Saturday, March 1, 2014

Exploration & Early American History Term 1 Book List...

We've just begun the last term of our 2013-2014 school year and I've been looking back, reflecting on the good, bad, and ugly, as I look ahead to next school year.  We all love great living books and history is our favorite subject here so I will continue as usual with what we've been using.   You can read more about that here.  For now, I thought I'd share our entire Term 1 book list with you.  I read these books to our 3rd and 4th grader.  The books with asterisks (**) indicate books we did not read fully, rather we referenced or read sections from them. 

Brendan the Navigator by Jean Fritz
Leif the Lucky by D' Aulaire
The Vikings by Elizabeth Janeway (Landmark)
**America's Providential History by Beliles and McDowell
Marco Polo: Around the World Library by Webster-McGraw Hill
Columbus by D' Aulaire
**The Light and the Glory by Marshall & Manuel
Amerigo Vespucci, Scientist and Sailor by Ronald Syme
Discoverers & Explorers by Edward R. Shaw
Exploring the World: De Soto by Ann Heinrichs
Famous Explorers: Francisco de Coronado by Claude Hurwicz
**America's Story for American Children by Mara Pratt
**The Story of the Thirteen Colonies by H. A. Guerber
Virginia Dare by Augusta Stevenson (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Jamestown: The Beginning by Elizabeth Campbell
Blue Feather's Vision by James E. Knight
Exploring the World: John Smith and the Settlement of Jamestown by Robin Doak
This Dear Bought Land by Jean Lee Latham
With Pen & Sword: Adventures of Captain John Smith by Bradford Smith
A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
Pocahontas by D' Aulaire
**American Indian Prayer Guide (Sonlight)
Jamestown: New World Adventure by James E. Knight
Henry Hudson by Ruth Harley
Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla


  1. Few Qs. 1) How do you read aloud so many books?! How much time daily did you spend doing this? Did you read multiple books at the same time?
    2) Did Riley read history books on her own too? if so, which books? I think I saw that for your following year, 2014-2015, that she had her own list but I didn't see it published on here.
    Thanks for all the help. We used MFW for 6.5 years before switching to AO last year. My son love AO3 but looking at AO4, I'm not sure he'll love it the same way so doing research (but I'm way behind b/c life. start in January and I have no clue what yet!). I don't like G. Foster as I find her anti-God bias obvious, plus it's awful to cut out all the wonderful, rich history of God's impact on our founding fathers, as highlighted in Gary deMar's book "City on a Hill" that MFW uses. So I won't be using Foster's books, which both MFW & AO use.

    1. At that time, my kids were 3rd and 4th grade. I read everything aloud and that was the bulk of our "school", along with math. Reading aloud took anywhere from 1-2 hours per day, depending. Yes, I read multiple books at one time. Our terms are 12 weeks and as noted in the post, we didn't read all those books in their entirety, some were simply used for excerpts. I typically read for a period of time in the morning and then again at bed time, 4-6 days per week. Riley did not have her own book list at that time. She started her own book list somewhere around 5th-6th grade. Then in 7th grade, I began splitting the kids apart and Riley went on her own. Although, Ruben and I were still reading some of her same books so we could discuss. Also, some of the books listed are picture books and some are chapter books. I would usually have at least 2-3 books going at any one given time. Hope that helps.