Christendom for Grammar Students

For the 2020-21 academic year, our history and literature studies will focus on Christendom.    

Books for Use in Class

Parents are not required to purchase these books for their students. These will be used in class. Teachers will give suggested homework for use at home. Only if you wish to complete that homework at home, will you need to purchase these books.

History Books:

Our Island Story -  the bestselling book by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall-represented the standard text for teaching children English History between 1905 A.D. and 1955 A.D.

Delightfully, Kings and Queens of England by Herbert and Eleanor Farjeon poetically dictates the stories of 41 English Monarchs from William I to Queen Elizabeth II.

A blank timeline book for students to record the major events and people they encounter in their study of history, literature, science, art, and music.

We will place a discounted group order from Cottage Press later in the summer. Required Purchase for 2nd grade and up.


Elementary Geography  with Maps and Illustrations by Charlotte Mason

Literature Books:

Coauthoring D’Aulaires Book of Norse Myths, the D’Aulaires give an illustrated introduction to Medieval Norse Mythology including Odin, Thor, Loki, Ragnarok, and the Valkyries.

We use this anthology each year in Grammar Humanities. An outstanding collection of poems that appeal to both boys and girls, compiled by a teacher who believed in the formative power of learning poetry by heart. “Children,” she maintains, “should build for their future — and get, while they are children, what only the fresh imagination of the child can assimilate. They should store up an untold wealth of heroic sentiment; they should acquire the habit of carrying a literary quality in their conversation; they should carry a heart full of the fresh and delightful associations and memories connected with poetry hours to brighten mature years. They should develop their memories while they have memories to develop.”

A lively retelling that chronicles the events of the time in which Robin Hood lived. Describes how and why he came to live in the Green Wood, and the adventures he had there with Little John, Maid Marian, and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Selections from the original ballads are woven into the story. A delightful introduction to these stories for children.

By Marguerite De Angeli, The Door in the Wall narrates the heroic deeds of a 14th-century crippled boy.

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb robustly retell the best Shakespearean comedies and tragedies.

Books for Use At Home

These are not scheduled by Providence Prep, but they are excellent resources and read-alouds for Christendom.

A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens provides an enthralling explanation of English history filled with sensational stories but horrible history.

Covering heroes throughout history, Heroes Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie covers such legendary medieval figures as King Arthur, Sir Galahad, St. George, and Robin Hood.

Depicting the changing world between 1451 A.D. and 1539 A.D., The World of Columbus and Sons provides narratives about figures from Columbus to Gutenburg.

The characters are legendary: King Arthur, Lady Guinevere, the wizard Merlin, the sorceress Morgan le Fay, the knights of the Round Table. Their stories are rich in magic and intrigue.

In When Knights Were Bold, Eva March Tappan provides a powerful picture of medieval life.

Thoroughly, Cathedral by David Macaulay depicts the creation of a fictional 13th-century French Cathedral.

From planning to building, Castle by David Macaulay examines the making of a medieval castle and town.

Monks and Mystics by Mindy and Brandon Withrow covers the history of the medieval church with material on  Crusades, Councils, Division, Islam, the Renaissance, and the university.

Engagingly, Courage and Conviction by Brandon and Mindy Withrow covers the history of the reformation church with material on Puritans, Reformers, Monarchs, American Exploration, and the Scientific Revolution.

In Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation, Douglas Bond entertainingly shares the background of several Reformation hymns.

Following the story of Shakespeare, Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley dramatically depicts the life, times, and theater of the most famous English playwright.

Art &Composer Study:

Opal Wheeler has traced the many-sided career of George Frederic Handel, whose restless nature vied always with his tremendous ability as a composer and director.

Opal Wheeler describes the yearly years of Frederic Chopin.

Succinctly, Meet the Great Composers: Book 1 by Hinson and Montgomery introduces the absolute greatest composers like Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and etcetera.

As a continuation of Meet the Great Composers, Book 2 covers the other great composers like Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky, and etcetera.

Providing 76 pictures to color, Musical Instruments Coloring Book by Ellen J. McHenry interactively introduces a child to the orchestra and its instruments.


Books and Materials by Level

Humanities II

Humanities I