Biblioplan History Curriculum Review

 

I received the product in exchange for an honest and thorough review.  Despite this, the opinions stated herein are 100% my own.

 

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I found out about this program 2.5 years ago at a curriculum fair.  I wanted something that offered secular history.  I was quite impressed with this program – because it is thorough, it is versatile, it is affordable, and it is classical.  I approached the company and asked (in exchange for a review, if they would provide the medieval curriculum) – because I think it’s a really great program.

Biblioplan is more than a History curriculum.  It combines literature, history, social studies, writing, geography curriculum for  kids of any age!

Here is why I feel totally in love with the curriculum.

 
 

BiblioPlan is Versatile

 

World History Vs. Church History

Each chapter is broken up into a “world history” section and a “church history” section.  You can feel free to do, one or both.  Both sections are completely independent.  This s great if you are like me, and do not focus in on the Church History.  Plus, with a 3-4 grader and a kindergartener, it’s just too much information if we do both sections.

If you are secular, just focus on the world history.  It’s so easy. If you’re Christian, you can focus on both sections. The Church History section is spectacular and very thorough. You can really adapt it to your family – and I think that is one of the beauties of BiblioPlan – and the reason I wanted to review it.

 

The Series

The series includes 3 books (The Ancients, Medieval History, Early America and The World, and Modern America and The World).  You teach each subject 1 year, then it comes back the next four years and again the next four years and so on.  So, your children learn more in-depth when they are ready.  I love this aspect of the curriculum.

Here are the break downs.
 

  • Ancients – covers Ancient and Biblical History from Creation to the Fall of Rome
  • Medieval – covers Medieval and Church History from the Fall of Rome to the Renaissance
  • Early America – covers American and World History, 1600-1850, with Missionary Highlights
  • Modern America – covers American and World History, 1850-2000, with Missionary Highlights

 
The suggested lesson plans and book reading are divided up into grade levels grades K-12.  So, grades K-2 would have different book suggestions, and reading, then a Grade 9-12 would have.  The lesson plans are comprehensive and easy to follow.

 

The BiblioPlan Structure

For each of the four years, BiblioPlan offers the following products.
 

  • Family Guides.  These are your lesson plans.  They are divided into grade levels.  There are also great literature suggestion, optional spines and fantastic live books and literature suggestions.
  • BiblioPlan Companion.  This is your main text-book.
  • BiblioPlan Cool Histories.  These are weekly assignment sheets based on the lessons.  Usually we do this on Friday.  The histories are divided by grade level;  The Littles (grades K-2), The Middles (grades 2-6), The Upper Middles (grades 6-8) and Advance (grades 8-12).  The Upper Middles and Advance include unit tests.
  • Family Discussion Guides:  Which provide discussion questions to increase levels of understanding – and promote further learning based on interests.
  • Hands-on Maps.  These are geography lessons based on unit studies.  These are excellent!
  • Timelines.  They are cut out pieces that the children can build intricate timelines of events.  We don’t use this aspect much in our work.
  • Coloring book.  Simple sketches for history lessons.  Ava colors while we read our history work.  We use the sheet that corresponds to the unit we are working on.
  • Craft books.  Great crafts to go with the lesson plans.  We had a lot of fun creating a helmet!  There are tons of great project ideas included.

As you see there is a lot.  You can really adapt the program to fit the needs of your children and family. For us, we read the companion. We read The History of the World series books from Susan Wise Bauer, we read the encyclopedia lessons. At night, we will choose a read aloud book – that’s fun, but can be applied to our unit. Then at the end of the week, we do the geography maps and study questions to reinforce learning – and work on printing/handwriting and sentence structure.
 
 

BiblioPlan is Affordable

 
One thing that was a big concern for our family, was that I could realistically maintain the curriculum.  So many others that I looked at required you to buy loads and loads of books.  My thought on that…
 

  1. Why am I buying all these books that we WILL NOT READ.
  2. How many books can one read anyway?  We do have books that we WANT TO READ.
  3. I didn’t want to be overburdened by my curriculum.

 
This was a huge advantage for me.  While there are a lot of suggestions, I went through and picked ones that I thought we would like, and were in our public library.  Those are the ones we read.

I did buy a few that I really loved, and I opted for a few of the optional reference books.

Plus, you can get all the materials in print – or in PDF form – giving you a more affordable option.  Print out what you need, and don’t print out what you don’t want.

LOVE IT!

 

It’s a Classical Curriculum

 
I love learning with live books.  They bring the lesson to life.  I think my kids really love this about the curriculum as well.  The live books is what they remember.

 

As we go along through the spring and summer, I am going to share some of the crafts, coloring pages lessons and books that we have read.  In my opinion, it is really a phenomenal curriculum.  BiblioPlan makes history fun and interesting.

 

If you are interested in learning more about BiblioPlan, you can visit their website here.
 

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  1. This looks like a wonderful curriculum! Perhaps I’ll look into it myself, I do have a “sort of” plan for next year but if this looks better we may just go with this instead 🙂
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    • Hey Chrystal,

      It really is a very nice curriculum. It’s my favorite actually. For one, it includes a lot of disciplines in one. Hadyn works on his writing, grammar. It’s real application. Second, the material is really interesting. It’s well written and delivered. Third, it’s totally customizable. Do as much or as little. You don’t have to get everything. Pick and choose what’s right for your kids and budget.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  2. Jessica says:

    I know this is super old. But wondering if you’ve stuck with Biblioplan, and if you’ve done year one? How easy (or not) was it to do secularly?

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