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This year’s Charlotte Mason-inspired Bundle contains some of the most exciting “living” history books and resources for art and music appreciation. With this bundle, you and your children will:

  • Learn about the Baroque and Classical composers
  • Enjoy nature with notebooking pages and a science curriculum based on nature study.
  • Develop a love of hymns with the Hymn Study Set.

The bundle includes:

  • The Mystery of History Volume II audiobook and companion folder books from Bright Ideas Press (a Cathy Duffy Top Pick publisher!)
  • Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way
  • A popular full curriculum guide for grades K-12 from Wayfarers.
  • A Charlotte-Mason inspired Spanish curriculum.

PLUS many more beautiful and character-building copywork and notebooking resources!

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Here is what is included for only $49.95

Wayfarers Medieval History$75.00

Author/Publisher: Barefoot Meandering

Wayfarers is a full curriculum guide. Each volume contains a schedule with all the assignments listed for preschool through graduation, so your entire family can study the same time period together while you only have one guide to keep your studies organized. Each sample includes the reading lists and the first three weeks of lessons. Each day has a two-page spread, and those two pages show all the assignments for all age groups. Wayfarers is classical. By following the four-year history rotation, the entire household can study the same time period, paving the way for shared extracurricular activities and discussions. Wayfarers is Charlotte Mason inspired. With a focus on living books, copywork, and narrations instead of textbooks and busywork, Wayfarers provides a rich learning environment to feed the imagination.

Quark Chronicles: Anatomy$15.00

Author/Publisher: Barefoot Meandering
Quark Chronicles is a literature-based science spine. Children learn the basics of the various branches of science in the context of an exciting adventure story. Tom, Sally, and the twins–Joe and Mike–have some serious problems. After being kidnapped by space pirates, the children managed to escape with the help of a living spaceship that they nicknamed Auntie. But during their escape, they traveled through a wormhole and now have no idea where they are. They’re working to find their way back to planet Earth, having adventures along the way. When Auntie becomes ill, the children are in danger of losing their home, their transportation, and their friend. As they search for a cure, they learn all about anatomy. Each Quark Chronicles book has an optional set of Notebooking Pages which focus on copywork and narration instead of comprehension questions. The Notebooking Pages also include optional additional reading as well as pages for vocabulary and science experiments. Quark Chronicles is worldview neutral, meaning that you can use it regardless of how you feel about creationism, intelligent design, and evolution. Some science facts are just…facts. We don’t believe that science always has to be a divisive subject.

The Mystery of History Volume II Audio MP3 (Quarter 1 and 2)$22.00

Author/Publisher: The Mystery of History
The Mystery of History is a Cathy Duffy Top Pick! Bring The Mystery of History to life! Through this downloadable audiobook, you can listen to The Mystery of History Volume II (Second Edition*) through the voice of the author, Linda Lacour Hobar. The set in the Build Your Bundle Sale includes Quarters 1 & 2. When you purchase this product you will get a coupon to purchase Quarters 3 & 4 at a discount.  With the addition of soft thematic music, you’ll feel as if you’re traveling through time. In the car, over lunch, before bed, or as an integral part of your school day – there are endless ways for all ages to benefit from this listening library of world history. CHRONOLOGICAL, CHRISTIAN, and COMPLETE - A World History Curriculum for All Ages The Mystery of History Volume II picks up where Volume I leaves off with exciting stories of the Early Church and the complex history of Medieval times. Spanning AD 30-1460, this volume includes Vikings and villains, castles and crusades, samurai and shoguns, Dante and Chaucer, and much more. “Chronological, and Complete” – this book can be used by all ages.

The Mystery of History Volume II - Folderbook (Quarter 1 and 2)$16.00

Author/Publisher: Bright Ideas Press
The Mystery of History Volume II Folderbooks contains both the mini-books and the directions needed to fold and use them. The folderbooks accompany the The Mystery of History Volume II audiobooks, also found on the Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle. Students who enjoy working with their hands, who are artistic, creative, or visual will thoroughly enjoy a well-designed, meaningful Folderbook. Additionally, the time spent working together on Folderbooks yields meaningful discussion with your students as they further explore and recall what they have learned! Is your family new to the concept of Folderbooks?  Folderbooks typically consist of mini-books, attached by tape or glue, to one or more 8.5 X 11 cardstock file folders. The making of these mini-books can be simple or complicated depending on the age and interest of the student. Folderbooks provide a meaningful and enjoyable way to help visual and kinesthetic learners grasp concepts. Graphic organizers present material in a different way than words alone. They help the brain to sort through and organize facts and concepts and tend to be easier to remember than straight prose. Bright Ideas Press Folderbooks:
  • Enhance the information being taught. We don’t use Folderbooks for exact duplication of a lesson—but rather for a review and for a new and graphic look at the facts presented.
  • Ensure that the information needed for the mini-books can be taken right from The Mystery of History lessons.
  • Often allow flexibility to be turned sideways affording younger students more space for writing.
  • Provide quality artwork; attractive even if a student does not want to color it in.
  • Include—in addition to written directions—photographs of the steps and the finished product in order to fully demonstrate assembly.
  • Offer printed answer keys for younger students or those struggle with writing.
Bright Ideas Press is a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Publisher!

Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way$6.99

Author/Publisher: The Charlotte Mason Way
Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way is the vision of the Charlotte Mason way and will give your children the right elements of education to arrive to self education. Implementing these elements of education will naturally lead to self education, which develops life long learners that are motivated to learn beyond their lessons. Understand What Self Education Looks Like This ebook will open your understanding on what self education is and what it looks like, so you can identify it in your own homeschooling journey. Learn How to Implement Key Elements From our own journey with the Charlotte Mason way, I share the key elements of her method that lead our children to developing the skills necessary for self education to form. Prepare Your Child for Life This ebook gives you the tools necessary to unlock the life skills necessary for a child to become a motivated learner and demonstrate self education for life long benefits.

Backyard Science$4.99

Author/Publisher: The Homeschool Scientist
When people think of science, they often think of laboratories, lab coats, and microscopes. The truth is science is everywhere and so much more than chemicals and experiments. In fact, one of the best ways to learn about science is to take the short trip to the backyard. The backyard offers an opportunity to observe and study animals, plants, weather, soil, rocks, and more! Think of it as your family’s private laboratory and observatory where the science comes to you. It is a safe place to explore, observe, and test. Use the Backyard Science ebook as a launching pad into the world of science. Catch bugs, build bird feeders, and keep track of rainfall totals. Let your kids see how much fun science can be. WHAT'S INSIDE?
  • Eight chapters of backyard science lessons and activities
  • Lessons geared toward K-8th grade that could be easily adapted for older students
  • Hands-on backyard activities for all ages
  • Printable worksheets
  • Links to additional resources and information
  • Simple black and white lesson and printable pages to save you printer ink

Nature Study Notebooking Pages$10.95

Author/Publisher: NotebookingPages.com
This e-set of 293 regular and primary-lined notebooking pages includes a variety of notebooking layouts specifically designed for nature studies. Also includes 100 BONUS Fun Frames and Borders designed for both primary and regular-lined styles! This set includes 3D Nature Study Notebooking Pages! Use our 3D mini-book templates with these specially formatted pages. Pages and general topics include:
  • 7 Days of Creation
  • All About Animals
  • Habitats
  • Nature Log & Journaling Pages
  • Plants, Flowers, & Trees,
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • “Suggested Ideas” pages for these notebooking pages.
  • Cover pages also included for each major section.

Uncover Exciting History$13.00

Author/Publisher: Golden Prairie Press
History Is Not Boring! What is history anyway? It is the story of real people who did real things. For history to be fun for everyone (even those who think they hate history), it must go beyond hard facts and meaningless dates to the real people who made the significant events happen. People like George Washington, who bravely crossed the partly frozen Delaware River to attack the British at Trenton. Stories like that of the bold Americans who bravely fought against the Barbary pirates during the little-known Barbary War show how interesting history is. True History Is Exciting! Here are some of the stories in this book:
  •     Discover how the U.S. created the Constitution
  •     Experience the miraculous victory at the Battle of New Orleans
  •     Explore America's expansion west
  •     Uncover one of America's best weapons used during World War II
This book is great for:
  •     History Buffs
  •     Those who want the story behind the event
  •     Adults who want a snapshot view of American history
  •     Homeschool families, either as a read aloud or for students 12 and up
In this 184 page book you will meet some of America's most famous people like George Washington and some of her not so famous people like Daniel Webster. Click here to see the table of contents. There are also four bonus chapters! The first bonus chapter is about famous mothers and the next three are about famous explorers. Bonus Chapters:
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: Mothers Who Changed the World Through Their Children
  • Medieval Explorer: Marco Polo
  • Evangelistic Explorer: David Livingstone
  • Daring Explorer of Antarctica: Robert Falcon Scott

Maestro Classics My Name Is Handel: The Story of Water Music$9.97

Author/Publisher: Maestro Classics
The Story: When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king's good graces, he had a brilliant idea... He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I! The music became known as Water Music, one of Handel's best-loved compositions. In this recording The London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Stephen Simon perform music from Handel's Water MusicMessiah, and Rinaldo throughout the story. My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music was the recipient of a National Parenting Center Gold Award and a Parent's Choice Silver Award. Extras: The included 24-page activity booklet contains the history of the harpsichord and organ, words to a sing-along song, information about Handel's life, puzzles, and more! After purchasing the CD/MP3 download free sheet music for "My Name is Handel", an accompanying homeschool curriculum guide with lessons in history, science, geography, language arts, art, music and math and print out a George Frideric Handel crossword puzzle and coloring page.

