My Father's World


Adventures in U.S. History

(formerly Adventures in My Father's World)

For 2nd or 3rd graders who have no siblings in 4th - 8th grade.
(Also for advanced 1st graders who are reading and writing well)
Travel back in time and explore U.S. history and patriotic symbols from a Christian perspective with fascinating stories, hands-on activities, a timeline, and a student-created history notebook. Also includes U.S. geography, Bible, science, art, music, and more. Add math and language arts for a complete curriculum. (read more)

Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package

(The same great content as Adventures in My Father's World.)

Basic Package


Adventures Basic Package

Includes Bible, U.S. History and Geography, Science, and Music

  • Teacher's Manual, Second Edition
  • Student Sheets (purchase one per additional student)
  • Map of the U.S./World - placemat size (purchase one per additional student)
  • Map of the United States Sticker Picture
  • NIrV Discoverer's Bible for Young Readers
  • The Story of the U.S.
  • American Pioneers and Patriots
  • North American Indians
  • Red, White, and Blue
  • The Thanksgiving Story
  • The 4th of July Story
  • First Encyclopedia of Science
  • Science in the Kitchen
  • Science With Air
  • Birds, Nests, and Eggs
  • Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A. (CD)
Adventures basic package for $214

!WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.

To complete your curriculum, just add Language Arts, Math, and consider a Foreign Language.


Deluxe Package


Adventures Deluxe Package

Includes Bible, U.S. History and Geography, Science, Music, Art, and Read-Alouds

  • Teacher's Manual, Second Edition
  • Student Sheets (purchase one per additional student)
  • Map of the U.S./World - placemat size (purchase one per additional student)
  • Map of the United States Sticker Picture
  • NIrV Discoverer's Bible for Young Readers
  • The Story of the U.S.
  • American Pioneers and Patriots
  • North American Indians
  • Red, White, and Blue
  • The Thanksgiving Story
  • The 4th of July Story
  • First Encyclopedia of Science
  • Science in the Kitchen
  • Science With Air
  • Birds, Nests, and Eggs
  • Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A. (CD)
  • Read-Alouds - seven book set
  • Best of Tchaikovsky & the Nutcracker Suite
  • I Can Do All Things
  • Paint and Marker Cards
  • Fun with Magnets
  • Soda Bottle Bird Feeder
Adventures deluxe package for $314

!WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Toy contains a small ball and small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.

To complete your curriculum, just add Language Arts, Math, and consider a Foreign Language.


Other Options:
Deluxe Package Basic Package Individual Items
Teacher's Manual
Focus: The Names of Jesus Teach Us His Character
  • U.S. History
  • Patriotic Symbols
  • 50 States
  • Nature Studies
  • Children in History
  • Notebooking
  • Timeline
  • Hands-On Activities
Travel back in time and explore U.S. history and patriotic symbols from a Christian perspective with fascinating stories, hands-on activities, a timeline, and a student-created history notebook. Also includes U.S. geography, Bible, science, art, music, and more.

NOTE: Adventures in U.S. History is a one-year program designed for 2nd or 3rd graders who are the oldest in the family. 2nd or 3rd graders with older siblings in 4th - 8th grade should skip Adventures and go directly into the Multi-age Family Learning Cycle, joining in their siblings' current program. This ensures that a parent is only teaching one program for all 2nd - 8th graders.

Teacher's Manual

  • Daily lesson plans are in an easy-to-use weekly chart format that lists each subject with the appropriate book titles and page numbers to complete each day. Additional helpful information and directions for using Students Sheets (learn more) and hands-on activities are included. We do the lesson planning for you so that you have more time to enjoy teaching!

Bible

  • Learn how wonderful Jesus is as you study about the Bread of Life, the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, the Rock, and more.  Includes hands-on activities and memory verses. Children enthusiastically read the Bible for themselves using the NIrV Discoverer's Bible for Young Readers. This Bible, based on the NIV and adapted for beginning readers, uses large 12-point type.

U.S. History and Geography

  • Enjoy U.S. history with a collection of great books, all fully scheduled in the Teacher's Manual. The Story of the U.S. provides the framework. American Pioneers and Patriots contains delightful stories about children in the early days of the U.S.
  • Hands-on activities reinforce learning.
  • Patriotic symbols such as the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Statue of Liberty help children understand American heritage.
  • Libraries have a wealth of books about U.S. history that will add to your learning. Our Teacher's Manual includes an extensive, optional, recommended book list.
  • Learn U.S. geography with a brief trip through the 50 states, one state per day, and other related hands-on projects.
  • Integrate history, geography, art, composition, and handwriting as students create a United States notebook.
  • Read-aloud books in the Deluxe Package enrich the study of history.

