Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History

Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History Curriculum is PACKED full of great books, videos, hands-on activities, recipes, and more to make early American history come alive for students! Our curriculum is designed to engage and inform in a way to help students retain and enjoy what they are learning.

Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History Curriculum (grades 4-8) tracks with our Little Kids’ Early American History Curriculum (grades K-3), and our High School Early American History Curriculum, so you can learn family-style, if you wish! We have a bundle where you can save 15% on all 3 levels!

Prerequisites: None
Approximate Daily Time Commitment:
1 hour depending on activities that are chosen
$47.00

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Grade Level / Age

Jr. Early American History Curriculum is suggested for:
● Grades 4-8 (can be used with some advanced 3rd graders)
● Approximate ages
9-13 (can be used with some 8-year-olds)

*Note: Some mature middle schoolers may be ready for our high school level curriculum with suggested middle school adaptations. See the FAQ on this page for more info.

What You Get

Jr. Early American History comes with:
✔ A printable PDF schedule
✔ An editable schedule in Microsoft Word format
✔ Access to an online version of the schedule*
✔ A beautiful textbook in PDF format
✔ A coupon code for 50% off the Big Bad Beautiful Booklist


*Access to the online version of Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History Curriculum schedule is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to various potential circumstances.

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Why choose Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History Curriculum?

Homeschooling with Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History is rich, fun, and flexible!




Students get to immerse themselves in terrific books and videos while also having access to a buffet of activities like historic recipes, maps, an optional Minecraft assignment, printables, language arts related assignments, art, crafts, and optional science activities that relate to some of the weekly topics or events.

We’ve put together an exciting year for ALL types of learners. Our customizable schedule makes it so you can plan with your student’s needs in mind. You aren’t stuck with just one way of learning history. You and your student will love the choices and the ability to focus on what is most appealing and/or important to your family.

Have fun learning history!

Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History Curriculum brings history to life!

Engaging Books & Materials

We’ve hand-picked books your students will love.

Our early American curriculum schedules in fiction and non-fiction books that will ignite your student’s love for history.

Free History Videos

Videos add a visual and sometimes musical component.

We scour YouTube to find the best educational videos to make history something to actually see & hear and not just read about.

Fun History Projects

We work hard to engage ALL types of learners.

You’ll find a buffet of projects and hands-on activities you can pick-and-choose from to help your students retain what they are learning like recipes, projects, art, games, and more!

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Students and parents love Guest Hollow!

Our customers have shared over and over how Guest Hollow curricula has changed their homeschool and sparked a love for learning!

Beowulf's Big Book of Early American History

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The curriculum comes with a textbook!

You get a beautiful 400+ page book in PDF format with your purchase of the curriculum: Beowulf’s Big Book of Early American History.

After your purchase, you can find it in your downloads. The textbook is used as a *spine book for the curriculum. *A spine book is used as a launching point (or backbone) for your studies.

Read about early American history in this fantastic and lavishly illustrated book full of true stories. There are tons of full-color photos, illustrations, cartoons, maps, and even some recipes, music, and poetry that help make history come to life! Greek and Latin roots help explain vocabulary in the text right as you read.

Beowulf makes history understandable, memorable, and fun!

Does this curriculum come with ____________?

books?
No, you need to purchase the other scheduled history books separately. Learn more.
However, you do get access to a beautiful 400+ page PDF format textbook at no additional cost!


a printable book list?
Yes. We provide a book list with a handy checklist to help you plan what you want to buy or borrow and in what format. We also let you know when each book is scheduled in, so you can arrange to check out books from the library before you need them!


a schedule?
Yes. You get the same weekly schedule in 3 different formats: PDF, Microsoft Word, and online*. Just open it up and you are ready to learn!
*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedule is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to various potential circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.


a supply list?
Yes. Recipe ingredients, art supplies, and more are listed at the beginning of your schedule week-by-week.


a teacher’s manual?
No. The history schedule is all you need! There are some notes for the teacher included in the schedule.


tests?
No. There are no tests with this curriculum.


a workbook?
No. However, there are lots of printables linked in the schedule in lieu of a workbook.

