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 generally 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 generally do not 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, you are the best judge of your 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 links in the right column provide detailed information about what each course covers to help you with record-keeping and documentation.
|1, 2, 3, or 4||
Designed for children in grades 1-4, Our Fifty States is a one-year U.S. geography course. It features simple lessons with easy-to-follow instructions, full-color photographs and illustrations, and engaging supplemental activities.
|1, 2, 3, or 4||
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 two additional courses for the elementary grades. We expect to cover the broad topics of world history in one and world geography and culture in the other.|
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.|
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.
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.
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.
This course is a survey of American history from the time of the Native Americans and first European explorers to the administration of Donald Trump. It discusses actions and developments on the national level, especially involving the Federal government, as well as issues and events in American culture.
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.
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.