Here is a list of The Good and the Beautiful history resources that can supplement Classical Conversations Cycle 1 history memory work.
I tend to get a bit overzealous with my reading choices with the children. We are on a continuous cycle of read alouds — and while I’d love to always align these with our Classical Conversations history memory work, that is not always easy.
The Good and the Beautiful has a four year history curriculum for grades 1 to 12. And this is the perfect supplement to our Classical Conversation history memory work. I love how pick-up-and-go this system is and I wanted to share my research here.
Jenny Philips, creator of TGTB, has her entire history scope available for download, so while Years 1 & 2 are the only ones available for purchase, you can see where the whole program is going. And! Year 3 will be available in July of 2018. #excited
So I thought it would be fun to share what lessons will correspond with each week of history memory work for Classical Conversations Cycle 1. Since TGTB History books jump around a bit — each covering a bit of ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern (to include American) history, you will be jumping around in the guides.
The lesson books are beautiful, and the corresponding Big Book of History Stories are also just lovely.
Another part to note, are the audio recordings that are included for about half of the lessons. These are wonderful to listen to during lunch time! They are tender hearted and full of good truths and manners!!
- Year One (and Three & Four forthcoming) have the Big Book of History Stories, including Maps & Images.
- Year Two has Maps & Images only, but includes four suggested read alouds for different age groups throughout the year.
The stories are pulled from classic, living texts by the likes of Pratt, Baldwin, and Marshall so you know you are getting the best of the best, the good and the beautiful! These compilations also include famous artwork and artifacts related to the time period, as well as maps too that pinpoint certain geographical areas.
I highly recommend the program, and even if you aren’t doing Classical Conversations, this is what I would recommend to the homeschool mama who is very wary and doesn’t want to create anything on her own. It can be used (albeit without all the prompts included in the lessons, favoring narration over question/answer type discussion) with a Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool as well. The Good and the Beautiful history program will provide a fantastic foundations for Biblical and godly history.
Classical Conversations Cycle 1 & The Good and the Beautiful History Curriculum
Weeks 1 & 2: Ten Commandments
Year 1, Lesson 13
Week 3: Greek and Roman gods
Year 2, Lesson 1
Week 4: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Week 5: Roman History (27 BC to AD 467)
Year 4, Unit 1 (not available until Spring 2019)
Week 6: Ancient Greeks (Homer, Pythagoras, Socrates, Archimedes)
Year 2, Lessons 2 – 6
Week 7: Hinduism (1500 BC) and Buddhism (6th century BC) in India
Year 2, Lessons 10 – 12
Week 8: Age of Imperialism and British rule over India (1858) and Gandhi
Year 1, Lessons 49 & 50
Week 9: Lao-Tzu and Confucius in China (6th century BC)
Year 2, Lessons 7 – 9
Week 10: Japan’s Heian Period (794)
Week 11: Emperor Constantine and Byzantine Empire (AD 330 to 1453)
Week 12: Muslim Empire (founded in AD 622) and Ottoman Turks (1400s)
Year 4, Unit 2 (not available until Spring 2019)
Week 13: Kush and Berbers (2000 BC to AD 350)
Egyptian focus: Year 1, Lessons 4 – 9
Week 14: African Trade in Ghana, Mali nation and Timbuktu, Songhai Empire (700 to 1400s)
Week 15: Prince Henry of Portugal (1400s)
Week 16: Mesoamerican Civilizations: Olmecs, Mayans, Aztecs (1200 BC to AD 1500)
Year 2, Lessons 23, 24, 26
Week 17: Aztecs and defeat by Cortes of Spain (1519)
Year 2, Lessons 25 & 27
Week 18: Mound Builders: Adena, Hopewell, Mississippians (1000 BC to AD 1450)
Week 19: Anasazi in United States (500 BC to AD 1200)
Week 20: Mexican Revolution: Villa and Zapata (1910)
Week 21: Exploration of Canada and Hudson’s Bay Company (1670)
Year 4, Unit 4 (not available until Spring 2019)
Week 22: British North American Act of 1867 and Dominion of Canada (Independence in 1982)
Week 23: Liberation of South America (early 1800s)
Week 24: Portuguese Empire and Brazil’s Independence (1822)
Try it, you won’t regret it. It’s beautiful.
So if you are looking for something wonderful to add to your lunch routine or afternoon routine, this is an easy, grab and go solution! You can also see our list of Living Books for the Classical Conversations Cycle 1 World History Memory Work.