We used Early American History last year with our 3rd and 1st
graders...and a toddler! It was our best year yet! Rich conversations
and deep connections--that's why we're homeschooling. These books
became the heart of our days.
In 1995 we began our first Literature Approach series, American History
Primary. The following year, we studied Geography with the Hollings.
What an incredible journey! Eleven children and 21 years later,
we have taught these for the last time. As I was packing away our last
set of maps today, it saddened me to think this part of my
homeschooling had ended. Thank you for enriching our home school
history! We never tired of these books and curricula! I still find my
older children flipping through history picture books. Primary years
behind us now, we still have much left to use over the next seven years
with our youngest children, I had to let you know what a blessing you
have been. May the Lord continue to bless your endeavors and those who
choose to walk with Beautiful Feet!
We love Beautiful Feet Books! This was my first year using Beautiful
Feet Books; I ordered the Early American history packet. Before using
Beautiful Feet, the kids grumbled about history; this year, they asked
if we could keep doing history during the summer! Beautiful
Feet's selections of living books is outstanding. I knew that we would
be reading wholesome, engaging books. Benjamin West and his Cat
Grimalkin was a favorite. Even my three-year old would listen and look at the pictures of some of the books while I was reading.
Rea Berg was fantastic on the Read Aloud Revival podcast! We have
loved everything published by BFB. The D'aulaire books belong on every
child's shelf. Such a treasure!
My boys and I recently completed Beautiful Feet Book's Early American
History study. Throughout the course of the year, I observed the impact
these stories comprised of rich language and beautiful illustrations
had on my children. Every time a book was slid off the shelf and pages
were opened upon laps, there was an immediate engagement of interest
that cultivated a growing appetite for truth, goodness and beauty.
Because this study is comprised of "living books" we did not merely
learn history, we lived history!
My boys lived in the places
within the pages of these books. When the lessons were over they would
carry the story out into the world and it would envelop their play and
their conversations and their thoughts. They became friends with
Washington and Leif and Benjamin West. One son began to record new
inventions to share with Benjamin Franklin, his notebook filled with
careful illustrations and copious notes on each invention and its
purpose. Another son wrote down all the favorite character traits
absorbed from each book. The boys would use them to encourage one
another, saying, "Don't be afraid, have courage like Sarah Noble!" or
"Lets be trustworthy and tell the truth like Abraham Lincoln!" There is
so much power and potential in the materials we place into our
children's hands, it truly does make an impression upon them! After
reading these stories, my children grew in character, discernment and
This thoughtfully curated collection of books and
carefully drawn guide permeated the very fiber of my sons childhood last
year and aided in actively shaping who these boys are growing up to be.
They would often reach for these books during their leisure time or
during active play. It was not unusual to walk into their bedroom and
find them curled up together, wearing Viking hats and reading Leif the
Lucky aloud to each other. I loved watching them make maps of our home
and neighborhood after reading the D'Aulaire book on Columbus. They
mounted their bicycles and sallied forth, eager to find out what lay
beyond the pages of their little maps. They called themselves, "The
Columbus Cartography Corps of Courage." After Benjamin West carefully
sheared the hairs off the tail of his beloved cat Grimalkin's tail in
order to fashion a paintbrush, the boys spent the remainder of the
afternoon outdoors, making their own paintbrushes out of ferns and palm
fronds and chicken feathers. After little Edward took up his
grandfather's antique matchlock gun to guard his family, we spent the
rest of the week researching European weaponry from the 16th-18th
This study holds multifaceted learning opportunities
that reach beyond "just history." These lessons touched on botany,
biology, cartography, oceanography, nautical archeology, anthropology,
foreign language, art appreciation, world culture, religious studies,
arms and armor, agriculture, ethics, government, mathematics, etc. And
it wasn't forced upon them, it was simply there, tucked in the pages,
waiting to be discovered. We were not bound by stale textbooks. Our boys
were free to investigate the myriad potential of each story. Yet the
lessons were never overwhelming, which is probably why they were still
able to feel that yearning to discover more! It is a difficult thing to
find lessons that are rich and meaningful, yet approachable and
achievable. The Early American History study accomplished that delicate
balance. This curriculum is thoughtfully organized and carefully
balanced, the lessons are just the right size for my children, well
within their grasp but still a gentle challenge and of manageable
duration. When the books closed the children were left begging for more!
