Big History Project

I signed up as a homeschooler for Big History Project and I've been working my way through the teaching lessons and planning. For those not familiar with it, Big History Project is a big picture online curriculum that integrates science, history, reading, writing and critical thinking. It can count as a high school English, Science or World History credit depending on how you set up. There are multiple lesson plans already available for different age ranges and abilities. Best yet, it is FREE! Bill Gates was excited to support this open source curriculum.after watching David Christian's Ted Talk The History of the World in 18 Minutes.

I plan to use it for the full year as a spine and integrate as much as possible into it. I will have an 11 year old (6th grade) and a 12 year old (7th grade). I combine quite a bit, but for some things I need to separate them. I'll be working with them on writing essays, time management and study skills. I plan to enroll them in a charter school next year so I want them to be prepared for testing and timed lessons. 

Here's what all I'll be using in addition to Big History Project. I will be posting my tentative schedule once I've nailed it down a little more. 


  • IEW World History Themed Writing. I plan to see how well they do with the BHP writing before getting this. I have used their themed writing before and wasn't crazy about it, but I want something really clear and structured for their writing. I like that it will include more world history. They will also be starting at a charter school next school year that uses IEW, so it would be nice if they were somewhat familiar with their teaching method. 
  • Grammar for Middle School by Killgallon


Science and History Videos to choose from

  • Crash Course History of Science & Astronomy - YouTube
  • Kurzgesagt - YouTube
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel - Amazon
  • Ancient Discoveries - History Vault
  • The Big History of Everything - Amazon Prime
  • How the Universe Works - Amazon Prime
  • Quark Science - Amazon Prime
  • Numbers - Amazon Prime
  • The Earth's Furies - Amazon Prime
  • How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson - Amazon Prime
  • The Evolution of Us - Amazon Prime
  • Crash Course World History - YouTube
  • Inventions that Shook the World - Amazon Prime
  • American Experience - Amazon Prime
  • Monument Men - Amazon Prime - Profiles each of the U.S. Presidents on Mt. Rushmore.

Literary Movies
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Read Aloud
  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott - I happen to love this series specifically for Big History because it brings together characters from mythology and history while working in multiple time periods. It is also a long series that could last the whole year.

Daily Reading Discussions


Penmanship Master Writer: Science and Philosopher topics
Math: Lials Basic College Math (11yo) and Lials PreAlgebra (12yo)
Logic: BHP Claims testing, Crash Course Media Literacy, 
Spelling: Sequential Spelling (11yo) Apples and Pears (12yo)
  • Big History Project has built-in vocabulary. 
  • I'll add in Confusing Science Terms I linked above when appropriate. 

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I have been homeschooling since 2009, but have been reading about it since 2003. Homeschooling is rapidly growing. Whether you are a veteran or new to homeschooling, I hope to filter some of the vast amounts of information for you


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