Friday, June 29, 2012

Looking Ahead to the School Year

I thought I'd post this list here, since I did over on facebook. This is just a list of books for Julia's history study this coming year. She's covering 1800-2000 AD this year. I ordered these today. I may get some others later, but this is good for a start. She'll have a separate list for literature.
  • Life on a Southern Plantation by Paul Erickson 
    The Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk about the Civil War by Jim Murphy Buried in Ice by Owen Beattie (about the Northwest Passage)
     Pearl Harbor: American and Japanese Survivors Tell Their Stories by Thomas Allen
    Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust by Susan Bachrach
    Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929 by Karen Blumenthal
    Eyewitness books on: World War II, Train, Flying Machine, and Civil War
    The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Giblin
    A World War II Submarine by Richard Humble
    Fields of Fury by James McPherson
    Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh

    These are just for interesting reading. We also have an Usborne History Encyclopedia with internet links, a large history timeline book, and the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. We'll be checking lots of things out of the library also. This is so much more interesting than having one massive, boring history textbook. Plus, her literature reading (which will be much larger than this list) will support and inform all the material. Susan Bauer, my personal homeschooling guru,  picks excellent books that are suited to the age range.
    We also use the Internet History Sourcebook from They have huge amounts of primary resource documents for free. Julia loves to read original documents/letters/journals, so much more than secondary sources.


  1. Goodnes, I think I'll be joining your history classes from here! What a fascinating list- and inspired/inspiring!

  2. Woo hoo! What a bunch of book worms! Oh, I do love book worms.


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