Frequently-asked Questions
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  1. What home school conventions will BP reps be attending in 2017?

  2. Where can I find free samples of BP products?

  3. My hard drive crashed, and I lost all my BP e-books. What now?

  4. How might BP work in a homeschool cooperative, Christian school or virtual school setting?

  5. Are there any online virtual schools that use BiblioPlan?

  6. Should I buy an e-book bundle, a hardcopy bundle or a blended bundle?

  7. What is BP's return policy?

  8. I have a first grader, a fourth grader and a seventh grader. Which BP products should I buy?

  9. How many additional books will I need beyond the core BP curriculum?

  10. Is there an online support group for BP users?

  11. Is there any rhyme or reason to the color coding in the Companion?

  12. How can I tell which sections of the Companion I should read or assign to children of different ages?

  13. How can I use BP with my K - 2 student?

  14. I have more than one K - 2 student. Do I need a Cool History for Littles for each of them?

  15. I have more than one student. Do I need a Hands-On Map book for each?

  16. What is the difference between Cool History for Upper Middles and Cool History for Advanced?

  17. I have teenagers who need high school credit. What subjects does BP cover for high schoolers?

  18. Is the Timeline only for the Littles and Middles age groups?

  19. Can I use BP with Classical Conversations?

  20. What is BP's strategy for integrating Bible readings with history readings?

  21. Does BP have an Errata Page?

  22. Does BP have a statement of faith?


Answers

What home school conventions will BP reps be attending in 2017?
You can find BP reps at the following conventions:

  1. Fort Worth, Texas: GHSC, February 23-25
  2. Greenville, SC: GHSC, March 16-18
  3. Nashville, TN: TTD, March 30 – April 1
  4. Cincinnati, OH: GHSC, April 20-22
  5. Albuquerque, NM: CAPE, April 20-22
  6. Frederick, MD: MACHE, April 21-22
  7. Atlanta, GA: TTD, May 11-13
  8. Arlington, TX: THSC, May 11-13
  9. Orlando, FL: FPEA, May 25-27
  10. Winston-Salem, NC: NCHE, May 25-27
  11. Naperville, IL: ICHE, June 1-3
  12. Lancaster, PA: CHAP, June 2-3
  13. Richmond, VA: HEAV, June 8-10
  14. Ontario, CA: GHSC, June 15-17
  15. Denver, CO: CHEC, June 15-17
  16. Pittsburgh, PA: ACCS, June 22-24
  17. Phoenix, AZ: AFHE, July 7-8
  18. Pasadena, CA: CHEA, July 13-15
  19. Woodlands, TX: THSC, July 20-22
  20. Atlanta, GA: SEHE, July 28-29
  21. Modesta, CA: VHE, July 28-29

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Where can I find free samples of BP products?
Just follow this link to our FREE SAMPLES page. The first three weeks of most BP materials are available there in free bundles. Also, there are samples of each individual product on that product's description page.

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My hard drive crashed, and I lost all my BP e-books. What now?
If you bought your e-books from BP, then we have a record of your purchase. Just email contactus@biblioplan.net and give us the email address you used when you ordered. We can renew your links in a flash. However, we cannot renew links of old materials that we no longer sell, or that have undergone major revisions since you bought.

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How might BP work in a homeschool cooperative, Christian school or virtual school setting?
BP works great with co-ops and schools! Actually, BP was born in a homeschool cooperative, so it is specifically designed to make teachers' lives easier. If your co-op or school is interested in BP, then just email contactus@biblioplan.net. We can help you discern how best to implement BP, and we offer group discounts.

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Are there any online virtual schools that use BiblioPlan?
We know of one: Beacon of Hope Online Schoolhouse, which has as its motto "Putting God Back into Education."

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Should I buy an e-book bundle, a hardcopy bundle or a blended bundle?
There are advantages to each:

  • E-book bundles are the least expensive option. All of our products come as PDF files, viewable on computers, tablets and phones.

  • Hardcopy bundles are for customers who feel that e-readers are a poor substitute for a book in their hands. They are also for those who want to avoid the hassle and expense of printing Cool Histories and Hands-On Maps for their students each week.

  • Blended bundles contain the Companion/Remember the Days as hardcopies and everything else as e-books. Families with more than one student often buy blended bundles because they need more than one copy of their Cool Histories and Hands-On Maps, and prefer to print the extra copies themselves.

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What is BP's return policy?
We're sorry, but we can't accept E-book returns. Please understand that once you've downloaded our materials, there is no way to return them. We do accept hardcopy returns; however, we must ask buyers to (1) return their books in unused condition; (2) return them within one week of receipt; and (3) pay shipping. We also charge a 20% re-stocking fee.

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I have a first grader, a fourth grader and a seventh grader. Which BP products should I buy?
You should start with a Bundle for Middles, which includes the Companion**, the Family Guide, the Cool History for Middles, the Hands-On Maps for Middles, the Timeline and the Craft Book. Then you should supplement that bundle with two extra products: Cool History for Littles for your first grader, and Cool History for Upper Middles for your seventh grader. You might also add a Coloring Book for your first grader. If your seventh grader is more advanced, then you might consider adding Hands-On Maps for Advanced. If your seventh grader is very advanced and has an aptitude for history, then you might consider adding Cool History for Advanced instead of Cool History for Upper Middles.

**For those who are studying Year Two, the Bundle for Middles now includes Remember the Days instead of the Companion.

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How many additional books will I need beyond the core BP curriculum?
First of all, the Companion and Remember the Days are complete enough to stand on their own. You don't have to add any outside books at all if you don't want to.