They rushed in the next day, eager for "what happens next!"
enjoyed a beautiful year together, my relationship with my boys grew in
new layers as we shared these experiences together. As a homeschool
mother I am sometimes tempted to ask, "What have the children learned so
far?" but in this study I was compelled to ask, "Who are my children
becoming?" The latter question holds much more value to me.
have completed 3 different studies now and plan on purchasing several
other Beautiful Feet studies to explore together in the coming years. I
am thankful to have found this truly exceptional company!
Beautiful Feet Books equals freedom in your homeschool. Children all
ages will enjoy listening to the historical stories, making a notebook
and discussing what they have heard. As a Mom to four children, three of
them struggling readers, Beautiful Feet has built a family bond around
I am so excited about recently discovering Beautiful Feet Books! I
have realized that studying history is a key to my children knowing what
is truly important in life. I am so excited to have Beautiful Feet to
guide us on this journey. I have been telling all my friends about this
I feel blessed to have BFB. I know our homeschool journey with BFB will
be memorable and blissful! Yes, Blissful. To be wild and free and to
Take Joy in the moment. And Beautiful Feet Books is a wonderful tool to
do so! I am so excited. We love the
D'aulaire books. Very thankful for the history and geography that comes
to life!! Not only through the D'aulaire books, but the study guides as
well. The most perfect guide and questions for the beautiful books. Each
picture in the D'aulaire is truly breathtaking! We are using Medieval
History next year. My boys and I can't wait to review and dig in!
Our children are enjoying the Early American History program so much!
The book selection is excellent and captivated even my 4 year old who
likes to join in. We are now studying Columbus and because they are
loving it so much we plan to continue throughout the summer (we normally
just do the 3Rs during the summer). I am thankful to have found
Beautiful Feet Books and plan to continue using your curricula through
the years to come.
I used this study guide as we were studying Early American History.
It brought so much depth to our study and added so much richness! The
books that are studied were all so good and my daughter loved reading
through them all. The questions and activities suggested helped me to
connect it all and brought so much understanding to our study. It is so
easy to use with very little planning. I highly recommend any of BF's
programs for a literature rich history curriculum!
This is our first school year using Beautiful Feet Books, but it
definitely won't be our last. We used the Early American History
Intermediate Pack for my daughter's 4th grade year, and we loved every
minute of it. She loves these books so much that she takes them to bed
with her for free reading time. Several times throughout the year I
would assign her a reading, and she would tell me that she already
finished the whole book. A curriculum that shows her learning is fun, is
a curriculum I want.
We were delighted to discover the D'Aulaire Biographies thanks to
Beautiful Feet Books this year, and incorporate them into our Social
Studies. I appreciated how the gorgeous artistry drew the children in,
and then the stories were so well written that the line between learning
and enjoying a good book was, happily, blurred. I see a similarity
between sneaking vegetables into the middle of a delicious casserole so
that children will eat nutritious food without knowing it's there; if
they don't see learning as a chore, but as enjoyable - and what child
does not want to have a beautiful story read to them?- then you have
accomplished a great first step in making them life-long learners.
Thank you, Beautiful Feet Books! We look forward to using you in the
future, as well!
The lesson guides included in the Teaching Character study guide are wonderful - short reading assignments and a couple of questions designed
to get the young reader thinking not only about the characters and what
is going on in the story, but also reflecting on how the character's
experiences can translate to their own lives. In this way, the
characters can potential be literary mentors to our children. This is
the first study guide we have used, and I have to say we are totally
sold on Beautiful Feet - the quality of the guides are just incredible.
Beautiful Feet Books has completely taken over our reading at home. I am so grateful for books that teach my children character and history with powerfully beautiful language. Thank you BFB!
Beautiful Feet Books completely changed the way we homeschool. Instead
of books and reading aloud being something we struggle to fit in amongst
the other core subjects, they have become "the" avenue for learning. I
had the privilege of hearing Rea speak on using quality literature to
teach and I was encouraged that we could do it. The books they've chosen
are stunning and the study guides break the readings down into short,
uncomplicated lessons, making it very easy to implement. We began with the Geography through Literature pack using the gorgeous
Holling C. Holling books. The beautiful hands-on maps were filled in by
the kids and coordinated with our readings. My kids begged to do the
Beautiful Feet lessons. If for that reason alone, I can't speak highly
enough about these products!
My third grader has really loved the stories that we
are reading as we study the rich history of our country, and I have
enjoyed learning alongside her. We are hooked! Currently, we are
reading Stories of the Pilgrims, and it has been so much more
interesting than reading out of a textbook! It is really coming to life
for her and makes her want to learn more. We look forward to many years of using Beautiful Feet.
