I started this page late Spring 2009, when we embarked on our History studies. I decided to forge my own path into Prehistory, for a 4 year old girl! I took these pages down for the longest time, because I wanted to organize them better. In the meantime, I’ve gotten lots of emails from people interested in teaching prehistory/evolution to young children, so I’m going to share our lessons again.

Now I’m no artist, but I quickly sketched up some of our favorite prehistoric life from the beginning of life up through early hominids.  This ended up as our cover page for our Prehistory binder, but it could also be used as a lapbook cover.

Prehistory Cover

Prehistory Cover

Prehistory

Before we even start history, it is appropriate to start where it all began. We’ll explore our vast universe, starting with the Big Bang, how our Milky Way galaxy, our sun and Earth formed… Along the way we’ll throw in a little math by attempting to wrap our head around the concept of millions and *billions* of years! Timelines will be introduced in a few formats, with lots of play on our Charlie’s Playhouse Giant Timeline.

How do we know all this? We’ll start with the science behind our knowledge of prehistory through archaeology, paleontology and fossils. Next up is our actual earth’s history, how our earth formed and life began, early life, with evolution being a major topic. How did life get on land? How did fish first crawl on land? All about the dinosaurs, the giant mammals, ice ages… Finally, early humans and how we ourselves evolved.

Our very own fossils!

Our very own fossils!

I will be keeping track of our lesson plans on this “Prehistory Curriculum” section, and daily blog posts will cover specific activities. The below curriculum lessons will be updated as we get to them, things may be changed slightly.
UPDATE February 2010: We spent all summer of last year studying all this, but I have yet to get it all down in an organized format. I’ll be working on this project this spring.

Prehistory Lessons

  • 1 – What is Prehistory? (study Big Bang, archaeology, fossils…)
  • 2 – Precambrian/Cambrian, Early Life, Evolution
  • 3 – Ordovician/Silurian/Devonian periods, First Plants/Amphibians Life Moves Onto Land
  • 4 – Carboniferous/Permian periods, Coal-forming Forests and Swamps, Reptiles
  • 5 – Triassic, reptiles, first dinosaurs, small mammals
  • 6 – Jurassic, dinosaurs, Birds
  • 7 – Cretaceous, dinosaurs, Flowering Plants, extinction
  • 8 – Tertiary – Mammals Get Their Chance
  • 9 – Tertiary – More Mammals, Horse/Elephant Evolution stories?
  • 10 – Ice Age and its animals
  • 11 – Early Hominids (7mya to 180,000 years ago)
  • 12 – Homo Sapiens (modern humans up until civilization and written history)