In fifth grade, you start all over with ancient history. Even though you are covering the same time period as first grade, there’s always more to do and learn. If you did not use The Story of the World volume 1 in first grade, then get it now for the fifth grade. If you did use it, you can use it again. This time, your child can read it, instead of you reading it aloud.

You will want to add other books to compliment your studies. Also, in first grade I do not use the test booklet — I add that into the curriculum for fifth grade. Map studies will be more detailed, and the timeline has more information. Use anything in the Activity Book that you skipped in First grade.  The Study Cards for each chapter are in the back of the Activity Book.  I printed them on card stock paper and had my kids color them. They look like this:

The Story of the World cards

Time period: Ancient History to the Last Roman Emperor

Story of the World, vol. 1 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

Story of the World activity book, vol. 1 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

Test Booklet, vol. 1 (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

Around the World Geography Coloring Book (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

World Map (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

The Kingfisher Atlas of World History (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

Bible Lands  (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)

Illustrated History of the World (links to my affiliate account with Amazon)


I make a timeline using a roll of white paper that can be taped to the wall. Divide the long strip of paper evenly with the dates clearly at the top. Be sure to add important dates in your life and your children’s birthdays. Divide the timeline from about 5000 B.C. to 400 A.D.

List of People: (read about and add to timeline)

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Cheops, Egpytian Pharoah 2700 BC

Abraham, 2100 BC

Hammurabi 1750 BC

Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt 1480 BC

Moses 1450 BC

Tutankhamen 1355 BC

Nebuchadnezzar 1146-1123 BC

King David of Israel 1000 BC

Homer 800 BC

Romulus 753-716 BC

Sennacherib 705-681 BC

Lao-tse 604 BC

Pythagoras 581-497 BC

Confusius 551-479 BC

Buddha 550-480 BC

Darius I of Persia 522-485 BC

Socrates 470-399 BC

Hippocrates 460 BC

Plato 427-347 BC

Aristotle 384-322 BC

Alexander the Great 356-323 BC

Shi Huangdi 221-207 BC

Hannibal  218-207 BC

Judas Maccabaeus 168 BC

Cicero 106-43 BC

Julius Caesar 100-44 BC

Virgil 70-19 BC

Caesar Augustus 45 BC-AD 14

Jesus Christ 4 BC – AD33

Caligula died AD42

Saint Paul AD 45

Nero died AD68

Marcus Aurelius AD161-180

Constantine the Great AD 306-337


Plan to have your kids memorize some important dates. This helps them (and you) see the order of what happens first. For example, we always memorize the names of Biblical characters — Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus — AENAMJ


Books for your child to read: Choose books that interest your child and is at their reading level. This is important for quiet time, when you want them to read alone for approximately 45 mins. everyday. It should be enjoyable and fun.

Books to read to your child: Choose some child versions of books that fit into the timeframe of the history you are reading. Choose books that you both will enjoy reading. You may find books at their reading level for them to read, or you may enjoy reading them aloud. My husband and I both enjoyed reading to our kids and learning about history.


Documentary DVDs

Look at what is available online and at the library. I have purchased some DVDs from the History Channel, but many are now available on Netflix or Amazon Prime.


Writing, Grammar, Spelling, and Vocabulary

Grammar – Easy Grammar, Grade 5 (you can buy the teacher edition which has the workbook on one page and the answer page on the facing page.

Spelling – Sequential Spelling – continue with the next level if used last year, otherwise, take the placement test to determine which level to use or start with level 5

Vocabulary – Wordly Wise Online or Vocabulary from Classical Roots (if you did level 4 in 4th grade, then move on to level 5) or this online vocab is great

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Choose one main text: (if you need to change from last year, because your child was not loving it, then try a new book.)

Math In Focus (Singapore Approach)

enVision Math

Math U See

Horizons Math (this is a Christian-based text) You can order just the first workbook and see how your child does or if you like it.

Saxon Math

Supplementary and Fun: Life of Fred Mathematics books –


Science Fusion 

Elemental Science

Real Science Odyssey series

Other Activities

Choose whatever your child would enjoy.

Music lessons — piano, violin

Horseback riding lessons

4-H Club — raising livestock, rabbits, goats, etc.

Art lessons


Weekly Plan

Monday – Friday: Math, Reading, Writing/Grammar/Spelling/Vocabulary

Tues and Thursday: History

Wed and Friday: Science

Field Trips: As often as you can

**Remember when you homeschool, you will complete your studies in a much shorter time period than public school. Don’t feel like you are not covering as much, more likely you will be covering more.