Science

  • Explore the fascinating world of science: stars, weather, plants, animals, atoms, energy, gravity, friction, sound, computers, and much more.
  • Enjoy beautiful full-color pictures and interesting information in the First Encyclopedia of Science.
  • Hands-on science activities are included in Science in the Kitchen and Science with Air.
  • Nature studies include Birds, Nests, and Eggs, and optional weekly nature walks.

Art and Music

  • Enjoy hands-on art projects related to history, geography, and Bible.
  • Learn patriotic songs.
  • Music appreciation lessons focus on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and more (in the Deluxe Package).
  • Develop a variety of art skills - drawing, using colored pencils and colored markers, and beginning painting - with I Can Do All Things (in the Deluxe Package).

Math and Language Arts

Is My Child Ready for Adventures?

  Please select the sample you would like to view:

We started Adventures last month. I have to say I LOVE it! I love that my two-year-old and four-year-old can join in for much of it. I love that it's all laid out for me and that it's real books and not workbooks.

--J. F.


We LOVE Adventures!! I don't know who likes it more, the children or me!

--D. C.


It is very thorough, yet gentle. It is an amazing introduction to American history for this age group.

--Heather


It is hands down the absolute BEST year of homeschool I've ever had! It is wiggle friendly and completely manageable.

--Teresa


We have been using My Father's World since kindergarten and have enjoyed each year as much or more than the one before!

--W. D.

When will younger children study American History if they skip Adventures?
We recommend each of your children begin by completing God's Creation from A to Z for kindergarten and Learning God's Story for first grade. As each child enters 2nd grade they will join the oldest child in the program they are currently using in the five year cycle. Once a 2nd grader enters the five year cycle they continue rotating through the cycle until they reach 9th grade. This allows you to teach only one program a year and promotes family learning. The United States history taught in Adventures will be covered again in Exploration to 1850 and 1850 to Modern Times in greater detail. For children entering the cycle in 2nd or 3rd grade during these years, a supplement is required using many books from Adventures. Younger children will not miss anything, but will study the content at another time.

Each child begins school by completing Kindergarten and First Grade focusing on the reading, handwriting, and math portions of those younger programs. They can be invited to join the older kids for Bible, science, read alouds, and other hands-on projects from the program the oldest children are using. This allows younger children to glean and learn some of the content too.

The sequence for your oldest child is:

Kindergarten
First Grade

2nd - Adventures
3rd - Exploring Countries and Cultures
4th - Creation to the Greeks
5th - Rome to the Reformation
6th - Exploration to 1850
7th - 1850 to Modern Times
8th - Exploring Countries and Cultures (at a more advanced level)
Transition to My Father's World high school program

Please look at the Family Cycle for more information.
Why should I use Adventures before beginning the Family Cycle?
As the authors of My Father's World, Adventures is the only program that we have written that was not directly needed by our family. We overlooked a need that arose several years into the development of our programs. It became evident that oldest children needed one more year of maturity before being able to handle the content and workload of Creation to the Greeks. We discovered two reasons for this situation. First, parents put more pressure on oldest children and thus find it difficult to skip advanced projects intended for 4th-8th graders. As long as moms have one child in this range it seems that younger children do fine because mom has an older child to direct more difficult projects toward. Secondly, part of the content in Creation to Greeks is teaching of pagan culture and comparing it to the Old Testament laws of God. This is very abstract content and again seemed better targeted to 4th graders who had another year of maturity, reading practice, and writing experience.

Adventures developed as a result of these concerns. We wanted to give families a cultural overview of the most important events of US History before beginning chronological history. We have found that homeschoolers often focus on the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, and the Middle Ages so much so that the oldest child in the family has had no US History before junior high.

Adventures is designed for the time when families have 2nd or 3rd graders with no older siblings in 4th - 8th grade. Younger children will study the content of Adventures with their older siblings during Exploration to 1850 and 1850 to Modern Times. For 2nd and 3rd graders entering the cycle during these years a 2nd/3rd grade supplement uses many books from Adventures.
What is the Celebrate America booklet?
The publisher no longer supplies the booklet for Celebrate America. The booklet contained sheet music for each of the songs and some history about the songs. The sheet music for each of the songs is now included on the CD in separate PDF files with the exception of God Bless America.

