For many years, I have been collecting short stories and articles written for children with the idea of publishing anthologies to accompany each volume of the Connecting with History program. I am thrilled to finally be able to offer this first book in a series of Companion Readers .
This Companion Reader is a bridge between a textbook and living books. It contains simple articles about cultures, places and events from history in more depth than is found in most textbooks, stories to illustrate themes contained in the Connecting with History units, and short historical stories written in a friendly, conversational style about real people and events.
Each chapter of this book corresponds to a unit in Connecting with History, Volume One. To make them more easily incorporated into your history studies, most of the stories are organized to correspond with the Volume One Daily Lesson Plans. Some topics include multiple selections to appeal to a variety of age levels. Don’t feel that you have to assign every story in the book. You may want to assign particular readings to your child; on the other hand, you might not want to assign the stories at all, but let children read and enjoy the stories during their leisure time. The Volume One Companion Reader can be used as a substitution for The Old World's Gifts to the New for those who don't own it. For those who do already use Old World's Gifts, the Companion Reader is a great compliment to the core text as it fleshes out more details of the various subjects covered in the program.
Most of the selections are written for the elementary (Grammar stage) level, although older students will enjoy and benefit from them, as well. Many of the stories also lend themselves to being read aloud to Beginner level students.
Above all, the purpose of this book is to make history come to life: to make it interesting, enjoyable, and relevant to a child’s daily life. Approach it, not as a textbook, but as part of the fascination of learning about different places and times in which very real people lived.
We offer a free supplement with reading assignments coordinated with Volume One for those who own a copy of Connecting with History copyrighted before 2015. The 2015 editions do contain the assignments.
Contact us for a supplement to accompany your pre-2015 syllabus and lesson plans.
Softcover, bound. 232 pages.