Ancient Greece Textbook Free
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Ancient Greece: Textbook-Free History

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I have been asked several times, “Do you have a Textbook-free book list for Ancient Greece?”. Now, the answer is finally yes!

What exactly do I mean by textbook-free history? You can read all about it (or listen to the audioblog) here. Below you will find lists of living books, memory work, and other fun ideas so that you can craft a multi-age Ancient-Greece history curriculum for your family.

Ancient Greece Textbook Free

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Ancient Greece: Books

Spine Title:

Famous Men of Ancient Greece, Cindy Shearer

This is perfect to give the big-picture context of the time period and makes a lovely read-aloud for all ages.

History, Biography, Science

Ancient Greek Mythology

Beyond Books

ChalkPastel Ancient History Art Course

These video courses are an easy way to illustrate the stories and histories you’re learning.  I’m a big fan of Nana and her encouragement that #YouAreAnArtist!

Mosaics

Greek mosaic art is beautiful!  Try making your own imitation with pottery, paper, or stickers.  You can make this as complicated or as simple as you wish.

Greek Language

This is a perfect time to learn the Greek Alphabet!  Subscribers get access to my free printable alphabet cards. I also recorded a video so you can learn the Greek Alphabet set to music.

Want to go a bit deeper?  I love the Code Cracker Greek Alphabet book from Classical Academic Press.  Our family also has enjoyed learning some Greek root words via English from the Roots Up.

Astronomy

Astronomy makes a great science topic when studying Ancient Greece.  So many of the constellations come from the Greek’s mythical stories!  I share a ton of Astronomy books and ideas in this post (don’t let the “Lunar Eclipse” title fool you; it’s full of resources you can use any time).

Do you have a planetarium within driving distance?  Totally worth the time and effort!  The kids and I have loved the years we bought a family annual pass to our local-ish planetarium!

Olympics

When I was a homeschool student myself, I remember my mom did a backyard Olympics as part of our study of Ancient Greece.  We had a “marshmallow high jump” and other fun activities with friends, and we had fake laurel wreaths for the winners.  This would be a great co-op activity!

Especially if you’re studying Ancient Greece in an Olympics year, consider taking a month to delve deeply into the history of the Olympics as well as the modern games.  Follow a few favorite athletes, or chart the medals each country receives.

Field-trips

Now, most of us won’t be able to head to Greece.  But we can visit our local art museum and explore their Greek exhibit.  We can attend a nearby Greek Festival.  We can head to a Greek restaurant and enjoy the cuisine.  Depending on where you live, you may even be able to visit a recreation of the Parthenon in Tennessee!

Memory Work

We love including memory work in our morning time that is relevant to what we’re studying in history!

Grab your FREE textbook-free history planning pages here.

What Textbook-Free History topic would you like me to cover next? Comment below, or drop me an email! And if you like this post, would you consider sharing it with your friends? Thank you!


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Amy Sloan and her husband, John, are second-generation homeschoolers by grace alone to 5 children ages 4, 7, 8, 11, and 13. Their educational philosophy is one of humility and doxology, and follows primarily a classical approach. Amy loves coffee, perseveres through half-marathons and weight-training, and starts getting nervous if the stack of to-be-read library books beside her bed is less than 2 feet tall. Get her started on Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Homer, or Hamilton the Musical and it might be hard to get her to stop. Mostly, though, she gets really excited about the Gospel. The Sloan family adventures in North Carolina.

4 Comments

  • AMANDA

    Hi Amy! Thank you for sharing this post and all of your other ones on textbook free history! This will be our 3rd yr doing it! My kids love it! I was wondering if you have shared or would be willing to share how you schedule it? I struggle in this area….😂 Especially with the kids getting older, this next school yr I will be doing Greek history with a 7th & 8th grader. I just signed up for your planning pages which I am sure will help! Lastly, do you require them to DO anything with their readings? I would like to do more oral narrations but have a super active & chatty 3yr old..😂

    Also, we have 5 children of similar ages! I am so excited to find someone on a similar crazy journey!
    Thank you again!
    Amanda 😍

    • Amy Sloan

      Hi Amanda! I’m so glad this post came at a good time for you. 🙂 And, oh boy, I can empathize with the challenges of having a chatty little guy wanting to “participate.” lol

      So, I include our read-alouds and memory work during our morning time routine. We use a loop schedule to include various subjects in morning time, and it is generally 2 days a week that I’m reading aloud from a history book.

      When it comes to independent reading, I assign based on maturity/reading level/reading speed. I often find it is easier to schedule by time (for instance “read a history book for 30 min, 3x a week”) rather than by page numbers.

      We discuss what we’re reading during morning time, lunch time, random moments. For the older kids, I try to have ~30 minutes to sit down once a week to go over everything they had learned that week in history. Some children are less inclined to talk to me than others, so I’ve also learned to use car time when they’re strapped in and can’t go anywhere. 😉

      I also require reading journals. You can read how I do it with littles here and older kids here.

      For the high school level students, I also have them listen to Dr. Grant’s lectures.

      I’m a big picture scheduler, and this works well for my family. I think everyone has to find their sweet spot when it comes to planning. You can read how I schedule overall here.

      I hope this is helpful! Enjoy learning about Ancient Greece! It’s one of my favorite time periods to study. 🙂

  • AMANDA

    Thank you Amy for taking the time to reply! It really means a lot. We did similar things to what you suggested, last year for our history. Read for this amount and do a journal/written narration page… So glad to hear you do as well! It’s like validation or something….😂🤗 but it worked for us and my kiddos loved it. So I guess I know what we need to do or even better keep doing! I read your planning post and that helped as well.

    Seriously thank thank you! I feel like we are kindred spirits… ❤ anyways God bless you and yours & your next school year!
    Amanda 🤗

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