In our revised Adventures Teacher's Manual, we have included the short commentary from the booklet about the songs being studied. For example, on God Bless America, Monday, week 1, includes a box that begins "Irving Berlin...". You may also choose to check the internet for some background on the songs. Here is some information we found about God Bless America .

If you have an older version of the Teacher's Manual that you purchased from My Father's World, you may trade in your Teacher's Manual for the updated version. For more information on the upgrade, please call our office at 573-202-2000.
When should I put my child in Adventures?
Adventures in U.S. History is designed for the time when families have 2nd or 3rd graders with no older siblings in 4th - 8th grade. 2nd or 3rd graders with older siblings should skip Adventures and join their siblings in the current program of the Five-Year Cycle. This ensures that a parent is teaching only one program for 2nd - 8th graders.
After several years into the development of our programs it became evident that oldest children needed one more year of maturity before being able to handle the content of and workload of Creation to the Greeks. We have found that oldest children who are going into 4th grade better understand the history in Creation to the Greeks. This does not seem to be a problem with younger siblings as they have an older child to help them on their way.
Younger children will study the content of Adventures with their older siblings during Exploration to 1850 and 1850 to Modern Times. For 2nd and 3rd graders entering the cycle during these years a 2nd/3rd grade supplement will use many books from Adventures.
Is my child ready for Adventures?
A child should have a strong foundation in these skills to begin Adventures in U.S. History:
  • Can your child write or copy one to two sentences fairly easily and cheerfully?
  • If you were to read the story of David and Goliath to your child, would he be able to write several simple sentences about the story? (Spelling and punctuation do not need to be correct.)
  • Have your child read a sample from our Bible Reader (www.mfwbooks.com/biblereader). Can he read it fairly easily? Please note that needing to sound out words is common at this age.
  • If you are considering Adventures for an advanced six-year-old, is he prepared to spend 3 - 3 1/2 hours each day doing school?
If you can answer yes to these questions, your child is probably ready for Adventures. (However, if he is younger than six-years-old, please call our office for placement help.)

If your child is not strong in the above areas, we recommend Learning God's Story for first grade.
Can younger children join in with Adventures?
You may invite your younger children to join in the activities that interest them in the Adventures program. To easily incorporate younger children, we recommend purchasing an additional set of student sheets and a US/world placemat map for each child ages 3-7. Adventures may be completed in 3 to 3.5 hours a day, including 60 minutes of independent work, when using our math and language arts recommendations. During that independent work, we suggest that you work with younger siblings on their phonics and math, using either MFW K or MFW First Grade.
What are the benefits of the Deluxe Package?
We recommend purchasing the deluxe package to provide the broadest and most complete education for your children. All of the items in the deluxe packages are scheduled or explained in the Teacher's Manuals. Deluxe packages include read alouds, music, art, as well as items to enrich the year's study. The basic package was created as a consideration for customers who were unable to purchase all the items in the deluxe package. The basic package will give your child a good, solid education. You may choose to purchase individual items from the deluxe package.
Can I make changes to the basic and deluxe packages?
My Father's World complete packages are discounted because items are pre-ordered and then pre-packaged in our warehouse. When the package is changed or broken up that discount is no longer available. You may order single items from the packages and pay a per item price. If you choose to purchase individual items, make sure your savings is greater than the discount on the package price. It is often less expensive to purchase the package and have a few duplicate books than to order individually. If you do end up having duplicate books they can make great gifts or be resold.
Should I purchase extra Student Sheets for my children ages 3 - 1st grade?
Each child in grades 2-8 is required to have their own set of Student Sheets and other consumable items to complete the program as written. To bring unity to your school day and to easily include younger children in games, activities, and projects with big brothers and sisters, we also suggest that children ages 3 - 1st grade have these same materials. When a younger child asks, "Mommy, can I do it too?" having additional Student Sheets makes it easy to say yes and creates a positive family learning environment.