I wanted to tell you that when I told my boys that we were going to be
starting school this week, the first thing they said was, "Do we get
to do history?" They were so excited to get started back with Beautiful Feet Books. Sometimes life can be difficult but just knowing that we make a
difference in the lives of other people truly makes all the difference
in our own doesn't it? You have given my kids love of history that only a
history-major-for-a-mom could truly appreciate.
Thank you for your products. You have brought beauty, imagination and truth in their hearts and minds. As a result my daughters love to read and write interesting and colorful stories. You certainly pass the Philippians 4:18 rule in our household. Thanks for your quality publications.
"I just got my latest order from you which is the new Modern American and World package. Thank you, it looks great! I decided to
go ahead and order the whole package even though we already own some of the
books because I thought some of our books could use a little freshening up
after 20 years of homeschooling. I have used and enjoyed your original guides,
but these revisions are wonderful. You are doing an awesome service to the
home school community. Keep up the good work!"
"I just wanted to write a note to tell you how much my family and I have enjoyed your curriculum. The selection of literature chosen, or recommended, has been an excellent enrichment of the text and period of history under study. The follow up writing assignments have been thorough and meaningful and have helped my children develop solid skills in writing, and researching expository material. All in all I have felt that my children have received an excellent historical, rather than revisionist, education and have enjoyed the process. My 16 year-old daughter just completed her high school studies and has felt that Beautiful Feet curriculum has been a tremendous preparation for taking, and passing, her CLEP (College Level Exam Program) exams in History and the Humanities. Not only has she earned 45 college credits but she has learned history accurately, from a Christian worldview, and often excitedly shares with the family what she's learned. After taking her U.S. History I CLEP exam she commented, 'How much people miss from history when they don't learn about God's hand in it!' Thank you for blessing our family in this meaningful way."
"BFB changed everything about our homeschooling. I started
out very hard core new Classical but the kids never clicked with it. The style
didn't flow with our family. I also wanted the kids to learn American History.
I stumbled on BFB in the comment section of a blog. I struggled for a year over
purchasing the Primary Early American History mostly because I could not
understand the literature based style. I read plenty of forums where people
said they enjoyed the study but very little information on implementation. We
are now nearly finished with the study and have loved every minute of the
guide. The kids really responded to this way of study and everything in our
home school changed. All of us look forward to school time together. Our day is
more relaxed and I think their learning has increased. The books BFB chose
for their studies are amazing. I've never read any of these books before and
have enjoyed them as much as my kids... maybe more so. The kids have enjoyed
writing and drawing in their composition book. I love that we use the Bible and
talk about character and virtues. I loved that my son found connections between
Leif Ericson and Benjamin Franklin through Proverbs. I add projects and recipes
for each book we study. I've enjoyed this change in our schooling so much that
I've shared our journey through Primary Early American History on my blog. I
struggled so much with this purchase that I wanted to share our journey through
the curriculum for other home educators who may have the same questions and
concerns. This summer we are working through the Geography guide. For next
school year we will work through History of Science and my oldest will begin Ancient History and then move onto Medieval.
We love the books so much you'll never see them for sale! I tell
everyone I know about these guides!"
"I love your History Curriculum! I am a former elementary school teacher who
is homeschooling my children and I have never seen any History Curriculum like
this! Thank you for offering this
curriculum. I share it with all my
"Thank you again for your help! It is great knowing I can always depend
on Beautiful Feet for wonderful books that I can place into my kids hands and
not worry about what they are reading! Thanks to you all and of course
the Lord, they love to read! Yet again, BFB has made me one BLESSED homeschooling mama and customer! Thank you so very much!"
“I just wanted to let you
know that my daughter and I have been using your studies going on seven years
now. We've completed: Early American
History, Early American and World History, History of Science, History of the
Horse, Geography, and Ancient History. We have always used the approach that you suggest of reading together
and aloud. My daughter is now 15
years-old and in the 10th grade, which is a grade ahead of where she would have
been in regular school. In October, at
age 14, she took the PSAT and received a score of 161 which would be 1610 on
the SAT, and a few weeks ago she took the ACT and scored 22 which is average
for an 18 year-old high school graduate! Her reading and literature scores are the highest sections on both of
these tests. I truly believe that her
high scores are a reflection of your studies and the literature that you offer,
and even more valuable is the time we've spent together enjoying reading. Thanks so much!”
