When my big kids were little, we did a similar study using Konos Curriculum. We read books, drew pictures, made projects, and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. I look forward to this year being very similar to that year (1999).
As I’m preparing for our first year using Diana Waring’s History Revealed! Romans, Reformers, and Revolutionaries curriculum, I am enjoying revisiting some old favorites, as well as discovering some new ones, and I want to share them with you. The links lead to my affiliates, where if you make a purchase, a small portion will be contributed to The Momma Knows, and I thank you very much. 😉
1. The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia– This is an old standby, and a great basis for any study of history. Contains full color pictures, timelines, and so much more.
2. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite d’Angeli- On my MUST READ list. My big kids and I loved this book when we read it years ago, and I’m really looking forward to reading it again with my boys!
3. Children’s Reference: Ancient & Medieval History– I picked this up via The Paperback Swap, so I’m not sure how it will be but it looks promising.
4. Medieval Feast by Aliki- This is another book that we read years ago, that I am excited to revisit with my sons. Considered a children’s picture book, but contains a wealth of information on medieval feasts, and the illustrations are beautiful.
5. What Really Happened During the Middle Ages? by Terri Johnson- This is an ebook from KnowledgeQuest, packed full of great information, maps, and tidbits. I’ve had it for 2 years and can’t wait to finally use it!
6. Castle by David Macauley- Contains hand drawn illustrations of some beautiful castles from around the world, complete with background information on each one, and some cutaways that show what the interiors look like.
7. St. Patrick: The Greatest Missionary of All Time, a study by Living Books Curriculum- We used this this year for a study on St. Patrick, and I plan to use it again when we reach his time period, because the literature included was so great.
8. The Middle Ages Lapbook by In the Hands of a Child- IHOC lapbooks are very well prepared! They think of every possible thing that you might want to include in a lapbook project, and they include instructions on folding the books too.
9. Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard Hannula- This one is listed as a necessary reference in many history programs, including TOG and Diana Waring.
10. You Wouldn’t Want to be a Viking Explorer by Andrew Langley- This book takes a rather hilarious (and gross, sometimes!) look at what life as a Viking was like. Appeals to kids of all ages– even Mom’s ages. 😉
11. Discovery of New Worlds by M.B. Synge- I can’t say enough good about Mrs. Synge’s histories! This book is from a very different era, outlining the time period with living stories and anecdotes that we loved last year in On the Shores of the Great Sea.
12. For the Temple by G.A. Henty- Comes highly recommended as read-aloud for boys. We haven’t ever read Henty but that will change this year.
13. Beric the Briton by G.A. Henty- Highly recommended as read-aloud for boys.
14. The Sword and the Circle by Rosemary Sutcliff- Rosemary Sutcliff is probably my favorite author of historical fiction! Definitely not what I would call an Easy Reader, but worth the time it takes to read aloud.