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F.A.Q. for our Jr. Early American History Curriculum

This curriculum can be used for grades 4-8, although it may also be appropriate for some mature 3rd graders.

It may be more appropriate for SOME 8th graders to use our high school level with the middle school adaptations we suggest. Those suggestions can be found in the beginning of the printable high school level schedule. You should look at the booklists for both levels to judge which fits your student’s reading ability, time commitments, etc.

Another option for an 8th grader is to use the high school level BUT replace that level’s spine book (A Patriot’s History) with Beowulf’s Big Book of Early American History.

Crafty kids will appreciate the fact that the Jr. Early American History Curriculum has a LOT more crafts, art, and hands-on activity options than the high school level.

The easiest way to choose which level is to look at the booklists for the levels you are trying to decide between and see which books are most appropriate for your student. Please click on the following links to compare the booklists:

Little Kids’ Early American History Book and Resource List

Jr. Early American History Book and Resource List

High School Early American History Book and Resources List

Also, here are some differences between the Little Kids’ level and the Jr. level:

Little Kids’ (grades K-3) LevelJr. Level (grades 4-8)
Easy crafts and hands-on projects are scheduled. There are project choices included that are more appropriate for younger children with less motor skills.Crafts and projects may require more skill to make.
Easy readers are scheduled in to give young students optional reading practice.Chapter books, graphic novels, and other longer books are included for the students to read.
The content is more gentle (with a few noted exceptions). There may be more difficult topics mentioned in the content, such as more ‘conflict/violence’, etc.
Beowulf’s Early American History Adventure and Activity Book has been specifically tailored to be a gentle, easy read. The text is simple enough to be read by confident young readers (or read aloud by a parent). It is read once a week and has activities this age group enjoys such as easy drawing lessons, simple cut and paste crafts, mazes, dot-to-dots, simple writing (or telling) assignments, and coloring pages. The graphics are very kid-friendly.The book for this level is Beowulf’s Big Book of Early American History. It is a 400+ page book with longer text that is read (sometimes) multiple times a week. There are no activities in it. It is lavishly illustrated but uses more period piece paintings, real photographs, more detailed maps, etc.
The videos are generally for the younger crowd: silly songs, simpler and shorter explanations, cartoons, etc. There are also fewer videos overall. The videos are more appropriate for older kids. They may contain reenactment violence, etc.

Younger grades may need more parental involvement. You may also wish to read some of the books out loud or use audiobooks, especially for reluctant readers.

If you have any questions about placement after looking at the 3 booklists, you can always post on our Facebook History Curriculum page.

We strongly suggest that you view every item linked or used in this curriculum to make sure it meets with your approval.

Yes! They are designed to track together and cover similar topics and/or time periods during the same weeks. We call this teaching ‘family style’ or ‘multi-level’ teaching. When you start both curriculums at the same time topics will be presented in the same weeks. We also offer a bundle discount if you want to purchase all three curriculums at the same time.

You can see how the levels track together with the following chart.

Please note that every single topic, event, and person is NOT listed in the chart below. These are just VERY general topics for each week (that barely scratch the surface). These are very rich curriculums, and it would be difficult to list all the people and events that are covered. When it comes to the Jr. and High School levels (especially the High School level), if you don’t see something that is commonly taught in U.S. history mentioned in the chart, it’s still likely covered. 😉
Some topics span across multiple weeks and that is not reflected in this chart (slavery, Native American studies/issues, etc.)

Note: There are a few sections in the high school level that don’t match the other two levels perfectly (like a book about the Alamo) due to timing differences in the spine book. The 3 levels still track as far as the main time period when this occurs.

Science topics in the Little Kids’ and Jr. levels are not listed here. See the individual curriculum product page FAQs for those topics.

