From Adam to Us

Quick Start Guide

"My concerns about being overwhelmed and/or incapable of teaching history to my children have been completely erased with the help of your curriculum."

Peggy J., Wisconsin

The First Thing

Thank you for choosing From Adam to Us for your family. We are honored to be part of your educational journey.

Read the "Introduction" and "How to Use This Curriculum" at the beginning of From Adam to Us Part 1 (the green book with the camel on the front). Start on page v after the Table of Contents. That will help you see how all the books fit together and what you will need to do each day and each week.

If any questions come to mind after you review the rest of this page, or later as you are using the material, please contact us any time.

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Video Walkthrough

From Adam to Us has 30 units with five lessons each. If you'd like a video walkthrough of how one unit is laid out, here is author Charlene Notgrass to explain it.

The Literature

We chose ten literature titles to go along with this curriculum. You can find a list of the books and when they are assigned on page viii in Part 1. Reading this literature is beneficial, but it is optional.

We included instructions on when to read each book in the Assignments lists at the end of lessons. The first literature book we assign is The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. You start reading it in Unit 3 (see page 74 and the assignments on page 82).

Notes on the Literature

We deliberately chose quality literature that will enrich your student's study of history. The books we recommend have some content that we want you to be aware of in advance. We provide specific notes about each book in the Answer Key, which is part of the curriculum package. You may also download a copy.

Suggested Supplements

Notgrass History curriculum is self-contained. You don't need to add anything else unless you want to. However, if you are looking for videos, virtual field trips, interactive websites, and other resources to supplement your studies, check out the resources we have listed at Homeschool History.

Need an extra book or two?

If you ever need an extra Student Workbook, Lesson Review, or a specific literature title, you can shop for any of the individual books on our website.

Looking for our bonus downloads?

All of the instructions and assignments for each lesson are included in the From Adam to Us Part 1 and Part 2 lesson books. Some of our customers have requested that we provide a lesson activity checklist to help keep track of what their students are doing. You can download this checklist from our website.

If you have already read some of the assigned literature, reading them again while your child is learning about the history of the same time period in the lessons can be a great idea. If you want something different, or if your child is a voracious reader who wants more, we also have a list of additional literature titles you might consider using.

We also have a handful of corrections and supplemental links available.

Don't feel like you have to use all of these extra downloads to do a good job! They are tools that some parents find helpful. We don't want you or your child to feel overwhelmed by our curriculum. We trust you to teach each child the way you know works best for him or her.

Have other questions?

We've posted answers to frequently asked questions about using our middle school curriculum. If you don't find the answer you need there, please email, call, or text us. You can also join one of our online communities to connect with other parents.

Keep up the good work!

We admire your dedication to giving your child a great education at home. May God give you strength, courage, and wisdom. Sincerely, Ray and Charlene Notgrass

Ray and Charlene Notgrass