Students may study Notgrass History curricula in any order within the schooling levels indicated (elementary, middle school, and high school). Each course stands alone and is complete in itself. You can switch to Notgrass at any time after using any other curricula.
We advise parents to plan their child's education so that he or she does not study the same subject two years in a row (for instance, world history with From Adam to Us in eighth grade and again with Exploring World History in ninth grade). In some cases, however, this might be the parents' best choice.
We do not generally recommend that students use our curriculum outside of the schooling levels indicated (for instance, a middle school student using high school curriculum or an elementary student using middle school curriculum). However, we believe that parents are the best judge of a student's level of understanding and maturity and ability to complete academic work.
For example, if you have students in 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades, you could have them all study one of our middle school courses together. You could adjust the expectations for your 3rd grader, and perhaps that student could use the course again in 3-4 years.
Or, if you have an older child with learning challenges, the best fit might be to use middle school curriculum in high school and augment that curriculum with additional assignments that would justify granting high school credit. Because of such variables, we trust parents to make the final decision about when to use each curriculum.
Scope and Sequence
Our curriculum is both rigorous and flexible. Our elementary courses can be used any time between grades one and four. Our middle school courses can be used any time between grades five and eight. Our high school courses can be used any time between grades nine and twelve.
Here is a table showing our suggested sequence. The buttons in the right column link to detailed information about what each course covers. If you need to provide documentation about what your student has studied, you can download a plain text document or a PDF document.
|1, 2, 3, or 4||Our Star-Spangled Story||Designed for children in grades 1-4, Our Star-Spangled Story is a one-year U.S. history course. It features simple lessons with easy-to-follow instructions, full-color photographs and illustrations, and engaging supplemental activities.||
|We plan to develop three additional courses for the elementary grades. We expect to cover the broad topics of world history, world geography and culture, and U.S. geography and civics.|
|5||America the Beautiful||This course combines a rich study of American history from the Native Americans through the present with Bible study, geography, literature, vocabulary, creative writing, and hands-on activities.||
|6||geography||planned for future development|
|7||From Adam to Us||This course covers world history from Creation to the present using primary sources, literature, and hands-on activities to help students connect with the history in a personal way.||
|8||Uncle Sam and You||This course provides an engaging tour of American government. Students learn about elected leaders and everyday citizens who fill important roles to make our country work.||
|9||Exploring World History||This course is a survey of the political, cultural, and religious history of the world with a focus on how Bible history connects to ancient civilizations, developments in church history, and how our understanding of history informs our lives as Christians.||
|10||Exploring America||This course is a survey of American history from the time of the Native Americans and first European explorers to the administration of Barack Obama. It discusses actions and developments on the national level, especially involving the Federal government, as well as issues and events in American culture.||
|11||world geography||Currently in development, this course describes and explains the world we live in. It focuses on how people interact with geography and how geography affects communities and countries.|
|12||Exploring Government (one semester)||This course explores the government of United States from its beginning to the present with special emphasis on the Biblical pattern for government and on the U.S. Constitution.||
|Exploring Economics (one semester)||This course surveys Biblical teachings on money and finance, provides an overview of the economic history of the United States, gives a clear explanation of terms and concepts used in economics, and discusses economic issues confronting us today.||