2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum at lifeyourway.net

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Reference Books:


The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia

The Kingfisher Atlas of World History

The Usborne Book of World History



The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia

DK World Atlas



The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia

The Usborne Living World Encyclopedia

The Usborne Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia



Week 1 – Charlemagne

Son of Charlemagne

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Medieval Knight!


Week 2 – William the Conqueror

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village


Week 3 – The Crusades

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Crusader!


Week 4 – Magna Carta

The Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the Constitution


Week 5 – Hundred Years’ War

Joan of Arc by Demi

Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley

You Wouldn’t Want to be Joan of Arc!


Week 6 – Renaissance

Who Was William Shakespeare?

Shakespeare’s Stories for Young Readers

Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?

I, Galileo


Week 7 – Reformation

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World

John Calvin (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)


Week 8 – European Explorers

The Picture History of Great Explorers

Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan

Explorers Who Got Lost

Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Who Was Marco Polo?

You Wouldn’t Want to Sail With Christopher Columbus!

You Wouldn’t Want to Explore With Marco Polo!


Week 9 – Absolute Monarchs

Henry VIII and His Wives Paper Dolls

The King’s Day: Louis XIV of France

The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles


Week 10 – Russia

The Royal Diary: Catherine, the Great Journey Russia, 1743

Eyewitness: Russia


Week 11 – French Revolution

In the Reign of Terror: A Story of the French Revolution

You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Aristocrat in the French Revolution!

Les Miserables (A Stepping Stone Book)


Week 12 – The Battle of Waterloo

Napoloen: The Story of the Little Corporal


Week 13 – Industrial Revolution

All About America: The Industrial Revolution

The Twenty-One Balloons

Smokestacks and Spinning Jennys: Industrial Revolution


Week 14 & 15 – World War I

War Game: Village Green to No-Man’s-Land

Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story

Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion

In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae

A Cup of Cold Water: The Compassion of Nurse Edith Cavell


Weeks 16 & 17 – World War II

The Little Ships: The Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk in World War II

Border Breakdown: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War II!

You Wouldn’t Want to be a World War II Pilot!

Who Was Anne Frank?

Corrie Ten Boom: Shining in the Darkness

Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II

The Little Riders

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Number the Stars


Week 18 – United Nations


Week 19 – Korean War

Peacebound Trains

Korean War (America at War)

America In Korean War: A History Just for Kids!


Week 20 – Vienam War

The Wall

10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War


Week 21 – End of the Cold War

Ronald Reagan: Young Leader (Childhood of Famous Americans)

The Cold War (20th Century Perspectives)


Week 22 – Fall of Communism


Week 23 – Gulf War


Week 24 – End of Apartheid

Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom



Week 1 – Biomes

Wild Places: Mountains, Jungles & Deserts


Week 2 & 3 – Food Chain

Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs

The Magic School Bus Gets Eaten: A Book About Food Chains

Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard

A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators


Week 4 – Natural Cycles

Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water?


Week 5 – Animals & Environmental Change

Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration

Animals in Winter


Week 6 – Pollution

The Everything Kids’ Environment Book


Week 7-11 – Solar System

Eye Wonder: Space

The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy

Sun Up, Sun Down: The Story of Day and Night

First Space Encyclopedia

The Magic School Bus Sees Stars: A Book About Stars

The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System

The Magic School Bus Takes a Moonwalk


Week 12 – Space Missions

Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon

Space Exploration (DK Eyewitness Books)


Week 13 – States of Matter

What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases

What’s the Matter in Mr. Whiskers’ Room?


Week 14 – Acid vs Base

Acids and Bases (Why Chemistry Matters)


Week 15, 19-21, 23 – Energy, Laws of Thermodynamics & Heat

Energy Makes Things Happen

The Magic School Bus in the Arctic: A Book About Heat


Week 16-18 – Newton’s Laws of Motion

Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion

Forces Make Things Move

The Magic School Bus Plays Ball: A Book About Forces


Week 22 – Light

Light: Shadows, Mirrors, and Rainbows

The Magic School Bus Makes A Rainbow: A Book About Color


Week 24 — Electricity

Charged Up: The Story of Electricity

The Magic School Bus And The Electric Field Trip



I And You And Don’t Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun?

Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is An Adverb?

Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally: More About Adverbs

A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun?

A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime: More About Nouns

But and For, Yet and Nor: What Is a Conjunction?

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective?

Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky: More About Adjectives

Cool! Whoa! Ah and Oh!: What Is an Interjection?


Fine Arts:

Great Artists (Weeks 13-18)

Discovering Great Artists

Rembrandt (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists)

Carl Linnaeus: Father of Classification

Thomas Gainsborough Artist of England

Monet (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists)

Edgar Degas (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists)


Orchestra & Composers

Classical Music for Dummies

Meet the Orchestra

Ludwig Van Beethoven (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers)

Johannes Brahms (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers)

Two Scarlet Songbirds: A Story of Anton Dvorak


Other Read Alouds:

Make Way for McCloskey: A Robert McCloskey Treasury

Mike Mulligan and More: Four Classic Stories by Virginia Lee Burton

HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection

James Herriot’s Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

The Cricket in Times Square

Owls in the Family

All of a Kind Family Downtown

My Father’s Dragon

Uncle Wiggily’s Storybook

The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit

Charlotte’s Web

Lawn Boy

Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case

Understood Betsy

The Whipping Boy

Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess

Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe