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The boys begin Classical Conversations this fall and I’m not sure who’s more excited, them or me?! As with any important changes in our lives, I research. For this change, I set out to research the best books available to use with Classical Conversations. Based on conversations with friends, recommended resources in groups, and my personal research, I am excited to announce our Book and Read Aloud List for 2017-2018 school year! 

We went back and forth regarding our spine books. We love Mystery of History and will probably use that with our younger two. I am putting my oldest in Challenge A. So we wanted to do something different! So he will be using the Notgrass America the Beautiful series and (drum roll please!) he will be using it along with Skrafty’s American History series with Notgrass!!! 

My Very Own President’s Study! This study will take you notebooking through the Presidents! 


Everything You Need To Know About American History.  This is great resource for 4th-6th graders and a great resource for parents and kids at homework time!

A Child’s Story of America This is absolutely one of the best series I have used. In fact, when my niece lived with us a few summers past, I used this book series to help catch her up (she was coming from public school). This book is nothing short of amazing! 

Ox-Cart ManThis is a great, classic book to have on your shelf! We have really enjoyed this over the years. I think this is one of those books that you can read over again no matter your season of life. 

Explorers Who Got Lost.  Your little learners will learn about the 15th and 16th century explorers!

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (1st Avenue) Introduce young readers to real and fictional characters in history!

First Voyage to America: From the Log of the “Santa Maria” (Dover Children’s Classics) Learn about Christopher Columbus!

Johnny Appleseed Help your kids learn about this quirky character!

Squanto, Friend Of The Pilgrims.  Use this reader/read-aloud to teach your kids all about the pilgrims!

Pilgrim Stories A compilation of pilgrim stories you won’t want to miss! 

The Pilgrims of Plymouth.  A great resource describing when the pilgrims came to America in search of a new home. 

Meet Abraham Lincoln Introduce our 16th President to kids with this interactive reader!

The Winter at Valley Forge: Survival and Victory Learn about the harsh winter during the American Revolution

Year of the Horseless Carriage: 1801 Learn about the technological era of the 19th century.

Landmark History of the American People.  Two volume American History for students that is written by an award-winning author! Grab Volume One => HERE and Volume Two => HERE. 

Little Man on the Map Want to teach your kids how to memorize all 50 states? This book is here to help! Great way to make learning fun and memorable.

The Scrambled States Of America We have owned this book for years! My kids love it! Engaging not just for kids, but adults as well! 

The 50 States This book is fairly new but already won an award in 2016! I absolutely love the pictures and layout in this book! 

Beginner’s United States Atlas Make learning about America an exciting adventure! Bright, colorful, and engaging! Gives kids a solid grasp of geography.

The “What is Series”.  There are SEVERAL in this series that are perfect for this cycle. 

Beautiful Feet Books.  I LOVE this series! We have used it before and I am so thrilled to use it again. Here are the titles: 


George Washington

Benjamin Franklin


Abraham Lincoln

Buffalo Bill

The 4th of July Story 

ColumbusColumbusGeorge WashingtonGeorge WashingtonBenjamin FranklinBenjamin FranklinPocahontasPocahontasAbraham Lincoln, 75th Anniversary EditionAbraham Lincoln,Buffalo BillBuffalo BillThe Fourth of July StoryThe Fourth of July Story




Heroes of History combined with the study guide from Not Consumed We have used this series for many years. I stumbled upon this at my very first homeschool conference in Washington, DC. I bought every book in the series that was out at that time. They make wonderful read aloud books, but my boys also love to read them on their own. This year at Teach Them Diligently I stumbled on Kim from Not Consumed’s lovely resource to add in with them! So we are also doing that! Here are some of the books from the series that we will be covering:

Billy Graham

Thomas Edison

Ronald Reagan

Louis Zamperini

Milton Hershey

Laura Ingalls Wilder (my fav!)

George Washington

William Bradford

George Washington Carver and more!

Billy Graham: America's Pastor (Heroes of History)
Thomas Edison: Inspiration and Hard Work (Heroes of History)
Ronald Reagan: Destiny at His Side (Heroes of History)
Louis Zamperini: Redemption (Heroes of History)
Milton Hershey: More Than Chocolate (Heroes of History)
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life (Heroes of History)
George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist (Heroes of History)
William Bradford: Plymouth's Rock (Heroes of History)
George Washington: True Patriot (Heroes of History)


Other read alouds include:

Johnny Tremain.  This book is a Newbery award winner from 1944. This story is a timeless classic. It is still just as big a page turner now as it was back then. Set during the American Revolution, 14-year-old Johnny Tremain is the main character in this book. If you want an amazing read aloud, this is the one! 

