This year for history, I had considered choosing My Father’s World, or Winter’s Promise as my curriculum. Both of these have a Charlotte Mason feel and are filled with engaging books. Both of these curriculums emphasize good books and literature because stories draw children in to the excitement of history. Yes, history really can be exciting. 🙂 Think about your favorite novels. What drew you in? A good story! History is a collection of stories, and when stories are communicated by an excellent author it is nothing short of wonderful!
My heart said that I want to teach history in this delightful way. My budget said that I was going to have to put together my own history curriculum! Here is what I put together for my ninth grader.
On Yonder Mountain, If You Lived In Colonial Times, The 18 Penny Goose (I Can Read Book 3)
How I Saved Money on My Curriculum
The My Father’s World curriculum costs $369 for the third grade, and over $400 for the high school ages. The core subjects (math, english, science) have to be bought separately. That was out of my price range, so I studied all the literature based curriculums (My Father’s World, Sonlight, Winter’s Promise) I could find and read reviews on books to find those that had historical merit, had moral content, and were beautifully written. I studied anything I could find that listed books with these qualities. (Christian Book Distributors homeschool magazines has some good reviews.)
Since I have studied for years, I had already picked up alot of these books for a couple of dollars at used curriculum fairs, or library sales. So, I “shopped” my bookcases first. 🙂 I moved all books that fit into the time period on a designated bookshelf. I spent under $150 for everything else at my state’s homeschool book fair, and I still feel that my girl’s are receiving a Biblically based, academically sound, exciting history study!
What are you doing for history this year? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below! 🙂