To me, the start of a new school year always seems full of possibilities as I plan the school days and what type of curricula we will use. Every summer I re-evaluate our books to see what worked, what didn’t work, and what we should try next, and each year the list of options continues to grow as new programs are made available on the market. This is true for social studies as well, and for younger students there’s a lot to choose from. While you can find history studies as part of a set curriculum, such as BJU Heritage Studies and Alpha Omega LIFEPAC programs, here are some others to consider:
- Story of the World series by Susan Wise Bauer (www.WellTrainedMind.com) – This series follows a four-year classical education cycle and is designed to be used for the first through eighth grades. The Curriculum Combo Pack includes the book, an activity book, an extra set of student pages, and the tests with the answer key. The series includes: Volume 1- Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Emperor; Volume 2 – The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance; Volume 3 – Early Modern Times: From Elizabeth the First to the Forty-Niners; and Volume 4 – The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.
- Time Travelers History Study Series – (www.HomeschoolInTheWoods.com) – Produced as CD’s, each part of this American History series features a succinct lesson text followed by a variety of activities to reinforce the lesson. The CDs also contain project pages for each lesson, providing a list of materials needed, directions for completing the projects, and helpful illustrations and photographs. 6 CDs are now available, covering New World Explorers, Colonial Life, The American Revolution, The Early 19th Century, The Civil War, and The Industrial Revolution Through the Great Depression.
- Truthquest History (http://www.truthquesthistory.com) – For younger students, the American History for Young Students guides cover the scope of American history in three volumes. These resources direct the teacher to living books about American history, creating a literature-based study of the past. Writing exercises help reinforce lessons learned.
If you’re in search of a history curriculum for your elementary student, take a minute to check out these resources. You might find just what you’re looking for.
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