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Ancient History: Adam to Messiah

Ancient History: Adam to Messiah is a chronological history unit study designed for multi-levels grades 4-12 (although many are using for all ages). It includes Bible, history, geography, literature, government, composition, agriculture, religion, science, economics, and more. The lessons are full and require minimum preparation.

The first goal of this book is to inspire students to become “hearers and doers” of God’s Word and to encourage them to search the Scriptures and apply them to everyday situations. The second goal is to teach students a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

This collection of seven unit studies covers a time frame from Creation through the time of Christ in two unique ways:

1.This book’s focus is on Bible history, as opposed to most ancient-history studies (even many Christian-based texts), which concentrate on the pagans in ancient times, ignoring God’s people. For example, in this book’s Ancient Egypt Unit the focus is on Joseph, Moses, the Exodus, and God’s people (rather than on the pyramids and gods of Egypt). Our Ancient Greece and Rome units focus on the Israelites fighting against idolatry under Greek and Roman rule (rather than on Greek mythology and Roman gods). We also include an in-depth unit study of Ancient Israel.2.This book is much more than a basic history study: It is a thematic unit study. You will lead your student(s) chronologically on a fascinating journey through the Bible as they learn to study, write, research, Literature, Government, Composition, Agriculture, Religion, Science, Economics, and more. As your students study, they will have a number of valuable experiences. They will write essays, summaries, and editorials. They will have the opportunity to publish their work online. They will dramatize and teach others. These activities will develop their ability to think, which is an asset that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Homeschoolers Rave About this Book!

Magazine Reviews

Heidi Shaw, The Old SchoolHouse Magazine

“Bible First! Yes, even with history! I love this program for many reasons but this is #1. I think I may be like some home school moms who want to integrate Bible with our daily lessons, but somehow it keeps getting squeezed out by the world’s definition of the ‘necessary’. Robin Sampson has refocused my vision and made me see how truly possible it is to incorporate and make a priority of studying the Bible along with our other subjects…Every time I open this binder I get excited. The potential and the possibilities for learning just jump out at me every time. For those who love classical education, or Charlotte Mason advocates, any of the units in this binder would supply you with ample materials for a good long while…” . click to see full review

Eclectic Homeschool Online

Masterfully authored by Robin Samson, Ancient History: Adam to Messiah offers 787 pages of the most exciting, challenging, real life, Biblical learning adventures divided into 7 unit studies that are sure to transport both teacher and student back to when time began!…Using The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach and the Internet you can open the minds, and more importantly the hearts, of your 4th – 12th grade students to God’s Word as never before. While covering a time frame from Creation through the time of Christ, they will learn how to study, write, research, and reason through a wide variety of subjects such as Bible, world history, geography, literature, government, composition, agriculture, religion, science, economics, and art history. click to see full review

Mary Pride, Practical Homeschooling Magazine

“This is not your ordinary history text. Your child will walk away from these unit studies with a Biblical view of history from creation to Christ…”.click to see full review

Cathy Duffy, Christian Homeschool Manual

At 787-pages, this single volume is loaded with information…I applaud Robin’s courage in creating a curriculum that challenges popular wisdom about what students should learn. She also offers plenty of suggestions—more than you can use in a single year—for resources and activities so you can tailor the study as you please and meet the needs of each of your children…”

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TheHomeschoolMom.com

“With the current interest in classical studies and their chronological history studies, many Christian homeschoolers are wondering to what degree studying the cultures of the ancient world should be included in their curricula. Concerned about the pagan worldview upon which the Greeks and Romans based their beliefs and practices, homeschoolers are torn between academic excellence and honoring God’s command to have nothing to do with paganism… Heart of Wisdom units present history from a biblical worldview based on bible narratives with corresponding global events…Robin Sampson has created an excellent curriculum. The introductory information explaining how to use the book is concise and easy to understand, and the layout of the book is consistent and well-organized. Ancient History: Adam to Messiah is a refreshing unit study curriculum that will delight anyone interested in history unit studies with a biblical worldview…”

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About.com

The reason I like this Ancient History study is because it covers a time frame from creation through the ministry of Jesus and includes a study of ancient Israel. I like the mixture of using print resources with resources available on the internet. I am looking forward to seeing the remaining units as they are completed…We have already begun our study of the world using this curriculum and the suggested resources. It is easy to use and well laid out.

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“Your work is brilliant!!! I have researched your work for the past few months. I like to use the Charlotte Mason method and find your curriculum MOST informative… ”

“We have studied ancient history, but never like this before… We have studied Egypt, The Greeks, etc but I was always left wondering where God’s people were at and what they were doing during this time period…Now it’s like we are studying with new eyes…”

“She [our daughter] spends hours a day on her assignments. She has learned so much about God and his word and His world…”

“…You have done a fantastic job creating a God centered history curriculum..”

