Teachers need to understand the "big ideas" connected with the teaching of colonial history in their state then teach it interactively. I used "Storypath" and "History Alive" to bring this curriculum alive with my students. It created a passion, transfer of knowledge and understanding for the time period.
A Position Statement of the National Council for the Social Studies
Cheryl L. Mason and Alice Carter
An online archive, "Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities during the American Civil War", provides primary sources for elementary students.