Purchase: Level 1 curriculum

Level 1
( Grade 1 – Age 6-8 )

Enter the world of Ancient history – where pharaohs ruled Egypt and built great pyramids, Spartan warriors fought against the might of Persia and Roman gladiators fought for their lives in the arena. You and your child will begin an epic adventure through world history using Story of the World as your travel guide.  You will also explore the artwork of the Ancient world and create your own masterpieces in the ancient styles. You will learn about the vast mythology that ancient civilizations created to explain their world.

Snuggle up on the couch and enjoy great literature that your whole family will enjoy. Follow the adventures of a heroic mouse in The Tale of Despereaux, explore an extraordinary chocolate factory in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and find out what true friendship really means in Charlotte’s Web.

The science focus this year is nature study, using The Nature Connection as your spine. You and your child will become keen observers as you keep a nature journal and study the world that exists in your own backyard.

My lesson plans guide you through the school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on the important things, like teaching your children.

The 306 page PDF lesson plans  include:

  • a daily and weekly schedule for 36 weeks of study
  • a reading list
  • a set of 6 – 8 narration cards
  • vocabulary words, discussion questions and copywork passages all tied to the literature readings
  • poetry memorization
  • timeline figures
  • research projects
  • 22 activity pages (including map work and research activities)
  • science lessons
  • art lessons

Also, The Ancient World comes with a copy of the e-book World Mythology for Children, written by my oldest daughter. It can be found in the last 50 pages of the Instructor’s Guide.

You can see a sample week here:

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Purchase Level 1 – The Ancient World – $34.95

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See the full booklist here:


The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition (Spine)
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (Spine)
Archaeologists Dig for Clues (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Greek Athlete!: Races You’d Rather Not Run
Pompeii…Buried Alive! (Step into Reading)
The Great Wall Of China (Aladdin Picture Books)
Cleopatra (Time-Traveling Twins)


World Mythology for Children (spine – included as the last 50 pages of this instructor’s guide)


The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (Spine used in Grades 1 – 3)
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
26 Fairmount Avenue (Newbery Honor Book, 2000)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht (Diary Histories)
Poppy (The Poppy Stories)
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 (Trade Bind-up)
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 2
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles 30th Anniversary Edition
The House at Pooh Corner (Pooh Original Edition)
Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery)
Nim’s Island
The Thieves of Ostia (The Roman Mysteries)


The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms (Spine)
One Small Square: Woods
The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration
The Tarantula in My Purse: and 172 Other Wild Pets
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12)
One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin


Ancient Egyptian Art (Art in History)
Ancient Greek Art (Art in History)
Ancient Roman Art (Art in History)

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Customer Testimonials:

I just wanted to say we are on our fourth week of the first grade curriculum and we have enjoyed it so much (I so wish I would have known about your curriculum at the beginning of this year). The books are so great. I haven’t had a chance to read a book of my own in a few years but these books are just as intriguing to me as they are for my kids. I already bought the second grade curriculum and will be collecting the books slowly but surely. Thanks so much! ~ Robbi (from the Build Your Library Facebook page)

I just wanted to say, Emily, that your book suggestions are phenomenal. I just received my last shipment from Better World Books and Amazon today and I can’t wait to get started! I am so excited to get reading with my kids and can’t wait to see their excitement and growth as they learn from such beautiful living books! Thank you for setting this program up!!!!!! ~ ChristinaC (from the Build Your Library forums)

Have you already purchased Level 1 – The Ancient World? We would you love to hear what you think and share your experience with others – Please feel free to leave a product review below in the comments! Thanks for your support!

One Response to Purchase: Level 1 curriculum

  1. Jennifer Ott says:

    We loved doing this curricula! We found new favorite books, enjoyed the copy work, and learned a ton. The guide is easy to use, the books are delightful, and the workload is just right.

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