“The books Robin has written and the resources that are shared within HOW are phenomenal..”

“I was drawn to these studies because of the focus on the Bible. But quite honestly, what is keeping me is the quality of content and the ease in lesson preparation!!”

“I have found that using H.O.W. has developed in my daughter a love of the bible and has made a great change in her I knew I would love the material because of my life-changing experiences with the other books by Robin. I love going deeper with my girls in the Word…I feel a real sense of purpose, vision & accomplishment.”

“…My children and I LOVE it. I have never seen anything quite like it. It is so wonderful to be able to use something where the children (and myself!) not only research historical events, but discover scriptural truth and evidence in them also. It is so fascinating! ”

“I L-O-V-E it. I am praising God for this marvelous curriculum!”

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The samples below are in Acrobat files (PDF). You must have an Acrobat Reader 5.1 or greater to view the pages. Click to download the Acrobat Reader Free.

The lessons are hyperlinked, all blue text indicates a Internet link. The best way to view them is to FIRST download the file to your desktop. Then open from your computer. This way the links will open in your browser

How to Use this Book ( 42 pages!)

Introduction, Objectives, Resources (Unit 1: Adam to Abraham Unit Study)

v Persia (Unit 2: Mesopotamia Unit Study)

Mummies (Unit 3: Ancient Egypt Unit Study)

Plagues ( Unit 3: Ancient Egypt Unit Study)

Covenant (Unit 4: Ancient Israel Unit Study)

Timeline (Unit 5: Ancient Greece Unit Study)

Greek Education (Unit 5: Ancient Greece Unit Study)

Birth of Christianity (Unit 6: Ancient Rome Unit Study)

Each of the sevenorganized yet flexible Bible focused unit studies includes:

Overview

Objectives

Timeline

Annotated Resource Lists (books, Internet sites, videos, software,etc)

20 to 40 Four-Step Lessons

There are four basic steps in each Heart of Wisdom Unit Study lesson based on the four major learning styles. Studies show this four-step method motivates students to comprehend the material better and retain the information longer

Step 1 Excite: Create an interest

Step 2 Examine: Find out the Facts

Step 3 Expand: Do something with what was learned

Step 4 Excel:Pull everything together and share with someone

Each Heart of Wisdom Unit Study contains URL links which will take you:

Bible Studies

Bible Study Tools

Video Clips

Free Online Books

Craft Instructions

Biographies

Worksheets

Experiments

Illustrations

Relevant Articles

Writing Instruction

Illustrations

Maps

Quizzes

and more!