Little Kids' Early American History Curriculum
Little Kids’ Early American History Curriculum (grades K-3)
Guest Hollow's Jr. Early American History Curriculum
Jr. Early American History Curriculum (grades 4-8)
High School Early American History Curriculum
High School Early American History Curriculum (grades 9-12)
Week 1Leif Erikson, early AmericaAmerican before the Europeans, the Age of Discovery, Leif Erikson
Native Americans are studied throughout weeks 1-14.
European discovery, exploration, and early colonies
Week 2Columbus and European discoveryEuropean discovery of America, Columbus and other early explorers including Spanish explorationEuropean discovery, exploration, and early colonies
Week 3The mystery of Roanoke Colony, more discovery and explorationThe first English and French settlements, Roanoke Colony, Jamestown, the IroquoisEuropean discovery, exploration, and early colonies, Roanoke Colony
Week 4Pilgrims in England and Holland, Pocohontas and Jamestown ColonyJamestown and other early settlements, the Mayflower and the PilgrimsJamestown and other colonies, the Mayflower and the Pilgrims
Week 5Pilgrims and the Mayflower, the Tulip Bubble in HollandMore colonies are planted, more about the PilgrimsMore colonies, Salem Witch Trials
Week 6The first Thanksgiving, Squanto, life in the Plymouth ColonyWilliam Penn, Salem Witch Trials, more colonies, Mary Jemison, King Phillip’s War, Bacon’s RebellionWilliam Penn, Salem Witch Trials cont., more about the colonies
Week 7The French and Indian War, Benjamin Banneker, stories set during this timePirates, more about the colonies, the French and Indian War. Benjamin BannekerThe French and Indian War
Week 8Life during colonial times, Stamp Act (taxes) and the Boston Massacre (sanitized), Benjamin Franklin and his amazing inventionsThe French and Indian War, Stamp Act, Boston MassacreStamp Act, Boston Massacre, Alexander Hamilton
Week 9Benjamin West, Paul Revere, life during the American Revolution, Boston Tea PartyBoston Tea Party, Paul Revere, the beginning of the RevolutionBoston Tea Party and the beginning of the Revolution, frontier life
Week 10The Declaration of Independence, John Hancock, John Adams, life during the American RevolutionThe Declaration of Independence, the RevolutionThe Revolution
Week 11Samuel Adams, life during the American Revolution, horses as a mode of transportationMore about the Revolution, Lafayette, Benedict ArnoldThe Revolution, Lafayette, Benedict Arnold
Week 12George Washington, a new nationThe end of the American Revolution, Noah Webster, Justin Morgan and his horse, a new nationA new nation, slavery, Articles of Confederation
Week 13The ConstitutionThe ConstitutionThe Constitution, Northwest Ordinance, etc.
Week 14Daniel Boone and the wilderness, Alexander HamiltonGeorge Washington, Northwest Ordinance, Alexander HamiltonRatification, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton
Week 15Johnny Appleseed, Daniel BooneDaniel Boone, Westward movement, yellow fever in America, pioneers, issues of the new nationIssues of the new nation
Week 16SacagaweaDolly Madison, John Adams, pioneers, Jay’s TreatyJohn Adams, Jay’s Treaty, issues of the new nation
Week 17The Lewis and Clark ExpeditionThe US expands, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, SacagaweaThe US expands, the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Week 18The War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, Thomas JeffersonThe War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson, MadisonThe War of 1812, Madison
