American Heritage Education Foundation is, according to their website,
a non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation (501.c.3) dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America’s factual and philosophical heritage to promote constructive citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens.
They distribute free K-12 lesson plans to students, teachers and parents in all 50 states. The lesson plans come in the form of pdf files on a CD-Rom. While the plans are geared toward a traditional classroom setting, most of the activities can be adapted to a homeschool setting and could definitely be used with a co-op.
The lesson plans address character traits such as freedom, unity, and responsibility, while exploring aspects of our nation’s history such as:
- Colonial America
- The U.S. Consitution
- The Declaration of Independence
- Our National Anthem
- The Gettysburg Address
- Our National Motto
- The Bill of Rights
- Thanksgiving and much more
Lesson plans for elementary (in English and in Spanish), middle school and high school are all included on one disk, providing a wealth of information that would certainly complement a study of United States history, whatever your curriculum choices may be. While much of the material is more formal than I would typically use, there are nice printables, games and activities that will appeal to even less formal, eclectic families like ours.
One thing that I appreciated was that the CD includes a teacher resource section devoted to detailing national guidelines for religious expression in public schools, something I think many parents, students, teachers, and school administration really don’t fully understand. I know, in our area of the country, there has recently been a huge uproar about what religious expressions are and are not acceptable for students — an uproar that was caused, in my opinion, by an ignorance about the law and the rights of students.
Did you catch the free part? That’s right! You can view the material’s directly from American Heritage Education Foundation‘s website or request a free CD. If you’d prefer the information in a printed binder, they’re available for $19.50 per level.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Actual results may vary.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.