Homeschool Help: Social Studies Book Alternatives

Social Studies or Aralin Panlipunan has been one of the difficult subjects to teach in homeschooling, mainly because of the textbooks and reference books that are published and recommended by schools. These books are dry and information are presented in a dull and boring manner. We’ve used different textbooks over the years but sadly, almost all textbooks are the same.

Thankfully, last year, we were able to find good alternatives. I’d like to share them with you.

A Lolong Time Ago, a prehistory of the Philippines is published by Tahanan Publishing. Prehistoric times of the Philippines retold in a fascinating way.

A First Look at Philippine Fruits, Flowers and Trees ย is perfect for those learning about what makes the Philippines unique. This book is also from Tahanan Publishing.

If your child is learning about the culture and the way of life of the Filipino people, Philippine Proverbs from Tahanan Publishing is a good resource. This is a collection of over 100 Philippine Proverbs from around the archipelago.

Filipino culture definitely includes Filipino food. Check What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food from Adarna House Publishing.

Regional Profiles is just the perfect book for those studying about the different regions in the country.

If you are looking for stories about the different periods in the Filipinos life, Batang Historyador Series from Adarna House is a good choice.

For a more comprehensive Philippine History book, you can check out The Other Philippine History from Anvil Publishing. Read Philippine History from a fresh perspective.

For famous Filipino people and their biographies, Great Lives Series from Tahanan Publishing is a good source.

For other biographies, you may check the Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth series from Bookmark Inc.

All images used are from the different publishing companies namely Tahanan Publishing, Adarna House Publishing, Anvil Publshing and Bookmark Inc..ย 


  1. Thank you! I’ve been looking for books like these. The Modern Heroes series and the Other Philippine History Textbooks series are new to us. Will look for them ๐Ÿ™‚ So how do you incorporate these into your school? Do you have a lesson plan?

    • Modern Heroes series is available in FullyBooked while the Other Philippine History textbooks are being sold through National Book Store.

      I use our Social Studies textbook and use that as a lesson guide for the school year then as the lesson comes up, I use the books as our text and reference.

  2. The Other Philippine History Book looks really great. Where to buy them?

    • This is available in National Book Store. My sister went to Rizal Avenue branch a few years back and she said that there were several copies available.

  3. Thank you so much, Christine! The list you have shared was really helpful; will definitely look up those books ๐Ÿ™‚

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