Hey! Today I am sharing my put-together resources for how we’re studying Biblical History this upcoming school year. I’m known for mixin’ n’ matchin’ and piecing together books and resources to personally cater to my teaching style and my sons’ learning styles; but this is the most hodge-podge plan to date! Also, this is my first time not completely teaching the same Biblical lessons to them since they have both reached school-age. But, it’s time for the (minor) split now, as some of their studies do overlap (thankfully).
My Biblical Studies Goals
I have five main goals for my uprising 6th grader for our Biblical Studies studies:
- To re-expose him to the time of Abraham through Moses’ death through a historical lens, and not solely a Biblical one (like our first study of these peoples and lands.) This exposure includes other people groups, belief systems (because not every belief is a religion), and the overall culture and societal norms during that time period.
- To interpret the Original Covenant Law present in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy.
- To study the migrations (with ancient and modern maps) of the main groups S(h)metic peoples (with a focus on the Israelites) to learn of other subgroups created as a result of moving, mixing, and settling from the time of Joshua to Joash.
- To understand the physical bondage/slavery Israel endured in Egypt and the later-prophesied physical bondage/slavery that Israel would endure. And, to connect both events together historically.
- To identify the nations by name (ancient and modern) which overpowered, afflicted, occupied, or enslaved Israel and how that captivity or occupation affected Israel and the world with a focus on Egypt, Assyrian, Babylon, Persia, and Greece.
I have three main goals for my rising 3rd grader for our Biblical Studies:
- To learn the Biblical history from Abraham to Joash with some World history integrated (not nearly as much as his brother) with a focus on ancient empires.
- To introduce the Nation of Israel to the Golden of Age of Israel through Solomon’s reign.
- To understand the Original Covenant Law present in the book of Deuteronomy.
I wrote my plans and designed these courses for each student using the following main and supplemental books and resources. I have also included character study for my oldest since he is learning about the virtue of honor through a series of Hebrew men (mostly) present in the main Biblical stories he will already be learning about. (I will write a post later on the memory work planned for each grade levels later.)
We are reading six main novels for our read-aloud Bible and History time and I am reading one novel loosely to my youngest son. (I have already read it to my oldest.)
- Grandpa’s Box (loosely, 3rd only)
- Mara, the Daughter of the Nile (both)
- The Hittite Warrior (6th only; independent read)
- God King: A Story of the Days of Hezekiah (6th only; independent read)
- Herodotus and the Road to History (6th only; independent read)
- Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago (3rd only)
- Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago (3rd only)
Biblical Inclusion & Historical Readers
I chose 12 readers to read to learn more about Biblical history and the happenings at the time.
- Bible: Abraham – Joash (Genesis – 2 Kings)
- Ishtar &Tammuz
- Gilgamesh the King
- If Stones Could Speak
- Warriors and Seafarers
- The Sumerians
- The Egyptians
- The Israelites
- The Phoenicians
- Let’s Go Explore Israel (3rd) and Welcome to Israel (6th)
- The Story of the Greeks
- The Stuff They Left Behind From Ancient Greece
Original Covenant Law & Character Studies
Note: The cover image on the “An Honorable Boy” is not the daily image I’d like for my son, so I ripped the cover and added a new one that my son (and I) preferred. I also modified some of the content to only keep the historical presence of the Bible and not the added religion.
I compiled the following list of supplemental resources to use along with main studies. The first resource are our maps! All of us (yes, me too!) will be mapping and learning about ancient lands and modern names. The next two titles are more for my rising 3rd grader and the others are more for my rising 6th graders, and we’ll all enjoy the DVD series.
Supplemental & Elective Resources
- MapQuest: Ancient (>products>map resources>map trek)
- Big Book of History Timeline
- A Child’s History of the World
- Timeline of World History*
- Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook
- Disgusting History: The Smelliest, Dirtiest Eras of the Past 10,000 Years
- What the Bible is All About: Bible Handbook for Kids
- What’s in the Bible? DVDs (Volumes 2-6)
I’ve put together a binder that has a variety of materials to use as they learn and study. They will be reading, recording, timeline-ing, defining, drawing, copying, writing, and more. I’ll be sure to share some of what we’re doing next school year in our Biblical History studies.
If you know of any resources that fit into our time era, please share.
Thanks for reading!