This is a different kind of Texas History curriculum but one perfectly suited to homeschoolers or any student who has the freedom to travel and explore the places where history happened.
You won’t need a text book. There is so much information and reading material available as you explore this site that your problem will be in deciding what not to read. Below are the main periods of Texas History and in each period, I recommend some field trips, festivals, reenactments, books, and websites that will provide all the information you need to dive headlong into this exciting story. (I guarantee it is exciting. And if you get out of the classroom, your kids may fall in love with history.)
Here is a chronological listing of scheduled festivals and reenactments, so you can plan your year.
Periods of Texas History
Section 1: Texas History Overview
Section 2: Early Arrivals: The Indians
Section 3: Spanish and French Exploration (1528-1821)
Section 4: Mexican Rule (1821-1836)
Section 5: Texas Revolution (1836)
Section 6: Republic of Texas (1836-1845)
Section 7: Statehood and the Civil War (1845-1865)
Section 8: The Struggle for the Land: Cowboys, Indians, and the Cavalry (1865-1901)
Section 9: Modern Times: Oil, State Government, and More (1901 to present)