American History
Tutor: Sonja Hettinga
Length: Full Year Class Period: Thursday, eCHAT period 3 (10:45-11:30)

Description: The study of United States History is the story of our ancestors and how they shaped a nation. We will explore this story through the eyes of the people who lived it using books and stories, biographies, and hands-on activities. The goal of this class is to bring American History to life for the students.

The following modules will be taught in a 2-year cycle:


  • Semester 1:  Early 1900s to Modern Times
  • Semester 2:  Minnesota History


  • Semester 1:  Ancient Americans to the Great Gold Rush
  • Semester 2:  Civil War to the Industrial Revolution


Tutor: Sonja Hettinga graduated with a B.A. degree from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. There she studied Political Science and Communication. She spent the early part of her career working in a legislative office and committee at the MN State Senate before pursuing a corporate career.  Sonja now spends her time homeschooling her two elementary aged children and loves seeing how God’s word ties into all studies.

Cost: $120 if you purchase the text on your own (per semester)
            $130 if you want to rent a textbook from CHAT (per semester)
Grades 5-6

Prerequisite: none
Homework: Up to 1 hour per week
Text: (to be purchased by parents or rented from CHAT)  1st Semester:  America's Story 3, by Angela O'Dell (ISBN #9780890519837) This book can be purchased by parents for about $30 from or, or rented from CHAT for $10 per semester.  If you would like to rent a book from CHAT, please register for that option or contact the tutor after registration. ; 2nd Semester: TBD 
Supplies: The cost for project supplies is included in the price of the class.    Students should come supplied with a spiral notebook and a separate folder to hold handouts.
Required: Internet access at home

America's Story 3