History has always been my favorite school subject. But I've learned more about history as we've home schooled for the past 17 years than I ever did when I was in school.
History with Literature Based Curriculum
Joshua & I are working our way through the beginning of American using Biblioplan this year. It is a literature based curriculum that has worked well for our family from the beginning.
Reading has been a joy for every one of my kids. They choose it every time over hands-on things. So it made sense for us to stick with book to work our way through history.
There are so many wonderful books for each era of history and the stories stick with the kids as they learn about important events and people from the past.
I thought I would share a few of the wonderful books that we have read this year. Some of these books have been read over and over by my older kids—during free time not school time.
There are 4 Biblioplan books.
- Early Modern
Each book takes a whole school year. Bibilioplan combined with a Civics & Geography curriculum are the bulk of our History curriculum
However the awesome thing about Biblioplan is that we’ve worked through it three times with each child(3 different levels in each book). This makes this curriculum VERY cost effective. The books the children read get progressively more mature. Each level has its own books & additional activities.
Our List of history through literature for the year . . .
Om-kas-toe by Ken Thomasma
The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz
Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Daniel Boone by Laurie Lawlor
The Foundling by Linda Hayner
Cromwell’s Boy by Eric Christian Haugaard
Madeline Takes Command by Ethel C Brill
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes
John Paul Jones: Hero of the Sea by Keith Brandt
Shhhh We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
Why Not Lafayetter? by Jean Fritz
Simon Bolivar by Frank de Varona
Peter the Great by Diane Stanley
William Carey: Obliged to Go by Janet and Geoff Benge
The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman by Marguerite Henry
The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton
David Livingston, Africa’s Trailblazer by Janet and Geoff Benge
Pioneers Go West by George Stewart
By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
Bound for Oregon by Jean Van Leeuwen
Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Boy in the Alamo by Margaret Cousins
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman
Bold Journey, West with Lewis and Clark by Charles Bohner
Freedom Fighter: The Story of William Wilberforce by Betty Steele Everett
All Sail Set by Armstrong Sperry
Joshua looks forward to the new books to read each week. He does many other things for history but the books are the best part he claims. I believe he is right!
*I received nothing from Biblioplan to write this post. All opinions are mine :)
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