What Makes Connecting with History Unique?
Roman Catholic (that's what RC stands for!)
Our Catholic faith is central to all areas of our lives. The Catholic Church is deep in history and studying the history of our faith alongside secular history will deepen 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 life.
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.
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.
History comes alive when the family learns together. Particularly if you are not well-acquainted with history yourself, or if you are teaching multiple ages, studying the same time periods together will strengthen everyone's learning and interest and make your job of teaching easier. 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 the facts of history - they will begin to understand the meaning of history.
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 genre ensures that children are both interested and challenged.