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Homeschool Curriculum
for History & Geography

One of the great advantages of home school curriculum is that, unlike standard school fare, it can make the study of history and geography fun, as you'll discover with some of the homeschool curriculums in this section. Also, please be sure to check our members-submitted teaching and success stories! (Get more Co-op savings.)

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HISTORY HIGH POINTS

Share some of your homeschool history success stories with our community, and get a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Our winner will be randomly drawn from posts that are entered during BRING HISTORY ALIVE! Month.

What were you and your child doing when the light bulb finally flashed on? How did she react? Has it made a lasting difference for her and you?

We will do the drawing at the beginning of each month for posts in the prior month, and announce the winners on our Facebook wall and in the Co-op newsletter. Your posts will remain on this page to provide ideas and inspiration to other homeschool history teachers! (Need help?)


Meg

My 2nd grader decided to put on a "Festival of Songs and Speeches" for President's Day. We learned a few patriot songs and she read aloud well-known portions of famous speeches. There was some interpretive dance. The kids painted a flag and read some quotes they found online. She had an idea and ran with it, and I backed up and let her.

4 years ago · Like · Comment

michelle86

My kids had great fun making their own Horrible Histories episode. They had to research their own material, write the screenplay/skits, make their props & appropriate costumes, grab some friends & all the family, & then disappeared with a video camera to have some live recording fun! Some sets were then made using Lego & filmed using Movie Maker Pro. We had an allocated Director ( including clip board) throughout. Then they had to edit all their material & put the final episode together. It was an excellent project, so much fun & learning in so many areas, not just the history. We have emigrated, so don't see our family much, so this then made an excellent Xmas present to send home to show everyone what the kids get up to whilst homeschooling!

5 years ago · Like · Comment

ChrisSC

Ancient Science has been the book to be had this year. We have learned so much from it. This has put ancient history into perspective both geographically and culturally. Amongst the other great activity books for Rome, Egypt, Greece, China, etc., we discovered the drawing books for these civilizations. I have to say that there is nothing that I like better than using drawing, as a CM-style form of narration. Through the drawings and photos of models and applications in science from the time, we have enriched our experience and enjoy history! We decided that science did not have to be the only hands-on approached subject material this year.

7 years ago · Like · Comment

birthjoy

My children have taught me that, although it is helpful to learn History chronologically, they also have an incredible ability to learn information "out of context" and then place it within the bigger framework of time. As a result, my children have followed their interests and passions and have learned more than if I had forced them to do it a certain way.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

ChristieP

We use a classical approach too, with our homeschool co-op Classical Conversations. History used to be so difficult for me to engage the kids in, but now we sing and act out some of the major points (one to three sentences each) and the kids are learning the facts with fun! :-)

8 years ago · Like · Comment

KendraH

My daughter really loves the Magic Tree House stories, so we adapt them to our history lessons when ever we can. I also try to make foods that with fit in with the time/culture for our lunch/snacks. We also find books from the library to go along with the story to find more facts.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

MEWolfPack

My son is 4, going on 5. We recently read about the history of the Liberty Bell since we were taking a trip to Philadelphia, PA. He was so into it that when we got there that is the first thing he wanted to see. He told me all about it's history and even said he was going to invent a metal that wouldn't break so he could fix it (-: We also went to Independence Hall and the US Mint. He collected the Park's trading cards for answering questions and had a blast. He was re-enacting the Revolutionary War today "to get Independence from England" he said. We also went to Valley Forge National Monument where he did the Jr. Ranger Program and earned his badge. He was excited about seeing where George Washington stayed for the winter, and the cannons of course (-:. He knows that George Washington was both the first President and that he was a General in the Revolutionary War. I am amazed at how much he remembers. I feel blessed that we have these opportunities to go see where history really happened. I think it sinks in better for him and for me.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Betsywrite

We had the chance to go to England (thank you, airline passes!) when the boys were 5, 8, and 10. Iread and read to them before we left hoping to create "hooks" for them to hang the things we would see. They were, of course, THRILLED to walk in Sherwood Forest, the land of Robin Hood, and they grasped a lot of what we saw at the tower of London. But my favorite moment was when British friends took us to Newforest (actually a very old forest) to see Rufus Stone, a historical marker. The boys read the marker, their eyes lit up, and they began excitedly telling their dad about the king that went hunting in this exact forest and never came back and later ... The entire account we had read aloud from just after William the Conqueror! My young boys got more out of that trip than I did at age 16 on a trip with my grandparents all because of Charlotte Mason and the concept of living books.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

We were studying Ancient Rome when I decided that we'd eat like the Roman soldiers did (I got the idea from "The Story of the World" history curriculum). The boys helped cut up the veggies- carrots, potatoes and onions- and put together the packets of food. The veggies and chunks of meat wrapped in foil envelopes (the foil was the only non-authentic part). Then they helped build a fire outside. It didn't catch right away, so it was a good experience for them to see something seemingly simple wasn't always so. When it finally got going, we cooked our food on the fire, moving them around with sticks and trying not to burn them. The highlight though, was when they were done, we ate with our fingers sitting around the fire (the soldiers didn't carry around utensils!). Somehow this last fact really brought the lesson to reality for us all. And for some reason, this was one of the moset delicious meals we've ever cooked over a fire- even for my son who hated veggies!