Week 19Pioneer lifeTecumseh, Santa Fe TrailVarious events and politics of the nation
Week 20A story set in Vermont in the 1830s, Davy CrockettMonroe, Missouri Compromise, Osceola, Santa Fe TrailMonroe, Missouri Compromise, Santa Fe Trail, various issues of the nation, Erie Canal
Week 21The Alamo and TexasAdams, Andrew Jackson, the Alamo, Erie CanalAdams, Andrew Jackson, Texas
Week 22A story about Swedish immigrants, Samuel MorseVan Buren, Samuel Morse, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Donner PartyVan Buren, 2nd Great Awakening, Misc. topics about the nation and life during this time
Week 23The Oregon Trail, the Gold Rush, Chinese immigrants during the Gold RushGold Rush, Oregon, CaliforniaHarrison, Tyler, Polk, Oregon, California, Gold Rush
Week 24Frederick Douglas, bisonFrederick Douglass, Bison, life on the prairieAlamo, late Antebellum Period
Week 25Buffalo Bill, The Pony ExpressPierce, Buchanan, the beginning of the Civil War, the Pony ExpressPierce, Buchanan, late Antebellum Period, Donner Party, Andrew Carnagie
Week 26Abraham Lincoln, the Underground RailroadThe Underground Railroad, John Lincoln Clem, Harriet Tubman, Abraham LincolnThe Underground Railroad, heading toward the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln
Week 27The Civil War, Clara BartonClara Barton, more about the Civil WarThe Civil War
Week 28The Civil War, the tall tale of Paul Bunyan, a story of a slave who joined the Union ArmyGettysburg, Ironclads, the Civil WarGettysburg, Ironclads, the Civil War
Week 29Cyanotypes, a story European immigrantsHomestead Act, the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassinationThe End of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination
Week 30Moving out west (westward expansion), cowboysReconstruction, Johnson, P.T. Barnum, John Wesley Powell, black heroes of the wild west, cowboysReconstruction, Johnson
Week 31Little House in the Big Woods, Transcontinental Railroad, Chinese immigrants working on the railroadGrant, Farmer Boy or Little House on the Prairie, The Great Chicago Fire, Transcontinental Railroad, chinese immigrants, CochiseReconstruction, Transcontinental Railroad, Grant
Week 32Little House in the Big Woods, the Homestead Act, pioneers raised chickensHayes, Nez Perce, Levi Strauss, homesteading, Farmer Boy or Little House on the PrairieHayes, Pony Express, life in the American west
Week 33Little House in the Big Woods, Thomas EdisonSitting Bull, Farmer Boy or Little House on the Prairie, Chinese Exclusion Act, Garfield, Cleveland, HarrisonIndian related issues and conflict, Hawaii added as a state, Union response to Chinese
Week 34The story of Princes Ka’iulani and Hawaii became a state, the Blizzard of 1888Hawaii, the Blizzard of 1888, life on the prairie in the late 1800sLife after Reconstruction, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, industry
Week 35Life on the Prairie in the late 1800s, Helen KellerMcKinley and the Spanish American War, Hellen KellerThe Gilded age
Week 36The Statue of Liberty, a story that shows how things changed from 1710 to 1810 to 1910 to modern daysLife in the late 1800s, near the turn of the centuryCleveland, moving toward a modern America

