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Overview

Connecting with History is a four-year cycle of volumes spanning all of history from creation through modern times.
 

Our Four-Year Chronological Cycle

Volume One:  Old Testament and Ancient Cultures Before Christ
Using as its focal point the Biblical history of the Israelites as the "chosen people" sent to prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah. Within this context, we study the surrounding cultures of the Mediterranean world: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome - the seedbed of Western Civilization. Learn more...

Volume Two: New Testament and Early Medieval beginning with the Incarnation
An in-depth study of the New Testament and Early Church history within the Empire of Rome, this volume emphasizes the life and death of Christ as the central point of history. We follow the birth and spread of the Church as the Body of Christ, its perseverance, and its growth through persecutions. The blood of the martyrs truly is the seed of the Church which springs forth into the medieval period of history, spreading to new nations and replacing the Roman Empire with the Holy Roman Empire.  Learn more...

Volume Three: High Medieval through Early Explorers 
Picking up where Volume Two leaves off, we move into the High Medieval period. This time period is probably the most misunderstood and maligned eras in history. Yet the "Middle Ages" produced some of the most inspiring saints, beautiful cathedrals, paintings, sculptures, and literature, as well as scientific discoveries and inventions that endure to this day. This time period also provides numerous opportunities to learn the truth about the role played by the Church in these fruitful centuries, as well as the tragedy of the Reformation and its aftermath.
Learn more...

Volume 4A American History
Our American History is a ten-unit volume encompassing the history of America, with a unique focus on the contributions of Catholic individuals and the Church  from the time of Columbus through the end of World War II. It is being released in 3 parts equalling a one-year program. 

If you thought you knew all about American history, you'll be surprised by how much you didn't know - and how much is left out of most history books!  Learn more...

Volume 4B: Modern World  To be announced

 

The advantages of using a cyclical approach:
 
  • the whole family learns together
  • younger children can join in at any point in the cycle, knowing that the family will cycle back through time periods they may have missed
  • after completing a 4-year cycle of history the family repeats the cycle: repetition reinforces learning and understanding
  • each time the family begins a new cycle the students will be older and able to study in more depth than in the previous cycle

 

Each Volume of Connecting with History includes:

Real Books Approach

Connecting with History uses a variety of books and genres. Learning from "real" books is more captivating than just reading a textbook. Learning from a variety of sources trains students to think critically rather than merely digesting information fed to them. Some children prefer fiction, others learn best from reading non-fiction; offering a variety of genre ensures that children are both interested and challenged.

The Connecting with History program uses a Core Text for each age level to provide an overview of the time period.  The coordinated booklists include non-fiction books for study and research, literature set in the time period being studied and quality historical fiction that brings history to life.  Many of the books are appropriate for reading aloud.

  1. Textbook - provides a broad overview of a time period
  2. Non-fiction - allows the student to focus on a particular area of interest
  3. Literature - introduces students to the classics 
  4. Historical fiction - inserts the child into the time period - they live history!

 

Integrated academics

Connecting History, Geography, Bible Studies, Church History, Literature, Composition, and Arts & Crafts into one subject streamlines planning and teaching. Integrating subjects allows students to make connections between information that is otherwise taught in separate compartments. Everything has a history!

 

Combined age levels for simplified teaching

Because the program was designed with multi-age teaching in mind, we have arranged the program into levels based on the classical education model rather than individual grades.

Connecting with History uses four main age categories (grade levels are suggestions).  We have chosen the classical levels of education to emphasize the developmental stages of learning. This system also facilitates grouping children of similar ages so that they can work together, share resources and streamline the teaching process. The grade levels here are flexible guidelines to help you decide where to place your child.  

Beginner Level
Approximately grades K-3:  Emphasis on read-alouds, picture books, easy readers and hands-on activities. High teacher involvement. Third graders who are strong independent readers may be placed in the Grammar level. If you have children in both Beginner and Grammar levels and want to combine them we generally suggest you place them in the Grammar level.

Grammar Level
Approximately grades 4-6: Chapter books, historical fiction, biographies, simple reference books, some formal literature study (optional), creative writing assignments, hands-on activities, and participation in family read-loud time. Teacher involvement is active, but most of the student's reading can be done independently. Before considering placing a 6th grader in the Logic level please read our FAQ

Logic Level
Approximately grades 7-9:  More emphasis on non-fiction and retellings of classic literature. Some historical fiction at a more mature, but age-appropriate, level. Creative writing, essays and reports involving research. Optional literature analysis. We continue to recommend participation in family read-aloud time. Teacher guidance needed but student takes more responsibility for selection of activities and completion of assignments. The teacher should be regularly available for one-on-one discussion.  We strongly encourage a Socratic style of open-ended discussion between teacher and student.

Rhetoric Level
Approximately grades 10-12: More demanding reading schedules; primary sources, both fiction and non-fiction; literary analysis; reports and essays that require independent research and critical-thinking. Students at this level should be self-motivated with teacher guidance as necessary.  The teacher should be regularly available for one-on-one discussion.  We strongly encourage a Socratic style of open-ended discussion between teacher and student.

For more specific guidance in combining age levels follow this link.

 

We provide what you need to help you succeed!

  • teacher's notes and discussion starters
  • themes to encourage personal applications to history and faith
  • an overview so students and teachers know where they are headed on their journey through the time period
  • instructions and ideas for compiling a Student Notebook
  • writing assignments for creative writing, research, reports, and essays
  • hands-on activities
  • reading assignments for each unit and each age level
  • suggested family read-aloud books
  • memory and copy work including poetry and scripture passages
  • research charts to help students focus in on the people and civilizations covered in the unit
  • optional day-by-day lesson plans can be purchased to help you schedule your studies
  • NEW Connecting with History Teacher's Guide: A Manual for Integrating Classical History into Your Homeschool

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