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We read a lot of biographies and historical fiction. I have many of the ones we read listed on my reading list and on my Homeschooling During the Primary Years page. In addition to reading, we have learned a lot from listening to old time radio shows. I have compiled a list of favorite audio here. kids looking outside at flag

To learn the geography of the USA, we did puzzles of the United States and Internet matching games several times a week for a few minutes each time. My youngest child learned all the states capitals in a few weeks that way. Next she learned the presidents the same way. She can name all the U.S. presidents in order which is pretty impressive but she learned it without studying, just by playing this game. We also enjoyed looking through United States Of America, A State-by-state Guide You could also make your own version! We also discovered some wonderful read aloud story books that highlight geography by author Holling Clancy Holling that I highly recommend for about ages 8 and up.

The National Center for Constitutional Studies has curriculum materials for all ages. If you are looking for a comprehensive American Government curriculum for high school students, I recommend Part One and Part Two from NCCS. It includes video lessons, textbook, curriculum guide and tests. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? is a great introduction to economics. For younger children, Take Your Hat Off When the Flag Goes By is a long time favorite in our home.  ~Michele Everett




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Doctrine and Covenants Section 134
The Proper Role of Government By Ezra Taft Benson
A Witness and a Warning By Ezra Taft Benson
The Constitution—A Glorious Standard By Ezra Taft Benson
The Constitution—A Heavenly Banner By Ezra Taft Benson
The Book of Mormon and the Constitution by H. Verlan Andersen
Know Your Constitution By Bruce R. McConkie
Civic Standards for Faithful Saints By Ezra Taft Benson
America at the Crossroads By Ezra Taft Benson
God's Hand in our Nation's History
Eternal Principles of Government: A Theological Approach
America's Fate and Ultimate Destiny By Marion G. Romney
Socialism is not the United Order By Marion G. Romney
Eternal Principles of Government By Edwin Brown Firmage
Two Contending Forces By David O. McKay
The Divinely Inspired Constitution By Dallin H. Oaks
The Constitution, Our Inspired Heritage By Robert S. Dunn
God's Hand in the Founding of America By L. Tom Perry
1992 Freedom Festival Address by M. Russell Ballard
1993 Freedom Festival Address by Neal A. Maxwell
1995 Freedom Festival by James E. Faust
The Constitution By J. Rueben Clark (MP3)
The Great Prologue By Mark E.Petersen
America—The Land of Promise By Barbara B. Smith
Trapped by the Average By Sterling W. Sill
Our Priceless Heritage By Ezra Taft Benson
If They Will But Serve the God of the Land By N. Eldon Tanner
Wise Men Raised Up By Frank W. Fox and LeGrand L. Baker
Know Your Constitution By Bruce R. McConkie
The Parable of the Pigs
The Moral Basis of a Free Society By H. Verlan Andersen
Religion in a Free Society By M. Russell Ballard
Religious Values and Public Policy By Dallin H. Oaks
What I Want Our Grandchildren to Remember About America By Joseph B. Wirthlin
Mormon Footnotes on American History By William G. Hartley
A Birthright of America's Young By Vicki Jo Anderson
A Letter from a Foreign Student in the U.S.
The Celestial Nature of Self-reliance By Marion G. Romney
A Vision and a Hope for the Youth of Zion By Ezra Taft Benson
Theodore Roosevelt and the Latter-day Saints By Arnold K. Garr
The Perfect Law Of Liberty By Steven Montgomery
In Mine Own Way By Marion G. Romney
The Bigger the Government, The Smaller the Citizen
Are You a Liberal?
The American Trinity
The 4th of July Declaration
The Power of Profit
The Welfare State
How the Vietnam War Was Won and Lost
Proving Media Bias
Becoming Statesmen By Oliver DeMille
Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government
The Law by Frederic Bastiat
The Law By Frederic Bastiat (Mp3 audio)
That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen by Frederic Bastiat
Common Sense By Thomas Paine
Creative Ways to Learn History and Geography By John O. Andersen
(portions of)Prophets, Principles and National Survival Compiled by Jerreld Newquist
Evil Concealed By Money by Walter E. Williams
