Early Modern & Epistles

Early Modern & Epistles

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The fifth in our award-winning history series, this book gives you daily lesson plans covering the famous men and events of Early Modern times, including both American History and World History. Designed to help you teach all your children together for history, geography, and Bible, it also covers the geography of South America, Central America, and Australia, as well as several Epistles. (Grades 1–12)

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Study the Bible, geography, and history together as a family!

The fifth in our popular six-book history series, this study walks your family through the famous men of Early Modern times (about 1550–1850), including a study of several epistles and the geography of South America, Australia, and Central America. It details living books, Book of Centuries entries, narration ideas, Scripture passages, geography ideas, additional assignments for older students, and optional hands-on activities to help you save time and foster learning for all your students, grades 1–12.

  • Saves Time—Combines all students, grades 1–12, in a family study.
  • Charlotte Mason in Its Approach—Incorporates Bible study, living books, narration, Book of Centuries, and geography.
  • Flexible— Includes American History (from Columbus to pre-Civil War) two days per week, using Stories of America, Volume 1, and World History two days per week, using Stories of the Nations, Volume 1. Non-U. S. users can easily substitute their own country’s history during the two American History days.
  • Comprehensive—Provides additional assignments for older students, including Book of Centuries entries, written narration ideas, and extra independent reading.
  • Fun—Provides for optional hands-on activities that you can do all together or with only some of your students.
  • Recommended—Listed as a suggested resource in the SCM Curriculum Guide. Gives detailed lesson plans for the Early Modern & Epistles study and shows how all the books fit together for all the grades.
  • Complete—Details lesson plans for a full year of history, Bible, and geography studies.
  • Helpful—Includes handy tips and reminders of upcoming resources so you have time to collect them.

See the complete year’s book list, along with suggestions of where to find the books, in the convenient Book List tab above.

Our History, Geography, and Bible Series

With our six-book series, you will cover the entire Bible, learn history from ancient to modern, and study all the main regions of the world!

& Ancient Egypt

Creation—332 B.C.

& Ancient Greece

1856 B.C.—146 B.C.

& Ancient Rome

753 B.C.—A.D. 476

Middle Ages, Renaissance,
Reformation & Epistles


Early Modern
& Epistles


Modern Times
& Epistles, Revelation


Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2012–2013 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2015

Keep It Simple

Combine these History Studies with our Individual Studies and family-combined Enrichment Studies for a complete Charlotte Mason curriculum!

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 6 and 10, you will want to get the books under Family, Grades 4–6, and Grades 10–12.

(AH) = American History book, so if you are in a different country you can easily identify and substitute books as desired.


  • Bible
  • GOAL Bible Study Journal by Sonya Shafer
  • Jesus Is Better: Lessons from Hebrews by Sonya Shafer
  • (optional, but recommended) Master Skylark by John Bennett
  • Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
  • (AH) Stories of America, Volume 1 by Charles Morris and Sonya Shafer
  • Stories of the Nations, Volume 1 by Charles Morris, Lorene Lambert, and Sonya Shafer

Plus . . .
Grades 1–3

  • Bard of Avon by Diane Stanley
  • (AH) Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
  • Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz
  • (AH) The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin
  • Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
  • A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman
  • Peter the Great by Diane Stanley
  • (AH) The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall
  • (AH) Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters
  • (AH) Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters
  • Starry Messenger by Peter Sis OR Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment by Wendy Macdonald
  • (AH) Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters
  • (AH) Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady

Grades 4–6

  • Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick
  • (AH) Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
  • Bard of Avon by Diane Stanley OR Shakespeare and Macbeth: The Story Behind the Play by Stewart Ross
  • Good Queen Bess by Diane Stanley
  • (AH) The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
  • The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir Isaac Newton by Joyce McPherson
  • (AH) The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Story of Napoleon by H. E. Marshall
  • Strangers in the Land by Louise A. Vernon
  • (AH) A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy

Grades 7–9

  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • (AH) Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • (AH) Early Thunder by Jean Fritz OR Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Famous Men of the 16th and 17th Century by Robert G. Shearer
  • Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman
  • (AH) Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
  • (AH) Poor Richard by James Daugherty
  • The Story of Modern France, chapters 1–23, by H. A. Guerber
  • The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster
  • The Year of the Horseless Carriage by Genevieve Foster

Grades 10–12

  • (AH) American Voices: A Collection of Documents, Speeches, Essays, Hymns, Poems, and Short Stories from American History edited by Ray Notgrass
  • (AH) The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • (AH) The Boys of ’76 by Charles Coffin
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Famous Men of the 16th and 17th Century by Robert G. Shearer
  • Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church by Mindy and Brandon Withrow
  • Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman
  • (AH) Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
  • “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards (included in American Voices)
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Waverley, Volume 1, by Walter Scott
  • The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster
  • The Year of the Horseless Carriage by Genevieve Foster

Where to Find the Books

Simply Charlotte Mason

Public Domain

(You should be able to download these books as electronic files or read them online for free. The links will take you to a public domain source.)