Carry On Mr Bowditch.  “It’s just mathematics” said Nat Bowditch.  This book is such a beautifully inspiring story about a noble character who faced many trials in this life. You won’t be able to put it down! Trust me! 

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Takes place during colonial America, 1687. Another Newbery winner and must read! 

The Matchlock Gun Newbery Winner that takes place in 1756. New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians were constant threats to Edward and his family

The Sign of the Beaver.  Elizabeth George Speare’s survival story is filled with detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s. Another Newbery Winner! 

Minn of the Mississippi The history if the Mississippi River told through pictures and words in this wonderful story! 

Gun of the Lion.  This is the second book in the Faith and Freedom Series, don’t miss out on book ONE and Three. The stories of faith and freedom are exemplified in the life of the main character – Gavin Crookshanks.

Boston Tea Party A unique way to tell the story of the Boston Tea party! 

Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Nothing I can add into this classic! Join Tom, Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher and Aunt Polly in this award-winning classic! 

Dual in the Wilderness.  Young Major George Washington must deliver a message from the king of England to the French commanders in the Ohio wilderness.

George Washington’s World 942 Newbery Honor Title. Contains a detailed overview of world history during the time of our first President.

How We Crossed the West Watch the Lewis and Clark expedition come to life in this lovely story! Adults and children alike will enjoy! 

The Boy in the Alamo A hard to find classic about what it was like in Texas during the Alamo. You won’t be sorry you add this book to your collection! 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Published in 1851, this classic became a best seller. Accurately depicts life in the American South during the 1850’s. A story of the trial and tribulations of a slave in the southern area of America, set before the Civil War. It’s one that needs to be required reading in American Literature class in our schools.

Calico Captive Set in Charlestown, New Hampshire in 1754. This book written by Elizabeth George Speare who is known for your accurate historical depictions.  

Indian Captive: The story of Mary Jamison 12-year-old Mary Jamison was captured by the Shawnee raiders. She truly believes that she will be killed. This is a wonderfully written account. Must read! 

The Cabin Faced West Wonderful story where the moral is actually based on scripture! This is a must have addition for cycle 3! 

Seaman’s Journal What a great story based on the dog that accompanied Lewis & Clark! 

Guns For General Washington.  Another one set during the American Revolution, a nineteen-year-old boy transports 183 cannons from New York’s Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. Set during the dead of winter, he helps George Washington win an important battle.

With Lee in Virginia.  I cannot say enough things about Henty books. My husband blessed me with the entire set  of hardback books one year.They are all amazing, including this one! Also, there is a CD version for car days! We have the CD too, I actually reviewed it ===>>>HERE.

All-Of-A-Kind Family About a Jewish family with 5 girls living with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.

Little Britches.  Great set of books! Read all of them if you can, especially if you have boys.

My Side Of the Mountain.  This is a great story about Sam Gribley. Sam is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live by himself.

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.  A timeless classic about a black girl growing up in the south. A must read! 

The Hiding Place Corrie Ten Boom was a dutch watchmaker during World War Two. Her faith is inspiring and heroism is always incredibly inspiring. Out of all her family, she is the only one who lived to tell their story of faith.

Through Gates of Spendor A true story about 5 missionaries! What an incredible story of their faith and families.  Great read! 


Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology.  We love all things Apologia! I am thrilled to be using this resource in our homeschool this year! 

The Usborne Flip Flap Body Book.  What happens to your body when you eat? How are babies made? How do your senses work? Learn all about it in this fold-out book!

Book of the Human Body Packed with photographs, computer-generated artwork, cut-aways and diagrams, this book on the human body will educate, fascinate and improve understanding of our miraculous bodies.

Understanding Your Body.  This series contains a wealth of biological facts and phenomena about the human body.

Genes and DNA Learn all about where genes are found, gene therapy, the human genome and more.

The Boy’s Body Book From hair care to athlete’s foot, this book is a head to toe guide to what’s happening with a growing boys changing body.

