From a Mother's Knee to a Child's Heart
A Parent's Resource for Teaching and 
Nurturing a New Generation of Patriots 

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Elementary History (8-12)

History for the Well-Educated Heart


 The Freedom Series from Libraries of Hope is the foundation text for the Well-Educated Heart Story Resource Guide

The primary focus for this age is to use teaching methods that will educate the heart.   A hundred years ago, educators rightly understood that hearts must be warmed before minds can be taught. The gift of story, art and music are the primary tools of a heart-based education.  Our top choice resource that can be used to guide parents and teachers through this type of education is The Well Educated Heart - A Story Resource Guide by Marlene Peterson.  

This study guide will continue to be used each year from ages 8-12.  Several resources are listed under monthly themes.  Parents and teachers choose which resources they want to use each month that are age appropriate for their children.  Resources are marked with symbols to make it easy to find selections suitable for children 8 and older.  Monthly themes are based on stories of American History which link to other stories that have transpired all over the world. 

Click here to download Essential Skills and Knowledge for Elementary History

Click here for more information about Student-created Notebooks for Elementary History

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Monthly 
 Themes
Month 1:

Age of Exploration

China
Japan
Asian Countries
Polynesia
India
Scandinavia
Month 2:

Pilgrims

Holland
Belgium
Spain



Month 3:

1700s - American Independence

England
Scotland
Ireland
Wales

Month 4:

George Washington

Greece
Byzantine Empire
Rome
Italy


Month 5: 

Lafayette - Two Revolutions

France
Canada
Switzerland

Month 6:

Government

The Holy Land
Ancient Civilizations
Babylon
Persia

Month 7:

1800s American Frontier

Arabia - Rise of Islam
Turkey-Ottoman Empire


Month 8:

Abraham Lincoln

Africa
Ancient Egypt



Month 9: 

Grant and Lee
Civil War

Mexico
South America



Month 10:

1900s World War I

Germany
Russia
Austria
Hungary
Poland
Czechoslovakia
Month 11:



American History
Putting it all Together




Month 12:



Heroes
Notable Lives




 

Additional Resources


Share America’s story the way it used to be told. Download a copy of some of our favorite American History stories and books sorted by age and category.


Patriot Reading List  Free Download

Enhance your history studies with the many great books that have been written about each state. 


Click here to see our State by State book list.  




Teaching children a deep appreciation for America's Founding Principles protects our future. LEARN them. LIVE them. LOVE them.



Activity Packets available at 

We are Liberty Kids

Kimber Curriculum:


I Love American History - 1700s


I Love American History - 1800s


Homeschool in the Woods:  Activity-based studies designed to teach  American History with hands-on learning from Home School in the Woods   http://www.homeschoolinthewoods.com/HTTA/TTS/



Great Map Resource!  WonderMaps:    The concept is very simple - these are .pdf maps that can be manipulated to show just what you need – you can add or subtract names, borders, rivers, color, cities, and physical features at will. Keep in mind that throughout you can print off any screen you create, which makes this a fantastic resource for many ages and skill levels – and a really great value. There are four main map categories on the home screen: World, USA, Historical, and Thematic.   Available at Rainbow Resource.

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