Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome

Summary

In this study your family will cover Bible history from Matthew through Acts and the history of Ancient Rome, since the life of Christ and the early church occurred during that time period. The study of Rome will take you through many lands as you trace its rise and fall: Italy, Greece, Spain, Macedonia, more of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Geography will be covered through locating the regions read about and a modern-day look at the continent of Europe (since the Roman Empire was centered there). Older students will complete a study of the book of Romans, which was written to believers in Ancient Rome, and work on a six-year project of looking for doctrinal truths as they read through the Bible.

Book List for History, Geography, Bible

Read the books listed under Family to all the students together. Add the grade-level books as individual reads for any children you have in those grades. For example, if you have students in grades 4 and 8, you will want to get the books under Family, Grades 4–6, and Grades 7–9.

Family

  • Bible
  • City by David Macaulay
  • The Roman Colosseum by Elizabeth Mann
  • Peril and Peace (History Lives series, Volume 1) by Withrow
  • The Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber (Nothing New Press, third edition; This edition has 102 chapters and contains some additional helpful material in the Publisher’s Preface. If you have the fourth edition, see these suggestions for adjusting the lesson plans.)
  • The Stuff They Left Behind: From the Days of Ancient Rome portfolio
  • Then and Now Bible Maps from Rose Publishing
  • Visits to Europe notebook (one for each student)
  • Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel (used with Visits to Europe)
  • Material World by Peter Menzel (used with Visits to Europe)

plus . . .
Grades 1–3

(can listen in with grades 4–6 on the two books below if desired)

  • (opt.) Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
  • (opt.) Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfeld

Grades 4–6

  • Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
  • Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfeld
  • Galen and the Gateway to Medicine by Jeanne Bendick

Grades 7–9

  • Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
    OR Beric the Briton by G. A. Henty and For the Temple by G. A. Henty
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Foundations in Romans by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)

Grades 10–12

  • The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Pollock
  • Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
  • Ben Hur by Lew Wallace
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Foundations in Romans by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Plutarch’s Lives, biographies of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, by Plutarch

Optional

  • The British Empire and the Great Divisions of the Globe by Charlotte M. Mason (grades 4–12, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Children of the Northlights by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Hanna’s Cold Winter by Trish Marx (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Katje the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Megan’s Year: An Irish Traveler’s Story by Gloria Whelan (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • My Tour of Europe: By Teddy Roosevelt, Age 10 edited by Ellen Jackson (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola OR Dancing on Grapes by Graziellla Pacini Buonanno (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)

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