Learning Through Literature in Grades K-3

The easiest, most effective way to develop a love of history in young students is by learning through literature. This homeschool history curriculum from Beautiful Feet Books can help you get started!

Image of young girl in blue striped shirt sitting in black chair in front of bookcase, reading a book entitled Phoebe the Spy

Recently my third-grade daughter told me that she didn’t really like make-believe books. She said she would rather read “true stories that actually happened.”

Well, like any good homeschool mom, I didn’t want to let that opportunity slip by me. So when Kiera expressed an interest in the Titanic, I immediately ordered several books that told about the amazing ship and its disastrous end.

Next we read an entire book about the Vietnam War, which interested her since her grandpa is a Vietnam veteran.

Now Kiera is hooked on great literature that tells the story of history . . . those engaging “true stories that actually happened.”

Image of smiling girl sitting at table with a stack of history books in front of her

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Learning Through Literature in Grades K-3

So how can you help your kids get hooked on history?

It’s simple, really.

Help them experience those “true stories that really happened” for themselves. Start reading high-quality living books about historical events that interest them . . . and let history come to life in their minds.

There are literally hundreds of fantastic historical books available for young children, including biographies, non-fiction, and historically-accurate fiction. The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming.

I’ve found that learning through literature is so much easier when I can follow a plan that is already laid out for me. Not only does it save me time, but it also saves my sanity. (Fellow perfectionists can probably relate to my compulsion to read every. single. book. out there, ha!)

Thankfully there is a homeschool history curriculum with a detailed plan laid out for teaching history through literature . . . just what I need as a busy homeschool mom.

Image of young girl in striped shirt sitting in front of bookcase and learning through literature entitled Phoebe the Spy

Literature-Based Homeschool History Curriculum

Beautiful Feet Books offers several excellent curriculum choices for homeschoolers who are interested in learning through literature.

This year we are using their Early American History Primary Pack. My daughter is looking forward to working her way through the stack of books, and I am loving that I don’t have any prep work to do!

The pack includes an easy-to-use teacher guide (with each day’s reading and discussion questions laid out) and 23 fantastic books about early American history.

From Leif the Lucky to Squanto’s Journey, and from d’Aulaire’s George Washington to Buffalo Bill, each book has been specially chosen to capture the interest of kids in grades K-3.

Kiera has been especially interested in the book Phoebe the Spy. Technically we haven’t gotten to that point in the Early American History curriculum yet . . . but in the meantime we will enjoy the books about Columbus and Pocahontas.

This curriculum truly is open-and-go, with no planning or preparation necessary. The focus is on reading and learning through literature—and I believe that there is NO better way to learn history.

Smiling young girl standing in front of bookcase holding a selection of history books for learning through literature

More from Beautiful Feet Books

In addition to the Early American History Primary Pack, there are other excellent literature-rich curricula available from Beautiful Feet Books. Visit the website to take a look!

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