History Learners

                                                 TIMELINE FOR OUR HISTORY

The Timetables of History by Bernard Grun -( a real favorite of ours so we can explore learning world history right along side learning American History ) this book is going to be my first book I look at and consider when trying to make connections in our history learning. Sorted by different areas we can begin to learn and understand the history of not only our United States but the history of the world within a particular time period.
                                                  Here is what the book looks like inside

Documents of American Catholic History
History of the Catholic Church in Colonial Days
Columbus the Catholic: A Comprehensive Story of Discovery


A Patriot's History of the United States ( From Columbus' Great Discovery to the War on Terror) by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen - here is an article about this book.
This Country of Ours
American History Series Volume I -ages 8-12 from the early exploration to the French and Indian War
American History Series Volume II- American Revolution
American History Series Volume III - Washington Presidency to things leading up to the Civil War
American History Series Volume IV- Civil War
Outline of US History - ebook
History of the United States and its People- Edward Eggleston
History of the United States of America, by Henry William Elson ( this is a bit more in depth and goes up to approximately 1873)
A History of the United States for Schools by Alexander Johnston

Childhood of Famous Americans Series ~  these books tell the story about the whole person and brings forth an understanding of the time period and what it was like to be these people.

Landmark Books~ this is a wonderful childrens series for learning about famous people in our past. Right now we are reading "Meet George Washington". ( this link also includes teaching ideas/activities/questions for the books as well)

here is another link for Landmark books.

Scholastics " In their Own Words" book series~   Tells exciting stories of famous people in history using journals and writings.  Hear about their stories as if you were there.
Scholastic Biography Series for Children
Scholastic Biography: The Secret Soldier, by Ann McGovern ( American Revolution)

Historical Fiction
A list of historical fiction for young readers
Best Historical Fiction for Children
Stepping Stones Books
Magic Treehouse Research Guides


US History: Primary Sources for learning US History
American Heritage Education Foundation: An Adventure in Liberty- An Elementary level program with activities for learning.
American Heritage Education Foundation: An Adventure in Liberty- A Middle School level program
American Heritage Education Foundation: An Adventure in Liberty- A Highschool level program
Best of History Web sites - this site is a plethora of information, (listed under both World and US History)
Civil War Reconstruction & Reconstruction Era 1845-1877.
Digital History- are really helpful site, with an online textbook also.
Eyewitness History-  "learning history through the eyes of those who lived it".this site is a more "living history" site

                                          WORLD HISTORY  

General resources for World History ( includes books, links, videos, projects)

History of the World by Charles Morris - this is an ebook written in 1904 and is from Ancient Civilizations through Europe 1900.

A Book of Discovery by  MB Synge
"A fascinating account of the world's famous explorers, including the early travelers in ancient times, the discovery of the New World, explorations in Africa and Australia, and the expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. Many of the explorers tell part of their story in their own words. Amply illustrated with reproductions of early maps and charts, as well as old woodcuts, drawings, paintings, and miniatures. Emphasis is placed on the explorers' 'record of splendid endurance, of hardships bravely borne, of silent toil, of courage and resolution unequalled in the annals of mankind, of self-sacrifice unrivalled and faithful lives laid ungrudgingly down.'  Ages 12-18" - The Baldwin Project 

On the Shores of the Great Sea by MB Synge
"Book I of the Story of the World series. Focuses on the civilizations surrounding the Mediterranean Sea from the time of Abraham to the birth of Christ. Brief histories of the Ancient Israelites, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Scythians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans are given, concluding with the conquest of the entire Mediterranean by Rome. Important myths and legends that preceded recorded history are also related.  Ages 9-18 - The Baldwin Project 

The Discover of New Worlds by MB Synge 
"Book II of the Story of the World series. Relates the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the middle ages in Europe, the rise of Islam and the Crusades, and finally the age of exploration, and the establishment of trade with the Far East. The book concludes with the discoveries of Columbus and the Spanish settlements in the New World"  Ages 10-18 -The Baldwin Project

