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History/Geography/Bible Lesson Plans

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

Our award-winning history/geography/Bible lesson plans help you teach all your children together for history, Bible, and geography. Start anywhere you like and continue in chronological order from there. Each study is designed to last one year.

These Charlotte Mason-style lesson plans

  • Make the world come alive through living books and Bible readings.
  • Help your students listen attentively and recall what was read by narrating.
  • Let you teach the whole family together by sharing some books as family read-alouds, then challenging older students with additional reading and writing assignments from other books on the same topic.
  • Help all your students, grades 1–12, see how Bible events fit into history.
  • Connect geography to the people who lived there—both past and present.
  • Keep things simple by providing helpful reminders of upcoming resources, teaching tips, and Book of Centuries entries.

History streams

SCM History Streams

The first three studies present Bible history as one stream, the accounts from Genesis through Acts, and bring in ancient world history as the second stream. Spreading it out allows us to focus on ancient world history as stories of people, shining the spotlight on those major nations that were the influencers as the centuries rolled by.

Once we have covered all of the historical accounts in the Bible, we have only the epistles and Revelation left and bring those in as Bible lessons on the side. So we pick up the world history stream with a study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, while the other stream focuses on church history events, picking up where Acts left off, from the early church through the Reformation.

As we arrive at the Early Modern era, the fledgling nation of America comes on the scene. One history stream focuses on world history events and the other on American history during those years. And Modern Times continues those two streams up through present day: world history and American history. Studying the two streams side-by-side adds understanding to the world wars and other major conflicts of the era.

Where to start

Simply Charlotte Mason Curriculum History CycleYou can start with any time period you like and then continue chronologically from there. For example, you might start with Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt to lay a solid Biblical foundation from the beginning. Another option would be to begin with Early Modern & Epistles if you want to focus on familiarity with American History. Or if your children have already studied some history, you could continue from where they left off.

 

Wherever you start, you will loop back around to Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt once you have covered Modern Times & Epistles, Revelation. Over the course of 12 years, your child will cover each time period twice, using older-level books when he is in the older grades.

We use a six-year history rotation because we want to emphasize Bible history alongside world history; therefore, we spread the ancient civilizations over three years so you’re not rushing through Genesis to Acts in one year.

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