After going through the Ambleside Online history books for many years, the first book my oldest daughter balked at was Story of the World, Vol.4: The Modern Age in Year 5. She absolutely hated it, despite an actual interest in the time period. Since she was my first child, I forced her to read it … and regretted it. Since then, I’ve always let my kids drop any book they hate. There are really very few of them. I decided to revamp Years 5 and 6 for my following children.
By Year 4 most students will be reading History and Literature selections independently. If you have a late reader, don’t worry. Keep reading aloud. Kids’ ability to understand and enjoy stories can be at odds with their decoding abilities for many years. It does eventually catch up, some as late as middle school.
Timelines are provided below for printing. Use them as a parent reference to pull in other resources you may have for the time period being studied. The Book of Centuries is for the child to use.
Timeline 6; Book of Centuries 6*
Clip Art that can be pasted in the Book of Centuries.*Instructions for Book of Centuries: Print each page on heavy-duty cardstock. Line up end to end and secure with clear packing tape. Flip over and tape seams on back as well. Fold accordion style for storage.
History 4 – Revolution
Our Island Story (chapters 72-99)
A Child’s History of the World (chapters 70-79)
George Washington’s World (Foster) (all of book, about 10 pages per week)
Poor Richard (Daugherty) – biography of Benjamin Franklin
Abigail Adams (Bober) – woman’s view of American Revolution
History 5 – Victorian Age & Modern History
Our Island Story (chapters 100-110)
A Child’s History of the World (chapters 80-91)
Stories of the Nations 2 (1850 – Present)
Abraham Lincoln’s World (Foster) (all of book, about 10 pages per week)
Of Courage Undaunted (Daugherty) – story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
History 6 – Ancient World + American History
Stories of America 2 (1850 – Present)
Augustus Caesar’s World (Foster) (all of book, about 10 pages per week)
Archimedes and the Door of Science
Story of the Greeks
Story of the Romans