What Are Atoms? (Read-Aloud).  This book features basic science facts for early elementary readers. Lots of amazing images.

Out of Darkness: The Story of Louise Braille This biography follows a Frenchman who, after being blinded at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.

Click! A Story Of George Eastman If you have a photography lover, then you need to read this one. This story follows the life and career of the man who revolutionized photography by developing a camera simple enough for anyone to use.

Helen Keller Introduce Helen Keller to your child with this interactive book. It tells the story of the woman who overcame the handicaps of being blind and deaf.

Alexander Graham Bell Learn all about Bell, the man who invented the phone when he was just 29 and went on to lead a long and inventive life

The Listening Walk You can learn a lot when you simply take a walk.

Human Anatomy in Full Color Packed with superb illustrations illuminating the incredibly complex and highly specialized workings of the human body.  This book is an excellent supplement to school courses.

Your Skin and Mine Amazing resource explaining the skin and their function.

Gray’s Anatomy: A Fact Filled Coloring Book!  This is so neat! You learn the parts of the body by coloring. 

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made A book all about God and creation. This Gold Medallion Award-winning book uncovers eternal statements that God has made in the very structure of our bodies, presenting captivating insights into the Body of Christ.

What Happens to a Hamburger What happens to food when you eat it? Read and find all about it in this book!

Phones Gage A Gruesome but true story about brain science (your teens will love this!).

A drop of blood.  Do you know what blood does for you? Find out here and so much more.

Me and My Amazing Body How many bones hold up the skin? What makes the body move? Here’s a lively, easy-to-read, and easy-to-use introduction to anatomy.

Magic Schoolbus Explore the Senses Everyone’s favorite teacher is back in action. On a most sense-sational trip that takes them through an eye, an ear, a tongue, and even a dog’s nose, Ms. Frizzle’s class learns about the senses.

The Blood Hungry Spleen Have you ever wondered what some of your body parts do? How many times a year your heart beats? How big your small intestines are? Which of your muscles looks most like a slug? Find out here.

The Magic Schoolbus: Inside the Human Body Oh no! Arnold has swallowed the Magic School Bus! Now, instead of seeing an exhibit of the human body at a museum, the class is taking a look at Arnold’s stomach.

Christian Liberty Reader Book 5.  This amazing reader teaches about how and why God created the systems of sight, hearing, breathing, touching, and thinking.

Blood and Guts Packed with tons of human body related experiments and projects, this book is sure to be a favorite.

Food & Nutrition For Every Kid How does milk help me grow? Do carrots really strengthen my eyesight? Find out these answers and more.

The History of Medicine A biblical perspective of healing and the use of medicine provides the best foundation for treating diseases and injury.

Complete Book on the Human Body Packed with photographs, computer-generated artwork, cut-aways and diagrams, this book on the human body will educate, fascinate and improve understanding of our miraculous bodies

Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia.  This is mostly for my younger two. 

Visual Dictionary of the Human Body This is for my oldest and I will also use it as much as I can with my middle one. 

More suggestions include—

SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body
Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set With 24 Magnetic Pieces and Storage Tray
Learning Resources Anatomy Models Bundle Set
My First Human Body Book
The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body
The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body
EuroGraphics Human Body Jigsaw Puzzle (200-Piece)
The Magic School Bus: Human Body
Human Body Theater: A Non-Fiction Revue


First Thousand Words in Latin A picture-word book for young readers.

Fairy Tales in Latin Take things like The Pied Paper and The Three Little Pigs and have fun!

All About Reading This is a fantastic program! I can’t say enough about them. Take a change to scroll through their website and learn more about this. We have used it several years with great success. 

All About Spelling Again, can’t say enough about this program! We started using it about 4 years ago in Washington state! It has helped my kiddos by leaps and bounds! 

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!  This picture book is sure to elicit gales of laughter—and better punctuation—from all who read it.

Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day Follow punctuation on an amazing vacation!

I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun? (Words Are Categorical) This fun-filled guide uses playful puns and humorous illustrations to creatively clarify the concept of pronouns.

Schoolhouse Rock!  DVD Set.  Now every day can feel like Saturday morning as you sing along with “I’m Just A Bill,” “Three Is A Magic Number,” “Interjections!” and the rest of your favorite tunes. 

Don’t miss these resources! 

