Over the years, we have enjoyed using various homeschool history curriculum. I must admit, I do like to see what's out there and try my hand at different resources, and I'm just glad that we've been homeschooling for years and have had six children! Great way to explore a range of curricula.
But, there's been a few favourites over the time (mainly because all of these are living books curriculum) - and ones that I use by picking out the bits I really like.
Check these out below and make it fit you. Remember, you are in charge - take what you like and don't become a slave to whatever you choose; Make it fit you and your family; And most of all, Enjoy the journey!
This page lists my choices for homeschool history curriculum for the Ancients. Many of these resources cover Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and so I have grouped them together on one page, rather than on three pages.
Also listed are great History Spinebooks which can be used through the study of Ancient Egypt and Old Testament Studies, Greece and Rome. This is a simple way of making your own homeschool history curriculum by using a spine as the thread.
Tapestry of Grace is used by many homeschooling families and we have used it for years.
I have the older version of Tapestry of Grace and since that time, it has been updated and there are digital versions also. (DE Edition)
It is divided into 4 learning levels so your whole family can be involved and covers 36 weeks of assignments, project ideas, readings covering: history, writing, geography, literature, church history, government, philosophy, and arts.
Tapestry of Grace has many supplements which can help you plan and create the most comprehensive study of Ancient History from a Biblical worldview.
Tapestry of Grace - Year 1 - is the guide through the Ancient World - Ancient Egypt, Old Testament, Greece, Rome and other Ancient Cultures
This Scope and Sequence Chart gives you an overview of the topics in each unit, some of the literature selections, and the focus of Government, Philosophy, Bible and Church History.
There are many hands-on activities which your children will love being involved in which are included in the Tapestry of Grace Homeschool History Curriculum.
More details and curriculum reviews here: Tapestry of Grace Curriculum here.
What I really love about Michelle Miller's TruthQuest History Curriculum is the commentary that ties the topics together as you go from book to book.
She analyses two main questions:
The books are written directly to students in a very informal tone. There are three books which cover the Ancient time period (Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome) to create a homeschool history curriculum for this time period. They move in a chronological order and you can choose exactly what books you will use, read and integrate activities to build a comprehensive study.
It follows key Charlotte Mason and Classical resources, and assists unit-study and unschooling families exploring an era. It can be adapted for all ages.
Many of the books you will see listed in the TruthQuest History books will be the same as these on the Living books pages:
More information on TruthQuest Homeschool History Curriculum here. Read some reviews.
Mystery of History is a Bible-centered Homeschool History Curriculum which interweaves Bible and Old World history to teach your students about God's sovereignty. Features user-friendly format, lively text, week-by-week lessons, quizzes and tests, cumulative review, projects and activities, timeline and mapping assignments, teaching tips, answer key, reproducible student pages, and more.
It's classical in approach, chronological in order, and complete in scope!
Grades 4 to 8.
Audio CDs are a great companion to the whole curriculum.
Here is the table of contents for Volume 1 of Mystery of History
More information on Mystery of History Curriculum
What I really love about Veritas Press History are their great History Card Sets.
Now, if you decide you want to frame your own study, the best thing to do is to choose your history spinebook. Consider using this as the thread that weaves your whole study. Over the years we have used all of these resources. The first time around, I have read the books aloud and we have jumped off and done a whole lot of activities around the story. Then, as they become older, they read the books for themselves.
This was our very first introduction to reading history with a guide and with interesting historical fiction and living books. We love these books - to read together and then for the children to read on their own when older.
Volume I, Ancient Times includes the First Nomads, Egypt, the Jewish People, Abraham and Joseph, Hammurabi and the Babylonians, the Assyrians, Ancient China, Ancient Africa, Exodus, the Phoenicians, the Greeks and Rome.
Written for younger children, in a delightful narrative, "A Child's History of the World" is considered to be a classic written by V.M.Hillyer. However, it does begin in an evolutionary way.
If you've enjoyed the homeschool history curriculum selection for the Ancients, see more history recommendations in my bookshop.
You'll find links to other time periods, living books, teacher resources, hands on project ideas.
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