8 years ago · Like · Comment
kimberlyg129: I LOVE THIS...will definitely be trying this when we get to that lesson! How exciting. My daughter will love it.
8 years ago · Like

mcflubber

We spend time at Living Museums like Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA, Plimoth Village in Plymouth, MA or Conner Prairie in Fishers, IN. We love walking through time and talking to the volunteers who "live" during the time period. It's such an eye opener to what was going on in history as well as showing us what it was like to live during the time period in that particular geographical area.

One of the best experiences we had was attending "Follow the Northern Star" at Conner Prairie. It was a humbling experience to walk under the stars as we "became" slaves running for our lives with the help of the Underground Railroad. Walking in the shoes of a slave was overwhelming. To know in reality it was only a fraction of what they felt in reality was heart wrenching. History of the Underground Railroad in Indiana truly came alive to us that evening.

8 years ago · Like · Comment
kimberlyg129: What an awesome experience.
8 years ago · Like

Redeemingtheloveoflearning

I love the interdisciplinary approach, verses keeping history as a separate subject. It ties together all of what we do whether it be art, literature, even math and science. So, it brings me great joy when my 9 and 12 year old boys bring up what they learned a LONG time ago or picked up in a sideways way as we are doing art or talking about something else. They remind me what it reminds them of or add to the conversation something wonderful from history that I hadn't thought about. Shows what wonderfully creative thinking people God has made each of us and how learning comes from the inside out.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

Our children seem to really retain History lessons when we use Amanda Bennetts Download & Go Unit Studies, making lapbooks!

8 years ago · Like · Comment

kimberlyg129

For my daughter and I, history has taken a drastic turn! We were using a workbook approach, however this year have switched to classical education and we LOVE IT! We are using Story of the World, by Susan Wise Bauer, and my daughter is completely absorbed! She used to want to wait until the end of the day for history, but now she is begging to do history FIRST!!! She especially likes that there is an activity that she can do with each chapter that solidifies what she learned. We just read about making mummies, and there are instructions for us to make a mummified chicken, which she is UBER excited about. We are both loving history now, as a result of changing to a curriculum we both love.

8 years ago · Like · Comment
: I wasn't brave enough to try the mummified chicken! Let us know how it went!
8 years ago · Like

We are big fans of History stuff on the HIstory channel.. Our favorite was about the Dust bowl. That is really fun for us.

8 years ago · Like · Comment

purplesquirrel

One of my kids' favorite things is to just LISTEN while I read "Living books" They like to draw/ doodle, and the eldest has a very visual memory~ She remembers what we were talking about when she looks at any given spot on her "Doodles". Very cool!

8 years ago · Like · Comment
purplesquirrel: OH, and I have to add, it's really funny when she is drawing a "Scenery" or geometric doodle, and we're talking about explorers.... "Oh yes... when I drew this tree you talked about Henry Hudson's failed trip trying to go north east to Asia". I mean... really? It's amazing the way her brain works! :D
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momof6

Lapbooks have really brought History alive for my son. A friend told me about them and I thought, "why not?"

8 years ago · Like · Comment
momof6: (sorry, accidently submitted too soon) He is a visual learner so they are like a roadmap for him. He can put up pictures, maps or anything that he feels is relevant to the subject. They are a lot of fun to do and can be adapted for any age.
8 years ago · Like

"I purchased the Exploring America for my high school age daughter (9th grade) to fulfill her US History and American the Beautiful for my 6th grade son. First of all, this fulfills history, literature and bible study. You could skip the bible study but it is a nice way to get it in. You need to set aside enough time in your day to do the work. I've always stayed away from curriculum that has a strong Christian slant because eventually I will send them out into the real world where every body doesn't think like us, but the founding of the country was a religious endeavor and I felt comfortable with curriculum that presented it as such. We have studied world history for five years and have used two different curriculums. This is the nicest, highest quality textbooks I have seen. Every day I am astounded with the material. The level of detail, the pictures, the activities. When you see the books and the materials you will think you got a bargain. A college textbook, which is not any nicer or more detailed, will run you at least double what the entire program cost. You get two large textbooks, a collection of famous writings, also nicely bound, workbooks and tests. That is the high school. The middle school also includes a book of maps, a timeline book and two activity books. I cannot say enough how impressed I am with this curriculum. When you open the box you will say "Wow". I will definitely buy the American government curriculum next year from Notgrass."
Edlyn, Co-op Member

