An Alabama State History Curriculum written by Carren W. Joye is available for kindergarten through 9th grade. Although Alabama does not require state history for homeschoolers, Alabama public schools usually teach state history in the 4th grade. In some states, state history is taught or repeated in 7th, 8th or 9th grades. As a result, you may cover state history at any time as a separate course or in conjunction with U.S. History.
About the Course
This Internet-linked, 175-day course adapts easily to teaching various grade levels together. For younger grades or for a lighter course, just do the lessons and simple activities and skip all optional research. For older grades or for a more challenging course, include extra research and projects as suggested. In addition, you may easily incorporate the lesson plans and activities in a United States History curriculum.
The course covers Alabama history from pre-exploration to the 21st Century, with extra sections on maps, symbols, climate and current government and economy.
You must have Internet access to use this course.
The curriculum includes links to suggested:
- Lesson Plans – More than 175 free online lesson plans! You can do all the lessons or only the ones you want.
- Field Trips – 75 locations in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga counties and 130 locations in other counties! Unlike a generic state history curriculum, specific field trip locations are named with contact information rather than simply “visit an historical landmark.”
- Extra Activities – More than 300 additional research topics, arts and crafts, project ideas, historical movies, and creative writing assignments are included to provide extension exercises, or you may choose them to replace the lesson plans.
- Books – 65 suggested readers and read alouds! Read them all or just choose one or two in each section to borrow from the library or to purchase.
- Multiple Texts – Additional web sites, interesting stories and activities are included to round out the topic or historical period.
Because testing is not required in Alabama, tests are not included. However, the course is designed in such a way that you will easily be able to create your own tests or to use the special activities as tests if necessary.
About the Author
Carren W. Joye is a homeschooling mother of four children, co-founder of the Elmore County Homeschool Organization (ECHO), founder of Outlook Academy, and co-founder of Academy Days Co-op. Carren is also the author of Homeschooling More Than One Child: A Practical Guide for Families ($14.95; ISBN 0-595-342509-0) and A Stay-at-Home Mom's Complete Guide to Playgroups ($13.95; ISBN 0-595-14684-8). Visit her web site at http://www.carrenjoye.com.
Beginning in 2003, Carren spent a full year researching and compiling web sites for lesson plans, activities and information for the Alabama State History Curriculum. She then spent the following year making changes and improvements as she used the curriculum with her own four children. The curriculum underwent a revision in 2007 as Carren prepared to use it in a homeschool co-op for grades 1 through 9; classroom and group activities and lessons were added. As always, each summer the links are verified and updated as necessary.
Satisfied Parents and Teachers
Many homeschooling families around the state have used the Alabama State History Curriculum. In addition, the Academy Days Co-op in Millbrook and Faith Christian Academy in Alexander City used the curriculum for their students during the 2007-2008 school year.
Read what parents have said about the Alabama State History Curriculum by clicking here.
The curriculum works well in a co-op situation and has been used for various co-ops in the past. A few families in the Montgomery area participated in an Alabama State History Co-op during the 2004-2005 school year. They met monthly for group activities and field trips.
In addition, the Academy Days Co-op offered Alabama History classes for grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9 for the 2007-2008 school year. The classes used Carren's Alabama State History Curriculum and met weekly for group activities and lessons. Some participating families used the curriculum at home during the week, while others only did the weekly lessons at co-op.
Any family may start an Alabama State History Co-op! Simply spread the word, decide if you will meet monthly or weekly, and find a place to meet. Good luck!
The Alabama State History Curriculum sells for $29. To order or for more information, contact Carren by emailing carren(at)outlookacademy(dot)com with "Alabama History" in the subject line. Once your check is received, a password-protected PDF will be emailed to your specified email address.