The Curious Historian Level 1A Program

  • The Curious Historian Level 1A Program

The Curious Historian Level 1A Program


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    A one-semester course for grades 5 and up

    The Curious Historian Level 1 is the first part in a 3-level series that presents the study of history and culture from the beginnings of civilization (Mesopotamia and Egypt) through the Middle Ages. Students will grow excited about history, see how people throughout the ages were both similar to and different from themselves, and learn to be scholars of the past who can make a difference in the future.

     Full program includes:

    The Curious Historian Level 1A: The Early & Middle Bronze Ages (consumable student edition) includes weekly chapter lessons that present a chronological narrative of history. Accompanying sidebars feature historical and archaeological tidbits, discussion questions, and Greek/Latin root words for key vocabulary. A wealth of exercises, hands-on projects and activities, maps, and appendices help to present the study of history in an engaging, creative manner. The Curious Historian Level 1A (TCH1A) will introduce students to:

    • Unit I: Ancient Mesopotamia
      • The ancient Sumerian city-states
      • The Akkadian, Ur III, and Old Babylonian Empires
      • Sargon the Great and Hammurabi
      • Mesopotamian culture: ziggurats, cuneiform, and religion
    • Unit II: Ancient Egypt
      • The Egyptian Archaic Period
      • The gifts of the Nile River
      • The Egyptian Old and Middle Kingdoms
      •  Egyptian culture: pyramids, hieroglyphics, and religion

    The Curious Historian Level 1A Teacher’s Edition includes the full student text, detailed teacher notes and tips, a suggested weekly schedule, answer keys for all exercises, and sample responses and prompts for the discussion questions. View sample here.

    The Curious Historian Archive: Extra Resources for Level 1A is a collection of supplemental materials that correspond with the TCH1A student edition. The digital files include:

    • Entertaining songs summarizing the key events and cultural aspects discussed in each unit, plus a “Top Things to Remember” song. Sample songs here.
    • A Biblical Connections in TCH1A PDF that draws connections to biblical history, figures, and locations, as well as scripture verses, within the context of the chapter narrative
    • A Reading Guide for TCH1A PDF that features recommended books for both students and teachers
    • Printable, full-color unit time lines, timetables, and reference charts, as well as extra blank maps to label (for those wishing to incorporate geography practice into their study of history)

    Plus: A supplemental Go Deeper PDF is available to view for free here! This resource includes additional information to share with your students or explore for your own interest: links to museum collections of artifacts, fun tidbits (Have you ever wondered what happened to the Great Sphinx’s nose?), links to recent archaeological discoveries, and more. Icons in the teacher’s edition indicate when to reference this optional resource.

    “We believe that history is about more than memorizing dates, reciting lists of kings and emperors, and remembering who won which battle in wars that changed the world forever. History is also the study of the people who lived during those events. From the beginning of recorded time, people have invented new ways to do things, created beauty in dreary places, and erected buildings and monuments that continue to inspire us. Some of these people became well-known figures and others were ordinary men and women like you and me. But all of us are part of the greater tree of humankind, and we each need to know what our part is as a leaf upon that tree. Without an understanding of the past, we will be less equipped to live in the present and plan for the future.” —Dr. Christopher Perrin

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  • Aaron Larsen, DA 

    Aaron Larsen currently teaches history, Latin, logic, and rhetoric at Regents School of Charlottesville in Virginia. He previously taught at 2 classical schools in Pennsylvania. In 2001, Dr. Larsen joined a team led by Dr. Christopher Perrin and 2 other colleagues to help form Classical Academic Press. The motivation behind this endeavor was to produce exceptional Latin and logic curricula for the classical education movement. The first results of this collaboration included the publication of their logic text, The Art of Argument, and the 3-volume Latin for Children series. Aaron is also a coauthor of The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic and The Curious Historian series.

    Aaron received his BA in history, with minors in philosophy and education, from Covenant College in Georgia. He completed his coursework for his DA in modern world history from St. John's University in New York and went on to write his doctoral thesis on the Meiji Restoration, which, as he likes to say, is "the most important event in world history that nobody's ever heard of."

    Claire A. Larsen, MA 

    Claire Larsen has had a passion for writing for children ever since she took her first Institute of Children’s Literature course more than 40 years ago. One of her assignments from this course was published in Jack and Jill magazine.

    Claire graduated from Covenant College (Class of 1970), where she met her husband, David Larsen; their good marriage lasted 49 years until David’s death in 2019. While attending Covenant College, Claire developed a Christian viewpoint and a theological foundation based upon the truths of Scripture, both of which have shaped her writing and worldview. Over the years, she has had a busy teaching ministry, first with children and later with women, leading Bible studies and speaking at seminars. 

    After raising 3 sons, Claire returned to school in 1996, receiving an MA from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, in 2000. For the next 17 years she was self-employed as a biblical counselor while also writing the God’s Great Covenant series for Classical Academic Press. In 2017, she retired and moved to sunny Florida, where she is busy still writing books, spending time with her 3 grandchildren, and enjoying the warm weather. She is happy to have the opportunity to work with her son, Aaron Larsen, as they co-write The Curious Historian series.

  • Grade Level: Grades 3–4
    Course Length: Semester
    ISBN:  9781600514166

    • The Curious Historian Level 1A (Student Edition)
    • The Curious Historian Level 1A Teacher’s Edition
    • The Curious Historian Archive: Extra Resources for Level 1A (PDFs and MP3s)