Homeschool Reviews

Author: Excited!
HOW is the best curriculum I have ever seen and/or used in the secular or Christian homeschool market- bar none! Nothing compares to it at all!! According to the kids- and me! However, it is tied in popularity- according to our children, not just me-with one other Hebrew based curriculum that had activities more to their liking (not so much writing all the time, every lesson, but more visual things ready made, to aid them), but it does not use internet links, which we LOVE. So we blend both curriculums together when possible. Thus we will continue to use HOW. It is extremely comprehensive in it’s coverage of a subject. Nothing is left out. Plus- you don’t have to buy any key resource books if you cannot afford it. You can use the internet links and still cover everything in detail! So it is quite economical for families with small budgets. THAT is liberating in itself!We loved all the internet links. There was no way you could NOT learn, or miss something with the abundance of links for each e-book. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking for the truth in history/ science told in a non-threatening way. Not doctrinal teachings, but the actual truth, no matter where that leads for your children and you. And what could be more Biblical than that?The Bible incorporated into daily FIRST readings, as the primary curriculum, was the best thing we have ever done for our children. The perfect way to start a day, instead of trying to fit it in as a small subject. IT IS the subject, then all else falls in around it. And as Robin said once, if you get nothing else done that day, at least the most important thing has been finished. THAT is what we want for our children. The firmest foundation possible.
Author: quitalamae@aol.com
My daughter (10th grade) never thought she would like unit studies. I convinced her to give HOW a shot and now she is begging for more. She spends hours a day on her assignments. She has learned so much about God and his word and His world. Thanks…
Author: davidcap@maine.rr.com
…great overall experience. You have done a fantastic job creating a God centered history curriculum. My kids are never very excited to study history, but when we start to get into it, they all seem really take an interest, & have learned so much…
Author: Unknown
I am using the Ancient History:Adam to Messiah bound book and I thoroughly enjoy it! My children like being able to choose their own activities and they can be as simple or complex as I need them to be according to the ages of my children. Thanks ..
Author: Melissa in Texas
We have studied ancient history, but never like this before… We have studied Egypt, The Greeks, etc but I was always left wondering where God’s people were at and what they were doing during this time period…Now it’s like we are studying with new eyes
Author: Dee, dandptuck@ao.com
I am overjoyed to find Hebrew definitions and meanings included in the lesson studies. I know that God intends for my family to apply His Word in every part of our lives. Never was there an intention that we separate education and spirituality…
Author: samac5@earthlink.net
The books Robin has written and the resources that are shared within HOW are phenomenal. HOW has paved the way to many an enlightened discussion in our bible studies and around our lunch and diner tables. Thank you for such enrichment…
Author: Lglavic@aol.com
I love Heart of Wisdom. I am so grateful to the Lord for bringing this program to my attention. Your web site has also prodded me toward learning about Hebrew roots and Biblical Holidays. I feel like I’m entering a whole new world in my relationship to the Lord. I am using HOW as the history program for my 11 year old and we are learning so much together. My high school son is using HOW for his Bible curriculum. It will take my younger son 2 or 3 years to complete and my older son only has 1 year left of school so he will finish it in one year. I am so excited to be putting this material into both boys hearts so that they can have God’s wisdom and make wise decisions for their life. Thank you so much for this program! It is making a big difference in our lives.
Author: Janie – janiegib@hotmail.com
I used Sonlight as a beginning homeschooler and appreciated the layout of timing & material usage (& the wonderful books), however; the H.O.W. focus point reaches for a greater depth in the study of and relationship with God that is precious to my soul and to the heart and focus of my family. THIS (H.O.W.)is the way the Creator of my family has beckoned my heart to rear these children I’m blessed to have. Thank you, Robin, for obeying the Creator in your responsibility with H.O.W. so that I, in turn, can obey Him in my responsibility with my children. This curriculum achieves the high hope my heart held for our homeschooling experience and my personal experience as a mother and an ever-learning believer. Importantly, too, lessons are already planned out for easy preparation. What a joy I count it all!
Author: Grateful
I appreciate best is that HOW gives me a game plan for teaching what I want to teach my children. It gives to me what I don’t have time to research and plan by myself…
Author: Unknown
I was drawn to these studies because of the focus on the Bible. But quite honestly, what is keeping me is the quality of content and the ease in lesson preparation!! I plan on staying with these studies as they come out…
Author: Unknown
I really appreciate the internet links and reference lists. It is a big help, and reduces the time needed to prepare lessons. We also appreciate the reference to bibles verses in each unit. We are really enjoying our Ancient History: Adam to Messiah
Author: Unknown
I have found that using H.O.W. has developed in my daughter a love of the bible and has made a great change in her character development….and there are so many things that catch her interest …gives us a sense of focus…..
Author: plummers@dca.net
I L-O-V-E it. I am praising God for this marvelous curriculum! I am thanking Him for your steadfastness and dedication! Thank you to you, too! This is just what I have been looking for, and I am thrilled to have it available to us!! There is no labor that isn’t a thousand times more than planned – I just *know* that you will be reaping HUGE blessings from your labors with HOW for a l-o-n-g time to come. On the days that it really gets too much – PLEASE remember what a HUGE blessing you are giving many sincere Moms who are VERRRRRRRRRRRRRY grateful and thanking God for your work!
Author: Sarah Demarest
