Our Catholic faith is central to all areas of our lives. The Catholic Church runs deeply throughout history, and studying the history of our faith as an integral part of history will enrich your understanding of God's plan for the world. Our Lord is truly the center of all history! Connecting with History uses a unique approach to helping students recognize their own role in salvation history and God's purpose for their lives.
A chronological approach to history is the best way to put the events of history into proper perspective. History is not random; events have causes and effects; personal choices have consequences. History is a long story composed of many shorter stories which occur in specific times and places. Arranging your study of history chronologically promotes greater understanding.
Learning from "real" books is more interesting than just reading a textbook. When children are interested in what they are studying, their comprehension and retention increases. Learning from a variety of sources trains students to think critically rather than just digesting information fed to them from one source. Some children prefer fiction, others learn best from reading non-fiction; offering a variety of genres ensures that children are both interested and challenged.
Connecting with History uses classical learning stages rather than grade levels to organize reading assignments and activities. This structure recognizes the natural development of the child's learning processes. Classical also means that Connecting with History incorporates classical literature using age-appropriate resources. For instance, a student in the Grammar Level will read a children's version of The Odyssey, while a Rhetoric Level student will read the actual text of The Odyssey.
What Makes Connecting with History Unique?
We point out God's plan for our personal lives along with His plan for the world. Each of us has a mission and a purpose - our actions affect the history of others' lives. History didn't just happen a long time ago, we are living it right now!
History comes alive when the family learns together. Studying the same time periods together will strengthen everyone's learning and interest, plus it will make your job of teaching easier, particularly if you are not well-acquainted with history yourself or if you are teaching multiple ages. You don't have to be an expert in history to teach your children - you will learn right along with them!
We connect History, Geography, Bible Studies, Church History, Literature, Composition, Arts & Crafts, and more! This streamlines your planning and teaching. By integrating subjects students learn to make connections between information that is otherwise taught in separate compartments. Everything has a history!
To help children truly "connect" to history, we provide a combination of reading, writing, discussion, research, memorization and hands-on activities to choose from. We encourage students to be actively involved in their education. They will learn more than just the facts of history - they will begin to understand history.