Saturday, 21 January 2017

Bible, History and Geography

This year I am taking part in the Virtual Curriculum Fair 2017, which is hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts and Minds. This is the fourth week, and the theme is Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science.

My posts for the previous weeks have been: Home Education - 10 Ways We Make it Work, Children Who Love Books, and Maths for a Maths-y Boy.

Bible, History and Geography

While our children are primary school age (up to 11 years old), we have decided to focus on core skills in English and Maths primarily (and also Bible - at the heart of our home education), as without these they will struggle to study any other subject effectively. Nonetheless, we still have plenty of time for other subjects too, and today I will describe what we do in terms of Bible Study, History, and Geography.


We have daily devotions over breakfast which my husband leads, followed by the children's individual devotions early on in the morning. My eldest is using Discover notes, while my 9 year old and 7 year old boys are using XTB notes (Explore the Bible). These are all produced by the Good Book Company. With my 5 year old, I rotate through our selection of children's Bibles in this slot.

In addition, I am working through the Bible in chunks with the children in pairs: the 9 and 11 year olds are working through the Psalms together at the moment, while the 7 and 5 year olds are working through Exodus with me.

A Bible Picture

I also read a chapter of the Bible each evening to the younger two, while the older two read a chapter themselves before bed each night.


Our core curriculum for history is The Story of the World. I have written here about this resource. I am working through the second book with all the children at the moment, and we have just had great fun reading about the Vikings. It is straightforward to use, which I find a real help, and the activity guide has lots of fun ideas which the children appreciate.

Dressing As Celts

A Gingerbread Parthenon

We supplement our history with the reading that the children are set, and with various trips to museums or other places of interest. Living in London gives us plenty of opportunities for this! The older two boys are also members of an archaeology club, which has been a fantastic way for them to engage with history.
Greek Pots in the British Museum

Archaeology Club - making an animal using bones found on the Thames foreshore.

Looking for Animal Bones

Conwy Castle (Wales)

I am also teaching Latin to the older two boys, and Classical Greek to my eldest. Although it will be quite a while before they are reading Tacitus or Homer, it is a great way to begin to engage with the Greek and Roman cultures.


I have no formal curriculum for geography - there is not time for anything else in our days! However, this doesn't mean that geography is absent from our studies. We have a map on our kitchen wall, and this is often discussed. There is a map activity with every chapter of The Story of the World, which has really helped the children with their sense of where different countries are.

Finally, the home education group that I help to run has been doing activities based on a different continent each term, which each week being focused on a different country. At the end of the term, we have made simple lapbooks to record what we have done. It isn't all done in depth, but it has been a lot of fun and they have definitely learned from the group. In particular, the older two have benefited from the book group which a friend runs, where the books are chosen to fit with the continent for that term.

Europe Lapbooks

This is what Bible, History and Geography look like for us at the moment, while all our children are primary school aged. Next year, my eldest will be secondary school aged. While I anticipate plenty of continuity, I am beginning to form plans for new ways to explore these subjects. My plans are a little nebulous at the moment, though I expect to continue with The Story of the World, add some kind of formal geography, and continue with our Bible studies, possibly adding in some basic systematic theology reading.

Please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are talking about Exploring Our World this week:

Note: all links will be LIVE by Monday 1/23 at noon EST.
Notebooking Our Way through History by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Studying the Where and How by Michele@Family, Faith and Fridays
The History of Our Mysterious Struggle With History by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Social Science, Science and Exploring our World - Our Path by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Learning History Through Fiction by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
History in Our Homeschool by Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool
Exploring Our World Through History And Science by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Bringing History to Life! by Yvie @ Gypsy Road
History, Living Books and the Imagination by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Exploring our world comes in many different forms. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Bible, History and Geography by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home
Beyond the Books - Social Studies and Science by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed
Exploring the World with Living Books by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
High School History & Science without Textbooks by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Exploring the World Starting with Canada by Annette @ A Net in Time
Visit The World Through Video by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Nature Study is Our Favorite Way to Do Science by HillaryM @ Walking Fruitfully
What A Wonderful World by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
The Time we got Lost in the Woods by Dana Hanley @ Roscommon Acres


  1. I've been using Story of the World book 2 with my younger children this year, also---I wish we lived somewhere nearer to medieval field trip sites. Fortunately, we have found some great documentaries, but it's not the same as being there. ;)

    1. It is great to have such good opportunities nearby!

  2. My youngest seems to really be drawn to lapbooks and so, in addition to the living books we read, these seem to help draw her in, cementing the information a bit. London has some amazing museums that I would love to visit someday! - Lori

    1. We are enjoying London. Only been here a few years, so we still feel like tourists!

  3. We use story of the world as well, but don't use the activity book, we just read.

    1. Sometimes we just read the chapter too - there are weeks when that's all we manage!

  4. I'm pretty sure my 7 year old would love that archeology club!

    1. It is fantastic - our boys are very privileged to be part of it. I would have loved it as a child too!