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My February Clicks



This covers ALL math!  This is by far the best math app that I have seen.


Truly this has to be the coolest yet.  I have looked at several apps and found this one ideal for history and science taught the classical way.  Full of activities for students, including quizes.


I have been looking for ways to meet core standards.  Despite the problems and current environment surrounding this rather hot issue, I have found that many of the standards, particularly in history, are emphasizing things that we, as classical home-schooling families, already consider important to the logic and rhetoric stages: using document-based tools and lessons.

Internet History Sourcebooks

Reading Like a Historian

Library of Congres:  Constitution  Includes the Teacher’s Guide and Resources.  I am using these resources for a week’s study.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government An older site, but it displays well on a tablet.

The US Government’s Official Portal for Kids A great place for the grammar-stage learners. (BETA) (Free for schools and up to 100 books can be downloaded each month for the membership fee.)

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Ancient History Reading

For reading and literature study, I am picking from  ….

  • The Boy of the Painted Cave, Justen Denzel
  •  Gilgamesh (Beautiful Feet study guide)
  • The Golden Goblet, Eloise Jarvis
  • The Dragon and the Theif, Gillian Bradshaw
  • Boy of the Pyramids, Ruth Jones
  • Traitor Queen, Nancy Faulkner
  • Hittite Warrior, Joanne Williamson
  • The Magical Monkey King: Mischief in Heaven, Ji-Li Jiang
  • Five Heavenly Emperors: Chinese Myths of Creation, Song Nan Zhang
  • Adventures in Ancient China, Bailey and Slavin
  • Between the Dragon and the Eagle,  Mical Schneider
  • A Brush with Magic, William Brooke
  • Legend of Mu Lan: A Heroine of Ancient China, Wei Jiang
  • The Cat of Bubastes, G.A. Henty
  • The Land of Gold, Gillian Bradshaw (sequel to The Dragon and the Theif)
  • Shadow Hawk, Andre Norton
  • Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Novel of Ancient Egypt, Lester
  • Tirzah, Lucille Traviw
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile, Eloise McGraw
  • His Majesty, Queen Hatsheput, Dorothy Carter
  • The Lost Queen of Egypt, Lucile Morrison
  • Casting the Gods Adrift: A Tale of Ancient Egypt, McCaughrean and Ludlow
  • The Trojan War, Olivia Coolidge
  • In Search of a Homeland:  The Story of the Aeneid, Penelope Lively
  • Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of “The Illiad”, Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Greek Myths, Oliva Coolidge (Greek Mythology Hunt)
  • Singer to the Sea God, Vivien Alcock
  • Book of Greek Myths, D’Aulaire
  • A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Mythology: Daedalus, Echo and Narcissus, the Fortunate King
  • Atalanta’s Lovers, Olivia Coolidge
  • The Golden Fleece: Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, Padraic Colum
  •  Foreigner – The Story of a Girl Named Ruth, Gladys Malvern
  • Mysterious Visitor: Stories of the Prophet Elijah, Jaffe and Savedier
  • Adara, Beatrice Gormley
  • The Golden Days of Greece, Olivia Coolidge
  • The Children’s Homer, Padraic Colum
  • The Tale of Troy: Retold from the Ancient Authors, Roger Green
  • The Wanderings of Odysseys, The Story of the Odyssey, Rosemary Sutcliff
  • God King, A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah, Joanne Williamson
  • Theras and His Town, Caroline Snedeker
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, Kathryn Lasky
  • What’s Your Angle Pythagoras?, Julie Ellis
  • Pandora of Athens, Barry Deneburg
  • Archimedes and the Door of Science, Jeanne Bendick
  • The Wrestler of Philippi, Fannie Newberry
  • Behold Your Queen, Gladys Malvern (Esther)
  • Victory on the Walls:  A Story of Nehemiah, Frieda Hyman
  • Exploits of Xenohon, Geoffrey Household
  • Alexander the Great:  Makers of History, Abbot and House
  • Conqueror and Hero: The Search for Alexander, Stephen Krensky
  • Beacon at Alexandria, Gillian Bradshaw
  • The Bearkeeper’s Daughter, Gillian Bradshaw
  • The Young Carthaginian, G.A. Henty
  • Atticus of Rome, Barry Deneberg
  • Herodotus and the Road to History, Jeanne Bendick
  • Caesar’s Gallic War, Olivia Coolidge
  • Lives of Famous Romans, Olivia Coolidge
  • Julius Caesar, John Gunther
  • Julius Caesar, Shakespeare
  • Great Caesar, Plantagenet, Somerset Fry
  • Cleopatra VII:  Daughter of the Nile, Kristiana Gregory
  • Cleopatra of Egypt, Leonora Hornblow
  • The Ides of April, Mary Ray
  • Beyond the Desert Gate, Mary Ray (sequel to the Ides of April)
  • Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace
  • Augustus Caesar’s World, Genevieve Foster
  • Lives of Famous Romans, Olivia Coolidge
  • Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, Jeanne Bendick
  • The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth Speare
  • Stephen:  A Soldier of the Cross, Florence Kingsley
  • Titus:  A Comrade of the Cross, Florence Kingsley
  • Barabbas, Par Lagerkivst
  • Vinegar Boy, Alberta Hawse

