Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece (Older First Edition e-book)

This is the older first edition of lesson plans that incorporates the now-out-of-print Oxford First Ancient History book. If you already have that Oxford book and want to use it, these lesson plans may be a good option for you. If you do not have Oxford First Ancient History, you will want to use the lesson plans in the newer second edition of Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece. The daily plans in both editions detail Scripture passages, living books, Book of Centuries entries, narration ideas, geography ideas, additional assignments for older students, and optional hands-on activities for the whole family. (Grades 1–12) See full description

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Study Biblical and ancient history together as a family!

This book of lesson plans walks your family through the accounts of Joshua to the end of the Old Testament events, including a study of Ancient Greece and the geography of the Middle East. It details Scripture passages, living books, Book of Centuries entries, narration ideas, 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.

Please Note: This edition uses the Oxford First Ancient History book in some of its lessons for grades 7–9. That book has gone out of print. We have available a revised second edition of lesson plans for those who cannot get or do not want to use the Oxford book. The new edition incorporates the recommended substitute books, uses a different spine, features new geography lessons, and includes other suggestions from our readers. We will continue to make this older first edition available as an electronic download, so you will be able to use whichever set of lesson plans works best for your family.

If you would like to use this older edition of lesson plans but substitute two other books in place of the Oxford book, here are some suggestions for that possibility.

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This first edition of the Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece study recommends these SCM resources:

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4 reviews for Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece (Older First Edition e-book)

  1. Jessica

    Hi Sonya, I would like to purchase this book but, I downloaded the free sample and it gave me the list of extra books that I need. There are some I can get throught interlibrary loan but others I can not get. I am able to buy maybe one or two extras. And then I think you had a link for maps. What I would like to know is which ones you deem the most important to go with this (of course the Bible)and my son is 2nd grade. We have a very limited budget but, I want to get what is needed to be complete. Thank you Jessica

    • Sonya Shafer

      Jessica, I think the minimum for 2nd grade would be

      Famous Men of Greece
      A Child’s Geography, Vol. 2
      Aesop’s Fables (you can probably find free online somewhere)
      The Librarian Who Measured the Earth (probably available through the library)

      Then and Now Bible Maps is a wonderful book, but you could certainly do the study without it.
      A Child’s Story Bible is used as an alternate for some of the Bible readings. You could just read from the Bible and do a little sensitive editing for your son.
      The Trojan Horse is one book I found at my library; I’m sure you could find others on that story.
      Remember that the books I suggest are selected from the ones available to me. Feel free to substitute other living books as needed.

  2. Stacy

    Hi Sonya,
    I was wandering from the guides table of contents, is the ancient greece study more about their myths than their lives and culture? I know I saw some people but, didn’t know if it included things like the Minoans or Crete? Also, why is there no study of the Babylons or Asyrians? Aren’t we supposed to cover them in our history studies? My children are 4 and 7 so, we haven’t really started history yet much, other than OT/NT but, I was just wandering these questions for a few years down the road when we’d get to this book 🙂
    Thanks so much!

    • Sonya Shafer

      I try to drastically downplay the mythology for the younger children, Stacy. Most of the Famous Men of Greece stories are biographies of men from that time period. You might check out the table of contents of the Famous Men book to see what it covers, keeping in mind that we don’t recommend all of the myths for grades 1-6.

      The Oxford First Ancient History book has some information about the ancient Babylon and Assyrian cultures. We mainly touch on those as they relate to the Old Testament events. You are welcome to dig more deeply into those civilizations if desired.

  3. ourLittleFlock

    I had read in the forums that you may be revising this in the future. I was looking through the book lists in the sample and it seems to me that most books would be available except for the Oxford Ancient History. Do you foresee there being any other revisions on this?

    (I’m curious because I have five children I’ll be doing this with through the years and I’m wondering if I should wait for the revision or not.)

    Thank you so much for your wonderful product listings. You all sure have helped so many of us in our CM education and helped to make it delightful! =D

    • Sonya Shafer

      Right, Kim. The main reason for revising this handbook would be to offer an alternate for the out-of-print Oxford First Ancient History. Oh, and we will probably add the handy dandy little icons next to the lesson titles too. 🙂

  4. CBrown

    Hi, I am using the Joshua through Malachi book, this is my 2nd year using this method and I love it. I have a quick question. In lesson 10 the tip reads “Lesson 34 is set aside for doing any of the Israel Bringing It Home projects that you might want to use from Parts 1,2 and 3.” I am not sure what this is. I have looked through the beginning of the book but do not see any reference to ‘Israel Bringing It Home Projects.” Could you please clairify this for me. Thanks so much.

    • Sonya Shafer

      That tip is actually part of Lesson 9, CBrown. It relates to the geography resource used in that lesson, A Child’s Geography: Explore the Holy Land; specifically, the chapter on Israel, which is divided into parts. It is mainly there to let you know that you don’t need to cover all of it on that one day. You will have more opportunities to do the other parts and projects in upcoming lessons.

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