So, I have to confess, as a homeschool bookstore manager, I’ve become familiar with many of the homeschool curriculum titles. I wish I could say ALL, but let’s be honest, there are so many new offerings every year, it’s impossible to keep up! Regardless of the offerings, my favorite type is literature-based curricula, and the books they group together to make thorough, well rounded educational experiences.
In 2006, when we first started out, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be a homeschooler. However, we had a love of read aloud time at the end of the day. We had been reading books with my son since he was 6 months old. Every night. Even on vacation. Even when camping. We always had books to read with us. We fell, quite naturally, into Sonlight Intro to World History (now called Core B).
I’d like to share with you the books we read and enjoyed (the list is from 2002, but very similar), and demonstrate how the list has changed over the years.
*An interesting observation about the old lists: the readers list, and the advanced readers list were included in the same schedule (2002). That was great when combining multiple ages. Also, the intended grade levels of the reading lists changed over the years. They are no longer included, the reader schedule must be purchased separately for each grade level.
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Bible and History
Unless otherwise stated, book list is derived from the 5-Day list.
|Leading Little Ones to God||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Sing the Word: A New Commandment CD||Y||Y||Y|
|Usborne Peoples of the World||Y||Y|
|Missionary Stories with the Millers||Y||Y|
|From Akebu to Zapotec||Y||Y|
|Usborne Houses and Homes||Y||Y|
|Archaeologists Dig for Clues||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Usborne World History (original) (revised)||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|A Child’s History of the World||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Tut’s Mummy: Lost…and Found||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Usborne Time Traveler||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|The Great Wall of China||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|George Muller (Christian Heroes)||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Around the World with Kate and Mack||Y||Y|
|Catching their Talk in a Box||Y||Y|
|Wonderful Houses around the World||Y||Y|
|Favorite Poems of Childhood||Y||Y|
|“Mother Goose Rhymes”||Y|
|Owls in the Family||Y||Y||Y|
|Mr. Popper’s Penguins||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|It Could Always Be Worse||Y|
|Greek Myths (original) (updated)||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|The Year of Miss Agnes||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Gooney Bird Greene||Y||Y||Y|
|Follow My Leader||Y|
|The Wheel on the School||Y||Y|
|Detectives in Togas||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Case of the Gasping Garbage||Y|
|Babe the Gallant Pig||Y||Y|
|Happy Times in Noisy Village||Y||Y|
|NG Book of Animal Poetry||Y||Y|
|The Year of the Baby||Y||Y|
|Readers||LA 1||Grade 1||Grade 1|
|I Can Read It!||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|The Best Trick Yet||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Green Eggs and Ham||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Put Me in the Zoo||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|The Cat in the Hat||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|A Big Ball of String||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|The Bravest Dog Ever: Story of Balto||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|A Fly Went By||Y||Y||Y|
|Advanced Readers||Grade 2||Grade 2|
|The Beginner’s Bible||Y||Y||Y|
|Pompeii: Buried Alive||Y||Y||Y|
|Owl at Home||Y||Y||Y|
|Frog and Toad are Friends||Y||Y||Y|
|Hill of Fire||Y||Y||Y|
|Frog and Toad All Year||Y||Y||Y|
|Nate the Great||Y||Y||Y|
|Frog and Toad Together||Y||Y||Y|
|The Big Balloon Race||Y||Y||Y|
|The Fire Cat||Y||Y||Y|
|The Sword in the Tree||Y||Y||Y|
|Titanic: Lost and Found||Y||Y||Y|