Student Sheets are convenient consumable pages designed to make life easier for Mom! Create lasting notebooks for each child as you complete activities scheduled in the Teacher's Manual. Student Sheets include history or geography notebook pages, map work, hands-on projects, science activities, writing projects, games, and timeline figures. One set of Student Sheets is included in a Deluxe or Basic Package. Purchase additional sets so that all your 2nd - 8th graders have their own. Student Sheets include cardstock, color printing, and colored paper and may not be photocopied.
What are Student Sheets?
Student Sheets are convenient consumable pages designed to make life easier for Mom! Create lasting notebooks for each child as you complete activities scheduled in the Teacher's Manual. Student Sheets include history or geography notebook pages, map work, hands-on projects, science activities, writing projects, games, and timeline figures. One set of Student Sheets is included in a Deluxe or Basic Package. Purchase additional sets so that all your 2nd - 8th graders have their own. (Student Sheets include cardstock, color printing, and colored paper and may not be photocopied.) We recommend purchasing Student Sheets for ages 3 to 1st grade as well - building unity in the family as younger children participate in games, activities, and projects with big brothers and sisters.
Can I get the Teacher's Manual in an electronic format?
We do not have electronic files available for our lesson plan grids at this time. We are looking into ways that we may be able to make this possible. Our best suggestion is to photocopy the lesson plan grids for each of your children and write in the additional math and language arts assignments.* We realize this is not the most convenient way. Thank you for your patience.

*Please remember that our copyright policy allows photocopying of lesson plan charts (but not the Notes pages) for your personal record keeping and/or state recording requirements when you commit not to sell, give, or loan the original Teacher's Manual or any copies at any time.
Basic or Deluxe Package - What's the Difference?
Think about a big, juicy deli sandwich. Two slices of the freshest bread, your favorite meats, and tasty cheese.  Delicious!  But wait a minute—there's also a deluxe sandwich that includes crisp lettuce, red ripe tomatoes, pickles, onions, and that secret sauce. More delicious!  You may be asking what this has to do with Basic and Deluxe Packages. We are often asked, "What is the difference between these two packages?" and "Do I really need the items in the Deluxe Package?" The sandwich with all the fixings is the Deluxe Package. When the Hazells began gathering resources to use with their children, the books and activities were not divided into basic and deluxe. They simply chose books and activities they felt gave the best, well-rounded education for their children, using what has become the Deluxe Packages. The option of a Basic Package was created to offer choices for our customers. Because the Deluxe Package has excellent books that may be part of a family's library, offering a Basic Package gives families a great discount while only purchasing the items needed to complete their Deluxe Package. We also wanted to provide families on a tight budget with an option that includes all of the basic elements for each year's study. So, the Deluxe Package is like the deli sandwich with all of the trimmings, fresh and mouth-watering.  The Basic Package has essential items you need for the year, but choosing the Deluxe Package will bring a richer, fuller experience
How do I teach kindergarten and/or first grade while also teaching Adventures or a program in the multi-age family cycle?
We recommend that you do as much of God's Creation from A to Z (kindergarten) and Learning God's Story (first grade) as possible. However if you are also teaching 2nd - 8th graders you may streamline the K and 1st grade programs.  It is important to complete all of the reading (phonics), handwriting, and math activities in the K and 1st Grade programs.  You may then choose to skip the Bible and science not related to reading and handwriting.   Then invite your K and 1st graders to join your older children for the Bible, science, read alouds, and other hands on activities in the program they are using, whenever they are interested.  To make it easier to include younger children, purchase Students Sheets for your K and 1st graders.
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Great free-time activities to enrich your family's learning experiences. These uniquely engaging educational toys, games, and DVDs complement the topics studied in Adventures in U.S. History. Bring even more excitement and enjoyment to your MFW educational experience. These enrichment items make great gift ideas too.

