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Final Analysis Friday: Where Do You Find Books?

When you love having a literature based (aka lots of books to teach history and science) homeschool like ours is, then the biggest problem that you and I run into is where to find book titles. And not just any book title, but good books. And not just any good book, but books that are on the reading and/or comprehension level I need it to be. Needless to say, it is not easy.

By dumb luck when I attended my first homeschool convention way back when was to hear a speaker suggest All Through the Ages by Christine Miller as a very helpful book when you are homeschooling. So of course I raced down to the convention hall and bought a copy.


Boy, was that speaker minimizing the benefits of owning All Through the Ages! This book is the second most important book in my homeschool library with the Bible being first.

Here are just a few things that make this book indispensible to me:
  • Every time period in history from Creation to Modern Day has books broken down into catergories from General Resources for All Grades to 1st through 3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th.
  •  Then within each of these grade levels it divides the books into overview, specific events, biography, historical fiction, literature, culture.


  • Not only does it supply book lists for history, but also for Geography (this section I am using heavily this year) dividing countries and continents into books lists by the grades listed above, but also the same categories of overview, specific events, biography, historical fiction, literature, and culture as well.
  •  And there is also another section that suggests book titles to study science, math, art, and music by time period, grade levels, and subtopics as well.
  • And finally a list of the Great Books broken down by time period when they were written.

While the book definitely comes from a Christian viewpoint, quite a few of the suggested books are not necessarily Christian. They are simply really good books.

If you don’t own this one, I highly recommend adding it to your library.

I love anything that makes this homeschooling job easier in the tree house,

Chelli

2 comments:

  1. Great Tip, thanks for sharing. I haven't heard of this book, but will be getting it soon I think.

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    1. Hopefully you find it as useful as I do!

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