The Art of Children's Conversation Conversational skills!Teacher Created Resources I Have… Who Has…? Language Arts 4-5 (7831) I Have… Who Has…?Dixit (Cover Art May Vary)Dixit (Cover Art May Vary)Magnetic Poetry - Kid Artist Kit - Ages 5 and Up - Words for Refrigerator - Write Poems and Letters on the Fridge - Made in the USAMagnetic Poetry –  Write Poems 


Math Lessons for a Living Education Learn about math through a life story.

Life Of Fred The most fun way to learn all about Math, your kids will beg for more Life Of Fred book.

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat Great book for tweens and teens. 

The Cryptoclub: Using Mathematics to make and break secret codes This book is another that is for older kids. 

String, Straightedge and Shadow. The story of Geometry If your child is taking a Geometry class, then they need this book.

The Man Who Counted Follow the adventures of Beremiz Samir, and take a journey in which, time and again, Samir summons his extraordinary mathematical powers to settle disputes, give wise advice, overcome dangerous enemies, and win for himself fame, fortune, and rich rewards.

Archimedes and the Door Of Science This book is packed with simple, often humorous, illustrations and diagrams that keep the reader interested.

The Lemonade War Who will win The Lemonade War?

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth This colorfully illustrated biography is about the Greek philosopher and scientist Eratosthenes, who compiled the first geography book and accurately measured the globe’s circumference.

The Grapes of Math If your child enjoyed The Grapes Of Wrath, they will love The Grapes Of Math!

The King’s Chessboard A single grain of rice on a chess board turns into riches for a very wise man.

Riddle-Iculous Math What’s the number of states in the U.S.A. minus the number of days in the month of May minus the number of paws on a grizzly bear minus the number of legs on the spider in your hair? Spider!?! Eeeek!

One Hundred Angry Ants Hi dee ho! It’s off to a picnic we go! One hundred very hungry ants hurry to sample the delights of a picnic, but marching in single file seems too slow for 100 empty tummies. The smallest ant of all suggests they travel in 2 rows of 50, four rows of 25 . . . and the division begins.

Math Matters Series The lively illustrations and humorous storylines will make children feel “right at home” with math.

 Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin (A Math Adventure) If you have a fairy tale lover, then this book is for you.

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (A Math Adventure) Learn geometry with some King Arthur humor!

Mathematics and Humor.  A hilarious but serious study on mathematics! Unique! 

The Man Who Knew Infinity: Ramanujan Set in 1913, this story is about a young Indian clerk who was unschooled. This story is a well documented eye opener into the culture of South India. Will make you want to study mathematics! 

In Code: A Mathematical Journey A great story to encourage your kids to want to study math! 

Of Men and Numbers: Story of Great Mathematicians This book was originally published in 1963 and is simply fascinating! It is a narration of the lives and stories of some of the greatest mathematicians that ever lived. Great resource! 

Elementary Algebra I really didn’t get what the hype was surrounding this curriculum until I was able to look at it in person at a homeschool convention. I was blown away! If you have a child who is struggling in math, give this set a try! I think that even adults can learn from this too! The material is covered in a very straight forward way which makes it easy to understand. 

Understanding Mathematics Another great tool for multiple ages. A must have for families teaching math. 

Have fun teaching math with the following—

Learning Wrap-Ups, Introductory Math Kit, (7268)Learning Wrap-Ups, Learning Resources - Money Bags Coin Value GameMoney Bags Coin GameMONSTER SOCK FACTORY First step to multiplication STEM toy Math manipulative and game Gift for 8 years and up Multiplication STEM toy Learning Resources Dinosaur Counters ToyDinosaur Counters Toy40 Fabulous Math Mysteries Kids Can't Resist (Grades 4-8) Math Mysteries Math File Folder Games: 42 Printable Math Games for Middle School StudentsMath File Folder Games


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The Everything You Need To Know Series is amazing! From English to Math, and for all different grade levels, this is the best homework helper out there!

Handwriting and Notebooking.  Those who have followed me a while know that I love journaling and notebooking! In fact, I have a whole group Bible study on the topic! So for this year I really am excited about using the 13 Colonies Themed pack from Notebooking.com and they also have this study on National Parks and Museums USA study and they have a 50 State bundle with bonuses! I also am going to be using the study from InAllYouDo for her Across the USA study. 

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