The Awakening of Europe by MB Synge 
Book III of the Story of the World series. Covers the reformation in Germany, the Netherlands, France, and England, as well as the settlement of colonies in America. The rise of England and the Netherlands as sea powers, and the corresponding fall of Spain, as well as the rise of Russia, Austria, and the German states are also presented.  Ages 11-18" The Baldwin Project 

The Struggle for Sea Power by MB Synge
Book IV of the Story of the Worlds series. Focuses on the age of empire and world colonization. The histories of European colonies in America, Australia, South Africa, and India are related. Also covered are the Revolution in America, the French Revolution, and campaigns of Napoleon.  Ages 12-18 - The Baldwin Project 

                                             ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

Letters from Egypt   

An Ancient History for Beginners by George Willis Botsford ( downloadable in several formats)
This book aims to present Ancient History as a unit, comprising three closely related parts, the Orient, Greece, and Rome. It is adapted to beginning classes in the high school, and furnishes material for a year's work. This volume is for those who need a brief and elementary treatment of ancient times. - E books Directory

Boy of the Pyramids, from Simply Charlotte Mason

Heritage History - this site offers living books in the areas of; Civilizations, Wars, Characters, Greeks, Roman, British, American African Asian, European, Christian, Moslem and Norse.

The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes, and Persians Vol.1 of 6

A History of Greece for Highschools and Academies, by George Willis Botsford

A History of Rome for Highschools and Academies, by George Willis Botsford

The Story of Rome: as Greeks and Romans tell it, by George Willis Botsford

  ANCIENTS Link Resources                                                
Ancient Civilizations Timeline~ starting at 7000 BC up through the Aztecs.
Time Maps ~ this is a kind of timeline and history guide wrapped into one.
An Ancient Civilizations Lapbook from Egyptian times to Rome

                                                     MEDIEVAL HISTORY

Famous Men of the Middle Ages by John Henry Haaron

MEDIEVAL Link Resources~ 

                                                    MODERN TIMES HISTORY

MODERN TIMES Link Resources~ 

World/US History & Geography Link Resources for Learning:

World History Program from "Bringing Up Learners"
World History for All of Us
The History Place - lots here emphasis is on US History with a more chronological view
A Book In Time - another more chronological history website that allows you to find crafts/activities/books
Heritage History - a living books website for teaching history, they now have CD's you can purchase that have maps and teaching/study guides available on CD with the books.
World Civilizations AP- this site has chapter summaries with online questions and flash cards. I don't think this should be used as a stand alone however, but could be used in conjunction or for a springboard to more in-depth learning.
Textbook for World History- this is definitely a textbook- it has beautiful images and provides light reading for the different areas to study world history, along with notes and some study guides. Worth looking at~
Here is an outline I created from the text to use as a guide at times.

A Book of Discovery by MB Synge

Geography maps and timelines

A few words about Geography and how we learn in our house.  We don't actually use a geography curriculum. When we learn things in history and in science we then will look at a map and read about an area that is really how we learn geography. I may have them do a write up ( narration) about something that we find interesting but I really don't use a program for teaching it. 

Here is a post from Jimmie at Jimmie's Collage about teaching Geography without a Curriculum

Interactives US History Map from Learners.Org site
MAPS unit study from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis through National Geographic
Teaching with Historic Places, a lesson plan index for the US states
Outline Maps for American History 
Timelines and Maps from the Colonies to the Revolution ( to the 1800's)
Online Atlas

Living Geography Books: 

Holling C Holling Book Series 

Home Geography for Primary Grades -this is a book that can be downloaded freely in different formats, even for your Kindle. The book is a great introduction to Geography learning from the stars showing direction to how a compass works and much more~ 

Non-Living Geography Books, Videos and Online Resources: ( to be used as reference)

The Fundamentals of Physical Geography ( 2nd edition) and online text- I liked the way this book is broken down and the subtitles help us to pick and choose what areas we wish to read about. 

World Geography Skills and Regions - teachers edition and online text

Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century, videos and articles

World Atlas online 

Teaching Geography


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