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ELEMENTARY HISTORY

 
VIDEO: ABOUT Elementary History

Our Elementary History courses focus on the key accomplishments and ideas found in history. Each idea is explained in writing in language that is age-appropriate, providing the student some serious reading practice, a key component of our Elementary program. Then that idea is explored through activities, to help provide the young student with a hands-on idea of what each culture created and added to the human experience. Important words are defined for the student as he studies. Every effort is made to develop literacy while teaching history.

Focused on ideas and creative invention rather than dates and names, this is ... More...

ELEMENTARY HISTORY

Our Elementary History courses focus on the key accomplishments and ideas found in history. Each idea is explained in writing in language that is age-appropriate, providing the student some serious reading practice, a key component of our Elementary program. Then that idea is explored through activities, to help provide the young student with a hands-on idea of what each culture created and added to the human experience. Important words are defined for the student as he studies. Every effort is made to develop literacy while teaching history.

Focused on ideas and creative invention rather than dates and names, this is conceptual history for the young, as is Starter. But the information offered in Elementary courses is more complex and detailed. The student learns what is important about our history, how it impacts our current world, even the student's life. Each semester consists of three courses, to be done three times weekly.

Each semester of Elementary History is focused on a specific idea.

Semester One is focused on important concepts in history, such as politics, finance, or technology.

Semester Two covers great and terrible leaders throughout history.

Semester Three deals with twelve of the most important civilizations in history.

Semester Four covers the history of the arts, and of great artists.

This design allows teachers and students to fill specific needs they feel are lacking in a student's study for the age group.  That said, the reading requirements increase for each sequential semester, so it is best if these semesters be delivered in their given order if you are developing literacy. This level, by the way, has proved to be very effective for older students as well. The ideas presented are rich and creative enough to easily satisfy middle school (junior high) and even some high school students.

To find out more about this program, please take a look at the video that you'll find toward the top right of this page.  Then take a look at the description and samples provided for each course.

 
 

 

History I (1) - What Is History? / Religion In History
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History I (1) - What Is History? / Religion In History

What is history? Why should we study history? Why is it important to a 7 or 8 year old to know what happened thousands of years ago? ...

History II (2) - Big Ideas In History - Politics & Economics
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History II (2) - Big Ideas In History - Politics & Economics

Yes, that's right, a course for 7-8 year olds that marches them through the amazing history of governments and money! When your young students complete this course, they will know more than most adults do about both politics and money. ...

History III (3) - Big Ideas In History - Technology & History
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History III (3) - Big Ideas In History - Technology & History

This course for students ages 7-8 covers the many ways that science and technology have changed history, and our lives today. ...

History IV (4) - Leaders Great & Terrible - Part One
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History IV (4) - Leaders Great & Terrible - Part One

Early history is revealed for ages 7-8, through the men and women who made it. The student investigates what made each leader great or terrible. ...

History V (5) - Leaders Great & Terrible - Part Two
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History V (5) - Leaders Great & Terrible - Part Two

History for ages 7-8, brought to life and made relevant as the student is asked to consider what he or she would do in the famous (or infamous) person's place.  The course is fun. ...

History VI (6) - Leaders Great & Terrible - Part Three
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History VI (6) - Leaders Great & Terrible - Part Three

History for ages 7-8. The leaders of the 20th century, the men and women who made our world.  The lessons in this course cover these important 20th century leaders, both great and terrible. ...

History VII (7) - Important Civilizations I (1) - Mesopotamia, Egypt, India & China
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History VII (7) - Important Civilizations I (1) - Mesopotamia, Egypt, India & China

This unique course covers the birth of civilization for ages 7-8. Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China. ...

History VIII (8) - Important Civilizations II (2) - Greece, Rome, France & Spain
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History VIII (8) - Important Civilizations II (2) - Greece, Rome, France & Spain

This course for ages 7-8 covers four important civilizations; Ancient Greece, the start of all western civilization; Ancient Rome, the longest-lived and most powerful of all western civilizations; France, the heights of art and royal power; and Spain, the empire that discovered the Americas. ...

History IX (9) - Important Civilizations III (3) - Germany, England, Russia & America
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History IX (9) - Important Civilizations III (3) - Germany, England, Russia & America

Modern history for ages 7-8. The history of four great countries - Germany, England, Russia and the United States. ...

History X (10) - Great Composers & Music
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History X (10) - Great Composers & Music

Intensive study on the history of music for ages 7-8.  Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Stravinsky...dozens of composers are investigated, their lives looked at and their works watched and listened to, using freely available performances on the Internet. ...

History XI (11) - The History of the Visual Arts
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History XI (11) - The History of the Visual Arts

History for ages 7-8. This semester is all about the arts, and this course covers the visual arts - architecture, sculpture, painting, photography and film. ...

History XII (12) - Great Writers & Poets
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History XII (12) - Great Writers & Poets

A course designed to intensively expand vocabulary for a student who already reads well.  The history of great writing is covered in some detail, with dozens and dozens of writers covered, each with samples of their works, hard words defined in advance! ...

Elementary Curriculum - History Semester I (1) - Big Ideas in History Bundle
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Elementary Curriculum - History Semester I (1) - Big Ideas in History Bundle

All our Elementary (for ages 7-8) History Semester I (1) courses. ...

Elementary Curriculum - History Semester II (2) - Leaders Great and Terrible Bundle
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Elementary Curriculum - History Semester II (2) - Leaders Great and Terrible Bundle

All our Elementary (Ages 7-8) History Semester II (2) courses. ...

Elementary Curriculum - History Semester III (3) - Important Civilizations Bundle
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Elementary Curriculum - History Semester III (3) - Important Civilizations Bundle

All our Elementary (ages 7-8) History Semester III (3) courses. ...

Elementary Curriculum - History Semester IV (4) Bundle
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Elementary Curriculum - History Semester IV (4) Bundle

History for students ages 7-8, or who are developing literacy. Semester IV (4) courses. ...

  

 
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