History is a tricky subject when it comes to choosing curriculum. Using traditional textbooks can make the subject less than desirable for homeschool students. Since it can be so difficult to decide on, I wanted to share our top 3 history curriculum choices for the year.
I remember a conversation I had with my son early last year. I had him, yes, using a textbook. He was frustrated one day, and said, “LOOK, mom! Look at all these pages I have to read with no pictures!” Bless his heart; he was struggling.
I was so focused on our activities and struggles with math that the other subjects fell by the wayside. Not that we didn’t do them, I just figured he was OK with every other subject because the struggles with math overshadowed them.
I almost made him disenchanted with history — a subject that I know he can be interested in if only there were a resource that caught his attention. Even now that he is enjoying his curriculum, I still do extra activities with him at least once every few weeks to keep him engaged and interested.
Here are a few things I do to add our history curriculum that may also help your child get excited by history:
- We have cooking lessons if we are studying particular regions.
- We incorporate history in unit studies.
- We listen to music from the period or location we are studying.
- We research sports that are popular in the area we are studying. (My son loves sports)
Know that if you are searching for a history curriculum, yet again, or for the first time, it is OK to take your time and do what you can until you find the right one. Use some of the approaches above alongside other lessons until you find a history curriculum that works for your family.
Here are some of the 3 top history curriculum choices on the radar for the year to give you a place to start in your journey to find the best one for your kids:
The Story of the World is an award-winning 4-Volume set history curriculum that covers human history from ancient times until the present. Your student will find out what happens in countries like Africa, China, Europe, the Americas times long ago. This is a read-aloud series designed for parents to share with elementary school-age children. The books have an accompanying activity book for each volume and use classical methods of teaching. The Story of the World is affordable, easily accessible, and can be used by the entire family to learn history at the same time.
The Mystery of History is a “Chronological, Christian, Complete” World History curriculum for all ages. Your whole family can all study the same subject together, which is a huge benefit for large family homeschools. This curriculum has been known to be a favorite among homeschoolers because it is easy to use, accurate, thorough, biblically based, and encompasses numerous learning styles and various methods of education. Whether you have children who different learning styles, The Mystery of History is easily adaptable to most. This curriculum has four volumes that include an audio option.
Veritas Press self-paced history has been excellent for busy homeschool families. The Veritas Press SP History course teaches a chronological sequence or timeline of history with an interactive approach. The curriculum has 160 lessons, covering 32 historical events. It also includes music to help memorization and has multi-sensory experiences that include games and exciting videos with talking historical characters.
Lesson Plan Marketplace
Each of these top 3 history curriculum picks has Lesson Plans ready to go for your homeschool in the Homeschool Planet Lesson Plan Marketplace.
The Lesson Plan Market place has a lesson plan ready for both The Story of the World (Volume 1: Ancient Times, Revised Ed. For Grades 1 – 8, Volume 2: The Middle Ages, Revised Ed. For Grades 1 – 8, Volume 3: Early Modern Times For Grades 1 – 8, The Modern Age For Grades 1 – 8) and The Mystery of History (Volume I For Grades 3 – 12, Volume II For Grades 3 – 12, Volume III For Grades 5 – 12, Volume IV For Grades 6 – 12). For Veritas Press’ Self-Paced History, the Lesson Plan Market Place has a complete lesson plan for Old Testament and Ancient Egypt For Grades 2 – 6, New Testament, Greece, and Rome For Grades 2 – 6, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation For Grades 2 – 6, Explorers to 1815 For Grades 2 – 6, and 1815 to The Present For Grades 2 – 6.
It is as easy as 1-2-3 to incorporate each Lesson Plan in your Homeschool Planet online planner.
All you have to do is follow the steps below:
- Purchase the lesson plan for your curriculum
- Sign into Homeschool Planet
- Answer a few questions, and voila!
Homeschool Planet will automatically schedule your whole semester or year with assignments, notes, and links to online resources (if applicable).
Remember that you are not alone in trying to select the best history curriculum for your homeschool students. I hope this has helped you find one that your kids will love. You can easily purchase a lesson plan that is already set-up for the entire school year or semester for any curriculum choice listed in our Lesson Plan marketplace.
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