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Mystery of History

by Mary Ann Kelley

Mystery of History employs a classical (using rhetorical teaching techniques), chronological (instead of thematic) and Christian approach to teaching history. The Mystery of History is written from a Christian, young-earth, perspective, teaching children to see God’s hand throughout history…and how the Gospel of Jesus is the mystery behind all of history. Written in a conversational Continue reading »

Remembering God’s Chosen Children

by Mary Ann Kelley

Remembering God’s Chosen Children teaches the history of the Hebrew people from Abram through the New Testament with an emphasis on how the history points toward the coming of Jesus Christ. Ready to use lesson plans are included. The course is part of the Create-A-Notebook series and is excellent for use with notebooking and lapbooking.

Remembering God’s Awesome Acts

by Mary Ann Kelley

Remembering God’s Awesome Acts intertwines Biblical and ancient history, but also includes additional instruction in creative writing, speech, drama, geography, anthropology, archeology and linguistics. The ultimate purpose of each element is to give the student a better understanding of the Bible. The focus is not on the individual subjects, but on studying issues, playing with Continue reading »

Mapping the World By Heart

by Mary Ann Kelley

Mapping the World By Heart teaches students to draw and label maps of the world without referring to an atlas. There are enough course materials and embedded lessons to last an entire year. The course is appropriate for 5th – 12th graders.

The Story of the World

by Mary Ann Kelley

This extensive collection of texts, workbooks, tests and recordings presents the history of the world from ancient times to the modern ages as a series of narratives. Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, The Story of the World series covers the sweep of human history from ancient times Continue reading »

Apologia Around the World in 180 Days

by Mary Ann Kelley

This two volume set is a series of questions about geography that is designed to be completed in one school year. Payne’s back-to-basics guide uses a “notebook approach” that’s ideal for multilevel learning. As a result, your youngest children can research the questions clearly marked for them, while the older students can look into the Continue reading »

History at Our House

by Mary Ann Kelley

This program is an audio-based curriculum that is presented either as downloadable mp3s or in conference calls. The curriculum offers comprehensive program in ancient, European and American history from 4th-12th grade. There are no texts, but periodically, the instruction is augmented by maps, artwork and projects. The cost runs from $20 a month for the Continue reading »

U.S. History Through Children’s Literature

by Mary Ann Kelley

This book, essentially an annotated bibliography, presents lists of books with a description of each, along with study questions and activities that relate to a particular topic in American history. Allow students to step back in time to experience the thoughts, feelings, dilemmas, and actions of people from history. For each history topic, Miller suggests Continue reading »

A History of US

by Mary Ann Kelley

A History of US by Joy Hakim is a popular 10 volume set that presents American history in a series of interwoven narratives and biographies. Whether it’s standing on the podium in Seneca Falls with the Suffragettes or riding on the first subway car beneath New York City in 1904, the books in Joy Hakim’s Continue reading »

Jim Weiss Storytelling CDs

by Mary Ann Kelley

Jim Weiss is a storyteller specializing in classics, wisdom stories, history, and folk tales. He brings characters and stories to life in a way that makes him one of the most popular storytellers among homeschoolers. All story sets are available on CD and some are available as mp3 downloads. Great for children of all ages.

Greenleaf Press

by Mary Ann Kelley

Greenleaf Press materials include resources for parents and children on Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, & Modern History, Literature & Art. The curricula are designed for teaching history chronologically and focus on biographies of famous individuals. The publisher describes the course materials as “guaranteed 100% twaddle-free.” The course materials are exclusively books, and can be purchased Continue reading »