I shared my plans, including our 36 week schedule using The Complete Book of US History and corresponding literature, notebooking pages, coloring page links, and schedule here.
If you are anything like me, choosing curriculum, especially history curriculum is so hard! Mostly, because there is so much awesome stuff out there! Each year I tweak a little bit more and more, so this year, I decided to do it alone. It has been a crazy adventure, but I am very happy with the result.
One area I have struggled with is the content subjects and retention in the early years, especially history. I definitely adhere to the classical education idea of "pegs"-- using the grammar stage as a survey or introduction, giving them a taste of the many people and events of history. The main goal is exposure, so when they get to logic and rhetoric stages, they are familiar with the basic ideas and names affording them a foundation from which to build. Do you remember those people and events that kept coming up in history when you were in school? I know I always was drawn to the names and events I was familiar with--even if all I remembered was the name! Those pegs, then provide a foothold for further learning.
We have not been very diligent about making those pegs stick! We cover them, read about them, and have enjoyed the journey, (which is important) but I don't feel like many pegs actually exist in their little minds. I think our weakness has been memory work. We are a mile wide and not even a cm deep. Math and language arts are reviewed regularly, but I wasn't really doing any review for history. I am not looking for ridiculous amounts of lists or unrealistic amounts of memory work, but I have decided some simple history sentences in a Veritas Press style timeline card would be helpful...
I couldn't find anything like what I wanted so... yeah, I am crazy like that.... I made them. :) I think these are going to be a lot of fun, and I may even try to put it to music if I get really ambitious! :)
U.S. History timeline cards with sentence summaries. (The first part of U.S. history.)
Note: These cards are mostly black and white with a few colored images. It can easily be printed in B&W to save on color ink.
Here are a few screenshots of the history cards: