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Homeschooling History: A quick review of several of the mainstream history curricula

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

One frequently asked question regarding our Timeline Songs that I get is “Which curriculum does this go with?”

The short answer? All of them! The songs are not going to perfectly align with any one curriculum because they were not written with any one curriculum in mind.

The little bit longer answer? You’ll find that the songs pair nicely with the Story of the World series by Susan Wise Bauer and Mystery of History series by Linda Lacour Hobar. When we decided to write 4 separate songs, it was because both of these series include 4 volumes and both seem to be pretty popular in Classical schools/homeschools. If a teacher were to be focusing in on one of those volumes in a year, she could choose to just use the Timeline Song that best paired with that volume. (Personally, I like to go through all the songs each year since it helps to know where to place things chronologically on the larger scale Timeline.)

I have a page on the website that outlines how our Timeline Songs align with several of the more popular homeschool/hybrid school history curricula. Since I’ve got a little bit of experience with all of these curricula, I thought I’d at least give you my personal pros and cons of each one.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. However, I have physically purchased all of these materials and used them personally in some capacity. If you decide to order any of them, it helps me out by going through my link. Thanks!

Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer

Mystery of History by Linda Lacour Hobar

The World’s Story by Angela O’Dell

Dorothy Mills History Books

Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (3rd edition)

Do you have a favorite history curriculum that is not included above? Do you have strong opinions loving or hating one of the ones I included? Drop it in the comments.

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