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EXPLORERS TO 1815 IS A YEAR-LONG COURSE FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 2-6.
Explorers to 1815 students will cover 32 events. Learning history chronologically has proven invaluable in the lives of many children. By memorizing names, dates, places and events, children gain a valuable tool for understanding how God is working today and what He has done during many past events. Furthermore, they are following classical methodology in memorizing this material which is presented in a variety of ways to make the memory work quite enjoyable. We’ve heard countless examples of how students who have used this curriculum were able to routinely contextualize more in-depth study in later years—and that is exactly what needs to happen. Knowing a chronological sequence or time line of history is a crucial part of anyone’s education. Recommended for 5th grade, works well 2nd – 6th grades. Kits for students will vary based on grade level. Second and 3rd grade use Level 1, 4th–6th grade use Level 2. A kit combining Levels 1 & 2 that eliminates duplicates is available. Learning can happen in You Teach and Self-Paced formats.
The Veritas Approach to History
A history program was how Veritas began. After reading Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning,our interest in classical education from a Christian worldview was piqued. While building a classical school and looking for curriculum, we realized the value of teaching young children a comprehensive timeline of history. We wanted to connect it to learning the content of the Bible, as well. (Learn more about that at the Bible Course Options pages.)
Children in 2nd grade are ready to start learning a timeline. Before that, some groundwork should be done. In Kindergarten, family histories and holidays can orient children to the basics of a timeline. In 1st grade, students are taught a simplified version of American history to take advantage of their growing understanding of place and time.
Beginning in 2nd grade, students are ready for a formal study of history. We begin in the beginning, from creation. Each year from 2nd to 6th grades, students will study 32 events. In those five years, they’ll have learned 160 events. Our approach has students regularly reviewing what they’ve learned, too. This works remarkably well because, as classical educators point out, it’s how they are wired. At this time in their development, they love learning through memorization.
The five-year history cycle is described in the chart below:
Old Testament and Ancient Egypt
New Testament, Greece, and Rome
Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation
Explorers to 1815
1815 to the Present
After five years, students know dates and crucial facts about 160 events. Some programs fail to teach more than key events’ dates. Students may learn that the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 buried Pompeii. Without more details, though, they may not realize its connection to the New Testament. Similarly, students may learn that World War I raged from 1914 to 1918 and World War II from 1939 to 1945. Without more details, students will miss learning basic differences of how the wars were fought (their aircraft and weapons, for example). Missing those kinds of details, students won’t see how the wars’ key features fit into a larger historical context. Laurie and I will never forget visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum when our oldest son was 12. He quickly recognized which aircraft belonged to which war.
While ideal to start at the beginning, it’s not necessary. In a homeschool with two or more children, you might consider teaching everyone at the same level. Integrated learning for art projects, field trips, etc. can be more effective this way. If younger children start after the first year, they can simply circle back to the beginning later. Children who have less than five years to complete the cycle can complete it in a condensed form. They can move through more than one series per year. They spend less time learning details, but they commit the core timeline to memory. We also have an option, called History Transition that condenses all five years into one.
Our approach to history in grammar school has served many students well. Maybe that’s why it’s one of the most awarded programs around.
With the Explorers to 1815, Self-Paced Course students will work at their own pace covering 32 important events from Prince Henry the Navigator to The Missouri Compromise in the early part of the 19th century. Teaching is interactive with clever games, striking video footage of James and Abigail, a newlywed couple living on the 18th-century American frontier, and Ikuhabe, a totem pole with an attitude, will keep the student engaged the entire year. This is so much fun that you'll find it hard to pull your child away. Knowing a timeline of history is a crucial part of anyone's education. This program will do just that.
Parents that Choose Self-Paced History Courses:
- Have one less subject to teach
- Don't have to grade any assignments
- Can see their students progress at all times
- Have kids that are excited to learn
- Free up more time in their day
Students that take Self-Paced History Courses:
- Have so much fun they don't know they're doing "school"
- Can work wherever there is internet access
- Progress at their own pace
- Enjoy learning that is as fun as a video game
- Will master what they are learning
With this purchase, you are receiving 1 year of access to the course from the start date that you will choose after purchase.
What You Will Need
For this option, you will need to purchase the Self-Paced Course, the Self-Paced Course Kit.
You Teach is our term for those who take our curriculum and teach it themselves, whether at home or at school.
The course kit includes all the materials for the teacher and a student in level 2 (grades 4 - 6) for teaching our Explorers to 1815 course. The references and historic fiction make this time period come alive.
What You Will Need
Our You Teach Kit contains everything you need to teach this subject yourself.