History for young elementary, and Canadian history

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  • Jonessa16

    Hi folks,

    I’m leaning toward the SCM history/geo/Bible curriculum for this fall for my grade 2 son. I was thinking I’d start at the beginning with the first guide, because I’m a linear thinker, haha, and because I think he’d find Ancient Egypt pretty interesting! But I’m wondering if anyone has other recommendations as to what time period to start with – maybe another period is better for this age level?

    Also, for those Canadian CM folks out there – how/when do you work in Canadian history? Do you just wait and do it with the modern times guide, subbing it in for the American history material? Or do you do a little every year? Have you found a good framework for covering everything, and/or any favourite CM style resources?

    The Keep It Simple guide here at SCM looks so straightforward… But then I get bogged down in these kinds of details and little questions! Any guidance would be much appreciated!


    I do Canadian history as it corresponds to world history.   When we are studying the earlier explorers of North America, we read about explorers who explored Canada etc…   We read some First Nations legends with our younger kids, too.

    Canadian history is notoriously hard to find living books for.  Some resources we’ve used ( will * the ones that are suitable for children your son’s age):

    *Isabel Barclay O Canada (out of print) used as a spine

    *Donalda Dickie My First History of Canada

    out of print novels from The Great Stories of Canada series: “Man From St Malo: The Story of Jacques Cartier” and “The Story of Champlain: The First Canadian”

    Maxine Trottier A Circle of Silver Chronicles trilogy

    Ethel C. Brill Madeleine Takes Command – historical novel

    LM Montgomery Rilla of Ingleside (really valuable book literature/history combo)but it is the only home front WW1 book written by a woman living during WW1.

    Sharon McKay Charlie Wilcox (WWI Canadian perspective)

    Loyie Larry Goodbye Buffalo Bay (residential schools)

    Canada DOES have many beautiful historical picture books.  Two of my favourite are:

    *Jean E Pendziwol picture books, The Red Sash and Once Upon A Northern Night




    Thank you for these great book recommendations!! 🙂

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