Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Notgrass America the Beautiful *Review

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I was introduced to Notgrass Company last year when I was looking for a Government Curriculum for my Senior, that was centered around God. That is the heart of Notgrass! God centered for teaching the Heart, Soul and Mind!

This summer we were able to delve into America the Beautiful Curriculm which is geared for ages 10-14 or grades 5th through 8th. Notgrass seems to be ahead of the curve when it comes to content so I believe you could even use this for a 9th grader for American History (which is what we are doing!).

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This study incorporates geography, history, Bible and literature all together.. sounds kind of like a unit study doesn't it? We love unit studies and any time a company can give us 'more' to get us excited about history, the better we do. History was never my strong suit as a child, given I was in the public school system with dry, boring text books. History can be made exciting and 'living' for our own kids with companies like Notgrass.

The America the Beautiful program came with 6 books. Here is a description from the website, courtesy of Notgrass, including links for you to see samples.

America the Beautiful Part 1

This book has 75 lessons beginning with life in America before Europeans came and continuing through the first years after the Civil War. Hardcover. Color and black and white illustrations. 452 pages. View the Table of Contents and a Sample Unit

America the Beautiful Part 2

This book has 75 lessons beginning with America's expansion into the lands west of the Mississippi River and continuing to modern times. It also includes an index to the curriculum. Hardcover. Color and black and white illustrations. 572 pages. View the Table of Contents, a Sample Unit, and the Index

We the People

A collection of 150 original journal entries, newspaper articles, advertisements, poems, songs, letters, short stories, speeches, and other historic documents from American history. Hardcover. Black and white illustrations. 220 pages. View Sample Pages

Maps of America the Beautiful

A collection of 30 maps drawn especially to accompany this curriculum. Your child will often refer to a map while reading a lesson in America the Beautiful and do activities on the map at the end of the lesson. Saddle-stitched. 61 pages. View Sample Maps

Timeline of America the Beautiful

This is an illustrated timeline of American history from AD 1000 to the present designed specifically to include facts learned in the lessons. Some facts are already printed on the timeline. After most lessons, your child will add an event mentioned in the lesson to the timeline. Saddle-stitched. 57 pages. View Sample Pages

America the Beautiful Answer Key

Includes answers for the Timeline, Student Workbook, Lesson Review, and the vocabulary assignments included in the main text. Saddle-stitched. 55 pages. View the Answer Key
This complete set lists for $99.95. The first three books are non-consumable to be able to utilize for your up and coming students. The hardback books are of very high quality, with exceptional photos and information. Well worth the investment for a program of this calibur.

In addition to these products you will need a consumable workbook. I reviewed this with 2 of my children so we were able to see how they both worked.

America the Beautiful Student Workbook  is designed for 5th and 6th grades, so the younger end of the spectrum. This is the 'fun' workbook with word finds, coloring pages, interesting fact sheets to reinforce what they are learning in the America the Beautiful program. This sells for $11.95

America the Beautiful Lesson Review is geared for the 7th and 8th graders and includes daily review questions and comprehension. This book sells for $9.95

We used this together with my soon to be 6th and 9th grader. I enjoyed doing it together with both of them, as I feel American History is one of those subjects I can utilize a 'team approach'. I loved how they each could have a workbook, yet be working on the same lesson together. The book was easy to read for both of them, and not too over done with details and dates; the parts that always seemed to bog me down. I liked it so much for my 9th grader that we are going to utilize it for his American History high school credit.

Notgrass continues to be a company that really impresses me in their knowledge, and instruction of history.

Some of my crew mates reviewed this and an additional product from Notgrass. Click on the banner below to see what they had to say.



  1. I like homeschooling products that have a Christian background. It's even better when a company offers more than just the text. The addition of maps, timeline, and workbook all work together to give your child a complete curriculum. My grandson started homeschooling this year, but he isn't ready for these yet but might enjoy the maps and workbook.
    Sherry Compton

  2. Thank you for reviewing our curriculum, and thank you for homeschooling!