History and Geography
In our previous year, we had a focus on European History, and for this coming year we’re going to look into Ancient History into more depth.
We are adding these references books to use this year, and also for future years.
Ancient History titles and resources:
- Story of the World (Volume One) – Ancient History. This is our main history spine for the year.
– Main text
– Student workbook
– Supplementary activities (my Pinterest Board on SOTW)
- Ancient History Notebooking Pages (to supplement activity and map pages in SOTW workbook)
- Timeline Chart
- Great Empires – History and Activities for a brief study of the 14 Great Empires at their Height – this will bring some historical context to the period of Ancient History so we’ll do this at the very start of the year.
- Ancient Rome (Nature Company Discoveries Series)
- Ancient Egypt (Nature Company Discoveries Series)
- Ancient China (Nature Company Discoveries Series)
- Ancient Greece (Nature Company Discoveries Series)
- Pharoahs and Foot Soldiers (Kristin Butcher)
- Lamps, Scrolls & Goatskin Bottles (Julia Hans)
- Kings and Carpenters (Laurie Coulter)
- Roman Diary (HB) (Richard Platt)
- History News: The Greek News (Philip Steele and Anton Powell)
- History News: Egyptian News (Scott Steedman)
- History News: Roman News (Philip DeSouza and Andrew Langley)
- Usborne Time Traveller: Viking, Roman, Egyptian, and Medieval times (Philippa Wingate)
- Pyramid (David Macaulay)
- City: A Story of Roman Planning & Construction (David Macaulay)
- Roman Life (Pull Apart)
- Explore Ancient Greece (Carmella Van Vleet)
- Explore Ancient Rome (Carmella Van Vleet)
- Great Ancient China Projects (Lance Kramer)
- Ancient Egypt Projects (Carmella Van Vleet)
- Homeschool in the Woods “Creation to Christ” Timeline Figures
Other History and Geography
- Colour Through Ancient History
- Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd Jones)
- Discoverer’s Bible (large print)
- Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing (Sally Lloyd-Jones) – A fabulous book with 101 thoughts from the bible to engage your child’s heart in relationship with their Creator.
- “What’s in the Bible” DVD series (plus heaps of other resources such as downloads, music, curriculum, books)
- “Why Do We Call it Christmas?” DVD – and our own unit studies, that include using notebooking pages.
- Our 24 Family Ways – Clay and Sally Clarkson (family devotions)
- Who is God? (the first of a series by Apologia) – we are using both teacher’s book and student notebook
- New Testament Lap Book (Homeschool In the Woods)
- Notebooking Pages for every kind of notebooking page imaginable
- Christian Heroes series from YWAM Publishing:
- Charlotte Mason CopyWork: Proverbs
English (Language Arts)
- Writing with Ease – level 2 (continued, then move onto level 3)
- All About Spelling – level 2 (continued, then move onto level 3)
- Handwriting Without Tears – Cursive Handwriting
Grade 3 Readers
(See Grade 4 or 5 if your child is reading at that level, but check the maturity of the content first)
- The Chalk Box kid – Bulla
- Clara and the Bookwagon – Levinson
- Cora Frear – Goodman
- The House on Walenska Street – Herman
- Jake Drake: Bully Buster – Clements
- Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie – Roop
- The Littles – Peterson
- The Long Way to New Land – Sandin
- The Long Way Westward – Sandin
- The Paint Brush kid – Bulla
- Prairie School – Avi
- A Question of Yams – Repp
- Riding the Pony Express – Bulla
- The Secret Valley – Bulla
- Third Grade Detectives #1, #2, #4, #10 – Stanley
- Tippy Lemmy – McKissack
- Tornado – about a boy and his dog
- Viking Adventure – Bulla
- Wind in the Willows – Grahame
- Where Lions Roar at Night – Rosie Boom (NZ book)
- Where Arrows Fly – Rosie Boom (NZ book)
- Where the Crickets Sing – Rosie Boom (NZ book)
In keeping with the Ancient History theme for the year, we added these historical fiction readers in, which are for older readers (my 9 year old was technically in Grade 3, but was reading at Grade 6 level – you’ll want to check that the content suits your child first!)
- The Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt (Elizabeth Payne)
- Victory on the Walls (Freida Clark Hyman)
- The Bronze Bow (Elizabeth Speare)
- God King: A Story in the Days of Hezekiah (Joanne Williamson)
- Adara (Beatrice Gormley)
- Tirzah (Lucille Travis)
- Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day – Apologia (finish mid-year)
- Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day – Apologia (begin mid—year)
- NZ Nature Studies on native birds, the beach, native bush (using Andrew Crowe’s Life-size guides)
- Nature Journal – using pages from Notebooking Pages
- Mini studies – using pages from Notebooking Pages
- Shakespeare’s Stories (Leon Garfield) – 13 stories in narrative form.
- Composer Study each month and listen to their music (Using pages from Notebooking Pages)
- The Story of the Orchestra (Robert Levine)
- Mozart the Wonder Boy (Opal Wheeler)
- Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells – Opal Wheeler
- Composer Lap Book (on 42 composers)
- Bernstein Favourites: Children’s Classics (CD)
- Artist Study each month and their works (using pages from Notebooking Pages)
- The Children’s Book of Art (Rosie Dickins)
- How Artists See the Elements (Carroll)
- How Artists See Feelings (Carroll)
- 2014 Page-a-Day Art Gallery Calendar (and here is my post on how we use it)
- Artist Lap Book (on 33 Artists)
NB. I’ve linked the notebooking pages above to the relevant page so you can see what they are. But I’ve actually purchased the Lifetime Membership to Notebooking Pages, which means I have access to thousands of pages plus all future pages that are added.
It means I can change things as I go, if need be, and add things in too. I wholeheartedly recommend making this investment, and saving yourself all the time hunting for freebies! You will enjoy these pages for many years in your homeschooling.
- Nature Art and Journaling
- Artistic Pursuits Grades K-3: Book 2
This is a beautiful program combining art history with hands-on activities. It’s a little on the pricey side, but I’ve found it’s well worth the investment for a year’s worth of art projects. For this first book, we’ve had to purchase a few supplies including some soft pastels, watercolour paper, and self-hardening clay. We planned to do this in 2013 but weren’t able to. It’s on the list for 2014.
SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS
What makes us a Charlotte Mason ‘inspired’ homeschool? Have a read of this post on Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool, and these are the principles we mostly follow. Note however, that we aren’t going to use all aspects of a method if they don’t work for us though, so we prefer take a flexible approach as well!
What makes us a Classical ‘leaning’ homechool? Some might say that because we aren’t following the trivuim exactly then we aren’t Classical. However, I like to think we can take the best out of a method and make it work for us. We’re a little Classical in that we’re moving through stage one of learning rules of grammar, spelling, and phonics, also stories of history and literature, and the building blocks of Maths, and so forth. This is setting us up for the next stage of learning, which is developing analytical thinking, and how things fit into a framework. The final stage we aren’t near yet, but is what is known as the ‘rhetoric’ stage. A Classical education is language-focused, and all knowledge is inter-related.
What makes us Eclectic? Quite simply, we are using the aspects of different methods that suit our family. Sometimes we do unit studies and lapbooks that aren’t on our official schedule, or take a delight-directed approach where the children have found something they enjoy learning and we find a way of tailoring our learning accordingly. We don’t plan to become a slave to any particular method or philosophy, as adding that sort of pressure doesn’t help anyone! The idea is, learning is supposed to be enjoyable, and we keep the overall end goal in mind, which is that our children have a rich education and childhood, and are also well-equipped for life in what they chose for themselves to do.