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The History of the Horse is a Christian, living books based unit study published by Beautiful Feet (BF) Books.  I bought History of the Horse for my fourth grade daughter, and I am so pleased with my choice! It was a huge hit with her! She mostly loved the great stories and the drawing assignments integrated into the lessons. I felt it was a great curriculum for introducing her to more independent learning and research skills.

The term “history” in the title is a bit misleading. The teaching guide does order the books in chronological order, and there is information about horse breeds and the history of them. However, BF History of the Horse is not truly a history program. Since the bulk of the work is reading novels, answering questions, notebooking, sketching, researching, and writing reports, I consider this better classified as a language arts program.

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Sketching Horses

The course is organized into 91 lessons. The guide recommends the student cover  three to five lessons each week. However, I found that the assignments for one lesson were actually quite short. So I generally assigned my daughter Sprite two lessons each day. Doing eight lessons per week, we completed the program in about four months.

Each lesson includes a reading assignment and an activity related to it. The activity may be sketching a horse, answering some comprehension questions, researching something that was mentioned in the reading, writing a report on a famous person or event, copying a Bible memory verse, or mapping the location of the novel.  Usually all of the assignments are put into a History of the Horse notebook. You do need to know that History of the Horse is a very Christian program. Besides the Bible memory verses and copywork, many of the discussion questions are written from a Christian perspective.

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Beautiful Feet History of the Horse Books

The core of the program is a set of horse novels written by Marguerite Henry:  King of the Wind; White Stallion of Lipizza;  Justin Morgan Had a Horse;  Misty of Chinocoteague;  Brighty of the Grand Canyon; and Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West. In addition, there are Black Beauty and Black Stallion as well as three non-fiction books: Album of HorsesSmithsonian Handbooks: Horses a DK book by Elwyn H. Edwards, and How to Draw 50 Horses by Lee J. Ames. There is also a set of regular playing cards that feature images of various horse breeds. The idea is that as you play other card games, you will learn some of the names of horses and be able to identify them by sight.

BF  recommends this unit study for 3rd through 7th grades, but actually most of the books are written at a 5th grade level. If your child is reading comfortably at that level, she could easily do the reading assignments independently. That’s how we chose to use this unit study, and it was a first for my fourth grader to read alone in her room and do her assignments by herself. You can see more images of my daughter’s History of the Horse notebook at this Flickr set.

Written by Jimmie, Charlotte Mason flavored mom of one.

Jimmie (19 Posts)

Jimmie is mom to one creative teen. Jimmie's Collage is where she blogs about their Charlotte Mason styled homeschool. Her second blog, The Notebooking Fairy, features free notebooking printables and how-tos plus the eBook Notebooking Success.

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  • Monica July 28, 2009, 4:06 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the review and your pictures of your study. My daughter was so excited to see them and is even more excited to begin her horse study with BF!

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