Homeschool history will never be the same with all the resources available at ABookInTime.com. And most of them are FREE!
Start with the outside reading suggestions in our World History Reading List and American History Reading List. Books are first separated by World & American History, and then arranged by time period. Find historical fiction and nonfiction that is engaging and will captivate your student’s attention.
Next add on history crafts and projects. We list a variety of World History crafts, American History Crafts, and internet games that are low-cost (or free!) and easy-to-use! These are great for homeschools, or co-op or traditional classes. Kids love to make things, and history projects remind them of the things they have learned.
Next, A Book In Time gives you resources for Timelines…always a big hit and a helpful memory tool.
And last but not least, are historical maps. Show how history affected the world by letting kids see it play out on a map. Especially when they can compare where things were back then as opposed to what is in the same place today.
Besides these basics, here are a few more suggestions for creativity in your homeschool history day!
Timelines are an important part of your History curriculum (see specific Timeline how-to’s & information here!), but Blank Timeline Books can get expensive—especially if you have to buy several. Many times you don’t even need the entire scope of history–you may only need one section.
We offer an eBookto solve these problems! Now you can make as many blank books or partial books as you need for much less than the cost of ready-made editions.
How to Make Your Own Blank Timeline Book by Carol Henderson. A Book In Time, 2011.
Create an impressive Blank Timeline book out of cardstock and labels for much less than the cost of ready-made editions. Make a complete book for each student or print just enough pages for the era you are currently studying to keep in your History notebook. Includes attractive artwork for the front cover and 4 major time divisions (Ancient World, Middle Ages, Age of Discovery, and Present Era), as well as lists of headings and dates. Print, assemble, and fill with your own Timeline Figures!
Also includes a planning chart and suggestions for Timeline Figures. See the Table of Contents and Sample Pages or click here for more information.
Available for immediate download!
Notebooking simply means that your students journal, timeline, and make/label maps and create other simple projects to keep in a notebook. All this becomes something like a mini-scrapbook about the cultures and time periods they have studied during the year. At the end of the year, instead of having a few test grades to show, they have a meaningful keepsake.
Learn more about notebooking . . . how to get started, what supplies you need, types of pages, and more at NotebookingPages.com. She even gives information on how to bind your own Notebooks with a Binding Tool (see Step #7 at same link) if you want to create some really personalized & impressive books. Visit her History Notebooking page to see the historical themes offered.
Get Free History Notebooking Pages at this link!
Another great history Notebooking resource is a series put out by Evan-Moor called History Pockets
The titles range from Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3 to Moving West, Grades 4-6+ in America. The selections are offered in Grades 1-3 or Grades 4-6. History Pockets offers a wide variety of projects while incorporating a little art in the mix, and all of these can be stored in a Notebook.
Print out these fabulous Notebook Covers to decorate the front of your History binder! Then use it to include things like Reading Logs, mapwork, pictures of your student with a completed craft, pictures of field trips, written reports, etc.
We offer several Reading Logs for you to choose from to record your child’s homeschool history reading.
Download these & print them in color (or on colorful paper) for each student to record his/her year’s history reading.
The students can three-hole-punch these and keep them in their history binders.
- Reading Log — Ancient History
Reading Log — Middle Ages
Reading Log — Age of Discovery, Renaissance & Reformation
Reading Log — World History
Reading Log — America: The 1600’s
Reading Log — America: The 1700’s
Reading Log — America: The 1800’s
Reading Log — America: The 1900’s
Use the Reading Logs above for your students to record their books. Reward every 5 books with candy or a small toy from a Prize Box. If the book is long, every 50 pages can count as 1 book.
Want to offer a little more structure for your students in choosing their outside reading? On the one hand, you can be totally structured–assigning your choice of reading throughout the year for all your students. Another approach is to be partially structured. That is, assign a few of your favorites as required reading, and then allow your students to fill in the rest of their Reading Log with their personal choices.