Individual Items

Adventures in U.S. History Teacher's Manual
Student pages are not included in the Teacher's Manual. You will need to purchase the Student Sheets separately. Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
99.50
Student Sheets for Adventures in U.S. History
Includes Notebook pages, 50 State Sheets and Cards, and State Flag Stickers. Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages. Purchase one per addtional student.  (Learn more)
19.95
NIrV Discoverer's Bible for Young Readers
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
17.95
Adventures in U.S. History Basic Package
214.00
Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package
314.00
Map of the U.S./World - placemat size
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages. Also included with the Exploration to 1850 Basic and Deluxe Packages. Purchase one per additional student.
6.50
American Pioneers and Patriots 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
13.95
North American Indians 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
3.50
Red, White, and Blue 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
3.50
The Thanksgiving Story 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
6.50
The Fourth of July Story 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
5.95
The Story of the U.S. 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
9.50
First Encyclopedia of Science 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
8.95
Science in the Kitchen 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
4.95
Science With Air 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
5.50
Birds, Nests, and Eggs 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages.
6.95
Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A. 
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Basic and Deluxe Packages (Replaced Celebrate America CD).
12.95
Read-Alouds for Adventures in U.S. History
Includes Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims, The Courage of Sarah Noble, On the Banks of Plum Creek, Sarah Whitcher's Story, In Grandma's Attic, Mountain Born, and Farmer Boy.
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
39.20
The Courage of Sarah Noble 
In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble," her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight! The true story of Sarah's journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all. Read-Aloud included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
4.50
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims
Read-Aloud included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
4.95
Sarah Whitcher's Story 
That Sunday night, when Sarah heard the rain pattering on the leaves high above her head, she knew that she must find some kind of shelter. It was dark in the forest and everything looked different. Peering around her, she saw something in the distance that looked like a cabin.
Little Sarah wanders away from her family's cabin into the New Hampshire forest, and settlers come from all across the countryside to help her. As the long days pass, the searchers grow desperate, but her father's trust in God holds firm.
"The story is a piece of New Hampshire history," author Elizabeth Yates writes, "and the faith of Sarah's father--his words, 'Trust in the Lord'--has often steadied me." Read-Aloud included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
6.95
On the Banks of Plum Creek 
The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. Here they settle in a little house made of sod beside the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds a wonderful new little house with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and her sister Mary go to school, help with the chores, and fish in the creek. At night everyone listens to the merry music of Pa's fiddle. Misfortunes come in the form of a grasshopper plague and a terrible blizzard, but the pioneer family works hard together to overcome these troubles. Read-Aloud included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
Also included with the 2nd - 3rd grade required supplement for 1850 to Modern Times.
4.95
Farmer Boy 
While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or best of all, when the fair comes to town.

This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband Almanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived. Read-Aloud included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
Also included with the 2nd - 3rd grade required supplement for 1850 to Modern Times.
4.95
Mountain Born 
There were boulders at the top and he picked his way carefully among them. Suddenly he stopped still, gripping a rock and flattening himself against it. Not ten paces from him was a gray wolf, and around her four well-grown cubs were playing--prettily, if anything that spelt such horror could be pretty. His hands felt like ice on the rock.
Wolves, weather, a black lamb, a trusty dog--all are part of Peter's life on a mountain farm. His best friend is Benj, a wise old shepherd, and Benj teaches him to care for the sprightly lamb that becomes his own special pet, his cosset. As Biddy grows into her place as leader of the flock, Peter grows too, learning the skills and joys of the shepherd's life. Read-Aloud included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
6.95
In Grandma's Attic 
Remember when you were a child – when all the world was new, and the smallest object a thing of wonder? Arleta Richardson remembers: the funny wearable wire contraption hidden in the dusty attic, the century-old schoolchild’s slate that belonged to Grandma, an ancient trunk filled with quilt pieces – each with its own special story – and the button basket, a miracle of mysteries. And best of all was the remarkable grandmother who made magic of all she touched, bringing the past alive as only a born storyteller could.
Here are those marvelous tales – faithfully recalled for the delight of young and old alike, a touchstone to another day when life was simpler, perhaps richer; when the treasures of family life and love were passed from generation to generation by a child's questions...and the legends that followed enlarged our faith. Read-Aloud included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
Also included with the 2nd - 3rd grade required supplement for 1850 to Modern Times.
5.95
Introduction to Tchaikovsky & the Nutcracker Suite
Includes The Story of Tchaikovsky with Music CD, The Best of Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker Highlights) CD, and The Nutcracker Ballet book.
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
19.85
Fun with Magnets 
Learning about magnets will fascinate your child with this easy-to-use kit.
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History and 1850 to Modern Times Deluxe Packages.
12.95
Soda Bottle Bird Feeder 
Recycle a soda bottle to create a wild bird feeder and watch the birds flock to your house.
Included with the U.S. History and Exploration to 1850 Deluxe Packages.
  • FUN for all ages
  • Easy to assemble
  • No tools needed
3.95
I Can Do All Things Package 
A complete art program with over 200 pages of wonderful, easy-to-teach lessons. The book becomes a portfolio as the student does his work on the heavy-duty pages. Purchase additional books or photocopy the book for additional children in your family. For ages 6+. (Includes one set of Paint and Marker Cards.)
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
29.95
I Can Do All Things - Paint and Marker Cards
Each child will need his own set of these thick card stock sheets for painting and marker lessons. One set is provided free with I Can Do All Things. You may photocopy cards or purchase additional sets.
Included with the Adventures in U.S. History Deluxe Package.
7.95



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