…Our children are 7, 8 and 9, and their 4th step includes writing assignments, penmanship, dictation, map work, drawing, coloring, study of additional resources, and the occasional “project,” such as a diorama, salt dough map, or role play. THANK YOU…
Author: Farmville, Virginia
excellent book.The studies on the ancients are tremendous,like nothing we have ever done before. I had used other units to try and study this time period,and was not impressed.But,t his one fits the bill…
Author: continued
…I love studying about the related materials and NOT about the false gods of the time periods .Using the Bible as a literature text sure hooked me on this too. It is easy to use and not at all rigid.We are loving it and this is a rare treat and blessing
Author: qooqoomom from Longmont, CO
I love this book as a resource for ancient history. It is well set up, easy to use-even for multiple ages, and full of insights into the time periods.
Author: Debra
This is one of the “best” out there.My daughter and I both are in love with this study .I like the fact that there are no studies on false gods of the ancient world and the choices are so many on the different assignments.This is what hooked us in. I can only hope that the other units are ready when we need them .I highly recommend this! Even if you have never done units before-you can pick this one up and do it.
Author: Laura
I wanted to let you know just how much I appreciate the “Ancient History: Adam to Messiah” unit study. My children and I LOVE it. I have never seen anything quite like it. It is so wonderful to be able to use something where the children (and myself!) not only research historical events, but discover scriptural truth and evidence in them also. It is so fascinating! Some day, when my life slows down a bit, I would like to do what my son is doing in your book. Thank you so much for the time and effort you spent in putting this together. I can’t wait for the next units that come out!
Author: Donna
I L-O-V-E it. I am praising God for this marvelous curriculum! I am thanking Him for your steadfastness and dedication! Thank you to you, too! This is just what I have been looking for, and I am thrilled to have it available to us!! There is no labor that isn’t a thousand times more than planned – I just *know* that you will be reaping HUGE blessings from your labors with HOW for a l-o-n-g time to come. On the days that it really gets too much – PLEASE remember what a HUGE blessing you are giving many sincere Moms who are VERRRRRRRRRRRRRY grateful and thanking God for your work!
Author: Homeschool family since 1991
This is a great curriculum! We have been putting together our own bible based unit studies for years. This year due to health problems and less time we would have to purchase something already laid out. I thought I would have to settle for a lesser curriculum. To our Relief this curriculum meets and perhaps exceeds our High standards by the many internet links, books lists and more.
I have easily adapted it to include our younger students too! Thanks
Author: Nancy
I am using HOW with one daughter now (age 14) and another (age 13) will soon join her. I love it. It is so versatile both in use for different ages and in activities for different learning styles, etc. It is the first Bible study plan that I have stuck with for more than a week or two. Plenty of variety in this area too. The lessons are well-written and offer many resources, both books and Internet, so there’s no trouble finding information for research. The web site gives lots of ideas for simplifying it for younger students too as well as tons of good info on educational philosophy which I love reading and rereading!
Author: Becky Jones
I am ever grateful for the work you’ve put into all of these various editions you’ve published that help us better understand our spiritual heritage. So, with a grateful heart, have a wonderful day with your loving family. We have 9 children and are so thankful for the privilege to teach them at home-you’ve helped make my/our job very satisfying. Blessings,
Author: in Hawaii, Denise Baligad
The Heart of Wisdom Curriculum is an answer to my prayers. I totally identified with your journey and desired to teach my children (5-children 10yo and under) God’s Word. Your book finally opened my eye’s about what true education was– God’s wisdom.
Author: Homeschool family since 1991
This is a great curriculum! We have been putting together our own bible based unit studies for years. This year due to health problems and less time we would have to purchase something already laid out. I thought I would have to settle for a lesser curriculum. To our Relief this curriculum meets and perhaps exceeds our High standards by the many internet links, books lists and more.
I have easily adapted it to include our younger students too! Thanks
Author: Kelly Summers
My children are 6 and 8. When I discovered your website I began praising God for His faithfulness. Everything you teach is exactly what I had been Praying and searching for.
I ‘ve just started Adam to Abraham, and yes it is VERY easy to teach this to younger children. I am constantly amazed at how well children learn when they are challenged with truth! Thank you for All your hard work. May God continue to give you wisdom as you remain faithful to His calling!
Author: Life changing
Using HOW has been a life-changing experience for our entire family. We spend more time together in God’s Word and are growing in our understanding together! Learning Israel’s history has been a tremendous benefit to understanding all of history, past, present, and future. Also, learning about our Hebrew roots has brought new life to our relationship with God thru Jesus Christ. The Science Units are wonderful as well, tying it all together in the creation order. We are just beginning the Wisdom Unit and are gleaning so much already. I know that God orchestrated HOW becoming part of our homeschooling.
Author: Renewed
We are very excited about this “renewed” style of learning and the Hebrew based education that has become the center of our lives. We are so very grateful for everything that Robin has created within Heart of Wisdom. The books she has written and the resources that are shared within HOW are phenomenal. HOW has paved the way to many an enlightened discussion in our bible studies and around our lunch and diner tables. Thank you for such enrichment.
Author: Unknown
