Using Living books as a basis for a homeschool hisory curriculum is not only simple, but yet, extremely effective in developing a love of learning, an understanding of the historical time period and knowledge of different cultures.
Once you've chosen the time period which you will study, find some excellent read aloud books - and begin the study by snuggling up on the couch and getting right into the time period. There is nothing that beats sitting together and sharing a book. Historical fiction living books allow you to enter the time period and live life for a while with the main character.
As you walk through the pages, you'll see the sights, experience the culture, enter the homes and understand the battles that the main character needs to deal with. How will he face difficulties? What should he do? How is it different to today? What would you do?
Living books really allow you as the reader to enter their world. It is a great time to arouse interest in the time period and open up great discussion points. From here, you can look for books which explore the culture, geography, war and weapons, dress, food and jump into a complete study.
|A is for Adam
By Ken & Mally Ham / New Leaf Press (master Books)
Teaching your kids about the important events in Genesis will be most effective if it's fun and interesting! This book uses memorable ABC rhymes and colorful (often funny!) illustrations to help your children explore the gospel message from creation to the new Heaven and new Earth. Includes coloring pages, Genesis commentry for teachers, plus student exercises for different ages. 118 pages, hardcover from Master Books.
|Dinosaurs by Design
By Duane T. Gish, Ph.D., illustrated by Earl & Bonnie Snellenberger / New Leaf Press (master Books)
Here's a valuable tool if you want to give your kids accurate information on their favorite subject. (Homeschoolers have used it for years!) Gish outlines God's divine design for dinosaurs and provides you with biblical evidence to combat today's pervasive evolutionary theories. 88 pages, hardcover from Master Books.
|The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible
By Paul S. Taylor / David C. Cook
Children are fascinated by dinosaurs but wonder how they fit into the Bible. Taylor presents dinosaurs as a part of God's wonderful creation, and uses them to introduce kids to important biblical concepts concerning creation, the nature of God, Noah's flood, Christ's redemption, and God's plan for the restoration of paradise. 62 colorfully illustrated pages, hardcover from Chariot.
|D Is for Dinosaur: A Rhyme Book and More
By Ken Ham / New Leaf Press (master Books)
This book will not only teach your children about the Bible but also equip them to defend their Christian faith against the onslaughts of evolutionary ideas that are so pervasive in our society. D Is for Dinosaur provides a unique opportunity for parents to spend time with their children, teaching them the wonderful truths of creation using dinosaurs. This rhyme book is entertaining, colorful, and instructive. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
|It Couldn't Just Happen: Fascinating Facts About God's World
By Lawrence Richards / Thomas Nelson
It's never safe to assume that children will grow uprejecting faulty theories and accepting truthful ones. If your children are starting to ask questions about the Big Bang or what happened to the dinosaurs, then show them the right answers here. Based on a biblical, creationist perspective, this colorful book covers many theories children are likely to hear purported as 'gospel truth', giving scientific evidence why it just isn't so! Presented in a newspaper like format with plenty of sidebar features to keep kids attention, these fascinating facts present a challenging affront to any evolutionist argument. 189 pages, indexed, softcover.
|Dry Bones and Other Fossils
By Gary E. & Mary M. Parker / New Leaf Press (master Books)
Crank up your imagination and join the Parker family on their annual fossil-hunting adventure! With this colorfully illustrated and cheerfully narrated guide, you'll discover how long it took the Grand Canyon to form and how fossils actually contradict evolution theory. Great for homeschoolers, this biblically based guide by a real paleontologist answers your kids' hardest questions---and your questions, too! 80 pages, hardcover from Master Books. (Ages 6-12)
|Step Into Reading, Level 4: Tut's Mummy--Lost and Found
By Judy Donnelly / Random House, Inc
"Beginning with the death of Tutankhamen, the book moves forward to archaeologist Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb. Information about ancient Egyptian life is interspersed in a clear, smooth fashion throughout. A good way to get readers into non-fiction,"-->Booklist. Grades 2-3.