Your Local Library

(These are the titles that a library is most likely to have. The links will take you to the CM Bookfinder, where you can find out if a library near you has a copy. If your library does not have access to a book listed here, add it to your Book Store list.)

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Additional Information

Dimensions11 x 8.5 x 0.375 in
Media Type

Printed Book, E-book (pdf)


Sonya Shafer

Suggested grades




Check out these ideas that correspond to Early Modern & Epistles. Use them to supplement your study of 1550 through 1850.

16 reviews for Early Modern & Epistles

  1. :

    I see the book Jesus Is Better, on this list, but where is it?

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      We’re still working on Jesus Is Better: Lessons from Hebrews and hope to have it ready to announce in a couple weeks. Edit: Jesus Is Better is now available.

      • :

        I’m so excited!!!! I LOVE you guys!

        Question-do you think you will write another science book? I am going through 106 days with my kidos right now, and we were all just talking about what we were going to do when we finished it, and of course my kids said, “the next one scm has!” When I told them that there wasn’t another one at this time, their faces dropped to the floor!!

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          I’m so glad you’re enjoying the 106 Days of Creation Studies. Have you looked at the Outdoor Secrets Companion? It adds nature study ideas and other living books to correspond with the Outdoor Secrets living science book.

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          We are doing Outdoor Secrets and the Companion too. We LOVE it! There hasn’t been anything that we have bought that we haven’t loved! So, again, back to my question, will you, or are you thinking about writing any other science books? :0)
          We love, love, love you! THank you for EVERYTHING!

  2. :

    BTW-We just started Mod 5, and I am going to buy this mod because we will definatly be doing it, and to take advantage of the price. But Miss Sonya you have done a beautiful job!! Everything that I have bought from here is absolutely wonderful!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!

  3. :

    We recently started using this module (and of course we love it) but i had a question. It says to study South America first for geography. If we have not studied North America yet, would it be appropriate to do that instead, while we are studying it (or even Europe)? Or would it be confusing since “all” of the US etc., had not been discovered/studied yet? Just curious ; )
    Thanks so much for making such affordable, easy to use manuals for us busy mamas! You make using the CM method doable and enjoyable. blessings~

    • :

      Good question. The modules are set up to cover the six main continents throughout the six years. Since the next module will cover Modern Times and more current American history, we thought it would work best to couple North America with that module. Also, the geography book that goes with this Early Modern module, Sailing Alone Around the World, is set in that time period and focuses a lot on Australia and South America, so it seemed a good fit.

  4. :

    Does your history curriculum include the study of the ancient americans? For example, when they came from Asia and, first inhabited South America; the Incas, Myans, etc. Also does it cover back to Leif Erikson and, how the vikings first discovered america?
    Thanks so much!

    • :

      It does not cover the Inca and Mayan civilizations in detail. It does give the story of Leif Erickson and the vikings’ explorations in our Middle Ages study.

      • :

        Thanks so much for getting back to me 🙂 Do I need to find something else to cover the Inca and Mayans in detail or, there again (as I just posted on the Mod 2 book) do we really need to cover those at great length in our history studies?
        Thanks again!

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          It’s up to you, Stacy. Every person has to make choices about which events and people groups will be covered and in how much detail. There are not enough years to cover every one in all its detail. We have tried to make our guides simple enough that you will be able to add in more studies as you desire.

  5. :

    We started our 2nd year of homeschooling this year, and it’s the first using CM methods. I have relied heavily on SCM’s curric. picks for this year, but strayed for our history choice. Boy was that a mistake!! I should have continued what I started when choosing our curric., and that was stay with SCM for history!! WE LOVE THIS BOOK!! Or, books, really. 🙂 I cannot believe the enthusiasm that my DD’s have developed with this subject. It was the subject of whining and tears of frustration , and now it’s excitement! Our girls are 7 and 4, we’re teaching 2nd and preK….the amazing way these books “talk” to the readers/listeners has absolutely captured my daughters’ minds. My husband has listened to countless re-tellings at the end of many of his work days, as well. He has listened in on other day’s lessons and commented just the other night that he is loving our history choice, we both wish we had this ourselves when growing up. Histoy makes for a fantastic story, if told the right way…..and SCM really put together a wonderful way to share it! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  6. :

    I am already planning for next year and will be using module 5. I was excited to look at your “helps & tips” link and saw alternate books, activities,as well suggested Dover coloring books. I think it will be a great year!!!

  7. :

    I noticed that the history outline breaks history up to study in six years, but there seems to only be five different history guides. Am I missing something or is this last book not ready yet? If it is coming, when do you expect to have it ready? I am planning history and would need to fix it in not this coming school year but the next.

