Ancient History: A Family-Style History Program PDF

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Ancient History includes nine units spanning 3500 BC to the fall of Rome and touching on civilizations in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. This is a hands-on, activity and real books courses for families. Mentors use this book in teaching kids from ages 6 to 18 years.


Course Overview

Ancient History is an activity-based history program, encompassing 3500 BC to approximately AD 400. This method teaches civilizations, events, and people from the past by means of hands-on activities. The best part is the family-style design that allows you to teach all ages at once.

This is a view of the inside of the first Ancient History unit, First Civilizations.

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What’s In This PDF Set?

Ancient History includes nine individual month-long units including:

  1. First Civilizations – Basic history skills like primary and secondary sources, identifying bias, understanding the scope of history, and creating a Book of Years timeline. Then learn about the five cradles of civilization across the earth.
  2. Ancient Egypt – From the Old Kingdom through the time of Alexander the Great, this unit spans thousands of years along the Nile and then discusses neighboring kingdoms.
  3. Ancient China – From the Shang Dynasty through the first Empire of China. Plus learn about China’s neighbors in ancient times including Korea and Japan.
  4. Bronze Age Near East – Minoans, Myceneans, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites and other ancient civilizations before the Bronze Age Collapse.
  5. Iron Age Near East – Neo Babylonians, Israelites, Canaanites, Persians, and other civilizations that followed the Bronze Age Collapse.
  6. Ancient India – From the earliest kingdoms to the empires that conquered the north of India.
  7. Ancient Europe – Bell Beaker people to the Celts. Learn about Stonehenge, Skara Brae, and other Neolithic sites.
  8. Ancient Greece – Begins with the Greeks emerging from the Dark Age and ends with the subjugation by Rome.
  9. Ancient Rome – Begins with Romulus and Remus, proceeds through the Republic, and then to the Empire and the fall of the Western Empire. Finally, learn about the start of Christianity.

A Layers of Learning History Lesson

Each Exploration in the units is written as a complete lesson plan. It will direct you in books to read, videos to watch, projects to craft, and discussions to have. The units are clear full of Explorations to choose from, and you won’t have time for them all. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum.

Besides the history lesson for the day, the units are lined with sidebars that direct you to discussions, books, famous people, interesting facts, writing ideas, and more.

You will also see a Library List at the beginning and a Show What You Know section at the end that will help you create assessments or tests based on your individual learning.

Reusable and for All Ages

These units books are for the mentor, not to hand to the student. They are supposed to be used repeatedly. Since this is a pick-and-choose curriculum, you do some of the experiments and explorations and save others for later on. If you follow the four-year cycle, you will progress through Ancient History, Middle Ages History, Colonial History, and finally, Modern History. Then you will cycle back to Ancient History in the fifth year when your kids are older and learning at a higher level. In all, you may use this book three times with your child.

The Ancient History units contain lessons ranging from mummy crafts to discussions about The Epic of Gilgamesh. There are plenty of concepts for little kids and plenty to challenge high schoolers. Most lessons are meant to be taught to many ages, from 6-year-olds clear up to seniors in high school.  Each age group gets the same Exploration and principles, but they learn on the level they are ready for. Books from your library and video from the YouTube playlists customize the learning for each age.

Extra Resources

YouTube playlists and links to helpful websites are all assembled and ready for you to access on the Ancient History Resources for Layers of Learning page.

If you are buying the PDF course, you may want a printable Ancient History PDF Cover for your binder.

Printable Packs

Ancient History also includes printables for every unit. These are worksheets or paper crafts for the students. The Printable Packs are available as a digital PDF download and come with your purchase on your receipt.

Also Sold As Individual PDFs

The Ancient History course also comes as individual PDF units you can purchase one-by-one as you go. The individual PDFs are exactly the same content as the units that are included within the paperback or PDF Ancient History book. It’s like buying the course chapter by chapter in a digital format.


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8 reviews for Ancient History: A Family-Style History Program PDF

  1. Molly Impola

    This curriculum is just what I was looking for! I love that it can be tailored to fit my needs, but gives me enough to guide me through.

  2. Helen Koenig

    I love Layers of Learning – and while I loved the classical set – I think I like this one even more!!!! Right now we are getting ready for our fall semester (part beginning Aug 1 and everything else, including history beginning Sept. 1. I am co-teaching with my daughter in law and truly looking forward to it! As are the kids (will be 8, will be 6, is 4)

  3. Kelly

    We have really enjoyed our first 4 months of Ancient History with LoL. The kids (ages 2, 3, 6 and 10) enjoy the variety of projects and modes of learning – from narrative-based spines, to encyclopedias, to library books, to videos. As a mom with fluctuating energy levels due to chronic fatigue, I appreciate that on the days when I am tired we can simply read books from the couch and it’s enough; but, on days when I have good energy we can project to our hearts’ content. I haven’t found a curriculum as flexible as this in the 5 years I’ve been homeschooling!

  4. Trish Fry

    My family loves layers of learning. I am able to provide outstanding learning opportunities at multiple levels for a reasonable price. The resources provided are such a life saver when teaching across multiple levels and interests.

  5. Margarita D.

    I love how it’s so informative and even I’m engaged with my child with how we can choose how we want to learn history.

  6. Brieanna Dombrock

    This curriculum has transformed my homeschool! Family-style learning for the win! I love how flexible it is with the variety of explorations and provided. There is always something for everyone!

  7. Kate

    Layers of learning has changed our homeschool. I can plan as much as I want or not at all and we can still get school done. I love that all the projects work out and are simple to do.

    I have loved that we have studied ancient history all over the world it just western civilization.

  8. katemichelle07

    Layers of learning has changed our homeschool. I can plan as much as I want or not at all and we can still get school done. I love that all the projects work out and are simple to do.

    I have loved that we have studied ancient history all over the world it just western civilization.

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