By David Macaulay / Houghton-mifflin
Pyramid is David Macauley's third book, it is an impressive look at what many considered to be among the most awesome of man's creations. Although the pyramids, temples amd tombs in this book are imaginery, they are, however, based closely on several of the pyramids and remnants of temples still standing in Egypt. Even though pyramids failed to protect their burial chambers from robbers they succeeded in making their creators immortal. They stand as a tribute to those who skillfully erected them, leaving behind them, something that would last forever. Recommended for ages 9 and up.
|The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
By Elizabeth Payne / Random House, Inc
For more than 3,000 years, Egypt was a great civilization that thrived along the banks of the Nile River. But when its cities crumbled to dust, Egypt's culture and the secrets of its hieroglyphic writings were also lost. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt explains how archaeologists have pieced together their discoveries to slowly reveal the history of Egypt's people, its pharaohs, and its golden days.
|Science in Ancient Egypt
By Geraldine Woods / Grolier Publishing Company
Science finds its origins in the world's earliest civilizations. With just the simplest tools, the ancient Egyptians designed and built the pyramids, magnificent structures that continue to capture our imaginations. The Egyptians also created systems for counting and measuring. They even knew how to measure the passage of time and developed cures for many common ailments and injuries. The discoveries made by ancient Egyptians have helped shape the world we live in today.
|History Detectives: Ancient Egypt
By Philip Ardagh / School Specialty Publishing
The Pharaoh's stolen treasure is a gripping mystery adventure set in Ancient Egypt - where you have to unmask the thief and find the missing treasure. There are clues to spot, suspects to follow and questions that need answers...
...answers that can be found earlier in the pages of Ancient Egypt - a fact-filled record of life in those fascinating times - with full-color illustrations reconstructing life in the past, and photographs of the evidence the Egyptians left behind. 64 pages, hardcover.
By Lucille Travis / Herald Press
Twelve-year-old Tirzah and her family are slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh forces them to make mud bricks without straw, so Tirzah cuts grass for her father and older brother to use. The police crack their cruel whips to make them work harder.
If only Tirzah's people could escape. If Moses could persuade Pharaoh to let them go. Sureley Yahweh, the Lord God, will hear their prayers to leave Egpyt for a better life somewhere else, they hope. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
|The Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved! A Biblical View of These Amazing Creatures
By Ken Ham / New Leaf Press (master Books)
A rarely seen look at answering the questions associated with these "terrible lizards" from a creationist perspective. Internationally known author and speaker Ken Ham brings a "new way of thinking" to the table for Christians, emphasizing that in order to properly understand our world we must first look at Scripture. By going to the Bible first for answers, we begin to understand that the dinosaurs were alongside man from the beginning. Complete with stunning, computer-generated illustrations of dinosaurs, this book promises to be a mainstay of any family library.
|The New Answer Book
By Ken Ham / Master Books
One can either take the Bible as the basis for scientific truth or use ever-changing evolutionary assumptions as the foundation for your biblical and scientific knowledge. The Bible-as-base model resolves contradictions and gives concrete answers; the evolution-as-base model is as unsure as building a house on sand. Ken Ham knows this, and wants to provide families and individuals with the answers to questions raised by the media's wholesale acceptance of evolution, be it human or cosmic.
Unafraid to take on the tough questions, Ham and the other authors he has assembled eviscerate notions of millions of years, gap theory, dinosaurs turning into birds, and a local flood. Moreover, they give the basic facts behind the Ice Age, distant starlight, carbon-14 and radiometric dating techniques, and the supposed proofs for evolution.
Perhaps best of all, and what sets this book above others of its kind, are the final two chapters which are instructional to evangelism. Showing how this information can be used in witnessing and how dinosaurs can be used in spreading the Gospel message as given in the Creation narrative. Adults, kids, believers, nonbelievers, creationist and evolutions can all benefit from this resource.
|Stones & Bones
By Carl Wieland / New Leaf Press (master Books)
A handy 42 page booklet that covers a wide range of questions in the evolution vs. creation debate. From radiometric dating to puzzling questions like Where did Cain get his wife?, this book is ideally suited for home and church studies, and also makes a great witnessing tool. For ages High School to Adult.
|Unwrapping the Pharaohs: How Egyptian Archaeology Confirms the Biblical Timeline--Book and DVD
By John Ashton & David Down / Master Books
From the boy-king Tutankhamen to Rameses II, Egyptian pharaohs spring to life-->and help confirm the biblical accuracy of ancient history with an accurate and compelling timeline. Enter the mysterious world of Cleopatra, the Hebrew Exodus, and the pyramids with this fascinating text and beautiful color photographs and illustrations. Includes DVD. 272 pages, 8.5" x 11" hardcover.
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Did Adam have a Belly Button?
Did Eve really have an Extra Rib?
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