Have any of you used the new Story of Civilization curriculum from Tan? This year, our family will be delving into Ancient History. In past years, I was quite satisfied with using the popular Story of the World, vol. 1 for teaching Ancient History. This year, because I really like the audio CDs, we’ll be using the Catholic version, Story of Civilization.
Yes, I ordered the whole kit and kaboodle – activity book, test book, teacher’s guide, time line, CD’s, and text book. Everything except for the DVDs. When the books came in the mail, everything looked great… except for one thing: when I looked at the teacher’s guide, there was no book list of recommended reading for each chapter! Picture books and novels are really what makes history come alive. So….
Of course, I had to come up with a list of my own. And here it is for your family to enjoy. Since I’ll be using this curriculum for a 2nd/3rd grader, a 5th grader, and maybe a kindergartener, I included picture books and chapter books.
Then, because I am a geek, I made a collection of pictures for my kids to use with their narrations. Afterall, a picture is worth a thousand words. And kids today are so visual. Here are 36 six pages of public domain pictures to correspond with each chapter in the book.
Just what am I going to do with these pictures? After my kids listen to the CD and answer the questions orally, Feisty (5th grade) will write his own summary and add the picture to it. Sparky (2nd grade) will narrate what he heard. I will write down the narration and he will copy it out. Then he will cut and paste a picture onto his copy. By the end of the year, both boys will have a very nice Ancient history notebook which they can flip through and enjoy. And the pictures will help them remember what they have learned.
By the way, doing Ancient History with a 6th – 8th grader? Check out these Ancient History lesson plans for middle schoolers .