Maestro Classics My Name is Handel Lapbook$13.00

Author/Publisher: A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks
This 3 folder lapbook is especially made to go along with the Maestro Classic's My Name is Handel. This purchase is for the lapbook only. The Maestro Classics Audiobook is also available in the Charlotte Mason Insipred Bundle. When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king's good graces, he had a brilliant idea. He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I. The music became known as "Water Music," one of Handel's best-loved compositions.

A Walk in the Woods - Cursive Copywork$9.80

Author/Publisher: LightHome Publications
This copy book of beautiful, picturesque writing set amidst illustrations of natural beauty will delight kids from 4th grade through 12th. Full of word-picture scenes of the beautiful and interesting things a forest holds. Written by a homeschooling mother and daughter with the goal of giving students ample cursive practice of each letter in the alphabet. On its page each letter is repeated up to 42 times, but in sentences that are sensible yet charming enough kids will gladly do any page twice. Delightful text worth reading aloud as examples of alliteration, with breathtakingly beautiful coloring pages and a special section at the end of illustrated nature craft ideas to try.

Hymn Unit Study and Copywork Set$34.95

Author/Publisher: Encouraging Moms At Home
Each of these Hymn Study and Copywork ebooks includes the entire hymn in five line styles for copying, sheet music for the hymn, and an informational summary of the hymn’s history and author. Each product has beautiful line art for coloring if desired. All Creatures of our God and King includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 59 pages. Amazing Grace includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 26 pages. Anywhere with Jesus includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 52 pages. Be Thou My Vision includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 29 pages. O Love That Will Not Let Me Go includes four verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 31 pages. Each verse of each hymn is presented in five line styles, and the lines are ALWAYS the same size in each of our different books. Page number varies due to the length of the actual verse and whether or not we can fit each verse on one page with room to copy.

The Fun Spanish$14.95

Author/Publisher: Brookdale House
The Fun Spanish is a fun, beginning Spanish program which teaches Spanish the Charlotte Mason way, one fun phrase at a time. Elementary children read fun Spanish sentences, write fun Spanish sentences, and draw fun silly pictures to aid in memory retention. With The Fun Spanish children draw pictures of green cats, orange rats, fish in trees, and blue houses with wings. Verb conjugations included are the following: ser (to be) , estar (to be), tener (to have), vivir (to live), comer (to eat), jugar (to play), saltar (to jump), ver (to see), oír (to hear), dormir (to sleep) and querer (to want). Besides verb conjugation, prepositions, and a host of vocabulary, children using The Fun Spanish also learn the fundamental structure of Spanish sentences. At one lesson every two weeks, The Fun Spanish is a yearlong program.

Kind Kids Care A-Z Manuscript Penmanship$7.25

Author/Publisher: LightHome Publications
Delightful illustrations of kind and loving Christian character through copywork about a child's exemplary behavior, plus Bible verses. Teaches young children in the early grades Christian character through examples of the children told about in the copywork. Your children will learn how to behave kindly as they copy these pages in manuscript printing on the lines provided. Relevant Bible verses are included on each page, along with very appealing illustrations of kind and thoughtful children. Pictures are suitable for coloring.

Baroque and Classical Composers Collection$14.95

Author/Publisher: Enrichment Studies
Our composer study resources make it easy for you to introduce your children to classical music and composers easily, inexpensively, and without spending a ton of time tracking down the information yourself! We’ve combed the internet to find the best available resources, reviewed them for their educational value, and have previewed everything to make sure that any potentially objectionable content is known to parents in advance so you can determine appropriateness for your own children. We have compiled and organized our findings into an easy-to-use single page that includes all links, videos, and information for you, so you can easily get using the materials that best suit your family, without having to do all the legwork to put it together yourself! Your family will love these videos, fun printables, streaming music, and more.  The videos, in particular, are so helpful for pre-readers, dyslexic kids, and others that struggle with reading or shouldn’t read on a screen.  The videos also free up mom for other things while the kids are happily learning! You will love learning about some of the most popular composers of all time in this collection that focuses on the Baroque and Classical eras. This collection includes:
  • Vivaldi
  • Bach
  • Handel
  • Haydn
  • Beethoven
  • Mozart

John James Audubon Fine Art Pages$5.50

Author/Publisher: Enrichment Studies
You want to introduce your children to fine art, but lack the time and method for follow-through, right?  Fine Art Pages are the answer!  These downloadable, printable collections feature one piece of art per page, plus *just enough* information about the piece and the artist.  The method is organic:  print ’em out, put ’em up.  Let your family observe, absorb, and enjoy!  It works.  And best of all:  it doesn’t run on Mom Power! In John James Audubon Fine Art Pages America’s foremost ornithologist, naturalist, and painter is featured here with 10 printable works of his art. Combine your love of art and nature study with this collection!

