Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Early American History

Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Early American History Curriculum is PACKED full of great books, videos, hands-on activities, recipes, and more to make early American history (with optional science topics) 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 Little Kids’ Early American History Curriculum tracks with our Jr. Early American History Curriculum and our High School Early American History Curriculum, so you have the option to teach your students ‘family-style‘, (aka ‘multi-level’), if you wish!

See the FAQ lower down the page for information on how to choose between the Little Kids’ and the Jr. level.

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

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Why choose Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ Early American History Curriculum?

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




We’ve picked out timeless stories and paired them with optional readers, science related to the history topics presented, and lots of hands-on activities to engage young learners.

We’ve put together an exciting year of early American history 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 Little Kids’ Early American History Curriculum brings history to life!

Engaging Books & Materials

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

Our early American history curriculum schedules in fiction and non-fiction books that will ignite your student’s love for history. Get cozy on the couch and build memories with timeless stories!

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. It’s one thing to read about a bison, it’s another to see one!

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, music, projects, art, easy science experiments, and more!

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Beowulf's Early American History Adventure and Activity Book

Click here to go to Beowulf’s Early American History Adventure and Activity Book product page to see samples!

The curriculum comes with a hybrid textbook/activity-book combination!

You get a beautiful 150+ page book in PDF format with your purchase of the curriculum: Beowulf’s Early American History Adventure and Activity Book .

After your purchase, you will find it in your downloads. This special book 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 lavishly illustrated book full of true stories.

Each week has copywork (often just a single sentence or phrase), a cut-and-paste picture that represents the week’s main lesson, a book rating graphic (to rate the weekly books scheduled in the curriculum), and fun activities. Some of the activities include easy drawing lessons, simple cut and paste crafts, mazes, dot-to-dots, simple writing (or telling) assignments, and coloring pages.

Beowulf makes history understandable, memorable, and fun!

Does this curriculum come with ____________?

all of the books?
No, you need to purchase the other scheduled history books separately. Learn more.
However, you do get access to Beowulf’s Early American History Adventure and Activity Book at no additional cost!


a printable book list?
Yes. We provide a ranked 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? (sort of)
Beowulf’s Early American History Adventure and Activity Book isn’t a traditional ‘workbook’. It is more of a hybrid textbook with fun activities and cut & paste items. There are also lots of printables linked in the schedule!

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Take a look at a sample of the printable schedule here (with a visual guide on how to use it and cull activities):

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F.A.Q. for our Little Kids’ Early American History Curriculum

This curriculum can be used for grades K-3, although it may also be appropriate for some younger or struggling 4th graders. The easiest way to choose which level is to look at the booklists for both levels 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

Also, here are some other differences between the two:

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.

How do I use this with different ages?

Younger grades may need more parental involvement. It’s assumed that a parent will read most of the books out loud (or use YouTube read-alouds, etc.). Parents will also need to do most of the cooking for recipes, etc.

We scheduled in some readers. A parent may choose to read some of those out loud to non or emerging readers. You may want to put the readers in a book basket for an older child to choose from as desired.

Choose whichever crafts are more appropriate for your student. Kindergarteners may not be ready for more intricate cut-and-paste activities, etc.

If you have a student on the older end of the spectrum using Little Kids’ Early American History, you may want to look at the booklist for the Jr. level and sub a few of those books in.

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

If you have an older student joining in, you may want to consider using our Jr. Early American History Curriculum and/or High School Early American History Curriculum, so that everyone can learn family style. If you can use all three levels we have a bundle deal that provides all three at a significant discount!

You can get an idea of many of the topics covered in Little Kids’ Early American History by looking at the curriculum booklist.

Some of the history topics covered this year are (scroll down to see science topics):
This does not cover every single history topic covered in all the materials and videos. This is just a quick overview.

