About the videos for American history: I agree with Julie that you would want to have your daughter perhaps take notes while watching or write some essays to respond to what she's learning or something like that. It would help her remember the material better, but also, just being practical, you need a way to assign a grade.
I wanted to let you know, too, that for the series America: The Story of Us
, you can go to the website history dot com and they have study guides for each episode which contain vocabulary words, discussion questions, and a primary source document that goes with the episodes. I'm not sure if anything like that exists for the American Heritage
series, but I love that the American Heritage series explores the founding and history of our nation from a Biblical and Christian perspective. I think it focuses more on the Spiritual heritage of our nation. So, I think it would be neat to incorporate both video series if you are able. I believe you can watch the episodes for America: The Story of Us
right on the History Channel website.
To be honest, I haven't watched either of the video series, but I do own both series, and I am planning to incorporate them when my dd takes American history in a couple of years. After using textbooks for several years for history, I thought videos might be a nice change of pace, and sometimes it's really neat to see those periods of history brought to life through videos. Of course, we'd incorporate books that apply, as well, and not do it completely with videos, but the videos seems like a good option for you since your dd has already taken government and American lit.