My 16 year old has always been in Christian school until last year. He has always struggled to learn and hated school. Last year I saw him beginning to rebel like so many others his age. I did Abeka last year at home with him and he hated it too. All summer I searched the web for something better and when I finally ran across the Heart of Wisdom web site, I felt my spirit dance inside me. I knew in my spirit that this is what the Lord wanted me to do. So this year I began my son, a junior on your program and he is thriving. His moods are better. He does his school work without being asked and is eager to do it. He does not argue hardly at all. He got grounded for not finishing some work and when I told him he could not go out with his friends until he finished his work, he did not argue or nothing(it was 4 days). It just goes to show that when we do things the Lords way He blesses us. I thank God for all the work you have done on this and will be doing. May God bless you and all your gifts to His work!!
Author: Unknown
I first heard about HOW from a book called “The Things We Wish We’d Known” I was depressed with what I thought were my curriculum options, and was looking for some encouragement. I found your article and immediately used the address listed in the back of the book to find your books. Read as much as I could, prayed about making this huge change in our schooling. It’s frightening to toss out the textbooks.We have loved the change to HOW curriculum, I wish I had made this change years ago. I have always wanted to teach this way, but I was afraid of my own short-comings. I was afraid I didn’t have the knowledge that it would take to successfully teach my children without textbooks. We had started a timeline, but it sat undone because we didn’t know where to find the resources to complete it. We started studying and celebrating the Biblical feasts; you gave us the nudge we needed to have a full experience of the feasts, without feeling like we were neglecting our school studies. We are thrilled with the change to HOW, school is finally the way of life we had wanted it to be. Thank You from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for all of the time and energy that you have put into this work, so that other mom’s can be a success.
Author: Unknown
I love the Hebraic focus. HOW Ancient History is very complete, easy to use and we love the Hebrew vocabulary lessons. We already had a few of the resources. (Writer’s Express, Beechick, Kingfisher) I have circulated this through our homeschooling support group and you have subsequently gotten a lot of exposure and three orders of “What your child needs to know when”, and another HOW unit study order. Thank you for excellent resources!!
Author: Unknown
This is a great study for the whole family… even my husband and college-aged son get in on some of the studies in the evenings. We also have a neighbor boy or two who occasionally join us in the afternoons for some of our best HOW studies that I save to do with them. :o)
Author: Unknown
I love the Heart of Wisdom unit studies. My children are excited about school since we started these unit studies. My main reason for home schooling was to teach my children that God is the center, beginning and end of everything and this curriculum does just that. Thank you
Author: Mom of 3
What has absolutely helped me more than anything else is the 4 step lessons applied to our Bible time. I LOVE setting aside the first hour and a half each day to pray, worship, and study together. Our children are 7, 8 and 9 (almost 10), and their 4th step includes writing assignments, penmanship, dictation, map work, drawing, coloring, study of additional resources, and the occasional “project,” such as a diorama, salt dough map, or role play. THANK YOU for challenging us to use the Bible as the “heart” of our studies. By the way, we only get through a chapter or two each day, but that works for us…we figure we’ll finish the Bible in about 5 years! We are using the NIV for now so that everyone can help in the reading.
Author: Homeschool Mom
It has been a terrific resource for my own study which, in my opinion, is without question the most undermentioned area of homeschooling across the board for new and seasoned homeschoolers alike. Had I had this year’s I am certain my approach toward “unschooling” would have been much less a factor, though honestly I am thankful I did it that way, then plowed on forward into my own understanding of “education.” I knew this was what God had intended for me after a very short time on your web site. I may not utilize all lessons or resources with my kids, but those we do are memorable to all of us. His timing is certainly not mine,come to think of it…and in all likelihood I would have had very unrealistic expectations on myself and my two children if I had found this earlier… I bought your What Your Child Needs to Know When;updated, years ago and recently brought it down to reread it. I didn’t have benefit of reading the first edition but appreciate your admitting to stepping down from earlier conceptions of what is acceptable,grade level,even Biblical or Greek in reference to those timetables we all have whirling in our heads. One confirmation God often gives me that I am plodding along the path intended for my family (OK perhaps not the path but at least on the map somewhere) is continued revelation to just how faulty my conception of education is was and continues to be and how HE continues to encourage my enlightenment despite my relentless insistence on using the compass rose of others. Thanks again Robin!
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Author: Homeschooled KID
I LOVE HOW! It’s really cool. I really like the 4 Step curriculum and how it has a biblical approach… there are so many curriculum writers out there that take the “I believe in everything” approach to not offend anyone. Keep up the good work.
Author: Unknown
I am a sales manager and trainer for NESTFamily, certified in Christian education and biblical integration. Never, never have I seen better integrated products. I would sell them if I wasn’t in leadership with NEST.
Author: Nancy Carter (nancyjocarter@juno.com)
A friend was so excited about HOW she showed a few of us moms! She showed us her notes and both of her childrens’ notebooks they’d created using the techniques from HOW. My interest was piqued and I went online the next day and ordered the first unit study. Today I will be ordering the complete study Adam-Messiah. I am using it with both of my girls, ages 5 and 12. We are all learning! Thanks so much for putting this curriculum together. God bless you and your staff!
Author: Pastor Morris T. Chea
I have view these books and various topics. I shall continue to study them. There are very good.

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