History

Explore these sample lessons from history.  We also have sample lessons from the Layers of Learning curriculum in history, geography, science, and the arts.  Click on the buttons below to visit those sample lesson pages or browse all sample lessons.

History Sample Lessons

With Layers of Learning explore history chronologically from ancient times to modern, touching on every continent and every major cultural group.  That means African kingdoms of the middle ages as well as European ones. Do this all as a family through hands-on projects, and living books from your library.

The sample lessons below come from the Layers of Learning curriculum which includes history, geography, science, and arts in one complete program.  You might also be intrigued by the Book of Years, a timeline and history encyclopedia that your family builds together.

World War One Legend of the Battle of Mons

World War One and the Battle of Mons

This post has a printable timeline of World War One to assemble as well as a hands-on 3D map to build of the first battle of World War One, the Battle of Mons. There’s a cool legend about angels protecting the British.

Monarchs of Canada printable matching cards

Monarchs of Canada Printable Matching Cards

Canada is a constitutional monarchy, one of the oldest monarchies in the world today.  Here we have Monarchs of Canada printable matching cards. They can help your children learn the queens …

Cold War Map of the World

The Cold War was the time period from the end of WWII in 1945 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. You can see on this Cold War …

World War II Printable Planes and the Battle of Britain

In 1940 a few young men fought in a desperate air battle above the fields and cities of their homes and over the English Channel to keep evil from their …

Printable Biography Notebooking Pages

Use these free printable biography notebooking pages to create a biography for any person present or past. Besides the biography you can make fun pages for fictional characters from books or …

ancient Greek philosophers page

Ancient Greek Philosophers Notebooking Page

Learn about three major ancient Greek philosophers: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  In this exploration we’ll give some information about each of them, about Greek philosophy in general, and about how to …

Civil Rights Bus Craft

This is a printable paper craft kids can do to help them learn about the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. Inside the windows of the bus and …

Presidents of the US Memory

Memorize the Presidents Printable Cards

Here are some “Memorize the Presidents Printable Cards”, with names and pictures of the Presidents of the United States in order.  Click here, Presidents of the US Memory Cards, or on …

Kids working on Book of Years

Book of Years: A Timeline of World History

The Book of Years is a timeline you research, color, and write yourself.

Ancient Rome and the Legend of the Capitoline Geese

This legend, which is at least true in the basic details, took place in 387 BC after Rome became a Republic but before it became an Empire.  We’ll tell the …

Northeast Woodland Tribes Research Project

The Northeast Woodland tribes lived in wigwams or longhouses, hunted and fished, and grew crops like maize, beans, and melons. Some of the tribes were very warlike and others were …

Japanese shogun's game

Japanese Shoguns Game

From about 1185 until 1603 Japan was ruled by a powerful shogun. The emperor was nothing but a figurehead. The shogun in charge was the guy with the biggest, baddest …

child in a Christopher Columbus themed paper hat and playing with a paper spyglass

Columbus’s First Voyage Map and Craft

This exploration is for all ages of kids as the smilies below show. You can color the map of Columbus’s first voyage. Then make the Columbus hat and spyglass craft …

Renaissance Recipe: Small Cakes

This Renaissance recipe is from an actual book of recipes collected by a Renaissance era cook.  We tried the small cakes and we liked them very, very much.  It’s different …

Medieval Book Making Craft

I made this medieval book using the basic method that book makers would have, except using paper and embroidery floss instead of vellum and leather and sinew.  I’m rather short …

Three Branches of Government Worksheet

Every citizen of the United States needs to understand the three branches of government and what powers the Constitution grants them. Using a copy of the Constitution go through the …

Age of Exploration Timeline

The Age of Exploration was probably the most pivotal era in the world ever.  Europe discovered, colonized, traded with, and conquered nearly the whole world. You can make a wall …

The Second Amendment For Kids

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people, to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.  -The Second Amendment …

Viking People

The Vikings were northern people, sometimes called the Norse, who lived in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway and sailed the seas in search of treasure.  They lived in long houses and …

The First Amendment For Kids

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of …

Bill of Rights For Kids

The Constitution outlines exactly what the government is allowed to do.  It isn’t supposed to do anything more.  Because when it starts taking on more powers and responsibilities it removes …

Baucis and Philemon, A Greek Love Story

The short story of Baucis and Philemon provides a neat look at some of the values of the ancient Greek people.  Here is the story, some discussion topics, an activity, …

Civil Rights Movement Timeline

Every homeschool and every classroom and every family in America should spend time on the third Monday of January learning about and talking about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King.  Once a year is certainly not …

Medieval Indian Ocean Trade Routes

Many cities around the rim of the Indian Ocean became fabulously wealthy during the middle ages through the medieval Indian Ocean trade routes.    The Swahili coast of Africa had ivory, gold, …

Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Europe was in turmoil for centuries, with the borders of kingdoms changing rapidly.  In the east the Roman Empire, which we call …

Map of Anglo Saxon Kingdoms

After the Romans abandoned Britain, telling them to “look to their own defenses,” they scrambled to do just that, because they were immediately invaded by the Picts from the north. …

Map of Ancient Egypt

Historical maps are a great tool for understanding the past. You can see when you look at a map of ancient Egypt why people lived only along the river.  What …

Government Types For Kids

One of the most confusing things one can study is human government and economics.  So after this little introduction we offer you the government match game to help you teach …

Abraham Lincoln’s Stovepipe Hat Timeline

Abraham Lincoln was a fascinating man who changed the course of America’s history.  Most of us know his basic story, but here are some fabulous facts you may not know. …

coloring a map of the scramble for africa

Scramble For Africa Map

This exploration is for middle grades and high school, as the colored smilies show.  Learn about European colonization of Africa as you color a Scramble For Africa Map of the …

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The explorations on these pages are just the beginning. We created a whole organized curriculum full of hands on projects, printables, and web links to take you through history, geography, science, and the arts with all of your kids from 1st grade to graduation.

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