As I’ve mentioned before, we’re no longer using Tapestry of Grace for our core curriculum. We’ll go back to it in the future, perhaps, but right now I just have too many littles for it to work. That doesn’t mean we neglect history, though. We love history way too much for that! Our history lessons are coming partly from The Story of the World and partly from my own noggin.
The only problem I’ve found with doing things this way is that I often find myself dissatisfied with the reading choices. The Story of the World activity book has (in my opinion) a rather lackluster book list. There are some good selections, but they are often unavailable, too expensive, or there just aren’t enough of them. We can go through a lot of books in one week!
When I go to the library or internet book-shopping and can’t find what I want, I need alternatives, and it’s sometimes hard to know what to look for. I often end up finding just the perfect book for our lesson—about six weeks too late for the actual lesson.
Timeline of Classics is a comprehensive list of books, set in their historical context (it is a timeline, after all!), which has been put together by veteran homeschooling mom Gail Ledbetter from her own experience and research as mother and teacher. It is much more than just a list, though! This is a valuable, time-saving educational resource that any homeschooling family could benefit from.
Timeline of Classics can be used as a supplement to another curriculum, or it can stand alone as a living books approach to history. Or, you could do what I wish I had time to do, which is find every book on the list and read them in order. I am so very tempted to try! It’s only, oh, 70+ pages worth of titles. Maybe if I increase my coffee intake and live to be 120?
Available as either a spiral bound book, ebook, or CD-R data disk, Timeline of Classics is an 83-page book of easy-to-use charts, categorized by time period so you’ll never have trouble finding a book to go with your history lessons again. Books are sorted by Date/Topic, Title, Author, and age/ability level, so that you can quickly decide which books to use in your history studies.
My only quibble with it is that it doesn’t have a column to designate whether books are fiction or non-fiction, which I think would be helpful for quickly finding a good mix of types of book for each unit. Otherwise, it is perfect for our family’s needs!
While Timeline of Classics isn’t exhaustive (Could you ever really get to the end of a booklist?), it contains a huge amount of data to help homeschoolers –or anybody else who would like a better education–find the best books for the task of learning history.
Buy: Get your own copy of Timeline of Classics in spiral-bound book form ($29.95), ebook (Download for $16.95), or CD-R Data Disk ($19.95).
Win: One Get Along Home reader will win a copy of the ebook (PDF) Timeline of Classics!
How to enter: Just leave a comment letting me know you’re here! (Non-homeschoolers are, of course, welcome to enter. Everybody needs history!)
Details: This giveaway is open to anyone in the US. This giveaway will be open until midnight, September 7, 2012. The winner will be chosen by And the Winner Is… WordPress plugin. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If there is no response after 48 hours, I’ll have to choose another winner. Please use a valid email address in your comments so that I can contact you if you win! Please use one email address per entrant, per household, per IP address. The giveaway provider (not Get Along Home) will be responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was sent the PDF version of Timeline of Classics for this review. I wasn’t otherwise compensated. Here’s your mommy blogger grain of salt. There are affiliate links in this post. If you buy, I get paid. Nice, huh?