American Culture for Primer Students

For the 2021-22 academic year, our history and literature studies will focus on American Culture. 

Books for Use in Class

Parents are not required to purchase these books for their students. These will be used in class. Teachers will give suggested homework for use at home. Only if you wish to complete that homework at home, will you need to purchase these books. 

History Books:

A blank timeline book for students to record the major events and people they encounter in their study of history, literature, science, art, and music.

We will place a discounted group order from Cottage Press later in the summer. Required Purchase for 2nd grade and up.


Elementary Geography was originally written by educator Charlotte Mason in the 1880s, yet this beloved book for elementary-aged students still garners attention today. Blue Sky Daisies brings you the same classic book, completely re-typeset in a pleasing and fresh format.

C.C. Long’s Home Geography is a lovely introduction to the subject for children. Broken into short chapters with beautiful illustrations and poetry along with questions to help the child remember what has been taught, this book forms a solid foundation that can be built on in later years.

Art & Composer Study:


Providing 76 pictures to color, Musical Instruments Coloring Book by Ellen J. McHenry interactively introduces a child to the orchestra and its instruments.

Literature Books:

Books for Use At Home

This is a suggested reading list for this year. 

  • The Child’s Story Bible, Catherine Vos
  • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims (Scholastic Biography)
  • Pilgrim Stories, Margaret Pumphrey
  • The Pilgrims of Plimoth, Marcia Sewall
  • The Matchlock Gun, by Walter Dumaux Edmonds
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble, Alice Dalgliesh
  • The Fourth of July Story, Alice Dalgliesh
  • George Washington's Breakfast, Jean Fritz
  • Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin, Marguerite Henry
  • Voyage to Freedom, David Gay
  • Boys and Girls of Colonial Days, Carolyn Bailey
  • A  Lion to Guard Us, Clyde Bulla
  • Sarah Whitcher’s Story
  • The Thanksgiving Story
  • Buttons for General Washington
  • Phoebe the Spy
  • Revolutionary Poet: Phyllis Wheatley
  • How We Crossed the West, Rosalyn Schanzer (excerpts from journals of Lewis & Clark)
  • Little House books
  • Johnny Appleseed, Holland 

Childhood of Famous Americans series (Make sure they are the originals; some were edited when they were reprinted.)

  • Ben Franklin
  • Daniel Boone
  • Davy Crockett
  • Robert E Lee, Boy of Old Virginia,
  • Helen Albee Monsell 
  • Pocahontas, Brave Girl
  • Virginia Dare, Mystery Girl
  • Louisa May Alcott, A Girl of Old Boston 

Books and Materials by Level

Humanities II

Humanities I