More fun with AS2

We are having so much fun with this curriculum, and I find myself adding more and more to it because the kids are so interested. We are learning about the West, and we added some books on California because I thought this would be a good time to get in some state history. We had to backtrack a little time-wise, but the kids did not seem to mine. We reviewed the early history of California (the native peoples and the missions), and we read about the Gold Rush. Books I added are:

Gold Fever!: Tales from the California Gold Rush










Twelve Travelers, Twenty Horses










Dragon’s Gate: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1867












I am a film nut, so I am taking advantage of this great time period by having the kids watch as many Westerns as they want. The kids love hearing about the O.K. Corral, so of course we watched My Darling Clementine. We also watched Red River and parts of one of my favorite films, The Searchers. I could write pages on why that film is one of the greatest of all times, but I’ll save that for my film blog. Needless to say it is a beautiful film that I think everyone should see. However the topics are a little mature, so the kids and I just watched a few scenes together.¬† I am hoping to add in a few other films this week before we finish our study of the west. We have to finish the documentary The West, and we are going to read Annie Oakley (DK Biography) this week too.


The ending of My Darling Clementine – the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral:

3 thoughts on “More fun with AS2

  1. We just started AS2 last week after finishing AS1 and are having a lot of fun. When we get to the Klondike gold rush we’re going to add some Alaska history like you’ve done with CA. I really like this program. It’s definitely not the usual dry history textbook. We’re enjoying the variety of books and activities. I’ve had to hide some books to keep him from reading them until I’m ready because they just sounded too exciting for him to wait.

  2. It is so easy to add state history to AS2, which is one reason I love the program. It will work out nice adding Alaska history to the Klondike unit. Thanks for the comment!

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