“Did you know that the Battle of New Orleans took place after the War [of 1812] was over? Due to poor means of communication, the commanders on both sides didn’t receive news of the war’s end until after the battle was fought!” – from A Presidential Scrapbook
Knowledge Quest is my favorite geography curriculum company (but they have some great history resources, too!). We used Knowledge Quest maps and other products for years before finally purchasing full versions of their resources. That’s because they offer some of the greatest freebie sampler packets out there!
A Presidential Scrapbook is an attractive 96-page full color book packed with loads of great information.
- Memorable deeds, speeches, quotes, triumphs, disasters, and/or interesting facts pertaining to each presidency
- A list of the states that joined the union during that presidency
- A timeline of the President’s life at the bottom of the page
- An interactive turn-the-page quiz
After completing the book, the reader takes another trip through the pages via a “Presidential Quiz.” The quiz is built into the pages so you can determine if you recognize a picture of (or remember trivia related to) each President simply by flipping to the pages indicated. Our children have never enjoyed a “test” so much!
With this book, our boys (ages 5-11) actually get excited as they learn about the states! Each page includes:
- Interesting stories and fun, quick trivia about the state
- The capital
- The date the state entered the Union
- The state’s population and ranking
- The state’s land area and ranking
- The three most populated cities
- The state’s shape
- The state flag
Also included in this book are historical maps (e.g., the Civil War). The goal for the optional, 36-week ebook course is to identify all the states and capitals, locate them on a map, recall which states border each other, and recite some trivia about each state.
I’ve referenced both the Star-Spangled State Book and A Presidential Scrapbook in our Cycle 3 Reading Plans. (Click here to download a copy of just the reading plans.)
Map Trek: U.S. Edition
Available as a 242-page ebook or CD-ROM, Map Trek U.S. Edition provides historical outline maps that allow you to teach your child geography within a historical context.
This CD-ROM/ebook contains 53 historical maps, 50 state maps, 3 U.S. maps in different sizes, and 106 student maps, along with lesson plans for all 50+ outline maps, broken down into three levels – Level A (grades 1-4), Level B (grades 5-8) and Level C (grades 9-12). Because the maps are sequenced chronologically, it is simple to incorporate them into a chronological study of American history.
These maps are truly some of the best I have ever seen. Not only that, there is a map for almost every historical event we are studying in the coming year.
You can download some of these maps for free by downloading the free Map Trek sampler on Knowledge Quest’s website. (Note that the U.S. Edition is free with the purchase of the entire Map Trek Collection.)
Recommended for students age 8 and up (or as a family read-aloud), this 240-page book is a collection of inspiring historical biographies about ordinary people who accomplished great things during the Colonial period. The book features Pocahontas, Lady Alicia Lisle, James Cook, Rachel Walker Revere, Lord Admiral Nelson, Catherine Ferguson, Lucretia Mott and Narcissa Whitman and includes maps and illustrations related to each historical figure. You can read one of the biographies for free by visiting Knowledge Quest’s website.
Sacagawea is a historical account of the events surrounding Sacagawea and the Lewis & Clark expedition. Written in an engaging format, this interactive historical novel was originally released as four separate books but is now available as one complete saga in ebook/Kindle format. The first chapter is available for pre-reading by clicking here.
Knowledge Quest Freebies
…and Globalmania, which provides a plan for mastering world geography in less than 7 months.
Below is an alphabetical list of quicklinks to each product where you can download free samples (which are referenced in parentheses).
A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth (download first three chapters)
A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World (download first three chapters)
A Child’s Geography: Explore the Holy Land (download first three chapters)
A Journey in Liberty: Studying the US Constitution (download intro and first chapter)
A Presidential Scrapbook (download sampler)
Around the World Unit Studies (download New Zealand Unit Study)
Expedition Earth (download sampler)
Globalmania (download entire book!)
Homeschooling ABCs (email sign-up for “5 Secrets to Homeschooling Success”)
Map Studio Pro (Click “Get Started” and then “Mapstudio Free” button to use free version)
Map Trek (Sampler pack, over 40 pages!)
O Canada! Her Story (free sample biography)
Sacagawea (Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know) (read first chapter)
Star-Spangled State Book & CD-ROM (sampler)
Upper Level Homeschool (Free 5 day mini-course, “5 Keys to Successfully Homeschooling your Teen through High School”)
What Really Happened During the Middle Ages (free sample biography)
What Really Happened in Ancient Times (free sample biography)
What Really Happened in Colonial Times (free sample biography)
Wonders of Old Timeline Book (see sample pages)
Be sure to browse the Knowledge Quest website, and feel free to contact me if you have questions about any of these products!
The person behind Knowledge Quest: Terri’s a real person!
I had the privilege of meeting Terri at the Teach Them Diligently conference in Nashville this year! She was such a gracious person, and I enjoyed chatting with her about Classical Conversations… because her family is in a community on the other side of the USA!
Terri and her husband, Todd, have been teaching their six children at home for 16 years (this is their second year participating in Classical Conversations). They’ve graduated two of their children and have four to go. Together they operate a publishing company – Knowledge Quest, Inc. – publisher of history and geography materials primarily for the homeschool marketplace. Knowledge Quest is perhaps best known for publishing the popular Map Trek and A Child’s Geography series. Their books, resources, online classes and mobile apps all have one goal in common… to equip homeschool parents to teach history and geography consistently, enthusiastically, and successfully.
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