Frequently-asked Questions
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  1. When will Remember the Days, Book One: Ancient Days be available?

  2. Help! I wanted to use Ancient Days this year, and it isn't coming out until next year. What can I do?

  3. What home school conventions will BP reps be attending in 2019?

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

  5. How do I get answer keys for Cool Histories and Hands-On Maps?

  6. My computer crashed, and I lost all my BP e-books. What now?

  7. We are cycling through BP a second time. Can we get free updates of all our past purchases?

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

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

  10. What is BP's return policy?

  11. I have students of all ages. How can BP help me teach them all at once?

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

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

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

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

  16. At what age can I just hand the materials to my students and let them do everything on their own?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  24. Can I use BP with Classical Conversations?

  25. Is there an online virtual school that uses BP?

  26. Does BP have an Errata Page?

  27. What is BP's copyright policy?

  28. Does BP have a statement of faith?

  29. How are Bible readings scheduled across the four years of BP?


Answers

When will Remember the Days, Book One: Ancient Days be available?
We're sorry, but we just couldn't finish Ancient Days in time for this year. We can't make it available until the spring of 2020.

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Help! I wanted to use Ancient Days this year, and it isn't coming out until next year. What can I do?

Students in grades K-7 have been using BP Ancients for years, and still can. We offer these guidelines for teachers who haven't used the Companion with younger students:
  • Cool History for Littles is the key for K-2 students. The top of each Littles page lists which sections of the Companion this age group should read. The Timeline, Craft Book and Coloring Book are also fun options for K-2. The Family Guide tells when to read each chapter of The Story of the World if you want to add another spine.
  • Students in grades 3 - 5 should read enough of the Companion to complete their Cool History for Middles and Hands-On Maps for Middles pages each week. The Timeline and Craft Book are great for this age, as is Hands-On Notebooking. The Family Guide tells when to read each chapter of The Story of the World if you want to add another spine.
  • Students in grades 6 - 7 should be able to read the whole Companion independently, plus literature selections from the Family Guide. We recommend Cool History for Upper Middles, Hands-On Maps for Middles, Discussion Guide and Hands-On Notebooking for this age.

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What home school conventions will BP reps be attending in 2019?
You can find BP reps at the following conventions:

  1. Fort Worth, Texas: GHSC, March 7-9
  2. Greenville, SC: GHSC, March 21-23
  3. Williamsburg, VA: VAHC, March 22-23
  4. Nashville, TN: TTD March 28-30
  5. Cincinnati, OH: GHSC, April 25-27
  6. Oklahoma City, OK: OCHEC, May 3-4
  7. Arlington, TX: THSC, May 10-12
  8. Orlando, FL: FPEA, May 23-25
  9. Woodlands, TX: THSC, May 30-June 1
  10. Winston-Salem, NC: NCHE, May 30-June 1
  11. Richmond, VA: HEAV, June 6-8
  12. Lancaster, PA: CHAP, June 14-15
  13. Atlanta, GA: ACCS, June 13-15
  14. Denver, CO: CHEC, June 13-15
  15. Ontario, CA: GHSC, June 13-15
  16. Albuquerque, NM: CAPE, April June 21-22
  17. Austin, TX: SCL, June 27-29
  18. Phoenix, AZ: AFHE, July 19-20
  19. Atlanta, GA: SEHE, July 26-27
  20. Rochester, NY: GHSC, August 1-3
  21. Myrtle Beach, SC: SCSC, September

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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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How do I get answer keys for Cool Histories and Hands-On Maps?
If you order an e-book from BP, then the answer key is at the end of the file. If you order a hardcopy, then you get a link to a free e-book answer key. Just click the link, download the file and save it in a folder titled "BiblioPlan." If your link has expired, then email contactus@biblioplan.net; we'll gladly renew it for you. The renewed link will go to the email address you used for the order, so be watchful if you have more than one address.

If you ordered from Rainbow Resources or Christian Book Distributors, then they should send you answer keys. If not, then email a copy of your receipt to contactus@biblioplan.net and we will send the keys. If you bought your material used, then we charge $5 per answer key. Send a request to contactus@biblioplan.net and we will invoice you for the total.

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My computer crashed, and I lost all my BP e-books. What now?
We are happy to renew any lost e-books within one year of purchase, provided you bought them directly from us. Just email contactus@biblioplan.net, give us the email address you used when you ordered, and tell us exactly what you need renewed. We don't renew older e-books because our products are always changing. If you need your e-books for longer than one year, then we recommend saving them to a thumb drive.

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We are cycling through BP a second time. Can we get free updates of all our past purchases?
If you bought directly from BP in the past, then we offer a free e-book update of the FAMILY GUIDE ONLY. This is no small gift. We update our guides often, spending hours and hours to keep them fresh and accurate. We do ask that you support our business by making at least one new purchase from BP. Send us the receipt and the email you used to order, and we'll send you the newest version of the Family Guide. We don't offer free updates of any other products.

