family, and meets his Indian neighbors.
Ben and Me
The story of Ben Franklin as told by his mouse, Amos.
The Secret Soldier
A young woman disguises herself as a man to fight in the War for Independence.
The Fighting Ground
A young man joins the War without his father’s permission.
Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls and her family leave the Big Woods behind and head for the
The true story of Charlotte Parkhurst, who wanted a life that seemed impossible
for an orphan -- and a girl.
The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed
A New England girl accompanies her father on a whaling ship and encounters
suspicious activities among the crew.
By the Great Horn Spoon
Praiseworthy the butler and his young master, Jack, run into many obstacles
on their way to the California gold fields.
Optional Learning Kit
Early American Trades & Crafts Kit | AM1-KIT | $59
This kit includes materials and a book to complete sixteen early
American projects. Projects include a
handcrafted Native American tepee, a Stick Dice game, a Wool Felt Hooked
Rug square, a wooden Conestoga wagon, and a dozen more. We recommend this
kit for purchase with American Story 1, and it is scheduled in your guide
for your convenience throughout the year. Common art supplies not
included. Adult supervision required..
What You’ll Need to Complete the Learning:
ONE OF OUR COORDINATING LA PROGRAMS:
“Syllables to Sentences” LA Program
“Paragraphs to Pages” LA Program
“Stories to Short Chapters” LA Program
“Readers to Real Books” LA Program
3rd Grade “Tracking Down Good Grammar” Program
Your Choice of Timeline Figures & Resources
A Science Program
A Math Program
Get Your Questions about American Story I Answered!
Return to the top of the page, and click on the "FAQ"
on the graphic. It will take you to a page where you'll find
answers to questions like these:
What additional resources are necessary to the program?
What consumables are needed for extra students?
Which language arts programs coordinate with American Story I?
Can I add an older student to an early American history study?
And lots more!