The curriculum is adaptable for children in grades 3 through 7. I successfully used these resources when two of my children were in 3rd grade (age 8).
Because of the variety of resources, it is easy to adapt to your child’s grade level, but don’t be afraid to expose them to more than you think they’re capable of understanding. You’ll be surprised. There are no quizzes or tests. Just expose them to the concepts and ethics and philosophy and help them think through issues. That’s the most important thing.
There are 38-weeks of lessons scheduled for 4 days a week. The lessons are easily adaptable to your schedule and your family. Pick and choose what works. In fact, you’ll find that there’s enough material to do two years of US History (just take two weeks to complete each week’s readings and activities).
Discover– Readings from the main textbooks (includes options for listening to audio versions)
Storytelling – Historical fiction and other riveting stories that coincide with this history lesson
Experience – Links to music, poetry, documentaries and other online resources to make the lesson come alive
Discuss & Reflect– Discussion questions for journaling or discussing out loud. These are critical thinking prompts to help your children imagine a different future and inspire them to create it.
Included in the 38 weeks are 6 weeks of planned breaks. Take this time to research more, venture on field trips, watch movies or just take a clean break.
This is a digital item. The reason is that there are embedded links to all the online resources.
Many parents choose to print it for easy access, but Oh Freedom! is only available as a download by design. After purchase, keep the digital file easily accessible so you can quickly get to the booklist, music and video playlists and other online resources.
The books. You’ll have to purchase or borrow your own books and audiobooks from our booklist.
You will also need internet access to take advantage of all of the resources that I point you to.
I recommend purchasing the Oh Freedom! Journal for your children to keep track of their learning, their interests, and their reflections.
If you already have subscriptions to Amazon Prime, Netflix and Spotify, you’re all set.
The booklist is part of what you purchase when you buy Oh Freedom! curriculum.
So how can you know how much more you will spend? Aside from what you probably already have (like internet access, Netflix, Spotify and Amazon Prime), you will have to purchase books and maybe audiobooks (if you prefer).
I did the math. If you purchase all the required books NEW from Amazon.com, it will cost about $210 for about 22 books. Not bad, considering all the other ways we have to get books for much less/free like used bookstores, libraries, and online libraries.
Thank you for understanding why I shared the “bones” (structure) in the sample but saved the meat and secret sauce for those who purchase.
We offer a sample that includes everything you need to know about the curriculum before purchasing. We offer this so you can be sure this is for you before you buy it. There is no way to “return” a digital item without still owning it, therefore, all sales are final.
This curriculum was developed with the Themes of Social Studies (from NCSS) in mind. That said, every state has different homeschool regulations. I live in Texas which is one of the most deregulated states in which to homeschool. If you’re looking for your kids to draw pictures of the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria, memorize dates and the names of all the presidents in order, this curriculum is not for you.
This curriculum is an exercise in perspective-taking to understand class issues, race issues, immigration, human rights and social justice.
Please review our Curriculum Overview (included in the sample) to decide if this curriculum meets the requirements of your state and your family.
Absolutely! There is enough to choose from in these lessons to supplement what you’re currently doing. I’ve curated the resources for you and now you get to pick and choose from the booklist, listen to the storybooks on audio, read over the discussion questions, enjoy the playlist, complete get the journal and create an abbreviated version that works for your situation.
Though Oh Freedom! can be adapted for younger and older students, we recommend that you wait before you dive in with this material for younger students. Because of the tough topics covered in Oh Freedom! we recommend that you start when your child is mature enough to handle and process the truth about history.
When your child is in K-2, the best thing you can do is immerse them in diverse stories. Read, read, read until your throat aches and mouth gets dry. Listen to audiobooks together. Not only will you be training their attention spans to be able to sit and learn for longer stretches, as they get older, but reading books will become a part of who they are.
HIGH SCHOOL EDITION FAQs
One of the most asked questions since we released the original version in 2019 was, “do you have a high school edition?” Parents successfully found ways to use the younger version to meet their high-schoolers needs. Now they don’t have to. Oh Freedom! High School provides a pathway to a more conscious understanding of US History that is tailored for high school students.
We encourage parental involvement. Every week we have included readings for parents in order to allow for meaningful discussion of the text. As you discuss the content with your teen and read over assignments and book reviews, you will be able to accurately assess your teen’s progress, effort and comprehension and assess a grade when necessary.
Take a look at the textbooks we use here. The literature book list is available when you purchase the curriculum.
The only religious content you will encounter in Oh Freedom! High School Edition is what is mentioned in the readings as they pertain to American history. All resources are secular.
Readings are organized into weekly lesson that students will manage (with the supervision of an adult) into daily portions. This is a life skill that students need to develop early in their academic careers.
Yes, Oh Freedom! High School Edition is suitable for an 8th grader. The parent and student should decide whether Track 1 or 2 is appropriate.
The curriculum was designed for students to complete in a four-day week. Here are approximate times for each lesson:
Discover – 15-30 minutes
Journaling – 15 – 20 minutes (once a week)
Discuss & Reflect – 30-60 minutes (once a week)
Experience – 45 minutes or less each video
Literature – varies
Discover – 30-60 minutes
Journaling – 15-20 minutes (once a week)
Discuss & Reflect (Current Events) – (45-60 minutes at least twice a week)
Experience – 45 minutes or less each video
Literature – varies
Students ages 14-18 (grades 8-12) should easily be able to handle the readings and assignments. The curriculum is organized into two tracks. Though they follow the same topics, Track 2 offers longer and higher-level reading material.
OFHS is different in the following ways:
- Different booklist
- Students follow weekly lesson plans independently
- No picture books
- Reading assignments for parents
- Current events assignments
- Options for literature books
It can be both.
If you are looking for a U.S. history curriculum that tells the story from the point of view of Indigenous Peoples and African Americans – then it is a stand alone resource.
However, it also can be used alongside a traditional US history curriculum.