Suggested Devotional Book
The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski
(You can substitute any children's Bible)
Weekly Read Aloud Books
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine by Jeanne Bendick
Herodotus and the Road to History by Jeanne Bendick
Jotham’s Journey by Arnold Ytreeide
Draw The World by Kristin Draeger
Hands On History Ancient Egypt by Phillip Steele
(You can substitute any children’s atlas)
The Scope of
The Precious People
Week 1-The Beginning of Recorded History
Creation by Cynthia Rylant
Who Eats What by Patricia Lauber
2-Ancient Holidays, Mesopotamia, Animal Classification
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Deborah Heiligman
The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale by Eric Kimmel
Let’s Classify Animals by Kelli Hicks
Week 3-Family Rules and Rhythms, Pyramids, Mammals
On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Week 4-Harvest Festival, First Farmers, World Geography
On Sukkot and Simchat Torah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Week 5-More Ancient Holidays, Ancient Egypt, Hemispheres,
The Story of Hannukkah by David Adler
Week 6-Ancient Egypt, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Foods
Week 7-Ancient Egypt,The Exodus, Hieroglyphs
The Longest Night by Laurel Snyder and Catia Chien
The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Week 8-Ancient Egypt, Human Anatomy, Medicine
Week 9-Famous People of Ancient Greece, Heart Health
Week 10-Greek Alphabet, Politics in Ancient Greece, Greek Feast
Week 11-Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Olympic Games, Greek Myths
Week 12-Hanukkah,The Roman Empire, Home Life in Ancient Rome,
Week 13-Art and Industry in Ancient Rome
Week 14-Christmas Festivities
Week 15-Goal Setting, Months of the Year, Imaginary Animals, Birds
Week 16-World Geography, Countries and Cultures, Transportation
Week 17-Weather,Israel, Poetry
Week 18-Korea, Seeds, Map Asia
Week 19-Japan, Geology, Cartoon
Week 20-Haiku, Map China
Week 21-Latin America, Rainforests, Spanish Language
Week 22-Latin America, The Andes, The Periodic Table
Week 23-Africa, The Periodic Table
Week 24-The Middle East, North Africa, Continents
Week 25-North Africa, St. Augustine of Hippo, The Apostle's Creed
Week 26-St. Patrick, Bees, Gardens
Week 27-St. Francis, Italy, Wolves
Week 28-St. Elizabeth, Butterflies, Europe
Week 29-Passover, Food Allergies
Week 30-India, Country Report, Trees, Nests
A few notes about the book list-
You will need the read aloud selections, but many are available at the library.
For the remainder of the books, you could find them at the library, on YouTube, or substitute for a title with a similar theme. I feel it is worth owning many of them, but I also understand that we are all working on a different budget, and I tried to keep the book list as simple as possible.
A study of ancient history will naturally contain some graphic material and nudity. I did my best to choose books that minimized the intensity of this and kept a lighter spin on ancient history, but please glance through the books for yourself before handing them to your children.
Ancient history studies also cover a wide variety of religious perspectives. While I am an Apostle's Creed confessing, non-denominational believer, I feel that studying the beliefs of other people of the book, such as Jews and Catholics can enhance our own understanding of God. I hope that both Jewish and Catholic families can feel at home with this curriculum. In fact, several weeks of the curriculum focus on Jewish feast days. The Jewish culture has outlasted most other cultures that shaped the ancient world, and learning from them can help us shape our families to be influential in our own era.
With that being said, there are many other religions represented in a study of ancient history. A few of the weekly picture books will represent these other religious viewpoints, so that whatever your perspective is, you can learn to understand the people who inhabit our world.
"Seek first to understand before you seek to be understood."
I hope that however you believe, your family can sense the love in these pages, and can create beautiful connection with your family as you learn about the ancient world and other cultures together.
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