Sacagawea $4.99

Author/Publisher: Knowledge Quest Inc.
Sacagawea is an interactive historical novel that challenges readers to dig deeper into the true lives of extraordinary individuals AND stretches the idea of how stories themselves are told. Sacagawea is a riveting account and intimate look into the life of one of America’s most beloved women. Sacagawea makes a great living history book!

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Rubber People? MesoAmerican ballgame? What are those?
Category: History
Tags: Ancient history Charlotte Mason Elementary grades Bible civilizations


Olmec Civilization c. 1600 BC to c. 1000 BC

Another civilization appeared in southern Mexico around the same time as the Maya. This civilization is known as the Olmec and they settled on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico (in the current states of Veracruz and Tabasco) directly north of where the Maya lived. No one knows what the Olmec called themselves. The name Olmec comes the Aztec language and means "rubber people." They were given this name due to their mastery of the use of rubber.

The first real evidence that we have for the early stages of the Olmec culture comes from a bog called El Manat in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The Olmecs used this site from approximately 1600 B.C. until 1200 B.C. Archaeologists have discovered some interesting objects in this bog including wooden sculptures, ceremonial weapons, rubber balls, and babies' bones. No one knows how the babies died, but each set of bones has its own wooden sculpture. The wooden sculptures are busts (the torso, shoulders, and head of a human figure). Most of the the wooden busts were wrapped before being buried. Each one had an individual facial expression and each one was buried with different objects.

Also found in the bog were rubber balls buried together with axes, pottery, knives, beads, and more. These objects were carefully placed in specific patterns and not just thrown in a pile. The rubber balls were formed by taking natural rubber and changing its chemical makeup in a process called vulcanization. This process causes the rubber to be less sticky and hold its shape. The discovery of these rubber balls caused archaeologists to consider the Olmec as possible creators of the Mesoamerican ballgame. This ballgame was very popular among later cultures in that region. No one knows the exact rules, but the general idea seemed to be keeping a rubber ball in play by hitting it against a high wall with one's hip. This game was, of course, played for fun sometimes. However, given the elaborate ballcourts that were built, it is highly likely that the game had some ceremonial function as well.

A solid rubber ball used or similar to those used in the Mesoamerican ballgame, from Kaminaljuyu, 300 BC to 250 AD.With a manopla, or handstone, used to strike the ball, also from Kaminaljuyu, 900 BC to 250 AD.The ball is 3 inches (almost 8 cm) in diameter, a size that suggests it was used to play a hand ball. A mitten-shaped space has been carved out for the player's hand. The handstone was probably strapped in place. The far side of the stone is worn nearly smooth where it struck the ball, putting spin on it. Traces of rubber still adhere to the surface.
Photo by Madman2001

Category: History
Tags: Ancient history Charlotte Mason Elementary grades Bible civilizations

DO YOU KNOW WHAT DRAGON BONES ARE? If not, read this free excerpt below from Honour of Kings' Ancient and American History Book 1.

Ox scapula with a divination inscription from the Shang Dynasty, dating to the reign of King Wu Ding. Unearthed at Anyang, Henan Province. Held at the National Museum of China in Beijing. Photo by BabelStone 2011

The discovery of physical proof of the Shang dynasty happened because of an illness. Just before 1900, the director of the Imperial College in China (Wang Yirong) was sick with malaria. His doctor told him to take Long gu (Dragon Bones) as medicine. (Dragon bones are fossilized animal bones that are ground into a powder. They have high amounts of calcium, potassium, and sodium.)

Director Wang noticed that some of the bones at the pharmacy were carved with inscriptions. He believed that they might be early Chinese texts. He sent his assistant to find out where the bones came from and eventually, it was determined that the origin was a little village named Xiaotun. This site is now called Yinxu and it is located on the west side of Anyang city, China. Yinxu is located just north of the Yellow River and is believed to have been the last capital of the Shang dynasty of China.

In 1917, Wang Guowei was able to decipher the portion of some writing on the bones that contained the Shang kings. This allowed him to construct a genealogy which was very similar to list found in the history of China written by the Grand Historian Sima Qian. This caused archaeologists to become even more interested in these bones.

Historians soon called these bones "oracle bones" because they contained information about the Shang dynasty of China. The oracle bones were formed when a king or his magicians would use a hot poker to produce cracks in a turtle shell or cattle shoulder bone while they asked a question which they wanted answered. They would look at the cracks to see if they had gotten a favorable or unfavorable answer to the question. The engravers would then carve the question, the answer, and sometimes even the result into the bone or shell. From these oracle bones, archaeologists have learned that the Shang dynasty had a well-developed and organized written language.

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