Homeschool History Curriculum

Are you looking for a great homeschool history curriculum? Here are some tips for finding the program that's best for your family.

The study of history isn't limited to learning about the people and events of the past. Many history programs also include the study of:

  • Geography - the location, population, economic structure and political structure of other countries.
  • Economics - types of economies, the overall flow of money through our economy, principles under which our economy operates.
  • Government - different types of government, structure of U.S. government, various levels of government, and opportunities to participate in government.
  • Culture - lifestyles and customs of people in different parts of the world.

Many homeschoolers choose to study these subjects informally, especially during the early years. Here are some tips for homeschooling history through everyday life. The following information will help you find a formal history program that's right for you.

Choosing a Home School History Curriculum

Focus on choosing a homeschool history curriculum that fits your family's preferred homeschooling method. History can be taught using textbooks and encyclopedias, living books and biographies, time lines, unit studies, and notebooking/lapbooking activities.

History curricula generally adhere to one of the following approaches:

The sequential approach to studying history follows a chronological timeline of events from creation to present time. Programs that use this approach are generally segmented into ancient history, the middle ages and modern times.

Programs that take a regional approach to historical studies, focus on teaching the history, geography and culture of specific countries. These programs often begin by focusing on the history, heroes, founding documents, songs, symbols and traditions of the United States, before moving on to other parts of the world.

Delight directed programs typically involve the use of unit studies, lapbooking or notebooking activities. These programs teach history according to family's interest in a particular location, culture, event, activity or topic.

Religious vs. Secular
When choosing a homeschool history curriculum, make sure you are aware of the program's religious approach. Secular homeschoolers may want to avoid history programs that weave Bible history, biblical figures, and church history throughout the text. Christian homeschoolers may want to avoid programs that present certain myths and fables, and contain discussions of other faiths.

History Curriculum Reviews

Follow these links to read reviews of some of the most popular history programs:

All American History
Beautiful Feet
Cantering the Country
Galloping the Globe
Hakim's A History of the U.S.
History Odyssey
Learning Adventures
Maps, Charts and Graphs
My Father's World
Mystery of History
Story of the World
Tapestry of Grace
Trail Guide to World Geography
Winter Promise

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