Here is a list of The Good and the Beautiful history resources that can supplement Classical Conversations Cycle 2 history memory work.
The Good and the Beautiful has a four year history curriculum for grades 1 to 12. And this is the perfect supplement to the Classical Conversation history memory work. I love how pick-up-and-go this system is and I wanted to share how wonderful the program is! Here are just a few features that draw us to this program:
- Family Style lessons, all children learn together
- Student packs are included for different age groups, so different ages will go in depth at their own individual level
- Reading classical selections
- Fun, engaging, exclusive audio files for many lessons are included
- An emphasis on God and character with very little preparation time for teachers
The Good and the Beautiful History books jump around — each covering a bit of ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern (to include American) history, so because of this, you will be jumping around in the guides. So far, Years 1, 2, & 3 are available. Year 4 is coming out on August 5th! I’ve already included what I anticipate will be included in that guide.
The Good and the Beautiful history has many sample pages for you to look at before you decide to purchase! We also HIGHLY recommend the board & card games (especially Year 1) as a fun supplement to history learning.
The lesson books are beautifully and simply put together, easy for any homeschooling parent to understand. They correspond with either a Big Book of History Stories (Years 1 & 3) or Maps & Images (Years 2 & 4). These selections focus on classical literature and art, as well as key geography for the student, all beautiful presented in spiral bound books, which is helpful when keeping our place!
Each year also includes a list of read alouds and has a pack of four fantastic Read Alouds you can purchase and read together throughout the school year.
I highly recommend The Good and the Beautiful program. It can be used utilizing the Charlotte Mason method: favoring narration over the question/answer type discussion which is included. This is what we do when we pull it out, and it is easily done.
The Good and the Beautiful history program will provide a fantastic foundations for Biblical and godly history, founded on U.S. history, in particular and its principles of freedom.
Classical Conversations Cycle 2 & The Good and the Beautiful History Curriculum
Week 1: Charlemagne (800 AD)
Year 1, Lesson 15, 18 – 19
Year 4, Lesson 16
Week 2: William the Conqueror (1054)
Year 1, Lesson 20
Week 3: Crusades (1095 – 1291)
Year 4, Lesson 18
Week 4: Magna Carta (1215)
Year 1, Lesson 22 – 23
Week 5: Hundred Years’ War (1337), Joan of Arc, Plague (1340s)
Year 1, Lesson 25 – 28a
Week 6: Renaissance (da Vinci, Shakespeare, Michelangelo, Copernicus) (1350 – 1600)
Year 1, Lesson 28b – 29
Week 7: Reformation, Martin Luther, John Calvin (1517)
Year 4, Lesson 20 – 27
Week 8: European Explorers (Dias, Vespucci, Balboa, Magellan, Coronado) (late 1400s – mid-1500s)
Year 2, Lesson 16 -17, 21 – 23
Week 9: Absolute Monarchs (Henry VIII, Louis XIV, Phillip II, Peter the Great, Frederick the Great) (1500s – 1800s)
Year 4, Lesson 27 – 29
Week 10: History of Russia: Vladimir I (900s), Czar Ivan the Terrible (1500s), Peter the Great & Catherine the Great (1700s)
Week 11: French Revolution (1789)
Week 12: Battle of Waterloo & Napoleon (1812)
Week 13: Industrial Revolution (Watt, Cartwright, Whitney) (1760s)
Year 1, Lesson 53b
Year 3, Lesson 36, 41 – 42, 44
Year 4, Lesson 33
Week 14: World War I Leaders (1914 – 1918)
Year 2, Lesson 50 – 52
Week 15: World War I Countries (Allies and Axis)
Year 2, Lesson 53 – 55
Week 16: World War II (1939 – 1945)
Year 3, Lesson 48 – 53
Week 17: World War II Leaders
Year 3, Lesson 54 – 58
Week 18: United Nations
Year 3, Lesson 59
Week 19: Korean War (1950)
Week 20: Vietnam War (1965)
Week 21: Cold War (1980s)
Year 1, Lesson 56 – 57
Week 22: Fall of Communism (1989)
Year 1, Lesson 59 – 60
Week 23: Gulf War (1990)
Week 24: End of Apartheid & South Africa (1994)
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 2 World History Memory Work. (coming soon)