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After much deliberation, many idea changes, and quite a few returns to Amazon, we finally have Gavin’s curriculum set for his 7th-grade year. Fingers crossed that we don’t change our minds again, but that is always a possibility!
Let’s start with History because it is the subject that I have the most books for currently.
This one was a last-minute decision to start, but so far so good. I love that it is basically an open and go system.
Gavin loves the idea of doing a timeline and it is required with the History Odyssey!
This workbook is exactly what it says it is, hands-on…history. A collection of different projects to do while learning about various times in history. There are dioramas, posters, art projects, and writing assignments.
This book started as our spine and is one of the first books we turn to to make sure we are covering everything we need to. While it is a great spine, it doesn’t cover everything. It is my son’s favorite book though. I do recommend getting this book for all middle schoolers in general though, even if they have a great curriculum that they love.
This is our favorite resource book for history in general. It is written in timeline form and spans from 6.5 MYA (Before History Began) to Present (2018).
We are huge fans of the Usborne educational books. They are well written and contain a ton of information. It is formatted similar to History Year by Year, in the sense that it is a timeline of sorts. While History Year by Year has a literal timeline running through the book, this book has separate events or time periods per page in chronological order.
This book and some of the following Usborne books are much smaller than the Encyclopedia of World History, but they give some great information on their prospective topics. This one has some great information on Medieval times. One great thing about Usborne books is that they have some great illustrations. My son may be 13, but he still loves picture books.
Small but mighty, like the Medieval World. Has some great information about ancient Egypt.
Tons of information about knights, their weapons and armor, tournaments, and the Crusades.
Teaches us about what it was like when the Romans invaded Briton (the original spelling of Britain).
DK books are another of our favorites, full of great information as well. This one encompasses early humans to the Mayans and more.
While the last book does cover ancient Greece, this one is more in-depth and since both my kids have a fascination with ancient Greece in general, this was a must-have book for our library.
Another topic in history that both my kids enjoy learning about is Mesopotamia. I never got why before, as I thought it was boring when I was in school, but the more I learn now, the more I see why they love it so.
While we are a secular family, it is important to teach my son about the different religions when learning history. Religion plays such a big part in historical events, and he needs to learn why. I also want to educate him enough to have theological discussions with people in the future. Having respect for others’ religious beliefs is also very important to me.
The rest of the books are ones that we have checked out from the library but they need to be on this list. The first one being a book my son has begged me for and I will end up buying it.
This book and every other book in the Who Was, What Was and Where Is series needs to be on this list for sure. Not all for World History, mind you, but they are great books for kids to learn from.
This is one that I will end up buying for my son later, as he seems to enjoy it a lot and has a ton of information, like the encyclopedias listed above.
Last and certainly not least, the last 2 books aren’t exactly resource books, but they are must-reads. Lex insists that if Gavin is to learn about ancient Greece, it is imperative that he reads Homers Iliad and Odyssey. So I got him the graphic novels, The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Gavin loves these and I love that they make it easier for younger students to understand the stories. I was a senior in high school before I read the Iliad and I remember it being a bit on the harder side.
We will also be working on politics this year, as we go into election season and using Politics for Beginners.
So there you have it, everything we are currently using for World History this year. I can guarantee there will be more books added throughout the year, either from Amazon or the library. I may add them to this post as I get them, so feel free to bookmark this page and come back!
What books are on your must-have list for World History?