I am teaching 4th grade at a new school in the fall, which currently has no Social Studies curriculum. It is a private school in southern CA, and the previous teacher focused the entire year on Medieval Times. (This school tried to allow teachers to focus the year on something that they are passionate about.) They said the same to me, but also said they want to sway closer to the CA standards-which focuses on CA history in 4th grade. Every grade has a different book, and this particular teacher I'm replacing didn't even use a book to guide her teaching...she just made it all up on her own! My question is, does anyone have advice on what social studies books you've used that you enjoyed? Last year my previous school used the Houghton-Mifflin series, but the book didn't really do much for me.:| Any advice would be great! Thanks!!