History/Social Studies

Great Minds

This company offers curriculum in Math, Language Arts and History.

The math materials (covering K through 12) are available in free pdf form, or can be purchased in print. There is also an optional online component available as a yearly subscription. 

The K-8 language arts program is based on children's literature and looks like it would fit well with both Classical and Charlotte Mason philosophies. You must request a price quote, and pricing looks geared toward schools. But it's certainly worth looking into.

Paper Thin Personas

This is a great little website with printable paper dolls. The dolls represent many historical periods, body types, and ethnicities. Dolls and clothes can be printed in black and white for coloring, and the artist encourages kids to design their own clothes for the doll as well. 

Mrs. O's House

This site has a large collection of resources for about upper elementary to jr. high levels. There are internet hunts, project-based resources, puzzles, worksheets, and more. Subject matter is mostly history and science topics.

Building Heroes Academy

This company is just starting out and offering a very interesting concept: all-in-one, family-style, character-based curriculum. There is currently one year of curriculum available and you can pre-order the second year. (Looks like they're planning on at least four years of materials.) The program includes language arts, math, history, and science for elementary ages. *A note about religion/philosophy: The concept of this curriculum struck me as ripe for religious dogmatism, and I saw a few catch phrases that concerned me.

Curiosity Chronicles

This is a brand-new homeschool history curriculum. It looks like a classical approach to history, with the first volume on ancient civilizations out now and the next on medieval history in the works (no target date is mentioned.) It will be similar to the Story of the World books by Susan Wise Bauer, but intentionally secular. I know it will be eagerly awaited by many homeschoolers!

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