We don’t have a scope and sequence written up, but you can get an idea of many of the topics covered in Jr. Early American History by looking at the curriculum booklist and looking at the table of contents for Beowulf’s Big Book of Early American History. The following chart may also be helpful:

Here is a chart that roughly matches the main topics for each week. Not every single topic is listed. These are just general topics for each week (that barely scratch the surface).
Please note that the related science topics may be as simple as a single video or more involved like a book and/or activities.

Week 1 American before the Europeans, the Age of Discovery, Leif Erikson
Science related to the history topics this week: How to make a compass, walruses, glaciers, sunstones
Week 2European discovery of America, Columbus and other early explorers including Spanish exploration
Science related to the history topics this week: Cod, Eratosthenes and the circumference of the globe, ocean in a bottle experiment, coral reefs
Week 3The first English and French settlements, Roanoke Colony, Jamestown, the Iroquois
Science related to the history topics this week: The uses of corn by the Iroquois, the Columbian Exchange, trade winds, whales
Week 4Jamestown and other early settlements, the Mayflower and the Pilgrims
Science related to the history topics this week: malaria, why we can’t drink ocean water
Week 5More colonies are planted, more about the Pilgrims
Week 6William Penn, Salem Witch Trials, more colonies, Mary Jemison, King Phillip’s War, Bacon’s Rebellion
Science related to the history topics this week: how indigo is grown and processed
Week 7Pirates, more about the colonies, the French and Indian War, Benjamin Banneker
Week 8The French and Indian War, Stamp Act, Boston Massacre
Science related to the history topics this week: Leyden jar
Week 9Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, the beginning of the Revolution
Science related to the history topics this week: Tea
Week 10The Declaration of Independence, the Revolution
Science related to the history topics this week: Creating invisible ink, hygiene in the 18th century
Week 11More about the Revolution, Lafayette, Benedict Arnold
Week 12The end of the American Revolution, Noah Webster, Justin Morgan and his horse, a new nation
Science related to the history topics this week: Colonial healthcare
Week 13The Constitution
Science related to the history topics this week: Using herbs as dye
Week 14George Washington, Northwest Ordinance, Alexander Hamilton
Science related to one of the history topics this week: maple syrup
Week 15Daniel Boone, Westward movement, pioneers, issues of the new nation
Science related to some of the history topics this week: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, grow a potato plant experiment, how to estimate measurements without a ruler, using the 3 sisters method to plant corn, beans, and squash
Week 16Dolly Madison, John Adams, pioneers, Jay’s Treaty
Science related to some of the history topics this week: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, bees, how cheese is made
Week 17The US expands, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Sacagawea
Science related to one of the history topics this week: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, mosquitos, epilepsy, the Newfoundland dog
Week 18The War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson, Madison
Week 19Tecumseh, Santa Fe Trail
Week 20Monroe, Missouri Compromise, Osceola
Science related to the history topics this week: Great Salt Lake
Week 21Adams, Andrew Jackson, the Alamo, Erie Canal
Science related to the history topics this week: How was soap invented?
Week 22Van Buren, Samuel Morse, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Donner Party
Science related to the history topics this week: How to make bread with no yeast, invention of the telegraph, how to tell time without a watch
Week 23Gold Rush, the Oregon Trail, California
Science related to the history topics this week: Panning for gold science experiment, How is gold different from pyrite?, animals on the Oregon Trail
Week 24Frederick Douglass, Bison, life on the prairie
Science related to the history topics this week: bison
Week 25Pierce, Buchanan, the beginning of the Civil War, the Pony Express
Week 26The Underground Railroad, John Lincoln Clem, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln
Week 27Clara Barton, more about the Civil War
Science related to one of the history topics this week: cotton
Week 28Gettysburg, Ironclads, the Civil War
Science related to the history topics this week: Make a pinhole camera, light, tintype photography
Week 29Homestead Act, the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination
Week 30Reconstruction, Johnson, P.T. Barnum, John Wesley Powell, black heroes of the wild west, cowboys
Science related to the history topics this week: tin can and string “telephone” to see how sound traveled over the Transatlantic cable
Week 31Grant, Farmer Boy or Little House on the Prairie, The Great Chicago Fire, Transcontinental Railroad, chinese immigrants, Cochise, Custer
Week 32Hayes, Nez Perce, Levi Strauss, homesteading, Farmer Boy or Little House on the Prairie
Week 33Sitting Bull, Farmer Boy or Little House on the Prairie, Chinese Exclusion Act, Garfield, Cleveland, Harrison
Week 34Hawaii, the Blizzard of 1888, life on the prairie in the late 1800s
Science related to the history topics this week: Make frost in a jar, ice experiments
Week 35McKinley and the Spanish American War, Hellen Keller
Week 36Life in the late 1800s, near the turn of the century

There are 36 weeks in this curriculum.

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Please see the F.A.Q. on the Jr. Early American History Book and Resource List page.

We are Christians, but Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History Curriculum is not intended to be a “Christian resource”. However, there may be infrequent (or what we consider to be) minor references, notes, or links to resources that mention Christian ideas, values, or sectarian topics even in our secular/non-religious/neutral curriculums.

All the books scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Early American History Curriculum are secular. If you want some Christian books to sub in or add, you can always check out the Big Bad Beautiful Booklist -History Edition for ideas!

Christians and non-Christians should preview the scheduled books and all other resources such as videos, etc. to make sure they are compatible with your beliefs, philosophies, and values.

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