I make it a goal to keep the curriculum up-to-date to the best of my ability. Most updates will be replacing out-of-print or difficult to find titles, but occasionally I write more extensive revisions, such as when I completely rewrote Levels 5 and 6 last year.
This year, in 2021 and beyond, I plan on completing updates on as many levels as possible. I will keep this post updated as I make progress. Please check back here to see when the next update will be available!
Please note: All projected dates are tentative and for general, ballpark informational purposes only. While we are striving to meet each of these deadlines, a schedule slip of one may impact the future projected date of others. We will keep this page as updated as we can for a one-stop location for our latest estimates and intended revision order. We also reserve the right to reprioritize any emergency update that may require more timely attention.
Last Page Update: September 26, 2021
X – Level 0 – Updated as of November 2020
X – Level 1 – Updated as of February 2021
X – Level 2 – Updated as of April 2021
[ April 16, 2021 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 14“ – In this episode, we hosted a collab “Interview with Lindsey Sodano, Author of History Quest!” Since we have been changing our Levels 1 and Level 2 curriculum to use the first two History Quest books, I hope were able to tune in and chat with Lindsey and me! (watch Episode 14 video recording here)
X – Level 3 – Updated as of July 18, 2021
_ – Level 4 – Update tentatively scheduled for mid-to-late December (updating art books and out-of-print titles)
X – Level 5 – Updated as of August 2020
X – Level 6 – Updated as of August 2020
X – Level 7 – Updated as of September 26, 2021
The updated Level 7 booklist is available as of September 19!
_ – Level 8 – Update tentatively scheduled for January 2022 (updating out-of-print titles and the Thames and Kosmos science kit)
_ – Level 9 – Update tentatively scheduled for January 2022 (updating out-of-print titles)
_ – Level 10 – Update tentatively scheduled for April 2022 (updating out-of-print titles and science labs)
_ – Level 11 – Update tentatively scheduled for June 2022 (updating out-of-print titles and science labs)
_ – Level 12 – Update tentatively scheduled for September 2022 (updating out-of-print titles)
X – Prehistory – Updated as of May 2021
Are updated lesson plans free after purchasing a level?
99% of the time, you would be eligible for a free update if your previously purchased product gets updated (full year or unit study). The rare occasion would be some major rewrite that turns into a new product, which would have to be purchased as new. (This has yet to happen, but may in the future as plans unfold).
To get the new update, you have a couple of options:
1) If you still have your original purchase link in your e-mail, you can download the new version from there.
2) Send me a message with the name and email you used on your original purchase and I’ll be happy to send you a new download link.
Do I have to use the latest version?
Not necessarily. If you always want the latest and greatest of everything, you absolutely can. But you may need to buy some new materials when booklists change.
If you already purchased required books before an update, or previously used a level with an older child, you would be fine using it again as-is. Typically, most updates revolve around replacing out-of-print or otherwise difficult-to-source books. So if you already had them, or found them second-hand, you are all set.
But if the new updates contain new resources that excite you as much as me, you may want to determine for yourself if you want to include them. Getting the update for free will allow you to compare side-by-side for yourself. Flexibility is one of the cornerstones of the Build Your Library curriculum.
Can I get copies of the previous version?
Typically we do not keep multiple versions of a level active, as it would become extremely time-consuming to continuously juggle manual fulfillment of them. We would much rather spend the time continuously updating and improving the master copy of each level.