I'm a horrible American.
My expat child is now about to progress to the third grade, and has received nearly zero education on United States history. She doesn't get it at school, as naturally, Philippine history is taught in, well, The Philippines. It's up to me to teach her. (Note, grade 1 - 5 here is basically the same as any other K-12 Montessori system)
I'm looking for software that will help me make history come alive for her as I teach it. Ideally, it will help me create lessons around early U.S. history (think Pilgrims, The British Are Coming, Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, Slavery, Civil war, etc.)
- Covers early American history (as noted)
- Includes lesson material (what happened), with illustrations and narrations, suitable to captivate a 6 year old child's attention for a while
- Runs on Windows 7, or behaves well in VirtualBox on a different OS with Windows 7 as the host
- Could also be web based, but must be usable for a 3MBPS connection
Nice to have:
- Interactive narrations, lets her click on historical figures to hear them talk about themselves, or similar
- Games that test the child's understanding of the lesson
Really nice to have:
- Textures and art similar to (even if not quite as good as) Dear Esther
I don't want this to do all of the teaching for me, I just want to use it as a part of what I'm putting together. In an attempt to not make this summer's history lessons mostly lecture (so she actually appreciates them), I'm hoping to find something that puts more entertainment in the learning.
Anything out there? Free / Gratis / Proprietary is fine, I can't be too picky here.