Thursday, August 9, 2012

History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations

History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3

I recently mentioned our use of History Pockets in another post.  This was a really fun way to make ancient history more alive for younger students.  RileyAnn spent two years using this book.  It fit nicely with our Bible/History study.  She completed What is History?; Ancient Mesopotamia; Ancient Egypt; and Ancient Greece in 1st grade when we read the Old Testament.  This past year, for 2nd grade, she completed Ancient Rome; Ancient China; and Ancient Aztec World when we read the New Testament and studied the middle ages.

I just finished binding her History Pocket book.  I used good old fashioned duck tape for reinforcement.

The duck tape seals up the inside of the pocket and provides reinforcement where the binding holes will be.  Once the pockets are all taped, then I hole punch each one as well as the cover.  

Then I used some of The Farmer's baler twine to tie it all together. 

I should also mention that before hole punching the cover, I laminated it with clear contact paper to make it sturdier.  Riley and I are both tickled with the way it turned out.  Riley's History Pocket book will serve as a great keepsake of her study of Ancient Civilizations.  

There are many different History Pocket books for various time periods. We will be incorporating them into our exploration and U.S. history study.  You can find out more about the other books in the series here.  


  1. I'd been looking at History Pockets but couldn't figure out how best to use them. Thanks for the tips!