American History Menus

American History Menus

What is American History Menus?

American History Menus is a FREE, totally customizable history curriculum for grades 1-6 incorporating literature, language arts, art study, science and hands on activities. To use the curriculum you will need:

  • American History Menus (download below)
  • A library card
  • A printer
  • Internet access
  • The spine (either A Child’s Story of America by Christian Liberty Press or Stories of America by Simply Charlotte Mason)

Each printable Menu corresponds with an American History Menus unit. Menus have three parts; the Appetizer (spine), the Main Course (books by reading level), and sides (art studies, notebooking, lapbooking, science, hands on activities, etc.). Each menu also has a corresponding Pinterest board with links to a description of every book and links to all resources, websites and printables.


Why American History Menus?

I am a homeschooling mom of both typical and special needs children. American History Menus was created during my 15+ years of homeschooling. I have studied and researched countless curricula. I even tried a few…

Most had minor problems – copywork lines not the right size for my students, books that I (or the children) didn’t like, books that I could not find, etc. Many had what I considered major problems for our family – too many expensive required resources, giant disorganized manuals that kept me flipping pages most of the day, readers that did not correspond to the period being studied, etc.

Once I “tweaked” the curriculum (adding notebooking pages, lapbooking, art, period readers, appropriately sized copywork, and added in all the books that we wanted to read) there was very little of the original left and trying to make everything fit was truly more work than just designing my own curriculum.

What American History Menus is NOT:

American History Menus is NOT a day by day or week by week lesson plan. If this is what you need or want – American History Menus is not the curriculum for you! 

Download the Menus for part 1 (Exploration through 1860) here:

American History Menus

Download the Helps and How to Use American History Menus here:

American History Menus – Part One

I would love to hear from you, drop me a note and let me know what you think about American History Menus.  Please link directly to my site when sharing with others!





8 thoughts on “American History Menus

  1. Pingback: FREE American History Curriculum: American History Menus | Free Homeschool Deals ©

  2. I have downloaded AHM and it looks fantastic! I plan to use it once we get there in our history studies. Thank you for offering this great curriculum for free! I have a history and geography meme, and I would like to feature this there. Is that alright with you?

    • You can still use AHM without Pinterest. The menus include the spine, readers, and ideas for extension activities. Using the Pinterest boards allows you to click onto direct links for all books, activities, art, notebooking pages and many free resources.

  3. Thank you for offering this curriculum for free. I have a 36 year old son who was terribly abused in PS and when I found out what happened I immediately removed my 3 children from the school (this was in the early 80’s). He had had the idea that he was a idiot because of what they did to him in kindergarten. He loves history and I am sure he will enjoy your materials.

  4. Im fairly new to homeschooling and came across this curriculum and it looks just great. I see its made for grades 1 – 6. would you say it could be repeated as the kids grow and then they study each area more in depth as they get older? Also the numbers in the “spine” does that correspond to page numbers? Thanks so much 🙂

    • Bree,

      You can certainly repeat the curriculum, there are different books for each grade level and older children would be able to complete different projects, etc. We usually do American History for 2-2.5 years, then World History for 2 years, then repeat. The page numbers under spine are the page numbers for the spine (A Child’s Story of America). There is an alternate spine (Stories of America) with page numbers listed under the readers section if you would rather use that book.
      Blessing on your homeschool journey!

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