Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome

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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 third in our six-book series, walks you through the accounts of the life of Christ and the early church, including a study of Ancient Rome—the time period in which those events took place. 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 will help the world of Ancient Rome come alive for all your students, grades 1–12. The life of Christ and the events of the early church are studied side-by-side with ancient world history. The study of Rome will take you through many lands as you trace its rise and fall: Italy, Greece, Spain, Macedonia, more of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Older students also complete a study of the book of Romans, which was written to believers in Ancient Rome.

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 Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome 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 Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome 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 4 and 8, you will want to get the books under Family, Grades 4–6, and Grades 7–9.


  • Bible
  • City by David Macaulay
  • The Roman Colosseum by Elizabeth Mann
  • Peril and Peace (History Lives series, Volume 1) by Withrow
  • The Story of the Romans by H. A. Guerber (Nothing New Press, third edition; This edition has 102 chapters and contains some additional helpful material in the Publisher’s Preface. If you have the fourth edition, see these suggestions for adjusting the lesson plans.)
  • The Stuff They Left Behind: From the Days of Ancient Rome portfolio
  • Then and Now Bible Maps from Rose Publishing
  • Visits to Europe notebook (one for each student)
  • Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel (used with Visits to Europe)
  • Material World by Peter Menzel (used with Visits to Europe)

plus . . .
Grades 1–3

(can listen in with grades 4–6 on the two books below if desired)

  • (opt.) Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
  • (opt.) Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfeld

Grades 4–6

  • Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
  • Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfeld
  • Galen and the Gateway to Medicine by Jeanne Bendick

Grades 7–9

  • Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
    OR Beric the Briton by G. A. Henty and For the Temple by G. A. Henty
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Foundations in Romans by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)

Grades 10–12

  • The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Pollock
  • Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
  • Ben Hur by Lew Wallace
  • Book of Centuries (one for each student)
  • Discovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Foundations in Romans by Sonya Shafer (one for each student)
  • Plutarch’s Lives, biographies of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, by Plutarch


  • The British Empire and the Great Divisions of the Globe by Charlotte M. Mason (grades 4–12, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Children of the Northlights by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Hanna’s Cold Winter by Trish Marx (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Katje the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Megan’s Year: An Irish Traveler’s Story by Gloria Whelan (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • My Tour of Europe: By Teddy Roosevelt, Age 10 edited by Ellen Jackson (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)
  • Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola OR Dancing on Grapes by Graziellla Pacini Buonanno (grades 1–3, used with Visits to Europe)

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

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Additional Information

Weight.84 lbs
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × 0.72 in




E-book, Spiral


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Check out these ideas that correspond to Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome. Use them to supplement your study of ancient Rome, the life of Christ, and the early church.

2 reviews for Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome

  1. dmcvey

    I am really enjoying the detail provided in the curriculum while also allowing me to feel in control of teaching.
    I purchased the Life in Ancient Rome coloring books. I was wondering if there were any notes on how to correspond the illustrations to the lessons.

  2. Lisa Price

    This was our first year to use this curriculum, my daughter who is 12 loved it, the additional books that went along with it were fun and exciting.
    My question for Sonia is since we started in the middle, does it matter which one of these we do next? My idea is to do the one that comes after this one and just continue until we have gone through them all. Thanks for the great website and all that it includes.

    • Jordan Smith

      Glad you’ve enjoyed using Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome! You have the progression exactly right: We recommend going on to the next time period, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles, to study history in order. Once you finish Modern Times, Epistles & Revelation, you can start from the beginning again with Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt.

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