I should note that ancient history will take us two full years to study.  Some resources cover the same topic, and availability will determine which we read.  Literature studies are included in this list. 

Follow them in the order that I have listed to chronologically read your way through the ancients.

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Ancient History Copywork

While narration teaches facts to ideas and the ability to communicate, copywork teaches spelling and vocabulary.  Prose and beautiful words are impressed upon the mind.  These resources were choosen for the style, rich vocabulary, and historical value.  The content includes cultural, economic, and government explanations, letters, and documentation.

The Akkadean Precepts (2200BC) Startwrite

Hymn of the Nile (2100BC) Startwrite

Babylonian Proverbs (1600BC) Startwrite

The Code of Hammurabi (282 Codes of Law) (1750BC) Startwrite

The Code of the Nesilim (Hittites, 1650BC) Startwrite

Ugarit and the Bible , Letter (Syrian, 1200BC) Startwrite

The Odyssey by Homer (825BC) Startwrite

Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (823BC) Copy one or more of the faces.

The Roman Way of Declaring War (650BC)

Dedication Inscription on the Ishtar Gate (Babylon, 600BC)

Analects of Confucious (500BC)

The Twelve Tables of Roman Law (451BC)

Hellenes & Phoenicians by Herodotus (430BC)

Funeral Oration of Pericles (431BC)  …

The Carthaginian Law of Sacrifices (400BC)

The Hippocratic Oath (400BC) Startwrite

Cyropaedia by Xenophon (400BC)

The Republic by Plato (375BC) Scroll down to the quotes on The Republic.

The Edict of Milan (313) Startwrite

Cicero: Selected Letters (60BC) Covers Rome topics of various natures.

The Manner of Roman Charity

The Gladiatorial Games (Seneca Letters, 4BC-65AD)

Pliny Letters, Eruption of Vesuvius (4-79AD)

The Deeds of the Divine Augustus (14AD)


Ancient History Lesson Plans
Greek Mythology Scavenger Hunt (Task Cards and Key)

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Greek Mythology Hunt

Greek Mythology Scavenger Hunt

While you could read your way through mythology, do lap-books and folder-books, or even create notebook pages, I wanted something much more fun.

I have created the Greek Mythology Scavenger Task Cards.

Download the Greek Mythology Scavenger Task Cards

Download the Answer Key

These task cards require that you have, at the very least, computer access or book resources.

Popular Books

  • Greek  Myths, Olivia Coolidge
  • Book of Greek Myths, D’Aulaire
  • Singer to the Sea God, Vivien Alcock
  • A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Atalanta’s Lovers, Olivia Coolidge

Vintage Resources

Internet Links

Print the task cards on 3 x 5 blank index cards, or print the cards on the back of lined cards.  I am giving you access to the Word document so that you can print to larger index cards and write answers on the lined side of each card.  Change and format as you wish.  If you share these cards, please be kind and link back to me!


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