When I looked for a resource that would simply provide a general guide for teaching about ancient civilizations at an elementary level, I had difficulty in finding such. So often, home school curriculum for ancient history had in-depth lessons – to the level of my former grade 11 ancient history course or higher – and that would take more time in our school week than what I was willing to schedule for grades 5-8. In these grades, I felt that an ancient civilizations study should be more general, broad, and introductory, to teach a framework upon which students could learn the basics and delve into topics as their interest perked. These lesson outlines were what our family came to use.
The lessons that can be spread out to be twice a week for about 3 months. (Supplement it with more Bible history if you want.) This curriculum was designed to provide guidance (but not complete information) for a home school study on this history topic from a Christian perspective. Unlike most other “Peppermint Stick” books, this one includes a brief marking scheme for assignments too. The student would place most assignments in a notebook or duo-tang. There are a few poster projects.
The first edition is a bound book with some (bonus) pastel blank pages throughout the book so that the student can easily make it into a notebook, like a worktext in a sense. It is very plain and simple.
THIS ITEM IS THE FIRST EDITION (2010). It was updated/enhanced into a second edition in 2018.
Information sources are YOUR CHOICE and must be provided for student reading/research – e.g. a Bible, library information books, textbooks, internet sites, and/or a digital or printed encyclopedia (set). A minimal of TWO civilizations should be compared throughout this study. The student also needs access to accurate historical world maps. A recommended source book for near the end of the lesson work is The Puzzle of Ancient Man by Donald E. Chittick, ISBN 0-9640978-3-4. It is NOT sold through us. See our Pinterest World History and Geography” board for relevant resources. Check your church library for reference books too and see if there is anything that is interesting and readable by your child(ren).
Other supplies needed: blank paper, markers, glue, scissors, black paint, pictures of food or historical clothing (e.g. from grocery flyers, magazines, calendars, old Sunday School papers, etc.).