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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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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 up front. All our products come as PDF files, which are viewable and printable on computers, tablets and phones. The problem is that printing gets expensive, especially since most of our products are in color. Buy an ink cartridge or two, and you've usually spent every penny you saved up front. The most you'll want to print are Cool Histories, Hands-on Maps and Hands-On Notebooking. Everything else you should either read on-screen or buy as a hardcopy. Please DON'T try to print the Companion or Remember the Days, even at an office store. We know from experience that no one saves that way. You'll be much happier with a nice hardback from BP.

  • Hardcopy bundles are the most expensive up front, but also the easiest to use. Everything is open-and-go, with no need to hunt down files and print Cool Histories and Hands-On Maps every week. Our Companions and Remember the Days come as high-quality hardbacks with sewn bindings. Most of the rest come as spiral-bound workbooks.

  • Those who buy the middle option, Blended bundles, receive the Companion/Remember the Days as hardcopies and everything else as e-books. This can be a good choice for families who need more than one copy of their Cool Histories and Hands-On Maps.

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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 may also charge a 20% re-stocking fee.

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I have students of all ages. How can BP help me teach them all at once?
BP is perfect for big families. The beauty of its design is that all students cover the same topics at the same time, yet each student has readings and assignments chosen especially for his or her age. The Family Guide offers supplemental readings to go with every lesson in the Companion/Remember the Days. These readings are divided by grade level-- K-2, 3-5, 5-8 and 8-12. Younger students may read simple stories, while older ones may read thought-provoking commentary.

BP offers four Cool Histories for four different grade levels. The youngest students get the simplest questions; while the oldest may get open-ended questions with no right or wrong answer. BP also offers two levels of Hands-On Maps.

The BP Discussion Guide gives great props for family discussion time. It is especially helpful for bringing Christian worldview into your discussions.

The BP Craft Book offers a fun way to pull the family together. Students of different ages can work together on the same crafts, sharing what they're learning with each other.

The BP Timeline is another fun activity for the whole family. All your students can build one together, either on a wall or in notebook form.

The BP Coloring Book offers a way for your youngest students to take part while the older ones are studying together.

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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 the Bundle for Middles, which includes everything your fourth grader needs. For your other two students, go to the a la carte menu and add:

  • One Cool History for Littles for your first grader, plus a Coloring Book if you like.
  • One extra Cool History for Middles for your seventh grader, plus a Discussion Guide if you like. If you want hardcopy Maps and/or Timelines for each student, then you will also need an extra Hands-On Maps for Middles and/or Timeline. If you're buying e-books, then you can print your own.

If your seventh grader is an advanced reader with an aptitude for history, then you might consider adding a Companion and a Cool History for Upper Middles instead of an extra Cool History for Middles.

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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. Some of our customers add extra "spines," or main history texts, alongside the Companion or Remember the Days. The Family Guide tells how those spines line up with ours. You may also supplement with one, two, three or more literature selections from the Family Guide for each unit. There are six units per year.

Some of our supplemental books can be found at local libraries. Some are also 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?
Yes indeed! You can link to the BP Facebook users group HERE and the BP Yahoo users group HERE. The Facebook group is a lot more active these days.

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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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At what age can I just hand these materials to my students and let them do everything on their own?
Most students in seventh grade or above should be able to read the Companion/Remember the Days and complete their Cool Histories and Hands-On Maps on their own. That being said, we have found that students of all ages learn a lot more when they work with an engaged teacher. We highly recommend that families study history together, instead of each student studying separately.

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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. If you're using Remember the Days, then focus on the story parts. If you're using the Companion, then read only the fun sections highlighted at the top of each Cool History for Littles page. The Story of the World can be a good additional spine for Littles. Be sure to do 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.
  • Building a Hands-On Notebooking project book.

Be careful not to do too much. If your Littles moan about doing 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?
Click HERE to see how to use BP for 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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Is there an online virtual school that uses BP?
Yes. Try this link: SKrafty

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

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What is BP's copyright policy?

  • Please do not reproduce any BP material on websites or e-mail.
  • Please do not re-sell, loan or give any of BiblioPlan’s e-book materials to anyone outside your immediate family.
  • Please do not photocopy, scan or otherwise reproduce any of BiblioPlan’s hardcopy materials to re-sell, loan or give to anyone outside your immediate family.
  • Co-ops and schools may not buy one e-book version of a product and then share it with everyone in the class! Instead, they should email contactus@biblioplan.net for bulk purchasing options.
  • BiblioPlan does allow copying within the family. Families may make as many copies of this material as they need for use WITHIN THEIR OWN FAMILY ONLY.

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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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How are Bible readings scheduled across the four years of BP?
Year One, Ancients is our Biblical history year. The Old Testament section covers the Pentateuch, the history books from Joshua to Esther, and the major and minor prophets. The New Testament section covers the historical parts of the Gospels and Acts. For years Two through Four, we've scheduled extra Bible readings in the Family Guide. High school students cover one Bible book per unit, which comes to 23 books. Younger students go through Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the parables of Jesus. Our Discussion Guide integrates Bible throughout all four years, wherever it is relevant. The Family Guide offers memory work options that include Bible.

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