From Adam to Us Curriculum Package
From Adam to Us by Ray and Charlene Notgrass is a one-year world history and literature course designed for students in grades five through eight. The daily lessons are written in a narrative style and richly illustrated with color photographs and maps. Primary sources, literature, and hands-on activities help the student connect with the history in a personal way.
All of the instructions for how to use the course are included in From Adam to Us Part 1 and Part 2 so you do not need a separate Teacher's Manual. The daily instructions are very easy to follow. Most children will be able to follow the instructions on their own. At the beginning of each weekly unit, an introductory page gives an overview of the unit, a list of the lessons, and a list of what additional books the student will be using while studying that particular unit. Following the unit introduction are five daily lessons, one to be read each day. While this course is designed for children in grades 5-8, younger children can listen to the lessons and participate in the family activities.
Most students will need 45-90 minutes to complete one lesson. Your child can read the daily lessons on his own or you can read the lessons aloud. The lessons are richly illustrated with color photographs, historic illustrations, and detailed maps. At the end of each lesson is a list of assignments. Students are not necessarily expected to complete all of these assignments. You may choose which ones you wish to assign. The types of assignments vary from day to day. They include:
One special family activity is assigned each week. Projects include arts and crafts, recipes, and games. Each activity is assigned with its related lesson, but you may do it any day of the week. You will need to plan for extra time on the day you do the family activity.
Types of Lessons
The curriculum has thirty chronological units of five lessons each. Each weekly unit has one lesson from each of five categories.
The Books Used
The From Adam to Us Curriculum Package includes the first six books listed below, enough for one child to complete the curriculum. If you are using the curriculum with more than one child, you can purchase additional consumable books, including the Map Book, Timeline Book, and either the Student Workbook or Lesson Review.
This book has seventy-five lessons, designed to be completed in one semester, which begin in the week of Creation and continue through the time of the cathedrals of the Middle Ages.
This collection of 43 maps was created especially to accompany this curriculum. At the end of many lessons, your student will do activities using the maps.
This timeline of history from Creation to the present is designed specifically to accompany this curriculum. After most lessons, your child will add one or more events to the timeline.
This book has all of the answers needed for the assignments included at the end of the lessons, the activities and tests in the Student Workbook, and the questions and tests in the Lesson Review.
We offer these books as a supplement to the curriculum for parents who wish to have their student do workbook activities or answer questions after reading the lessons and take tests over the lessons and literature. We recommend that you choose either the Student Workbook or the Lesson Review, but your student can complete both if you prefer.
This collection of crosswords, word searches, matching, and other handwork activities reviews and reinforces information learned in the daily lessons. It also includes literature review questions and unit tests.
This features daily lesson review questions, literature review questions, and unit tests.
Ten works of literature are assigned in the From Adam to Us curriculum to give your child a richer perspective on the various time periods studied. The student usually has 2-3 weeks to read each book, with 1-2 chapters assigned each day.