“I was looking at your
Primary American History jumbo pack on-line and I had to move away from the
computer to take care of the baby for a few minutes and when I came back, I
found my 1st grader pouring over the picture on the computer. She was sounding
out the titles of the books. She said, "Oh, Mommy! These look like wonderful
books! Can you buy them for me? They aren't quabble!! Look, this one says it's
about George Washington! I LOVE George Washington!!!" She was THRILLED
when I told her that we ARE going to get them next year!”
“I absolutely love your products. I continually
recommend them to friends and people I meet at homeschool bookfairs who are
looking for history curricula.”
“This is the first time we have used Beautiful
Feet and my daughter and I are thoroughly enjoying the lessons! It's
been fun, interesting and I love how you have incorporated character building
in the lessons. Thank you so much for a great history curriculum based on
“Our son is really enjoying this curriculum [Ancient
History Through Literature]. Thanks again.”
"I sing the praises of Beautiful Feet Books. Our History lessons have come alive! Your curricula completely engage my
children. Learning about history from a
Godly perspective is something that is sorely lacking in today’s age. Thank you for taking the rote memorization
out of a subject that should be so rich and full of life. Keep up the excellent work!"
"Oh how we love our
lesson plans for history from BFB! History has come alive in our house this year teaching both young and
old alike. Thanks!"
"We love your high quality literature and excellent prices.
"Last spring my husband came across the Beautiful Feet
Catalog I had received in the mail. After reviewing the catalog he commented we should seriously consider
using Beautiful Feet as our primary history curriculum. When I asked why he commented “This is the
best history curriculum I have ever seen!” We placed and order for Early American History Primary package. When the box came it was like Christmas
day! Our eight year old daughter dove
into the box pulling out the D’Aulaire books yelling “Hooray!” Each evening my husband and daughter read
history together, while I sit and listen to the stories. Your curriculum has been a huge blessing to
our family. Thank you for your
dedication to the homeschooling community!"
"This was our first year using Beautiful Feet Books. I was
blown away by all the information contained in these books! I wish my history
classes had been this detailed and fun. My 8th grader (and I) love learning history this way and will continue using Beautiful Feet Books through high school!"
"Thank you for your wonderful products. What a blessing they are to my family!"
“This is our first year
using your products. My girls and I are thoroughly enjoying the History
of the Horse. Thank you for your
wonderful guide that has touched our school so much this year.”
“I love your approach to teaching... Our
children have a love of learning and a love of history because of the
literature you have recommended. Thank you
for all you do to light the fire for learning!!!”
"As always, we LOVE Beautiful Feet Books. My almost 12 year old son said that The Yanks
Are Coming is the best and most exciting book he has ever read. Wow!"
"I used your products to homeschool my son, now I am
tutoring other children using your material and having parents purchase from
you because I am sure of the quality product they will get! God Bless!"
"If the teaching is not memorable, there will be no real
learning. Your literature-based approach
made the study of Early America so memorable – now I am using it again, for my
2nd grade son… and will use it for the ones after him. We look forward to using the Ancient History
and the History of Science as well."
“I have just recently discovered your History
and Geography program and I am thrilled. Thank you for serving the Lord
in such a mighty way to help our children to grow and learn in the Lord!”
"Thank you for the wonderful collection of Geography
books. Our family has recently completed
Paddle to the Sea and the geography study in combination with IEW’s writing
curriculum specifically designed for the collection. It has been a fantastic time of exploration
in geography, science, history, culture, literature, writing and vocabulary for
our 12 and 9 year old boys! The map is stapled to a large board with colored
pencils, thesaurus, dictionary, science encyclopedia and atlas ready. We were excited to find out where Paddle went
each day and are sorry it has ended. We
are currently re-reading the story to enjoy the literature along with the new
appreciation we have of our world. On our next break, we look forward to doing
the same activities with Tree in the Trail and so on. Thank you for the quality
literature and lovely geography study!"
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank
you! Thank you for being a wonderful
company. You not only provide wonderful books but treat customers very
well. I appreciate you!”“I just wanted to write you
a quick note and tell you how much we are enjoying the Beautiful Feet
books. We loved all of the books. This year we are loving the U.S. and World History. We are so
enjoying the books. Thank you for your
great book choices. We are really happy with all that we are
reading. I would not have felt as good about last
year had it not been for Beautiful Feet. Thank you again.”
“I have loved using
Beautiful Feet curriculum through the years.”
“We used your Ancient History study this past
year and LOVED it! I am learning things as a home school mother that I never
learned in public school. I am getting my second education through your
study guides. Keep up the great work. Our family has truly benefited from your
“I want to let you know I have searched for
a history program for 3 years and have tried a few in the process and was
so frustrated with what was out there until I came across BFBOOKs in the Cathy
Duffy book. It's amazing how my child
loves history now and actually doesn't want to stop reading when that days
lesson is suppose to end. Even though it
is primary level I myself am learning a lot also. Thank you for
publishing this wonderful program.”
