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Connecting with History Companion Reader - Volume 1
Connecting with History Companion Reader - Volume One

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This Companion Reader is a bridge between a textbook and living books. It contains a collection of 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.You can assign particular readings to your child or, 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 core text as it fleshes out 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. 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.

Each of our Companion Readers is designed to grow with your child. We have included articles of varying lengths to appeal to older and younger children as well as enjoyable stories about famous people that appeal to all ages. Shorter sections can be read aloud to the Beginner level students while Grammar and Logic level students can read the full book independently. The Companion Readers also lend themselves well to reading aloud to all ages.

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Softcover, bound. 232 pages.

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5 of 5 Wonderful October 7, 2022
Reviewer: Mommy of 3 from Camarillo, CA United States  
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5 of 5 Lovely March 30, 2021
Reviewer: Northern Hen from Winnipeg, MB Canada  
I did not purchase it for our first cycle through history to keep the cost down (I am Canadian, everything is quite a bit more).  However, I did purchase it for our second cycle through and I see that it truly is the glue that puts everything together.  
Tying the stories from the bible with other quality stories really engages the children in discussions that they initiate themselves!   My kids are in the Grammar and Beginner levels, and it is quite a pleasure to hear their opinions on the people in the stories.

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5 of 5 Five stars! October 16, 2018
Reviewer: Cheryl M. from Pasadena, TX United States  
Five stars!

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5 of 5 Companion Reader- Volume One September 18, 2018
Reviewer: Samantha M. from OKLAHOMA CITY, OK United States  
This is proving to be a good resource.  We use it for conversations as a family around the dinner table with my husband and the children.  Mrs. Romens has given lots of thought in choosing examples of the virtues and themes discussed in each unit.  For example, we were discussing the meanings of Justice and Mercy. My husband read  aloud the definitions from the Catechism and I read a story the companion reader and we discussed as a family if the story was an example of Justice or Mercy or both?  Even my 7 year old could join in the conversation with my 10 and 12 year olds.  What a treasure!

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5 of 5 All the treasure- none of the dust. September 26, 2017
Reviewer: Maria J.  
All the treasure- none of the dust.

I have a collection of 1900-1920 bible story books that I treasure because of the storytelling skills of the authors. I ferret out old, dusty books with classic read-aloud tales: Hercules, Odysseus, Thermopyle. It's hard to remember which old books have which old stories, though, and I don't usually remember them in time for the unit they would amplify. In the CWH Companion Reader, a huge assortment of those well-told, long-hidden tales are collected. There are Aesop's fables in limerick form, Cornelia's Jewels, and ""The Babe in the Bulrushes."" There's even a long section on the Phoenicians. Finding supplementary information on Greece, Rome and Egypt is easy, but Phoenicia? Good luck! I've seen the kids pick out the book—for research, you know—and stay to keep flipping pages for the next hour. I can't blame them; If I didn't have to make dinner, I would, too.

The only thing it lacks is pictures. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, Sonya collected those thousand words here in this volume: juicy, golden words that fill the heart and head. I'll take that trade.

Even if someone wasn't using the Connecting with History program, this book has a place on the history shelves (or living room floor, or couch, or stacked by the bed...) Wherever it lands, it won't stay there long enough to collect dust on its own.

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