Adaptable and personal, this history study takes a time travel approach. Using the black & white illustrated text and activity-filled Study Guide and suggested readers, your students will learn about the diversity of individuals, conflicts, ideas, inventions, and experiences that have shaped history.
Start with the text which highlights significant cultures and historical events of the time period of your choice. Texts have multi-age appeal: use as a read aloud for young students, as a family read aloud, or as independent reading for older students. Each level includes a year’s worth of weekly units. The first half of each unit narrates and explains the selected history elements. Then, units end with a special, “History Hop” section which, using the 2nd person “you,” transports your students to that specific time period to actually “engage” with historic people and events. Students will internalize this section by creating a Travel Log, which they’ll add to a binder of their other written work and handmade projects: craft and art projects, cooking projects, coloring, map work, etc. Since religion has played a significant role in the shaping of culture and individuals, you’ll find a decidedly secular, instructional-based discussion of religions, when appropriate. As with any history text, you’ll want to preview topics and events with your particular students in mind. Note: the introduction of Early Times refers to humans evolving from primates.
The Study Guide completes the course, providing the materials, supplies, resources, enrichment ideas, as well as a schedule with directions. The basic outline is Day 1 (Discover-learn the topic); Day 2 (Explore-read History Hop, complete the Travel Log and more); Day 3 (Create-choose from a wide mix of projects); Day 4 (Demonstrate- complete assessment projects); and Day 5 (Enrich- with suggested Websites and readings). The course also requires The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History with Internet Links and your choice of suggested story books for the 4 Hygge (pronounced HOO-guh) units. Based on a Danish philosophy, these Hygge units emphasize togetherness and wellbeing, focusing on a story and providing a departure from the more formal study. Internet access is integral to several of the suggested activities, such as accessing Google® Earth. Text is 6”x 9”, 510+ pgs, pb. The Study Guide is perforated and reproducible for single family use (8 1/2”x 11”), 230+ pages, pb. ~ Ruth