For those of you who want to study the history and geography of California, the following curriculum is available.
- Our Golden California This is a Christian oriented California history curriculum for grade 4.
- Good books coloring books about California history are on this page.
California History Guide
California History Study Guide
California History Study Guide is a literature based approach.
The following resources are used in the California History Study Guide and sold separately below:
- California History Timeline
- Cruise of the Arctic Star
- Blue Willow
- By the Great Horn Spoon
- Island of the Blue Dolphins
- Jessie Benton
- Patty Reed’s Doll
- Riders of the Pony Express
- Song of the Swallows
Grades 4 to 8
California History Timeline
California History Timeline
For use with the California History Study Guide, the California History Timeline has 23 drawings from California’s past. Also included is an Explorers Poem which is suitable for memorization.
Books About California
“A little girl, who wants most of all to have a real home and to go to a regular school, hopes that the valley her family has come to, which so resembles the pattern on her treasured blue willow plate, will be their permanent home.”
By the Great Horn Spoon
Set in the Gold Rush days, By the Great Horn Spoon is a Newbery Award Winner.
Captain Bayley’s Heir MP3 Audio CD
Captain Bayley’s Heir is a tale of the California gold mines. It takes place in the California Gold Fields of 1850’s America. Unabridged version of the PrestonSpeed re-printing of this book
Format: MP3 Audio CD, Running Time: 10 hours and 30 minutes
Columbus is “unmatched for an inspiring view on the life of the, greatest mariner of all. Columbus’ full life story is told in historical detail with an honest portrayal of this remarkable figure. With the D’Aulaire inimitable style in art and writing they have brought to life the story of the ‘Admiral of the Ocean Sea’, Christopher Columbus!
It is used in the California History Guide from Beautiful Feet Books.
64 pages, Over sized, full color, Paperback, ages 5 and up
Cruise of the Arctic Star
The Cruise of the Arctic Star takes place along the coast of California when the author and his wife take a voyage. Along the way O’Dell tells stories from California’s past.
In Dragon’s Gate, a boy goes from China to America to work on the transcontinental railroad in 1867.
Island of the Blue Dolphins
The story of Karana, the India girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Jessie Benton Fremont- California Pioneer
Jessie Benton Fremont – California Pioneer is the story of the wife of John Fremont, the explorer. She was an abolitionist and helped California gain admission to the Union as a free state.
Patty Reed’s Doll
A wooden doll recalls the hope with which a group of pioneers begins their journey and the ordeals they face as they travel from Springfield, Illinois, to California in Patty Reed’s Doll.
Riders of the Pony Express
Ralph Moody tells the story of the fastest mail delivery system in the west prior to the Civil War in Riders of the Pony Express.
Song of the Swallows
The Song of the Swallows tells of the yearly return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano.
In this sequel to the Newbery Award-winning Island of the Blue Dolphins, Zia tells the story of what happened to Karana.
Coloring Books for California History!
California Missions Coloring Book
In the California Missions Coloring Book there are 21 illustrations of
California Spanish missions that were built from 1769 to 1823 along the California coast.
Story of California Gold Rush Coloring Book
There are 40 scenes in the Story of the California Gold Rush Coloring Book. The topics depicted include Sutter’s Mill, mining camps, boomtowns, prospectors panning for gold, old San Francisco, and more.
Southwest Indians Coloring Book
In the Southwest Indians Coloring Book there are 40 different illustrations of Indians of the southwest.