"We have used Notgrass for History and could not be more pleased. This year my son is going through the Economics Curriculum and again is gleaning much which will benefit him for the future. The Notgrass books are ones I see keeping in our library when others may be given away once our son has graduated."
Terri, Co-op Member

"The content and video selection are abundant However I do find that the search doesn t really give me what I m looking for For example I put in a grade level range grades 6 and up in Science and it will still list videos for younger elementary grades It makes searching a bit tedious Also if you build a playlist with multiple video you have to play them in the order that they are in the list It would be nice if there was a way to save a list of the ones you are interested and then be able to select from that list which ever you want in whatever order you want Maybe there is a way I haven t found it I do like that you can quiz your kids on what they ve watched to be sure that they have truly paid attention and grasped the content I don t know that I would renew again"
Wendy, Co-op Member

"We just started using CCC Streaming and we love it! The interface is very simple to navigate and understand. As a parent, I especially love that my 9 year old son can simply select a subject or topic, watch the video and be able to take a short quiz right afterwards. I love the playlist and bookmark feature although I have not needed to use those yet. He simply watches what he wants in a given topic. It is especially cool that we can choose material by state standards or subject. There is also a report feature. Our son has ADHD and vision issues and reading a lot of print material is not an option for him. The videos are engaging and informative/educational and he loves the ease of use. They are perfect in duration and he does not get bored or lose interest.I can see how useful this would have been when he was younger also. In the past we have scoured the net for educational videos but this sure beats that painstaking process. This is perfect for our family and we thank HSBC for making this deal available to us. Very happy and grateful for this resource!!!"
G. Sadler, Co-op Member

"We\'ve really enjoyed the Discovery Education video service. My daughter\'s 12, and there are hundreds of videos targeted at that age range. Her favorites so far are the math videos (go figure!), but we\'ve watched a lot of science and history videos as well."
Rhee Eliker, Co-op Member

"This is a wonderful tool for my family. It is easy to use and fast to search for things, they are very well grouped."
Mary T., Co-op Member

"My teen son and I have been using the World History: Patterns of Interaction for about a month now.



Compared to other history textbooks that we've read over the years, the World History: Patterns of Interaction high school textbook seems to outshine the rest.



My son enjoys the multimedia clips and movies. The digital version of the textbook is very helpful to have handy, especially when there are many maps to view at the same time.



The teacher's interactive edition is excellent. This has been one of the best Homeschool Buyers Co-op deals that we've purchased over the years, and I hope they offer it again for the next school year."
Traci S., Co-op Member

"This is a great resource, my daughter wanted a good geography book to go along with a course she is working on. After some research I bought this one, with the online resources it's so much more than a geography book. I highly recommend it."
D. Huntley, Co-op Member

"We started using Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space mid year. We really enjoy the lessons. They are easy to teach, engage my 1st grader and require minimal preparation. I like how it links scripture to the section we are learning. I also find the experiments easy to do and fun. Prior to this we used Real Science for kids and I find this book is much easier to teach from and he seems to be learning quickly."
Beth R, Co-op Member

"I purchased the lesson plans for North Star Geography for my homeschool planet program. I love how much time it saved me from having to enter these day by day into the program. I also liked how I could choose which parts of the curriculum to add for each child since I'm teaching three children at three different grade levels. Thank you."
Donna L McDowell, Co-op Member

"We really like Mapping the World By Heart. Our Curriculum requires that the student be able to draw and label the World by the time they graduate. This will make that task so much easier. This is built into our memory work each week. My daughter (9) loves the different shapes or figures that are in the maps. She shares these with the other children. We will use this all the way through High School. I share this each time it comes up in conversation. It is a wonderful addition to our World History."
LR, Co-op Member

"I don't know if you can pass this on, but as much as I love the concept of Mapping the World by Heart, I gave up on it after the first couple of lessons because there's absolutely no teacher's guide or "answer" key, even to the provided exercises on contour lines etc. I'm pretty good with maps, having been in the Army, but I don't want to teach my kids wrong and it's very frustrating to not have anything to back up my answers."
Lisa Ansley, Co-op Member

"CCC-Streaming-BBC-History has been an amazing supplement for science and history - one of my children is a visual leaner - we read about a subject then watch a quick video or vice versa - access the huge video library has significantly enhanced our classes - absolute value added! We love it and recommend it!"
M. Bess, Co-op Member

"My teen son and I have been using the World History: Patterns of Interaction for about a month now.



Compared to other history textbooks that we've read over the years, the World History: Patterns of Interaction high school textbook seems to outshine the rest.



My son enjoys the multimedia clips and movies. The digital version of the textbook is very helpful to have handy, especially when there are many maps to view at the same time.