    • :

      Yes, the sixth handbook is scheduled to be released later this spring.

      • :

        Would “this Spring” be 2012? My sister is looking for a good way to combine her three children using a curric that has a manual or handbook. I told her about SCM and then we both discovered that there isn’t one for Mod 6, which is the year she would need to begin with. I’m sure looking forward to starting Mod 5 next year!

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          Yes, the handbook for Module 6 will be available very soon. Edit: Modern Times, Epistles, and Revelation is now available.

        • :

          Yahoo! This is very good news! Thank you for the quick response!

  8. :

    why three Bible studies listed as ‘Additional Resources’ for this History module?
    Thank you.

    • :

      Hi, Tanya. Most of the resources we recommend in our modules are books you can get elsewhere. A few are ones that we have written to fill a void. So we list the SCM resources to let you know which ones will be from our website.

      The three Bible studies include the GOAL study, which is spread over three years, and a separate study of the book of Hebrews. Both are intended for the whole family to do together. In addition, we recommend the Discovering Doctrine study for grades 6-12 to be an ongoing project over all six years. Since it is also included/mentioned in these lesson plans, we list it along with the others.

  9. :

    The description for the guide says “It details living books, Book of Centuries entries, narration ideas, Scripture passages, geography ideas, additional assignments for older students, and optional hands-on activities to help you save time and foster learning for all your students, grades 1–12.”

    I have not found yet the narration ideas (except have your child narrate), additional assignments for older students, or optional hands-on activities. Where might I find these?

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you have the heads up to get the books needed in near future lessons.

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      We try to keep it simple by giving narration cues and suggesting where oral or written might fit well. You can find lots of additional narration ideas on our site, along with a narration bookmark that you can print and keep in your book to remind you of various ideas.

      Each lesson plan includes the Family assignment and then any additional reading and narrating assignments for the older students. You’ll see them listed by grade range.

      There is a link to the optional hands-on activities listed during the three exam weeks. However, feel free to incorporate them throughout the Terms as desired.

      • :

        Okay. I misunderstood the description of the guide on this page. I thought it had additional assignments for the older students listed in the guide. But it will be fine without them.

  10. :

    Just ordered this along with the vol 1 books and the Hebrews bible study….so excited. We finished mod 4 about 2 months ago and my kids are BEGGING to get going again with this mod. We just took a little time to unwind. Love your stuff Sonya, thank you.
    We use spelling wisdom, organizer, memory box, we have done 106 days twice now, business math, the reading program, etc. we love it all.

  11. 5 out of 5


    We have loved using this! It is so well laid out and organized, and our kids have really looked forward to history every day. They have learned South America perfectly, which had it not been written in for me to do weekly, I probably would have forgotten to do it more often than not. The reading choices have been so fun and informative, and my library has had every single one of them, making this such an affordable history curriculum. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is wondering if it is a good fit for their family. The ages of my kids are 3, 5, and 7 (and even the three year old enjoys reading most of the books with us). Thank you for yet another great resource!!

  12. :

    I am so excited to try this! Is there any suggestion for a substitute for The Story of Modern France?

    • :

      Hi, Holly. I don’t know of any other author or book that does as good of a job as H. A. Guerber for making the story of the French Revolution come alive and still be suitable for children. We assign only chapters 1–23 of the book, and it’s available as a free download online.

  13. :

    Would it be better to substitute the South America geography guide now that it’s available for Sailing Alone and Uncle Josh’s Outline Maps?

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      You’re right that you should be able to easily substitute one of the Visits to . . . geography notebooks for the reading assignments and outline map explanations in the Early Modern lesson plans. Visits to South America is not available yet, but you could do one of the others if you would like to.

  14. 5 out of 5


    We are 1/3 of the way through Early Modern history with a 6 year old and 2 you get siblings coming and going. It is wonderful. We are truly enjoying the books and learning so much. I love that SCM recommends the Book of Centuries entries, and being able to write extra books or notes in the margins. I’m looking forward to our next school year using Modern Times.

  15. :

    Which one of the “Visits” geography guides would you recommend using with the Early Modern & Epistles?

    • :

      We’d recommend using Visits to North America with Early Modern.

  16. 5 out of 5


    We are beginning term 2 next week, but my 7th grade daughters have already read “Carry on Mr. Bowditch” in their Language Arts curriculum last year. Do you have another recommendation to replace this book? Or would “Boys of ’76” or “American Voices” be an appropriate replacement for it, as recommended for grades 10-12?

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      I would recommend their reading “Amos Fortune, Free Man.” Alternately, they could read “Boys of ’76,” but that combined with their assigned “Johnny Tremain” or “Early Thunder” would give a heavy emphasis on the War of Independence. I would not recommend “American Voices” as a substitute for them; it is an extensive collection of original documents designed to supplement the grades 10-12 reading on American history. Hope this helps!

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