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American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF) – Review

By , November 9, 2009


AHEF is a non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation (501.c.3) dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America’s factual and philosophical heritage to promote constructive citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens.

AHEF accomplishes this patriotic mission by writing, producing, and distributing FREE K-12 lesson plans to teachers, students, and families in all 50 states and through additional initiatives, programs, and partnerships.

AHEF is inclusive of individuals of every race and creed and every religious or non-religious persuasion.

We had the opportunity to review America’s Heritage:  An Adventure in Liberty, a lesson-plan resource by AHEF .  It is a social studies/civics supplement for grades K-12 based on U.S. history and focuses on citizenship through the exploration of four themes as mentioned in their mission statement:  Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility.  The resource is designed for use in a traditional classroom setting, but can be easily adapted for the homeschool.  It is divided into three levels:  Elementary (includes a Spanish version), Middle and High School.  There are several units in each level which explore the themes by using major U.S. historical events.

Elementary School level:

  • Freedom – Colonial America: American Revolution, The Declaration of Independence, The United States Flag, The Statue of Liberty, America the Beautiful
  • Unity – The Great Seal, Thanksgiving, The United States Flag, The Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance & Creed, What is an American?
  • Progress – Colonial America: American Revolution, U.S. Presidents, the National Motto, America the Beautiful
  • Responsibility – A Famous Signature, George Washington, What is an American?

We didn’t look too closely at the Middle and High School levels, but some of the units are different (e.g., Middle School level has a unit on the Gettysburg Address, High School level has a unit on Religious Expression in Public Schools).  The Elementary School level contains a lot of hands-on activities in each unit, such as games, puzzles, crafts, and role playing.

I sometimes hear in the news about how little Americans know about our own history.  It’s sad to hear about how few people can name the first 5 presidents of the U.S., but many can name all characters of an old television show.  I applaud AHEF‘s effort to educate students today about the significance our history plays today in teaching us to be loyal and patriotic citizens. This resource is something we will use as we teach U.S. History to our children.

America’s Heritage:  An Adventure in Liberty is available for FREE through their website, as PDF downloads (per unit/level) or CD ROM (by request).  A printed binder version is available for $19.50 per level.

You can read more reviews of America’s Heritage:  An Adventure in Liberty by my fellow TOS Crew members at the Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew blog.

Disclosure:  This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew.  Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.


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