  • Week 1: Leif Erikson, early America
  • Week 2: Columbus and European discovery
  • Week 3: The mystery of Roanoke Colony, more discovery and exploration
  • Week 4: Pilgrims in England and Holland, Pocohontas and Jamestown Colony
  • Week 5: Pilgrims and the Mayflower, the Tulip Bubble in Holland
  • Week 6: The first Thanksgiving, Squanto, life in the Plymouth Colony
  • Week 7: The French and Indian War, Benjamin Banneker, stories set during this time
  • Week 8: Life during colonial times, Stamp Act (taxes) and the Boston Massacre (sanitized), Benjamin Franklin and his amazing inventions
  • Week 9: Benjamin West, Paul Revere, life during the American Revolution
  • Week 10: The Declaration of Independence, John Hancock, John Adams, life during the American Revolution
  • Week 11: Samuel Adams, life during the American Revolution, horses as a mode of transportation
  • Week 12: George Washington, a new nation
  • Week 13: The Constitution
  • Week 14: Daniel Boone and the wilderness, Alexander Hamilton
  • Week 15: Johnny Appleseed, Daniel Boone
  • Week 16: Sacagawea
  • Week 17: The Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Week 18: The War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, Thomas Jefferson
  • Week 19: Pioneer life
  • Week 20: A story set in Vermont in the 1830s, Davy Crockett
  • Week 21: The Alamo and Texas
  • Week 22: A story about Swedish immigrants, Samuel Morse
  • Week 23: The Oregon Trail, the Gold Rush, Chinese immigrants during the Gold Rush
  • Week 24: Frederick Douglas, bison
  • Week 25: Buffalo Bill, The Pony Express
  • Week 26: Abraham Lincoln, the Underground Railroad
  • Week 27: The Civil War, Clara Barton
  • Week 28: The Civil War, the tall tale of Paul Bunyan, a story of a slave who joined the Union Army
  • Week 29: Cyanotypes, a story European immigrants
  • Week 30: Moving out west (westward expansion), cowboys
  • Week 31: Little House in the Big Woods, Transcontinental Railroad, Chinese immigrants working on the railroad
  • Week 32: Little House in the Big Woods, the Homestead Act, pioneers raised chickens
  • Week 33: Little House in the Big Woods, Thomas Edison
  • Week 34: The story of Princes Ka’iulani and Hawaii became a state, the Blizzard of 1888
  • Week 35: Life on the Prairie in the late 1800s, Helen Keller
  • Week 36: The Statue of Liberty, a story that shows how things changed from 1710 to 1810 to 1910 to modern days

Some of the weekly science topics:
This does not cover every single science concept covered in all the materials and videos. This is just a quick overview of topics.

  • Week 1: Arctic animals
  • Week 2: Jaundice, coral reefs, how a compass works
  • Week 3: Turtles, reptiles
  • Week 4: Corn
  • Week 5: Storks, tulips
  • Week 6: The woods (animals, plants, etc.), leaves (and why they change colors), bird beaks, leaves, butterflies, migrations, woodpeckers
  • Week 7: The woods (animals, plants, etc.), parts of plants, how an oak tree grows, animal camouflage, mushrooms
  • Week 8: Electricity
  • Week 9: The woods (animals, plants, etc.), seasons, water cycle, parts of a flower
  • Week 10: The woods (animals, plants, etc.), different types of animals (mammals, birds, amphibians)
  • Week 11: Horses
  • Week 12: Teeth and/or fireflies (depending on which book you choose)
  • Week 13: No science this week.
  • Week 14: Bears
  • Week 15: Apples
  • Week 16: The moon, moon phases
  • Week 17: Prairie (plants, animals, etc.), biomes, hail, worms, pollinators, prairie dogs
  • Week 18: Stars, borax crystals
  • Week 19: Sheep (where wool comes from), zoetrope
  • Week 20: Cats, the water table/wells
  • Week 21: Milk comes from cows
  • Week 22: No science this week.
  • Week 23: Rocks, minerals, and shells
  • Week 24: Bison
  • Week 25: Rocks, minerals, and shells
  • Week 26: Rocks, minerals, and shells
  • Week 27: First aid
  • Week 28: No science this week.
  • Week 29: Cyanotypes
  • Week 30: Snakes, heat rises
  • Week 31: Snow, how butter is made
  • Week 32: Chickens and the chicken life cycle, eggs, sprouting beans and seeds
  • Week 33: The discoveries of Thomas Edison
  • Week 34: Volcanoes, blizzards, polymer snow
  • Week 35: Tornados
  • Week 36: No science this week.

We do not provide or offer a formal ‘scope and sequence’ document.

There are 36 weeks in this curriculum.

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 on 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

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We are Christians, but Guest Hollow’s Little Kids’ 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 Little Kids’ 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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Why does access expire? Every year we go through all our curriculum schedules and update broken links and/or replace books that have gone out of print. This is a very time-intensive process that keeps our curricula up-to-date. Your repurchase helps fund this process and provides you with a schedule that has all the new additions or changes.

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