The teacher's interactive edition is excellent. This has been one of the best Homeschool Buyers Co-op deals that we've purchased over the years, and I hope they offer it again for the next school year."
Traci S., Co-op Member

"This is a great resource, my daughter wanted a good geography book to go along with a course she is working on. After some research I bought this one, with the online resources it's so much more than a geography book. I highly recommend it."
D. Huntley, Co-op Member

"This program has helped with my kids knowledge with the reading and understanding of the maps of the world. It gave them a sense of where everything is and it helped to associate their classes of where everything is happening. When we study any news report, we go to the map so they can learn where everything is happening."
John Calderon, Co-op Member

"This has been a great addition to our history and geography curricula. The maps are excellent and there are so many additional features!"
Crystal C., Co-op Member

"We are using the World Geography model and are loving it. It is very thorough, and will take a full year to complete. There are so many possible activities to suit a variety of learning styles and age levels; it's tempting to do them all but we sometimes have to pick and choose.



I love the progress reports and the practice tests which are already corrected and graded. A high school student can do this course independently; a middle school student might need a little more assistance. We will be purchasing other modules after finishing this one."
Terri V., Co-op Member

"I purchased both the Civics course for my son and the Basic American History I course for my daughter. I find them to be challenging and incredibly educational. I don't know that I would say that my kids enjoy it, that might be too strong of a word - but they don't mind it as much as other history curriculums that they have used. It is more entertaining than others, and yet manages to get across a lot of information in different manners that make it more interesting and easier to process. The essays are tough, but very good at showing what your child is getting from the lessons. My older son is getting through it on his own, but my daughter definitely needs more guidance and explanation - so it is not fully hands off - there is work that needs to be done by the parent in terms of explanations, etc. and of course checking their word to ensure that they are understanding what they are reading."
Joanne R., Co-op Member

"Our 9 year old son has thoroughly loved the books from YWAM publishing! They are well written and have been very thought provoking for him. He is so excited after he reads one, he comes and gives me an oral book report over the entire book :) When people are looking for great books for their kids, we will definitely mention these."
Wendy G., Co-op Member

"We love the YWAM biographies of Christian heroes throughout the ages! They are very interesting to read. It shows the subjects to be ordinary people who are willing to do extraordinary things for God when He calls them to it. Highly recommended!"
G. LePoidevin, Co-op Member

"We love Jim Hodges audiobooks. I own many of them. We use them in the car for long trips. He is very talented. I love the GA Henty books especially. Our kids love them and it makes the time go quickly and the kids sit quietly. He is my favourite narator."
S Hardy, Co-op Member

"These were wonderful! Well done and a great resource for when my voice is not up to reading aloud, or to help a younger child who is not at the reading level, be able to listen along with their books (when I'm not available.)"
C. Casanova, Co-op Member

"We are using the World Geography model and are loving it. It is very thorough, and will take a full year to complete. There are so many possible activities to suit a variety of learning styles and age levels; it's tempting to do them all but we sometimes have to pick and choose.



I love the progress reports and the practice tests which are already corrected and graded. A high school student can do this course independently; a middle school student might need a little more assistance. We will be purchasing other modules after finishing this one."
Terri V., Co-op Member

"I purchased both the Civics course for my son and the Basic American History I course for my daughter. I find them to be challenging and incredibly educational. I don't know that I would say that my kids enjoy it, that might be too strong of a word - but they don't mind it as much as other history curriculums that they have used. It is more entertaining than others, and yet manages to get across a lot of information in different manners that make it more interesting and easier to process. The essays are tough, but very good at showing what your child is getting from the lessons. My older son is getting through it on his own, but my daughter definitely needs more guidance and explanation - so it is not fully hands off - there is work that needs to be done by the parent in terms of explanations, etc. and of course checking their word to ensure that they are understanding what they are reading."
Joanne R., Co-op Member

"Mystery of History Volume I. I use this curriculum for my two daughters, ages 4.5 and 7. The lessons are nice and short to keep their attention, and I often read them aloud in the car. We don't do the activities due to the children's ages, but I like that when we go through this material in later years, the activities will be there, and the text will still serve as a springboard to further study.



I also like that the author notes when there is controversy (who was the Pharoah from Exodus, for example). I use places where I don't share the author's viewpoint as opportunities to teach my children that not everyone believes the same things, and to develop their reasoning skills.



The kids never ask to do history, yet they pay attention and ask questions as I read to them. We will continue to use this text, and I believe I'll be watching for a sale on Vol. II and III in the future."
Melanie H., Co-op Member

"We are just finishing volume 1 of The Mystery of History, and getting ready for volume 2. I can't wait. I have so enjoyed learning right along with my 7th grade son, as we've walked through the ages together, using the Bible as our timeline structure. Seeing how events around the world coordinate with what God was doing with His people has been so interesting. I have recommended this series to many friends looking for curriculum options."
Lisa Seward, Co-op Member

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