"The object of children's literary studies is not to give them precise information as to who wrote what in the reign of whom? -- but to give them a sense of the spaciousness of the days, not only of great Elizabeth, but of all those times of which poets, historians and the makers of tales, have left us living pictures. In such ways the children secure, not the sort of information which is of little cultural value, but wide spaces wherein imagination may take those holiday excursions deprived of which life is dreary; judgment, too, will turn over these folios of the mind and arrive at fairly just decisions about a given strike, the question of Poland, Indian Unrest. Every man is called upon to be a statesman seeing that every man and woman, too, has a share in the government of the country; but statesmanship requires imaginative conceptions, formed upon pretty wide reading 'and some familiarity with historical precedents." Charlotte Mason
History is not just learning about the events of our past, it is about making connections with these people and events, learning from them, and improving upon our own futures.
When you plan your own Classical Charlotte Mason education you can choose the books that resonate with you and your family. History no longer has to be dull and boring, choosing living books makes your history lessons come alive!
Not all families enjoy the same history resources, that is why Classical Charlotte Mason recommends TruthQuest History. With TruthQuest you can select your time period, whether it be Early American History, the Middle Ages, or Renaissance and Reformation. You choose, and let the TruthQuest History guide show you all of the living history books that go along with your time period.
TruthQuest History is centered on "living books," this creative approach to history integrates elements of both Charlotte Mason and Classical methods.
Short, very informal introductions are written directly to the student and open up each topic with a distinctly Christian perspective. Suggestions for activities or writing exercises are often included as well. The booklists follow, with selected annotations on what pages or sections to read and appropriate grade levels for each entry. Incredibly flexible in nature, families can proceed at the pace that's best for their students as they select "spines," biographies, in-print books, and out-of-print classics from the extensive lists.
Beginnings: Proceeding chronologically, entries include lists for Cain and Abel, Hammurabi, Mummies, Hieroglyphics, King Solomon, Hezekiah, Persian Empire and other relevant unit-study topics.
Ancient Greece: Include lists for Greek life, the Geography of Greece, Greek beliefs, Pythagoras, the Persian Wars, the Delian League, Lysander, Xenophon, Greece's Silver Age, Alexander the Great, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Ancient Rome: Entries include lists for the Roman Monarchy, Roman Marvels, Punic Wars, Julius Caesar, Constantine, Barbarian Victory, Martin of Tours, Battle of Adrianpole, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Middle Ages: Entries include lists for Mighty King Arthur, Augustine, Vikings, Alfred the Great, Robin Hood, Medieval towns, Marco Polo, Charles the Wise, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Renaissance, Reformation, and Exploration: Proceeding chronologically, entries include lists for the Fall of Constantinople, War of the Roses, Christopher Columbus, Queen Elizabeth, El Greco, Johannes Kepler, Roanoke Colony, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Age of Revolution I: Continuing chronologically, entries include lists for the Jamestown Colony, Changes in Russia, Painters of the Era, Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, Native Americans, Baroque Art, Puritan Revolution in England, the Scientific Revolution, the French Revolution, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Age of Revolution II: Entries include lists for Napoleon, War of 1812, Science and Industry, Industrial Revolution, Johnny Appleseed, Santa Fe Trail, Irish Potato Famine, Hudson Taylor, Musicians, Anna Carroll, and other relevant unit-study topics.