The Glorious Cause of America By David McCullough
Freedom and Liberty
Constitutional Banner Newsletter
Constitutional Primer Introduction
Constitutional Primer #1
Constitutional Primer #2
The Federalist Patriot
Communist Manifesto
What's so Great about America?
The History Channel
Freedom Defined
History Hidden in Valley Forge By Laurie Williams Sowby
Pilgrimage to Plymouth By Laurie Williams Sowby
The Consent of the Governed By Gene Schaerr
Historic Documents from The Federalist
The Federalist Papers
The Anti-Federalist Papers
100 Milestone Documents
Foundation for Economic Education
Today in History
The Constitution of the United States of America
This Nation
Townhall: Historical Documents
List of Historical Documents
Our Documents
The Constitution at a Glance
Basic Readings in Democracy
Liberty! The American Revolution
Digital History
Congress for Kids
Kid Info
Colonial Hall
Election 2004
U.S. Electoral College
Famous Moments in American History
Eyewitness to History
History Detectives
Early American Political Cartoons
National Center for Constitutional Studies
American Government and Constitution Course
An LDS Citizen's Guide to American Government & Politics
Inspired Constitution
Declaration of Independence Road Trip video
The Pledge of Allegiance Interpreted By Red Skelton
The Constitution Center
Signers of the Constitution
Rare and Early Newspapers
American History Timeline
Patriotic Songs
Secret Service FAQ for Kids
Where is That?
U.S. Map Puzzle
Map of the Month
Name That State
States Web Games
Puzzles in the Shape of the USA
Drag and Drop U.S. Puzzle
Growth of a Nation movie from Animated Atlas
50 States and Capitals
Name the 50 States
Owl & Mouse Map Puzzles
History Games
U.S. Heritage Award
Presidents of the USA
Secrets about the Presidents
The Presidents of the United States
Learn the Presidents in Order
First Ladies of the United States
The Flag of the United States
The Star Spangled Banner and the War of 1812
The U.S. Code for Flag Display
Geography Guide Maps
Mayflower Web Pages
Plymouth- Its History and People
You are the Historian
Forming a Government
America's Story from America's Library
Welcome to Colonial Williamsburg
A Revolutionary Webquest
American Memory
American Revolution
Sons of Liberty: Patriots or Terrorists?
Philadelphia’s First Fourth of July Parade
Declaration of Independence Road Trip
Liberty! The American Revolution from PBS
Historic Valley Forge
George Washington Specials from KBYU-FM
The Premier American Hero: George Washington
George Washington's Farewell Address
Rediscovering George Washington
George Washington's Mount Vernon
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin Teacher's Guide
Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government
The Betsy Ross Homepage
Laura's Prairie House
The American Presidency
Presidential Inaugural Addresses
The Savor of Men by Mark E. Petersen
Abraham Lincoln Online
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln video
The American Civil War
Civil War Album
Lincoln-Douglas Debates
U.S. Holiday Lesson Plans
Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolution
Foundation for Economic Education
Stately Knowledge
Discovering Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark Education Center
Inside the Corps
Lewis and Clark - The Maps of Exploration
Re-Living History:The War of 1812
America 1900 Teacher's Guide
The Roaring Twenties
World War II: The Homefront
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Presidential Libraries
Analyzing Political Ads
The U.S. Mint's Site for Kids
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
The Library of Congress
U.S. Treasury Department's Page for Kids
Pioneer Lesson Plans
The Pioneer Story
The Mormon Pioneer Trail
The Nineteenth-Century Mormon Migration By Glen M. Leonard
Coming to Zion: Saga of the Gathering By William G. Hartley
They Came by Handcart By Paul H. Peterson
The Mormon Pioneer Story
The Mormon Battalion March, 1846-47 By Stanley B. Kimball
Mormon Handcart Companies
Mormons: Myth and Reality
The Oregon Trail
Oregon Trail Teacher's Guide
Prairie Schooners
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
National Oregon and California Trails Center
Life and Death on the Oregon Trail
Santa Fe Trail
Historic Santa Fe Trail
American Journeys
The Way We Used to do it from Walton Feed
Liberty and Independence Press

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