Around this time of year I’m right in the thick of planning for next year, which for me is sixth grade. I always like to start with preparing the history curriculum because it really sets the tone for the year. For sixth grade, this means Rome and Middle Ages.
My first look is always at “The Big Yellow Book,” which is my number one Waldorf curriculum guide. It can probably be found elsewhere for cheaper, but Amazon was the handiest link I could come up with.
After looking there, I turn to my favorite little history book, A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich. This is, without a doubt, my favorite history book. It is absolutely fantastic if you want to be able to read something quickly and very reader friendly to really understand the sweep of human history and how all of the events relate to each other. I can’t imagine teaching history without it. It also has sweet little illustrations and Gombrich has a nice conversational style that I really appreciate. Even better, because I couldn’t find my own well-worn copy (must’ve loaned it out) I recently discovered that A Little History of the World is available for the Kindle!
Finally, I just ordered Ancient Rome by Charles Kovacs. Kovacs has been my go-to guy for so much of my teaching, I can’t imagine not consulting his book on Rome.