A really good set of history books that can be used for homeschool (we used them) or just for something interesting to do with your children is the Greenleaf series — History for the Thoughtful Child. This homeschool curriculum starts with Bible history and runs through the Renaissance and Reformation.
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There are 196 lessons in this book. Each lesson is intended to be read and discussed at one sitting. They try to point out significant facts, events, people, and places. There are questions that go with each lesson. Some lessons have a little bit extra.
For example, lesson 40 has a chart regarding the plagues in Exodus. There is also a short rhyme to help you remember the plagues in order.
If you are using this book for homeschooling, other books that we used along with this were:
The Time of Jesus by Lois Rock (this book has crafts & recipes from Bible times)
Bible Lands by Eyewitness (talks about geography, history, & civilization with lots of pictures)
There are suggestions of books to use with the lessons. Some of the extra books that we used were:
The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne (book for upper elementary & middle school)
Sightseers Ancient Egypt by Kingfisher (lots of pictures with a fold out map)
Make History – Ancient Egypt by Nancy Fister & Charlene Olexiewicz (this book shows how to recreate authentic jewelry, toys, and other crafts)
There are many other really good books on Egypt. You could use them to supplement this Greenleaf book or just use the Greenleaf Egyptian history on its own.
This book has 31 chapters in it, which are set up as short stories. Some include Perseus, Achilles, Hercules, and Alexander the Great. There is also a Greenleaf Guide that has background information and questions for each chapter.
We used a book called Ancient Greece – The Famous Monuments Past and Present by Vision along with it. This book has real pictures of present monuments with clear overlay pages to see how the monuments would have looked in ancient Greece.
We also used a book called Greece – Ancient Civilizations Series by Vicky Shiotsu. This book has a lot of interesting information and activities. It has crafts to make, the Greek alphabet, experiments, some worksheets, and much more!
There is a separate workbook titled The Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Rome. The workbook has questions and things for discussion for the chapters in the book.
There are a lot of books on Rome that could be used alongside these Greenleaf books. We used The Romans by Usborne and The Roman Empire and the Dark Ages by Giovanni Caselli.
This book contains 34 chapters and also has a workbook with questions and discussions to go with it. Some of the chapters include Attila the Hun, Justinian the Great, Rollo the Viking, Henry the II, and Marco Polo.
The chapters are divided into parts. There is a lot of information in this book. We used the Usborne Book of Castles to go with the Greenleaf books. There are so many books that could complement this book.
I do not own this book, so we never used it. I imagine that it is close in quality to the other books in this curriculum.
Why You Should Buy This Homeschool Curriculum
We really enjoyed reading these books as a family. We also did many activities with each book such as making crafts, making food from the different time periods, and learning about the people. I would highly recommend these books.
Even if you are not homeschooling your children, these books are interesting to read with your kids. You can also pick and choose which books to buy based on what time periods you choose to study.