Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece

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Our award-winning history/geography/Bible lesson plans help you teach all your children together for history, Bible, and geography! This study, the second in our six-book series, walks you through the accounts of Joshua to Malachi, including a study of Ancient Greece, which overlaps many of the events of the Old Testament. It details 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 history, geography, and Bible together as a family!

This year of lesson plans features the accounts of Joshua to Malachi, including a study of Ancient Greece and its interactions with Persia—especially her kings who are mentioned in the Old Testament: Darius, Xerxes, Artaxerxes, Cyrus—along with Italy, Sicily, Macedonia, Syria, Judea and Jerusalem, Babylon, Libya, and Egypt. Geography centers around the Middle East, where so much of the Old Testament took place. Older students add more history and geography books, plus a timeless study of Proverbs.

The Charlotte Mason-style lesson plans

  • Make the ancient 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.

Book List

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

High School Credit

For the completion of grades 7–9 or 10–12 assignments in this Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece study, we suggest that students should be awarded 1⁄2 credit for History/Geography and 1⁄2 credit for Bible.

Sample Schedule

The lesson plans in Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece are very doable. Your weekly schedule would look something like this, with older students also spending time on additional assignments:

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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

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Keep It Simple

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

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 2 and 5, you will want to get the books under Family, Grades 1–3, and Grades 4–6.


  • Bible
  • The Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber, edited by Christine Miller, Fourth edition (Nothing New Press; The Nothing New Press edition contains revised and expanded material used in the lesson plans which is not included in other editions.)
  • The Stuff They Left Behind: From the Days of Ancient Greece portfolio
  • Then and Now Bible Maps from Rose Publishing
  • Visits to the Middle East notebook (one for each student)
  • Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel (used with Visits to the Middle East)
  • Material World by Peter Menzel (used with Visits to the Middle East)

plus . . .
Grades 1–3

  • Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago by Julia Darrow Cowles
  • Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago by Julia Darrow Cowles

Grades 4–6

  • Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
  • Herodotus and the Road to History by Jeanne Bendick
  • Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago by Julia Darrow Cowles
  • Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago by Julia Darrow Cowles

Grades 7–9

  • Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • The Parthenon by Elizabeth Mann
  • The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Wisdom for Life: A Proverbs Bible Study by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • A Young Macedonian in the Army of Alexander the Great by Alfred Church

Grades 10–12

  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Plutarch’s Greek Lives, biography of Alexander by Plutarch
  • The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato
  • A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis
  • Wisdom for Life: A Proverbs Bible Study by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)


  • The Big Picture Bible Time Line by Carol Eide (grades 1–6)
  • The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos (grades 1–3)
  • The Hungry Coat: A Tale from Turkey by Demi (grades 1–3, used with Visits to the Middle East)
  • The Pearl Diver by Julia Johnson (grades 1–3, used with Visits to the Middle East)
  • Saluki: Hound of the Bedouin by Julia Johnson (grades 1–3, used with Visits to the Middle East)
  • Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford (grades 1–3, used with Visits to the Middle East)
  • Waiting for the Owl’s Call by Gloria Whelan (grades 1–3, used with Visits to the Middle East)

Where to Find the Books

Simply Charlotte Mason

Public Domain

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Your Local Library

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Additional Information

Weight.86 lbs
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × 0.7 in




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Check out these ideas that correspond to Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece. Use them to supplement your study of the Old Testament and ancient Greece.

8 reviews for Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece

  1. Inga Johnson

    I recently purchased this, although I am still working through how best to use it with our family I really appreciate having it all here for me.

  2. Michelle G.

    One more question on this – do you give corresponding page numbers for the Vos bible?

    • Sonya Shafer

      Most of the lessons give only the Scripture references. On the couple of lessons that I recommend using the Vos Story Bible as an alternate, I give the suggested page numbers.

  3. Friederike

    My children are 6 and 8 years old. Would it better to mostly read the Vos bible to them,alternate or read mostly there real bible? Thanks Friederike

    • Sonya Shafer

      Hi, Friederike. I like to recommend reading directly from the Bible as much as possible.

  4. Dawn

    I was looking at the books to order and I was wondering if I order the e-books can I print them off of my computer.

    • Jordan Smith

      You most certainly can!

  5. Alaina

    I’d like to know if it matters what bible version we use. Our family reads the King James version, and i couldn’t find what you created this for. Thanks.

    • Jordan Smith

      You can use whichever Bible version you prefer. KJV is fine.

  6. Leslie Woodford

    I have two children: an 8yo and a 5yo. I know that this course is intended for 6 and above, but since the 5yo doesn’t have another assignment to work on during our family study time, he sits in on our lessons. I love the way that this course is laid out. The daily instructions are clear and concise and easy to follow. I love that each day lists the needed materials for the day, and also gives instructions for ordering materials for upcoming lessons in a good timeframe to get them. I like the oral narration. We are slowly learning how to do this well. This course stretches us. I tried reading the King James version … it was too hard for the both children, so we’ve switched to the Good News Bible for Children. It works (except for the sex scenes when the KJV more enigmatically says “he knew her” and I’ve read those sections from the KJV). Two chapters a day is sometimes a stretch for us. The Story of the Greeks is both interesting and challenging. Some of the vivid stories stick with us, but some days, even I have a hard time remembering what we read. Two chapters is stretch. All of the independent grade level books have been enjoyable: We like Our Little Spartan/Athenian Cousin of Long Ago, and the Jeanne Bendick books. All in all, although I like this course, it is a stretch for an 8 yo. It would work better if we had a couple of older children to help interpret and help with the oral narration. It has been nice on days when dad or the grandparents sit in. They help with interesting comments and questions about the text. Even though it has been hard, I feel like both of my boys have a solid grasp on the basic story OT that we’ve covered so far–Joshua, Judges, and the Kings Saul, David and Solomon. This is the first of this series that we are using.

  7. suzanne

    This is our second series we have used, completing the one on Ancient Egypt last year. I love this history curriculum. We have done story of the world (all four volumes), and building a history curriculum around classical conversations (all three cycles), but this series has been my favorite so far. I cannot say enough about how beneficial it is to read the Bible along with corresponding history. It makes the Bible come alive even more when you have a greater knowledge of what was occurring in the culture. I love that the series does not proceed at such a dizzying pace that you don’t have time to let anything sink in, and that they have made it so easy to teach multiple levels. I would highly recommend this product.

  8. Shelby

    My children really enjoyed this history study (no surprise there, we’ve loved all the Simply Charlotte Mason history series!), as did I. I love how it is so masterfully and easily laid out for me every day. Even the things that my kids did not love (not every Visit to the Middle East was their favorite;) ), they admit they “learned tons”. The kids think it was “cool that we read from the actual Bible and saw where Israel’s history matched up with things going on in Ancient Greece.” The additional books were enjoyed as well and added to their studies in a neat way.

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