“You have GREAT programs. We just finished Early American History Intermediate. My 4th grade son and 6th
grade daughter loved it. Thank you so
“I have ordered many of your sets and love your
books and guides. I love the living book way of teaching. Just to
let you know, I used the Early American History for Primary grade package
with my first and third grade girls and they learned so much more than with the
traditional history textbook approach. They actually remember the
information! Thank you for this wonderful material.”
“One of the great bonuses of parenting is that you get to introduce books to your own kids that wowed you when you were a kid yourself. Sometimes your children love the books as much as you did; sometimes they don't. But in either case, you get to revisit with old friends and see how much you and they have changed and retained over the years. Some of my best book friends when I was a kid were the wonderful illustrated histories of Genevieve Foster, and the one I loved most was Augustus Caesar's World. I recently introduced it (and a few others: George Washington's World, Abraham Lincoln's World, The World of Captain John Smith, World of Columbus's and Sons) to my [son], and he's discovering the magic in them I did so many years ago. There are three qualities to Augustus Caesar's World that make it so entertaining and educating. The first is that it's incredibly well written. Foster has the gift of breathing life into historical accounts. In reading about Cicero's execution or the life of Siddhartha, for example, one experiences all the dreadful waste of the one and the liberating wonder of the other. Second, the book is wonderfully illustrated by Foster herself. The illustrations are themselves instructive: along with individual scenarios, she provides time-lines, illustrated most fetchingly, that conveniently encapsulate events and persons. Finally, Foster's histories are really world histories. In Augustus Caesar's World, she focuses on the events leading up to the end of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Empire (roughly, 44BC to 14AD). But she doesn't limit herself to Roman history; she also examines events taking place across the world during the time frame in which she's working: the druids in Gaul, Hindus in India, Confucius in China, Mayans in the Americas, and so on. She even includes intellectual history: the origins of Christianity and Buddhism, the Upanishadic culture of the Hindus, etc. Her aim is to give the reader a wide angle of vision, and she succeeds wonderfully. I'm grateful that Foster's histories are being republished. They don't patronize kids by resorting to silly gimmicks that supposedly make learning more palatable (or at least more marketable). Instead, they make history fascinating the old fashioned way: by showing that it's a great story in its own right. They're a great discovery for my son, and a great rediscovery for me.”
—Kerry Walters, William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy
“This is the first year we have used Beautiful Feet and the first year that we have remembered any of our history lessons!”
"LOVE this curriculum!"
"I used your Ancient History, Medieval History and U.S. and World History courses for my son who homeschooled for 6-9th grade and daughter who homeschooled for 6-8th. They are now back in public high school, attending a supposedly a very academically challenging school. Not only have they aced their World History course (they would only allow the U.S. and World History to count as either US or World History in their transcripts) but on the California standardized test for History my son got 100% of the questions correct in 3 out of 4 sections. In the 4th section, he told me "Mom, I know I missed 2 and I know which ones. They were wrong. They were looking for the accepted answer which is incorrect if they really knew their history". What can I say? Your product is phenomenal. Your selection of quality literature and the vocabulary they garnered from it probably explains why they scored in the 98th percentile of the PSAT. Thank you. I am now starting my Kindergardener and 2nd grader on your Early American course."
—J. Lynch, WI
"We tried [________ ] last year. We’re back!"
—K. Lewis, CA
"Thank you for providing these great books - "commissioning" new works and reprinting the best of the old. God bless you!"
—S. White, LA
"After using Beautiful Feet for a few years, we tried a ‘box curriculum’ last year. My children were bored to tears (and I can’t blame them). Your books make learning history fun and exciting. Your study guides are well written and easy to follow. Thanks for a job well done!"
—K. Funk, MI
"Thank you for putting on paper what I had in my heart. We must be kindred spirits! God bless you."
—M. Denny, NC
“Love your products and hope to buy more!”
"In June of this year our family completed our very first year of home school . . . Praise the Lord! What an awesome year! I am a 44-year-old mommy who failed history in the public school. But God is turning that all around. ‘Docendo discimus: While we teach, we learn.’ (Latin Proverb) Each one of us together, reading and studying through literature, learning that none should fail! You have filled our hearts and minds with the love of God, the love of country and the love of those who have gone before in strength and courage on our behalf."
—K. DePippo, CA