Do not let science and history be too complicated in your homeschool.
I have found that having these 12 books on my shelves keep my kids engaged in history and science for years to come.
In fact, I catch them reading these books even when it is not school time! That is a win!!
See the books below and a free curriculum you can use with these living books.
Living History Books:
1. Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin — This is the perfect introduction to classical stories. With short, engaging stories, this keeps the attention of even my squirmy, little ones. We have used this book with both Easy Peasy and Ambleside Online. This book is also available as an audiobook with Audible.
2. An Island Story by H.E. Marshall — I love reading these stories about the History of England. I have not heard many of these stories, and I love sharing them with my children. The story spans from the early days of Britain, starting around the Roman Empire, to shortly after World War I.
3. A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer — This is one of the very first living history books I bought for our homeschool. It has gotten a lot of use over the past decade as it features stories of world history from prehistoric man through the 20th century. I also love the story form of how each story relates to another. BONUS: The audio version of this book with Audible is super affordable!!
4. This Country of Ours by H.E. Marshall — When looking for an American History Living Book, this is it! This book is much more than just stories. It does an amazing job on diving into the character of America’s diverse nation. The stories told in this book will not be forgotten. My boys are riveted by this book.
5. Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard M. Hannula — I love to incorporate church history in our homeschool. This book contains 45 short biographies of famous and not-so-famous figures in the Christian faith.
Living Science Books:
1. Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess — Love this book. It is such a cute, yet informative way to introduce kids to birds. Peter Rabbit and Jenny Wren lead readers through interviews with birds to learn all about their characteristics and behaviors.
2. Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling — This is a beautifully illustrated book. Kids and adults go on an adventure with Paddle, a boat carved by an Indian boy, as it travels through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
3. The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess — Another Burgess book that is a must-have for homeschool families. Old Mother Nature schools the animals on all of the creatures surrounding them and their relatives. The story form is so engaging and informative. Also available as an Audible audiobook.
4. Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling — Another beautifully illustrated book from Holling. My boys were enthralled with the story of the cottonwood tree and all that happens around and to the tree.
5. A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick — Water is the epitome of life. In this book with gorgeous photographs, the topics of evaporation, condensation, snowflakes, how clouds form, and more.
6. The Story Book of Science by Jean Henri Fabre — This is my top living Science book for homeschoolers. Uncle Paul teaches three children through conversations and stories all about the world around them. From spiders to tornadoes to the making of lead, this book is extensive, and our family loves it!
7. Christian Liberty Nature Reader by Worthington Hooker —This book is all about the human body from a Christian perspective. Each topic is illustrated and includes questions.
Science and history do not have to be boring or difficult subjects to teach.
Over the years, I have used Ambleside Online’s free reading plan to construct my own plan for our year.
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