Uncle Sam and You Curriculum Package
A good civics course will teach your child about how laws are made, enforced, modified, and amended, and about his rights and duties as a citizen. A great civics course goes even further. Uncle Sam and You not only covers the basics but also delves into national symbols, international relations, national security, national holidays, and much, much more. Replete with images, Uncle Sam and You highlights both modern and historical photographs and illustrations.
Great for independent learning - there is no separate Teacher's Manual – the simple instructions in Uncle Sam and You are directed to your child. Every week a new unit is introduced with four daily lessons, each with four to six optional activities. Some activities included are creative writing, vocabulary usage, instructions to draw a picture or take a photograph, and reading assignments from The Citizen’s Handbook. The readings from The Citizen’s Handbook are a diverse collection of speeches, personal memoirs, newspaper articles and advertisements, historical writings, excerpts from the Constitution, and much more. In addition, one of the suggested activities is to read two to three chapters daily from eight optional books to give your child a richer perspective on the various topics studied. These titles (listed in the publisher’s information below) are ones that you may already have or can easily obtain from your local library. If you have a voracious reader this is a good choice.
Uncle Sam and You also includes thirty optional lessons on America's patriotic holidays that can be used once a week. A special corresponding multi-age family activity such as craft and art projects or themed meals is assigned to each holiday lesson.
The Uncle Sam and You Answer Key provides answers for the end-of-lesson assignments, student workbook (optional, sold separately), and lesson review (optional, sold separately).
Curriculum Package Includes:
Uncle Sam and You Part 1
Uncle Sam and You Part 2
The Citizen's Handbook
Uncle Sam and You Answer Key
The publisher considers the Student Workbook & Lesson Review optional, and are available separately.
Suggested literature titles, not included:
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Units 5-6)
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young (Units 10-11)
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (Units 12-14)
Basher Five-Two by Scott O'Grady (Units 16-17)
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry (Units 18-19)
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Units 22-24)
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman (Units 25-26)
Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler (Units 29-30)
Download PDF Sample Pages:
Part 1 Sample Unit
Part 2 Sample Unit
The Citizen's Handbook
Awards and Endorsements:
The Old Schoolhouse Review Blue Ribbon Award 2013
This is being used in our homeschool by a 5th grader, we do it four times a week, which is recommended by the publisher, and works with our schedule. It takes less than an hour to complete a lesson each day, and I require one of the assignments to be completed at the end of the lesson: examples are thinking biblically and applying principles in the Bible to what you just learned, creative writing prompts, studying national holidays, researching a relevant question, reading old newspaper articles in the citizens handbook, etc. We chose this curriculum to have a better understanding of US Government, and elections, before the upcoming election. It teaches that and much more in a manageable and Christ centered way.
My son really loves these books. I chose to just get him the textbooks because he is an avid reader and already has plenty of workbooks to finish every day. I just want him to have a basic understanding of how our country is designed to function. He is always telling me interesting things that he’s learned (he doesn’t do this with any other curriculum- just Notgrass.) I am learning all sorts of things that my public school education failed to teach me just by reading sections he wants to share with me. I love that I don’t have to assign things. He is completely motivated to read it on his own every day without prompting.
We LOVE this history set. It really brings history into focus and has easy to do lessons with activities for the whole family to do.
My son enjoys the varied activities at the end of each lesson. One day he may write a Bible verse and the next he may be drawing or taking a picture.
Very impressed with this curriculum. My son says there is a lot of text to read, but he is learning so much and is always telling me new things he has learned. I love that there is a reading list that goes along with it. We purchased the supplemental books, and they fit into the curriculum nicely.