Year 1 History: Ancient Times
It becomes really fascinating when you study world history chronologically and see how interconnected everything is, all the causes and effects.
We use Tapestry of Grace for book lists, but I also peruse Ambleside Online and other lists for a well-rounded history curriculum. I want all sides and perspectives.
We use this text as a guide, especially for younger kids: The Story of the World: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor
For older kids: The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations and Warfare in the Classical World
I go to the library about every week and get what I can.
I shop thrift stores, yard sales, half-price and used bookstores to get books we love to read again and again.
Other books we use throughout our history studies – over several years:
- This Country of Ours by HE Marshall
- Our Island Story by HE Marshall
- The Struggle for Sea Power by MB Synge
- A Child’s History of the World by Hillyer
- Encyclopedia of the Ancient World
- The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon
- Magic Treehouse
- If You Grew Up…
- American Girl Collection and Real Stories From My Time
- The Royal Diaries
- Dear America
We love Netflix and Amazon Prime for streaming. We sometimes view YouTube.
The Holman Bible Atlas comes in handy throughout this school year.
See how we do history.
We actually begin this school year with our family history. We make a family timeline and learn our family tree.
Ancient history consists of Celts, China, Maya, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
We also chronologically study other early cultures like Sumeria, Phoenicia, and Assyria along with China, India, and the Americas.
Ancient Times is probably our favorite historical year.
Unit 1: Earliest Times
- Earliest Peoples
- Ancient Babylon
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Israel
Learn about Pyramids
Make cuneiform writing.
Make apple, chicken, or doll mummies.
Visit a museum or exhibit on Egypt or archaeology
We visited an Egyptian exhibit in Houston our first year homeschooling. We’ve been to the Egyptian exhibits at the Vatican and Louvre, also Chicago and Cincinnati. We love natural history museums!
Books of Moses
Creation stories and myths: In the Beginning
Unit 2: Early Civilizations
- Ancient India
- Ancient China
- Ancient Americas
- Early Greece
See my Native American book list
See my China Unit Study
Make or go out for Greek, Indian, Chinese food
Learn about henna
Make a mosaic tile
Play with tangrams
Make a sand painting
Make a beaded headband
Visit a museum or exhibit on ancient China, India, Americas
We saw the Terracotta Army in Cincinnati.
We visit Native American sites when we can.
1 and 2 Samuel
Unit 3: The Greek Empire
- Divided Kingdoms of Israel
- Persian Wars with Greece
- Classical Greece: Athens & Sparta
EVERYTHING written by Padraic Colum
Visit a museum or exhibit on Greece
We visited several places in Greece
Old Testament Prophets
Unit 4: The Roman Empire
- Etruscans found Rome
- The Roman Republic
- The Roman Empire
- Ancient Celts
- Life of Christ
- Early church history in the context of the Roman Empire
- Roman Empire is split
- Fall of Western Roman Empire
Learn how to make olive oil and try different kinds
Have a Roman feast
Visit a museum or exhibit on Rome
We visited Rome over Christmas one year