Introduction to BiblioPlan, Year One:


Ancient and Biblical History from Creation to the Fall of Rome

BiblioPlan, Year One covers Ancient and Biblical History from Creation to the Fall of Rome. Year One students will cover:

  • Biblical history from Creation through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • The ancient Mediterranean and Fertile Crescent civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece and Rome
  • Other ancient civilizations in China, India and the Americas

Each of the BiblioPlan Companion's 34 chapters is divided into three sections: Bible Focus, Ancient History Focus and Geography Focus.

The Bible Focus sections are God-honoring, Scripture-honoring, in-depth Bible lessons. If you buy BiblioPlan for no other reason, buy it for the Bible lessons! Treat your children to high-quality Bible lessons from a conservative, seminary-educated school teacher who loves the Lord and loves the Bible! These lessons weave the Bible story together with your study of ancient history. Wherever possible, the Bible lessons correspond with lessons on ancient civilizations other than Israel's. For example, when the BiblioPlan Companion covers Babylonia, it also covers the kings of Judah who confronted Babylonia and the prophets who spoke God's word to them.

Among the topics Year One students will cover in their Bible Focus lessons are:

Creation The Tower of Babel
Noah and the Flood The story of Abraham
The near-sacrifice of Isaac The story of Jacob
The story of Joseph Moses, the Plagues and the Exodus
The Judges and Ruth Kings Saul and David
The prophets Elijah and Elisha Israel's Fall to Assyria
The Scattering of Israel's Ten Lost Tribes Judah's Fall to Babylon
The Return of Judah's Exiles The story of Esther
The Maccabean Revolution The birth of Jesus Christ
The Life of Jesus Christ Christ's Death and Resurrection, Hallelujah!
Stories of Christ's Apostles Stories of the Early Church

The Ancient History Focus sections cover several ancient civilizations and empires, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece and Rome. These sections are filled with Fascinating Facts about:
Ancient creation mythsAncient ziggurats, pyramids and temples
The Epic of GilgameshThe Code of Hammurabi
Egyptian mythology, mummies and pharaohsGreek mythology
The Spartans and the AtheniansAlexander the Great
Rome's Seven Legendary KingsThe Roman Republic
Hannibal, Scipio and the Punic WarsSpartacus and the Servile Wars
Julius CaesarThe Roman Empire
Rome's Persecutions of Early ChristiansThe Fall of Rome

The Geography Focus sections cover basic World Geography-- facts about the globe, the continents, the oceans, the seas, landforms and more. They also include engaging details about the geography of the Ancient Near East and other regions.

BiblioPlan scopes its study of geography as follows: Years One and Two together constitute a full year of World Geography; while Years Three and Four together constitute a full year of U.S. Geography.

Notes on Scope and Sequence

BiblioPlan's scope and sequence for Year One presents Biblical history in chronological order. From Genesis through Malachi, and then on through the gospels and the Book of Acts, Year One follows the order of events from the Biblical record as closely as possible.

BiblioPlan's scope for other civilizations and cultures is a blend of chronological and topical. Whenever possible, Year One presents events in chronological order; however, we have found that constantly jumping back and forth between the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece and Rome can be confusing. Instead, Year One assembles each of these cultures into a unit, and then makes every effort to explain when and how these civilizations interacted.

Above all, Year One is careful to explain how each of these civilizations interacted with important figures from Biblical history. For example, Year One students meet the Egyptians in Chapter 4, when Abraham interacts with them; and they learn more about the Egyptians in Chapter 7, when Joseph arrives in Egypt. Next, students spend Chapters 8 and 9 learning interesting details about Egypt; and then, after they are more familiar with Egypt, they learn about Moses and the Exodus in Chapter 10.

Year One is divided into five units as follows:

  1. Unit One, Creation to Joseph: 7 Weeks
  2. Unit Two, Egypt and the Nation of Israel: 7 Weeks
  3. Unit Three, Israel Divided-- Assyria and Babylonia: 6 Weeks
  4. Unit Four, Persia and Ancient Greece: 5 Weeks
  5. Unit Five, Rome, Jesus and the Early Church: 9 Weeks

Here is a sampling of the age-appropriate literature selections outlined in the Family Guide for Year One:

Adam and Eve in the Garden (Pulley)
10 Steps to Z-Z-Zing: Exodus 20:1-17 for Children(Curren and Heuer)
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale (Demi)
The Aesop for Children
Sarah and Abraham: The Wonderful Promise (MacKensie)
Joshua: The Brave Leader (Mackenzie)
Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights (Harvey, and Dawood)
China’s Bravest Girl: Legend of Hua Mu Lan (Chin)
Adam and His Kin (Chick)
Tirzah (Travis)
The Children’s Homer (Colum)
The Spartan (Snedeker )
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Odyssey (Homer)
Family Read-Alouds
The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt (Henty)
Black Ships Before Troy (Sutcliff)
The Bronze Bow (Speare)


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