Christendom for Primer 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:

A Child’s History of the World by V. M. Hillyer creates a chain of stories from prehistoric times to the 20th century.

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.

  • Timeline Recitation


Elementary Geography was originally written by educator Charlotte Mason in the 1880s, yet this beloved book for elementary-aged students still garners attention today. Blue Sky Daisies brings you the same classic book, completely re-typeset in a pleasing and fresh format.

C.C. Long’s Home Geography is a lovely introduction to the subject for children. Broken into short chapters with beautiful illustrations and poetry along with questions to help the child remember what has been taught, this book forms a solid foundation that can be built on in later years.

Intricately, Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling explores a tide pool through the story of Pagoo the hermit crab.

Literature Books:

Tales of Knights, Dragons & High Adventure is a book of heroic tales and legends.

Providing an introduction to Shakespeare, Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit presents a brief biography of Shakespeare's life and regaling renditions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Opening the door to poetry, Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris contains 700 poems from both classical authors-like William Shakespeare-and modern authors-like J. R. R. Tolkien.

Books for Use At Home

We also offer a suggested reading list for each year. These books are not required, but we will provide a sample schedule if you wish to enjoy at home with your student.

The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine F. Vos retells over 200 Scripture stories in age-appropriate language along with illustrations.

Aiming toward young children, The Book of Legends by Horace E. Scudder covers the tales of St. George and the Dragon, William Tell, King Cophetua, St. Christopher, The Wandering Jew, and the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus.

The Apple and the Arrow by Conrad Buff depicts William Tell and the Swiss rebellion from the viewpoint of a fictional son named Walter Tell.

Fancifully set in medieval France, The Minstrel in the Tower by Gloria Skurzynski follows the harrowing journey of Alice and Roger to escape a tower and save their Uncle.

                                          Following the fictional story of Shan, The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla perfectly pictures the romantic days of King Arthur.

Fine Print by Joann Johansen Burch recounts the tale of Johann Gutenberg: the German printer credited with creating movable type printing.

Excitingly, Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla shows the Viking boy named Sigurd having an adventure, then learning to write.

Through Viking Tales, Jennie Hall peers into Viking life, culture, and worldview.

Taking place in medieval London, Dick Whittington and His Cat by Marcia Brown follows Dick from a young waif with a talented ratter to Lord Mayor of London.


Art & Composer Study:

Thoroughly, Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher covers the complete biography of Bach from a steadfast student to a fine father.

In Joseph Haydn, The Merry Little Peasant, Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher explain the entire history of Haydn from a yearning youth to a merry man.

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