Beyond that, BP is designed for maximum flexibility. You can assign as many or as few supplemental books as you like. Many of our customers choose to read The Story of the World, A History of US or The Mystery of History alongside the Companion each week. Then they supplement these readings with one, two, three or more literature selections from the Family Guide for each unit (5 - 6 units per year). To save money, many of our customers try to find supplemental books at their local libraries. Some of these books are in the public domain, and are available on free e-reader services like Project Gutenberg.

If you wish to buy supplemental books online, then you may link to them through the book lists on this website. BiblioPlan lists its literature selections for all four years, along with links to stores where these books are available-- mainly Amazon and Christian Book Distributors. Follow these links to our book lists:

Year One Book ListYear Two Book ListYear Three Book ListYear Four Book List
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Is there an online support group for BP users?
BP users have formed a Yahoo! group on which they share homeschooling questions, tactics and experiences. BiblioPlan's authors help moderate this group, and often respond to questions posted there. You can also find BiblioPlan on Facebook here.

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Is there any rhyme or reason to the color coding in the Companion?
In general, the Companion is color-coded as follows. The narrative of history usually appears in black-on-white text in prose form, timeline form or combined prose/timeline form. Definitions, charts, Fascinating Facts and so on appear in black text on colored backgrounds. The Companion is not color-coded according to students. The colors and pictures are there to make each page more child-friendly and exciting.

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How can I tell which sections of the Companion I should read or assign to children of different ages?
In both the Cool History for Littles and the Teacher's Guide, BP provides lists of Companion readings that are appropriate for the Littles age group each week. Beyond that, the Companion is very flexible. Most Middles students will want to stick with the Companion's colored-background sections; and we have designed our Cool History for Middles so that most of its answers come from these sections. However, we have seen 3rd graders choose to devour the entire Companion text, and we have also seen 8th graders choose to stick with the colored-background sections.

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How can I use BP with my K - 2 student?
We want our Littles to LOVE history, and so we focus on making it FUN. Read only the fun sections of the Companion highlighted at the top of each Cool History for Littles page. The Story of the World is a good additional spine for Littles. Work on the Globe Fun section of each Cool History for Littles page. Also consider:

  • Building a Timeline.
  • Choosing a fun craft from the Craft Book.
  • Reading extra books from the Family Guide.
  • Coloring pages from the Coloring Book.
  • Creating a Giant of the Faith book, or a Hands-On Notebooking project book.

But be careful not to do too much. If your students start to dread history, then you may need to back off a bit.

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I have more than one K - 2 student. Do I need a Cool History for Littles for each of them?
No. Since you'll probably be working on Cool History for Littles orally, you only need one.

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I have more than one student. Do I need a Hands-On Map book for each?
Yes. Since the map work is done directly on the page, each student needs his or her own copy.

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What are the differences between Cool History for Upper Middles and Cool History for Advanced?
Cool History for Upper Middles contains mostly short-answer questions, plus a few thought-provoking questions designed to challenge middle school students. Cool History for Advanced is more scholarly, requiring more writing. Each CHA assignment has four types of questions: fill-in-the-blank, short answer, short essay and research essay. The fill-in-the-blank questions are not as easy as they look! Students really have to think to fill these in correctly. Some of the Advanced essay questions are completely open-ended, with no right or wrong answer.

Both the CHUM and CHA come with tests/exams in the back. That way, an 8th or 9th grader who isn't quite ready for CHA can still receive high school credit.

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I have teenagers who need high school credit. What subjects does BP cover for high schoolers?
Parents and teachers can use BiblioPlan to apply high school credit in all of these subjects:

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
World History
X
X
World Geography
X
X
U.S. History
X
X
U.S.Geography
X
X
Modern History
X
X
Bible
X
Church History
X
Literature
X
X
X
X
CLICK HERE TO SEE SPECIFIC OPTIONS FOR USING BP TO APPLY HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT.

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Is the Timeline only for the Littles and Middles age groups?
No. We have many Upper Middles and Advanced students who build Timelines. They are an activity that all ages can enjoy.

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Can I use BP with Classical Conversations?
Yes. BP has incorporated the Classical Conversations cards into the Family Guide so that BP users can match up their cards with our scope and sequence.

Classical Conversations has three cycles. Cycle 1 is Ancients (Creation to the Fall of Rome). Cycle 2 is World (Fall of Rome to Modern times). Cycle 3 is U.S. History. Families who want to use CC with BP have two options. First, they can follow BP’s schedule, using the CC cards whenever they come up. Second, they can follow this model:

  • Cycle 1: Use BP Year One
  • Cycle 2: Use BP Year Two
  • Cycle 3: Alternate between BP Year Three and Year Four

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What is BP's strategy for integrating Bible readings?
BP takes students through most of the Bible over the course of four years. Our most Bible-heavy year, Year One, covers all history-related passages from Genesis to Revelation. All students cover Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the parables of Jesus in Years Two, Three and Four. High school students also cover 23 other books of the Bible. The Family Guide also offers Bible Memory suggestions, and the Discussion Guide integrates Scripture whenever it can.

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Does BP have an Errata Page?
You can link to our Errata page HERE.

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Does BP have a statement of faith?

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative, infallible and inerrant Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, and that this salvation is received through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and not as a result of good works.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life and to perform good works.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost-- they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.*

*Adapted from HSLDA and from the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith

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